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The Collectors Newsletter #507 -- March 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #507 -- 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
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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.
Reading Julie's note about her grandmother calling and insisting that they
come and get the things she'd saved for her reminded me of a visit to a
precious uncle in 2002. We called him Uncle Louie but he was actually
my mother in law's cousin. I think in New Mexico, as in other places,
the older generation is "aunt" or "uncle" no matter what the actual
relationship. This sad occasion was my mother in law Sylvia's funeral.
The only NM relatives left were Cousin David and his wife Steffi and
Uncle Louie. After the service Uncle Louie stressed that he wanted my
husband and me to come by before returning to our home in Oklahoma.
He said it was very important. When we arrived the next day he told us
that one of the last times Sylvia had visited him she told him he looked
tired and lonely. He insisted he might be tired but hardly lonely. She
asked if there was anything she could do and he said "Maybe you could
hire me a maid." When she returned a year later she brought with her a
picture of a housemaid which she had painted for him. "Here's the maid
I promised you Louie," she told him with a laugh. He hung it in his
kitchen and had enjoyed her presence for several years. The year before
he had asked us if we didn't want to take it and we had refused, telling
him there was plenty of time to worry about such things. "I want you kids
to take it now," he said this time. "If I die who knows what might happen
to it, anybody might take it." Louie was 79 when he said this and though
we did not want to deprive him of the picture it seemed so important to
him that we take possession of her that we reluctantly did so. The next
day we left for home and it was not more than a few days later that we
received word that the dear man had died quite suddenly. He must have
had a premonition that the end was near, for as far as we know he was in
quite good health for his age. As it happened there was a terrible mix up
with all the belongings that had been left in the house, and many hurt
feelings resulted. Not ours though. Uncle Louie made sure we had what
was ours. She hangs in pride of place in our kitchen just as she had in his.
After reading a few of your stories about how collections started, I
realized it doesn't take much for me to start a new collection. I have
quite a few! My main collection is California pottery (all kinds) but one
of my favorite collections is postcards. Not pristine, never used
postcards like most postcard collectors - oh no - I want the ones sent to a
loved one back home. I like the little fine handwriting that is no longer
seen. I want the "wish you were here" sentiments. The postcard that
got me started is a fold out postcard from a just released Army soldier in
San Jose, Calif in 1947 to his mother in Georgia, letting her know he was
staying in San Jose and why. It's so sweet and heartbreaking. You can
just picture the son and mother's faces as they write and read this
postcard. And the fact the mother kept this postcard all these years and
somehow it ended up in an antique store. I just couldn't let it stay
there. I think that's why I like the ones with sentiments. I like the
history and small slice in time that postcards give you. Yes, I do have
postcards that have just been bought to be a remembrance of a past vacation
and I love those, too, but by far, my favorites are the sent postcards,
saved for years by their recipients. They tell a little story. Show a
special glimpse of people from the past. I don't know these people but I
can feel them and that's why I look especially for those postcards.
I LOVE GARAGE SALES!!! While scanning a large table of average things
of little-to-no value my eye caught something amidst the clutter--something
I had almost missed. There it was! A 2 3/4" diameter x 11/16" depth
copper "whatever." As I looked at it closely the marvelous reverse
engraving captured me. That is, the design was hammered from the inside,
making the image three-dimensional on the outside. The engraving was of
a man wearing a robe. In his right hand was a scepter of some kind, while
his left hand (held up level with his shoulder) displayed a large cathedral.
He was seated upon a chest, whose design I recognized as 16th century.
A skeletal form was beneath his feet. Around the perimeter was inscribed
something in Latin. The purchase price was a mere $5.
My investigations, ended up at Notre Dame University. The Latin stated
clearly that this is the "Seal of Saint Peter's Monastery." (Upon researching
the Internet I discovered that what I have is, in actuality, the matrix, into
which the melted wax was poured, to form the actual seal. Many times,
when a document was created, it was a work of art on fine linen, where the
opening letter was a magnificent creation all by itself. The melted wax was
poured into the matrix (of the seal) and later, when it hardened, was
removed from the mold and placed in the lacework at the bottom of the
document, lending authenticity to it. This is most likely the only one in
Saint Peter's monastery is no longer that. In 1540, during the Protestant
Reformation, the monastery ceded from the Roman Catholic Church,
changing allegiance to Martin Luther. The building that was once the
monastery now is known as Westminster Abbey.
If anyone knows the value of the seal's matrix, and/or where it could be
auctioned, I would be most grateful for said information.
Rev. Burton Seavey - BURTseavey@aol.com
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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 just wanted to thank everyone who searched for the DVD Movie, Dreamer
of Oz. I had 22 people write me and give me websites where I could find
I love the newsletter and all the interesting letters, recipes, and stores and
want to thank you for providing this service to all of us.
Your readers are a great bunch of people and so helpful. Thanks again.
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 eight-year-old son was complaining that he didn't want to live in the house
with his little sister anymore and he was going to go live in the backyard. My
husband asked him what he was going to do for food, shelter, etc. The last
thing he asked him was how he was going to shower. His five-year-old sister
looked up and said happily, "The neighbor's cats will have to lick him!". He
decided to continue living indoors, sister and all! Sharon
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
Be sure to check out our NEW! vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful recipes are listed.
Granny Dee requested a recipe for "sweet Corn Tamales". made with
dried apricots. Here are several responses that came in this week..
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
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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.
There is a restaurant here in Los Angeles called "El Cholo" and they
are very famous for their green corn tamales! They gave the recipe to
the Food Network which is where I copied this. They are sweet and
wonderful and only served 6 months out of the year - so everyone
lines up to get them when they are in season. Good luck!
K. Dermit - Los Angeles
24 ears yellow corn
1/2 pound cornmeal
1/4 pound shortening
1/4 pound butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup half-and-half or cream
1 teaspoon salt
12 (1-ounce) strips Cheddar
24-ounce can chiles (recommended: Ortega)
Special equipment: Parchment paper
Cut both ends of corn, remove husks and save for wrapping. Cut corn
kernels off the cob. In a food processor, grind the kernels with the
Beat shortening and butter together until creamy. Add the sugar, half
& half and salt. Add the corn mixture and mix well.
For each tamale, overlap 2 corn husks. Spread some of the corn
mixture onto the husks. Place 1 cheese strip and 1 chile strip on
top of the mixture. Top with more corn masa. Bring the edges of the
corn husks over the filling to cover completely. Place the husk on a
piece of square parchment paper. Fold ends of corn husks, then fold
sides of parchment over tamale and fold up ends. Tie string around
ends to hold in place. Continue until all tamales are tied. Place on
a rack and steam approximately 35 to 45 minutes.
I used to make sweet tamales with my left over masa. I made them like
regular tamales, but instead of the meat mixture inside, I would sprinkle
them with sugar, cinnamon and raisins. We absolutely loved them.
You cook them just like the meat tamales as well. You might like to try
some like this. Beverly, Ariz
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