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The Collectors Newsletter #506 -- March 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #506 -- 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
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
11. New On line Merchants
12. Helpful Resources For Collectors
Shopping at TIAS for gifts and even that special something for
you, has never been easier. With so many new merchants and fresh
inventory, this is a great time to sit down with a cup of coffee and browse
our online aisles. Stop by today at
A note from your editor
We worked out a few bugs in the new vintage recipe archive. You should
be able to access over 1200 recipes now. Take a look at:
and select vintage recipes in the
left column. Write to us and let us know what you think and any suggestions
you might have. Email firstname.lastname@example.org - I want to hear from you...Phil
1) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your
story to email@example.com 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.
I read with a smile Ali K. of Mesa, AZ's account of an obscure song coming
over the radio like a message from beyond on the day of her father's funeral.
I've had two similar experiences in the past few years.
The first was when I heard a musician/salesperson playing a very obscure
oldie from the fifties, "Eddie, My Love" to demonstrate an organ in a mall
store. The sound filled the mall, and drowned out conversations, it was so
loud. I wondered how he ever settled in on that song to play, of all things.
The next day I found out that a dear friend named Eddie had died that day,
as he sat watching TV.
Then my brother-in-law, Fred, died in a freak accident. My sister was
devastated. His favorite song was "Spirit in the Sky," so she planned to
have it play during the funeral. His son did a mix CD with that cut plus
many other favorites and some calming music for the congregation.
During the services, "Spirit in the Sky" kept starting, no matter whether
we restarted the CD or chose another cut...it was "Spirit in the Sky" or
NOTHING for Fred, I guess! Diana K., ALSO of Mesa, AZ
I just loved the "prayer chain" story. I often do the same thing when
talking to my 6yr old grandson. I forget that he takes everything literally.
He has loved antiques since he was two years old. I began his
"training" by telling about my Papa Lee and showing him the things from
my Papa that would belong to him someday straight edged razor,
sharpening stone,etc). He could tell if something was really old, or not
quite to old. He distinguished the two by asking "Nanny, is that Old, Old,
Old,?" Always a succession of 3 "olds". He asks me frequently about
my Grannie Lee and the other day wanted to know if she was in Heaven.
I assured him that she was. He then said with great excitement - "Nanny
, your Grannie will be SO HAPPY to see you when you get to heaven!" I
said, "yes, baby, she sure will". I love the fact that he recognizes how
much the old, old, old things mean to me and that he will one day treasure
them just as I do. Judy
Here is how I began my small yet unique collection of glass flower frogs.
To say my dear late grandmother had a green thumb is an understatement.
She could plant a Popsicle stick in dirt and it would bloom! She had a
true love for flowers and her gardens flourished. As a child I remember
beautiful fresh cut flowers arranged with what she called a “frog” which I
always thought was such a funny thing to call a piece of glass with holes
in it. After she passed away I found a plain glass frog at a flea market
and because it reminded me of my grandmother I purchased it. You see
my grandmother had a rather clumsy knack for breaking everything and
I knew her frogs were long gone. My mother did recently discover one
sole remaining frog so I do have one of hers after all. I now collect mainly
English art deco style vases with flower frogs inserts and each time I look
at them I am reminded of my grandmother and her beautiful flowers. I
know she would think my collection was not only practical but truly lovely
just as her flowers were. I only wish I had inherited her green thumb!
Laurie T. Cheyenne, WY
I saw where a lady wrote about having young collectors in the family, and
well I to have my own. My son is 9 and has collected John Deere stuff
since he was 2. I have a collection of Poppy Trail pottery in the Modern
design. Well my daughter is 6 and has always enjoyed collecting horses
until one day, I found somethings else at a garage sale. I went to a
garage sale in a town close by and found the cutest pottery. It was
cream color with flecks and had pink and purple flowers on it. It was
priced by the piece. Well I picked up a saucer and saw Poppy Trail. So
I asked the lady if she would take $20 for the lot. Well she hesitated
and said the lady who owned it was not there and she knew it was her
Grandmothers. Well I thought too bad, my daughter would love it. Then
she asked another person at the sale and they said sure why not. I
was thrilled. So I checked it out and it is the Pink Lady design by Poppy
Trail and the collection is probably worth around $800. It has some very
sought after pieces in it. My daughter loves it so I displayed it in the
kitchen for her. She is very proud of her collection. She will ask to hold
some of the pieces every once in awhile! I'm glad they are starting young.
KW in Blanchard, OK.
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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
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5. Civil War Uniform Featured on Manion's International Auction House
6. Live Auctions Every Other Wednesday Night at Kelly Auctions.
7. StampManage 2007 Stamp Collecting Software Now Shipping
8. SKINNER HOSTS DISCOVERY AUCTION IN BOLTON MARCH 15TH & 16TH
9. NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA to sell instrument collection
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3) Your Classifieds...
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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.
I am looking for a copy of the May 1960 magazine "Turkey World". In going
through my grandparents pictures, I believe there is an article and pictures
of them and their turkey farm in this issue. I'm surprised they didn't keep a
copy, but they probably did and no one realized the meaning of it when
going through their stuff and it was thrown out. Quinn please send email to:
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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
My sister works for an Auction Gallery that frequently presides over Estate
Sales. I asked her to keep an eye out for a "pre-seasoned" cast iron skillet for
me. Anyone who is a veteran home chef knows what a wonderful addition
this is to your kitchen. They are hard to come by, and usually are passed
down from generation to generation. On Christmas day, my sister presented
me with a very heavy box. Upon opening it....there it was, a beautiful,
perfectly "pre-seasoned" cast iron skillet. My 26 year old niece, horrified,
and obviously not a chief, exclaimed "Oh my gosh, is that used!" I think I'm
going to have to give her some cooking lessons.
I love your newsletter and look forward to receiving it. Thanks, Collier A., Kill
Devil Hills, NC
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark
to read." (Groucho Marx)
"Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole." Roger Carras
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone
feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may
publish it here.
8) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help
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Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our NEW! vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful recipes are listed.
Joseph H.. requested a recipe for "corn pudding". made with
dried apricots. Here are several responses that came in this week..
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
I think this might be what John is looking for. Also commonly known as
Indian Pudding, it's popular on the eastern seaboard, particularly
Massachusetts. Very tasty, and can also be made with cinnamon
instead of ginger. ~ Michelle L., TX
1 quart scalded milk
1/3 cup yellow corn meal
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup molasses
1 good teaspoon ginger
Put the scalded milk and corn meal in the top of a double boiler over
boiling water. Add salt and cook, stirring frequently, for about 20
minutes. Mix with the molasses and ginger and pour into a buttered
2-quart soufflè dish or baking dish. Bake in a 300°F. oven for about
2 hours. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. Serves 6.
House & Garden, December 1963 - James A. Beard
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
Vintage Kitchen items are practical and collectible. We've
got lots of them here:
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.
I'm looking for a recipe for sweet Corn Tamales, I had a neighbor from
Guatemala and she made these all the time and served them with
Creme Fresh. That was many years ago, now I am wanting to taste
It was sort of a sweet cornmeal mush wrapped in a corn husk wrapper
like a tamale. Served with the creme it was oh so delicious. Can
anyone help with this recipe. Granny Dee
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new
merchants at TIAS.
Welcome to our new store! We carry a variety of items including pottery,
china, books, collectibles, brass, 45 records, figurines, kitchen
collectibles, and more! Every day we will be adding something new, so
please visit often!
We are no longer closed. Back on the net and ready to do business.
Please browse my site and eclectic array of categories.
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A-A Empire Antiques specializes in designing exclusive, custom lighting
fixtures. We offer a vast array of Silver/Silverplate, porcelain, brass, mirrors,
and tapestries. Our objective is to provide total and complete home décor
and interior services for the discerning client.
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