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The Collectors Newsletter #502 -- February 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #502 -- February 2007
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1. Stories from our readers
2. Antique News
3. Your Classifieds
4. Lost and Found
5. News from the Kovels
6. Newly listed items
7. Funny Old Stuff
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
9. A Vintage Recipe
10. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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1) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your
story to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may publish it here . We want to
hear any interesting or unusual stories you would like to share with us
that are related to collecting or anything vintage.
A note from your editor
It seems that many collections have started when a relative or close friend
passes on and the task of cleaning out their estate results in the discovery of
hidden family treasures. Has this happened to you? What did you discover?
Share your story with us. Send it to email@example.com today!
One summer, when my son was 8, he found a tiny praying mantis basking
in the sun in our backyard. He was fascinated by these interesting creatures!
When a friend of ours heard of his interest, he gave him an egg case he had
found, and everyone waited anxiously for them to hatch. Imagine my dismay
on going into his room one morning to find them everywhere! The lid had
fallen off the plastic cup he was keeping it in, and that's when they chose to
hatch! We collected a few and opened the back door that was in his room
and he spent all day shooing them outside. The crown of the collection was
when some friends traveling in the south brought him one that was well over 6
inches long! It was so big, you could see the jaws moving, and it was rather
disturbing when you could watch as it turned it's head to look back at you
and work its mouth, and roll its eyes at you! None of the kids were scared of
them, even when one of them bit my son on the finger. He was very
surprised, but he still would pick them up and play with them. That was a
I wanted to write about music from beyond the grave, except in my case it
was not a music box but a car radio! My dad's initials were WLS and he had
gotten some Illinois personalized license plates that read WLS 1835 (his
birthday) This was back when there was a marvelous AM rock station in
Chicago, WLS. My father HATED rock music, and he hated it even more
that his personalized plates kept getting stolen because of the WLS on it.
He particularly disliked Elton John, whom, of course, I idolized!
Dad drove a big old boat of a car, a Chrysler New Yorker, and every now and
again he would have me go run errands in this huge tank. I would always
scootch the seat up and promptly switch the radio from WJJD (country) to
WLS and crank it! Then I would forget that I had done so, and dad would call
me just howling about the radio being on a rock station the next time he
drove the car. It actually got to be a bit of a joke between us, with me
sometimes sneaking out to his car just to switch the radio station.
My dad died on May 22, 1986. The preparations for the funeral passed in a
blur and on the day of the funeral I realized I had forgotten to arrange
transportation for my mom and two sisters (who still lived at home) I had
my daughter with, as well, and my little 2-seater Datsun 280-Z wasn't going
to hold the five of us. I really didn't want to, but I decided to drive dad's big
boat, which hadn't been driven since the day before he died. I got in, got
everyone buckled in, turned the car on and started to back out. . . then
slammed on the brakes. The song coming from the radio was Elton John's
"Funeral For A Friend." This song was on the "Goodbye Yellow Brick"
road album (one I played over and over when in high school until dad would
tell me to turn it off or he'd break it into tiny bits!) and was not one of the
hits, in fact, I had never heard it played on the radio. To this day I still
haven't. I sat there in stunned silence, listening to the song. It ended and
then came the call letters "WLS!" WLS was a top-40 station and never,
ever played B songs. . .except on that one day, at that exact moment as
I was backing out of the driveway heading to my father's funeral. Even to
this day when I think of it, I still get chills. All I could do was say "Thank
you, dad" because he gave me a sign that all would be well, surely as if he
was sitting right next to me there in that big old car. Except he said it via
a song over the radio . Ali K., Mesa AZ
We have been in the antique business for the vast majority of our 50 years
of marriage-we have an antique shop here in our town of Vinton, Virginia. We
will in all probability NOT retire from it before we go to that great antique
shop in the sky, as there is always something new to learn and know.
We LOVE to go to yard sales, estate sales, and auctions.
We were at an auction several years ago when an entire box of depression
glass was put on the table. The auctioneer tried with no success to get an
opening bid on it. Since depression glass was not popular at that time, he
was having no success. I became tired of standing there, and called out
"TWO DOLLARS!" I won the box.
Inside was a LOT of the Sylvan (parrot) depression glass-including the butter
dish! Wish I had kept that, as it now "books" for over 300 dollars.
Needless to say, we made a tidy profit! LOVE your newsletter and look
forward to reading it when it appears. Sincerely, Janine S.
I lived in Richmond, VA back in the early 90's and loved to go antique
shopping. I would usually buy small items that I could use around my
home. While in one particular shop, I noticed a old looking oil lamp and I
started talking to the shopkeeper about it. He had just received an estate
that one of his buyers came back with from Pennsylvania and this
particular estate had originated somewhere in the South. The story was
that the family wanted to flee from the war and had family members who
lived in Pennsylvania.
I thought the story was quite interesting and continued to look over the
lamp. The shopkeeper had it listed for $45 and I ended up purchasing it
for $35. He didn't know the maker or anything else about the lamp,
however I felt that it was something well worth keeping in my hands. Turns
out that I was right. What I thought might have been an older Heisey oil
lamp is actually even older than that. It's made of flint glass and that
explains why the glass looks just slightly darker and has a certain ring to
it when tapped. Appraisers have looked at it - and as I've been informed,
it's priceless. Regards, Debra T.
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Comments, thoughts? Write to us: email@example.com
We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find,
unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is
interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send
your story to firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Antique News
Antique & collectible news from News-Antique.com
1. Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors National Show
2. The Sterling Shop to Exhibit at Portland Expo March 3 & 4
3. The Sterling Shop Offers Free Gift Certificate with Purchase
4. Hocking’s Ribbed Depression Glass Patterns at Cat Lady
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6. 2007 CHICAGOLANDS DEPRESSION ERA / COLLECTIBLE
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7. HOW TO UPHOLSTER A CHAIR
8. Pottery, estate items to headline Tennille sale, Mar. 3
9. Stevens plans Civil War and estate sales, Mar. 16-17
10. Gone With the Wind museum sale realizes $750,000
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4) Lost and Found
We have a new email address for lost and found comments and requests!
Send them to -- LostAndFound@tias.com
We accept two types of Lost and found submissions for publication in this
1. You have a vintage item in hand and you are trying to find relatives of
the original owner(s). This could be an old photo album, baby book, diploma,
Family Bible, or other vintage items that can be linked to a specific person
2. You are looking for a fairly common vintage item that has deep personal
meaning for you or someone you know. I'm sorry, but we do not post
requests for "one of a kind items" that have been lost or stolen.
Remember to include as many details about the item(s) as you can. For
your story to run in this section, you must include your email address and
allow us to publish it. If this service helps you eventually track down the
relatives or find an item, please tell us about it in a follow-up story.
Four years ago, when I lived in Southern California, the lady across the
street from me had a yard sale. Included in the yard sale were items she
obtained from bidding on abandoned storage units. I looked for hours and
bought books, silver items and a grab bag that contained buttons, watches,
earrings and such.
Inside a plastic box, were three pieces of jewelry, i thought, and the foam
that had padded them had rotted away, leaving an acrid black, sticky dust
that I wasn't prepared to deal with at the time.
Last week, I found this box again. I opened it up over the sink, and washed
the items carefully with a brush.
What I revealed was a matched set of medals, or something like that. There
is a Key chain, old 60's style with the round clasp that fastens, a lapel pin,
and a pendant. The stamped design is the seal of the California State
Assembly, with those words around the crest. On the backs is the name,
John Stoll. I have looked online and even asked a retired stuntman friend of
mine if he ever heard of the name.
I did find out that John Stoll was the art director for the movie "Lawrence Of
Arabia" in 1962 and that he won an Academy Award for this.
If anyone can help me out, I would like to give these items to the person
surviving him, since he died in 1990.
I was also wondering if the State of California gave these to winners of Oscars
back in those days. email@example.com
How about you? Do you have some special vintage item that is in need of
its owner or are you looking for a special item or person? Maybe we can
help. Send us info at LostAndFound@tias.com
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7) Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous family stories and comments
that are sent in by readers. If you have a submission you would like to share,
please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
My six year old granddaughter was telling us that she wanted to go to a "farm".
We asked her why and she replied, "I want to see the cows and milk their
"gutters". Janet J.
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone
feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.com and we may
publish it here.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Dave W. requested a recipe for "Irish Potato Cake".
Here are several responses that came in this week..
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
For Dave W., a recipe for Irish Potato Pancakes known as Boxty....
Boxty was traditionally eaten with freshly churned butter on St.
Brighid's Day - February 1st. The word is from the Irish "Bacstai"
and refers to the traditional method of grilling over an open fire.
There's also a popular old rhyme associated with the term:
"Boxty on the griddle, Boxty in the pan,
if you can't make a Boxty, you'll never get your man."
The following recipes serve four to six.
8 oz potatoes freshly cooked in their jackets
8 oz peeled raw potatoes
2 cups white flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 to 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
Butter for frying.
Peel the cooked potatoes while still hot and mash.
Grate the raw potatoes and add to the mashed potatoes.
Add flour and soda. Add salt if desired.
Mix well and add enough buttermilk to make a stiff batter.
Heat a heavy frying pan and grease with butter.
Drop batter by spoonfuls onto heated pan and cook until crispy and
golden brown on both sides.
From the Antoinette Pope School Cook Book:
Fresh Potato Pancakes
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 TBLS milk (or a little more if needed)
2 TBLS all-purpose flour
¼ tsp baking powder
1 ¼ tsp salt
about 1/8 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp onion salt
1 lb (2 large) raw potatoes, peeled
In medium bowl combine eggs, milk, flour, baking powder, salt,
pepper & onion salt. With hand mixer, beat until smooth. Grate
raw potatoes into liquid preparation.
To fry pancakes, stir well each time, pick up with a large spoon &
pour into about 1/16" very hot unsalted shortening or cooking oil.
With back of spoon flatten each one, and fry over medium heat
until golden brown & crisp on 1 side, for about 5 minutes. With
pancake turner, turn over & fry second side for several minutes.
Makes about 12 medium size pancakes. Enjoy! Sue
Dave W. was requesting a recipe for Irish Potato Cake.
I found this recipe, close to what he is requesting. Hope it helps!
Karen S., Florida
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Pound Potatoes
2 Large Eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 Cup Butter, melted
4 Tablespoons Milk
1 Tablespoon Nutmeg can be added ****Optional****
Stir together flour, baking powder and salt.(Nutmeg)***
Peel 1/2 pound of potatoes and steam or boil until tender; mash
fine-there should be 1 firmly packed cup.
Peel the remaining potatoes and finely shred; press out liquid-there
should be 1 lightly packed cup.
Add mashed potatoes, shredded potatoes and eggs to flour mixture;
mix well; stir in butter. Gradually stir in enough milk to make a soft batter.
Melt a generous amount of extra butter in a large heavy skillet; add
heaping tablespoons of the batter, well apart; fry over moderate heat,
turning as necessary, until cooked through and browned on both
sides. Keep warm in a low oven. Fry remaining batter the same way.
Serve hot with butter. Makes 14.
This is a Recipe for Potato pancake Dave W. might be looking for:
Potato Pancake Recipe
Simple but good. Not just for breakfast either, good as a side
dish for dinner.
time to make 15 min 5 min prep
2 1/2 lbs grated potatoes
1 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon onion salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 tablespoons oil
1. In a medium mixing bowl, add all ingredients except oil, and
2. Heat oil over medium high heat in a large frying pan.
3. Drop about 1/2 cup (or desired size) of potato mix into pan,
and flatten with a spatula.
4. Allow to cook about 5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
5. **Add more flour for thicker batter, or add milk as desired
for thinner batter.
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10) A vintage recipe request from a reader
As with collectibles, people also have very strong feelings about foods
from their past. Sometimes these special recipes get lost. This section
is to help people who are looking for lost recipes from their past. If you
submit a request, please include the geographical region where
you had this recipe.
My grandmother used to make the best peach kuchen - sweet dough
and fresh or canned peaches on top. I've looked through all of the
recepies from my mother and aunts and can not find it. Of course,
there is no one left who remembers how to make it. Thanks for any help.
Betty Lee, Cincinnati
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