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The Collectors Newsletter #504 -- March 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #504 -- March 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
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9. A Vintage Recipe
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1) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your
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hear any interesting or unusual stories you would like to share with us
that are related to collecting or anything vintage.
I suppose I am a "walking contradiction, partly truth, partly fiction", as
Kristofferson wrote. I'll say I don't believe in talismans, yet I have a
medicine bag full of them. I have always had horses and dogs since
I was a boy. Over the years I have kept chestnuts and hair from the
horses and dew claws from the dogs. I keep them in a pouch which
is always in my pocket. On the rare occasion I forget it, I turn around
and go back. Like the credit card advertisement claims, "don't leave
home without it". I've been in some pretty dangerous situations over
the years and have survived, but of course, that little pouch has
nothing to do with it. Or does it? Kelly D.
After just reading about "music from beyond the grave, except in my case
it was not a music box but a car radio", I believe this is another wonderful
example. My Daddy passed away and, living 1300 miles away, I knew I
would not be returning to my hometown again. Dad had always enjoyed
music and especially liked the lyrics to Kenny Rogers' 'The Gambler",
when he sang, 'the most that you can hope for is to die in your sleep.'
Which my dear Father did. Before leaving town, I drove my rental car to
the cemetery for one last 'good-by'. As I got back in the car to drive to
the airport, just as I pulled away the radio was playing ........ "The
Gambler". So I backed up, opened the doors and windows and cranked
it up......singing along loudly till the end of the song. Had trouble driving
through my tears, but only for a minute, as I realized that Daddy was
telling me that all was well. A moment I will never forget. sk in California
Had to tell you about probably the youngest collector.....I have twin 6
month old granddaughters....one is named Emily - just like in Clifford &
the Big Red Dog. Seems that is where my son got the idea for her
name. Well, I am starting her on a collection of plush red dogs....she
has 3 so far - not bad for a 6 month old! Now I have to find something for
her sister Sophie to collect.
My Grandmother had phoned us one day and requested that we make the
200 mile drive to her home. She had been saving some items for us and felt
that now was the time for us to bring our van and pick up some boxes. I
told my Grandmother that anything she had saved was still certainly hers
and she should keep 'what ever' with her and enjoy it. But Grandma insisted.
We made the drive the following weekend and had a wonderful visit. Loaded
our van with many mystery boxes and returned home. We did not have the
opportunity to unpack all of the boxes right away, just a few that contained
old family photos, books, and documents.
We received word soon thereafter that Grandma had suffered a stroke and
passed away. After all the arrangements and inevitable sadness, I began to
seriously unpack those boxes that Grandma thought so important for us to
have. I found Grandma's complete collection of Victorian silver pieces. The
chocolate set, the butter dishes, the salt cellars and most importantly the
beautiful ornate and exquisitely detailed napkin ring collection.
We also unpacked Grandma's entire Edison phonograph collection. All of
her lovely and very entertaining cylinder record players and their music rolls.
Grandma and I used to wind the phonographs, select a favorite record like,
'Casey Jones', and sing along and laugh out loud.
I hadn't thought about any of these items since I was a small child.
Grandma had packed her collections away, years before, and I hadn't
given it another thought.
Grandma had entrusted her treasures to the right person. I proudly display
her beautiful silver pieces and listen to the Edison phonographs nearly every
day. Grandma has inspired me to continue on with her collection, learning
more and adding items. Becoming a true 'collector' and not just an 'acquirer'.
Thank You, Grandma, for your treasures, and all of the wonderful memories!
--Julie G. in California
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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.
My in-laws live in France. Because we live in the U.S....she felt that my
husband and I could have a better chance at success at locating the family
of a WWII bracelet. My in-laws have a friend nearby that has a bracelet
given to her as an infant, days after she was born, by a US Serviceman.
She was born on June 12,1944.
This serviceman, along with another man, had their plane shot down nearby
the baby's grandfather's farm a few days after the baby was born. The
grandparents took the two Americans in and hid them from the Germans.
One of the servicemen gave the family the bracelet to give to the baby....
to say thank you for taking them in. That baby is of course a full grown
woman now. She has rediscovered the bracelet again and wishes to return
it to the family of the American serviceman.
What my husband and I have discovered:
All we knew about the bracelet were the initials on the front (Z E B). There
is a patent number, where I found the original patent online. I was able to
confirm that this was indeed an American made bracelet. There was
another number on the bracelet.....it turned out to be Z.E.B.'S service
We now have a name to this man because of his service number:
Zachariah Edward Bishop
What we know:
Zachariah Edward Bishop was born to George E Bishop & Emma
Woods in Massachusetts, June 25,1912. He has an older half-sister
named Clara M Bishop.
We know his social security number. We know that his last residence was
in Van Nuys, Los Angeles county, CA. He died May 3, 1966.
He was buried at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA .
He is in Section A-F Site 788
His military record:
He enlisted in the US Army from 1941-1945. He was a Private First Class
All of the above information we were able to get from Veteran's Affairs,
Ancestry.Com, Family Search, and the Cemetery website.
We need help in locating this man's family! We don't have information
about marriage or children...any next of kin. He possibly could have
been married after he enlisted in 1941 or after he got out of the war in
1945.....maybe in Massachusetts? But eventually we know he was in
California as he passed in the Los Angeles area.
It would also be interesting to find out what Army unit he was in because
he was an infantry (US Army) guy in an aircraft (US Army Air Corps). A
bit of a mystery there.
I contacted the cemetery to see if there are family members we could
contact? They shot me down and said that due to privacy reasons they
cannot give me information nor help to contact the family on my behalf.
My husband was considering contacting the National Archives for
military records....but found out that between 1912-1959 that 80% of the
military personnel records had been destroyed by a fire in 1973. We'll
I heard about contacting the local VFW in Zachariah's last known
address area (Van Nuys - got a disconnect number). I am going to try a
VFW Post in another city in the Los Angeles area. I am trying to get a
death certificate in California and a possible marriage certificate in
Anyone have any thoughts on where to go to next? Do any of the Bishop
family members listed above sound familiar? Any help would be
appreciated! Thank you! Eileen Hochstein - email@example.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.
When my daughter was preparing for a move from Kansas to California, she
came across her wedding album pictures. She and her daughter, Bella, age
3, were gong through the pictures one more time before packing the album.
My daughter came to the picture of her father walking her down the aisle.
She asked Bella if she knew who the man was. Bella answered "Daddy".
My daughter said "no, that's Grandpa". When she heard this, Bella's face
fell and with a look of great concern, she asked "Does dad know you
married Grandpa!"? My daughter could barely make it to the phone to call
me before breaking up! Nitha
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Kathy S. requested a recipe for "Buckwheat Pancakes".
Here are several responses that came in this week..
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
This recipe is my mother's and is a family favorite. My mother passed
away at age 80, 5 years ago. It's still a family favorite and is loved by
all who have enjoyed it. --Ruth Ann Fenker
"Old Fashioned Raised Buckwheat Cakes"
2 cups Buckwheat Flour
2 Cups white all-purpose flour
Add enough sour milk (buttermilk) to make a thick batter. Dissolve one
cake yeast in 1/4 cup water. Add yeast to batter, stir and let stand
overnight in a warm place.
In the morning dissolve 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in 1 tablespoon hot
water. Add pinch of salt, 1 tablespoon brown sugar syrup (sorgum
molasses) and enough sweet milk (whole, white milk) to thin the batter.
Yields 12 to 15 cakes.
Her Personal Notes: Mix everything in at once so cakes will be good
and sour. If batter is too thin or "slimey" in the morning, add more
sweet milk and buckwheat flour.
The night before you plan to eat them, boil a beef roast in water and
add sage to water. Be sure to have some suet in the roast. The
next morning warm the beef and broth and serve broth poured over
the pancakes as you eat them. Um-m-m good.
The longer you let the batter set, the sourer it gets and that's
This is the recipe of Ruth (Leslie) Hall, formerly of Huntington,
OLD-FASHIONED BUCKWHEAT CAKES
(Source: The Grains Cookbook by Bert Greene)
2-1/2 c. milk
2 T. molasses
1-1/2 t. active dry yeast
1 1/3 c. buckwheat flour
2/3 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. fine-ground cornmeal
1/2 t. salt
1 t. sugar
1 t. baking soda
1/2 c. lukewarm water
2 T. unsalted butter, melted
2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
3 egg whites.
1. Eight to 12 hours before serving, scald the milk and stir in the
molasses. Let the mixture cool to lukewarm, then stir in the yeast
and let stand until the yeast begins to bubble, 10 minutes.
Transfer to a large bowl.
2. Using a wooden spoon, stir the buckwheat flour into the
molasses mixture. Stir in the all-purpose flour, cornmeal, and
salt. Beat until smooth. Cover and let stand at room temperature 8-12 hours.
3. Just before serving, dissolve the sugar and baking soda in the lukewarm
water in a small bowl. Stir this into the prepared batter, then whisk in the
butter and egg yolks.
4. Beat the egg whites in a large bowl until stiff. Fold them into the batter.
5. Pour about 1/3 c. batter for each cake on a preheated griddle or into
a non-stick skillet. Cook over medium heat until bubbles form on top
and the underside is nicely browned, about 1 minute. Turn the cake
over and brown the other side.
Makes about 18 pancakes.
SOUTHERN-STYLE (BUCKWHEAT) PANCAKES
(Source: The New Book of Whole Grains by Marlene Anne Bumgarner)
2-1/2 c. buttermilk
2 T. vegetable oil or butter
3 T. honey
1-1/2 c. buckwheat flour
1/2 c. whole wheat flour (could use all-purpose)
1-1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
Combine buttermilk, eggs, oil, and honey and beat well. Stir together
flours, baking powder, and salt, pressing out any lumps. Add liquid
ingredients, stirring only until blended. Bake on a slightly greased griddle
until dry on top, then turn and bake on other side. Serve immediately
with lots of butter and syrup. Makes 10-12 buckwheat pancakes.
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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 mother in law was a great cook and one of the family's favorite
recipes has been lost. She made delicious apricot squares using dried
apricots. These were very tangy and had a pie crust type top and
bottom. Have been searching for similar recipe but to no avail. Her
three sons would should be happy if we could surprise them with this
family favorite. Thank you for any assistance. Nancy R.
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