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The Collectors Newsletter #509 -- March 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #509 -- March 2007
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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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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.
First, let me say how upset I have been that earthlink now blocks the sending
of this newsletter to me. I resent being "protected" against my will. That said,
I go to the TIAS website every two weeks or so and send the most recent
newsletters to myself from the site. It's kind of tedious but worth it.
When I read all the stories from people about their collections and mysterious
events surrounding their family heirlooms, I can't help but hope that, in addition
to writing to the newsletter about these things, they are documenting them for
the next generation. I have inherited portions of 8 preceding households
dating back to my great great great grandfather and have pretty much
dedicated all my free time over the past 25 years to documenting the
heirlooms and recording whatever anecdotes I know about them. In addition,
I am doing the same for the items I have acquired as an adult. I started the
documentation primarily for insurance purposes after a house fire gave me a
wake-up call (but thankfully didn't destroy any heirlooms) but I am finding
that the family anecdotes are the most important part of the inventory. I have
also learned a great deal about antiques and collectibles as I do research
into the basic history of the items.
My family and friends were so impressed with my efforts that they encouraged
me to write a book about the inventory concept, which I have done. If any of
you are interested in more information about the inventory concept or the
handbook, please contact me at: email@example.com Karen Loparco
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I enjoyed reading others’ thoughts about postcard collecting. I’ve been
collecting them since I was very young (under 10) after being given some cat
postcards by my grandmother.
My brother was given some dog postcards and he collected for many years.
Postcards are a wonderful inexpensive memento when traveling, and we had
very limited allowances. Even on my honeymoon, I bought postcards just
about everywhere we went.
When my brother moved away to CA he gave his postcard collection to me.
Many years later, when my grandmother died, what was left of her collection
was inherited by me (by default – no one else wanted it). There were four
shoeboxes and 5 postcard albums full. This was after she had given many
postcards away to grandchildren over the years. She had traded postcards in
clubs by mail and bought them in her later years when traveling. She
received many postcards from friends, neighbors and relatives who knew she
loved postcards and didn’t have much opportunity to travel until she was
I have integrated many of her postcards into my and my brother’s collections.
I have six boxes full and I’ve left the ones in the albums as they are. I have
organized them by state and anything that doesn’t fit a state category I have
divided by subject. I enjoy going through them and reading the backs of them.
I forgot to mention that I also kept the postcards that were left when my
other grandmother died. She didn’t really collect postcards as a hobby, but
she saved all the postcards she received over the years from neighbors, friends
and her children who traveled. It has been interesting to read all of them and
get a peek into my relatives’ lives that I wasn’t aware of when I was growing
up. I had cousins who traveled to Europe with their high school groups and
sent postcards back to Grandma, cousins who were in the military and did
It’s still fun to get postcards when we travel and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired
of looking at them. I always wonder what will happen to all my great
collections when I’m gone, as I don’t think any of my kids will want all my
“junk” - - but who knows? I find myself becoming more nostalgic as I grow
older. Other collections I have are “Occupied Japan”, depression glass
(green, cranberry and pink), pitchers – regular sized and miniature, Fiesta
Ware, Red Rose tea animals, handmade crocheted doilies, crocheted
afghans, quilts, vintage hankies and tablecloths, state plates, salt and
pepper shakers, and “Child’s Garden of Verses” poetry books by Robert
Lewis Stephenson. I am currently enjoying decorating my new sun room
with vintage (‘30’s – “50’s) everything! Marsha R
As a religion teacher at a Catholic High School it is fascinating to offer
students antique vintage postcards in religion. They can see that a swastika
was originally a religious symbol of note and that "Merry Xmas" was used
routinely in the Victorian era and was not meant to keep Christ out of
Christmas , but was rather a use of the X from Greek symbol for Christ,
the Chi-Rho. Seeing the postcards they find fascinating--and vintage proves
points. In addition they can't imagine seeing something old that has been
taken care of--and they love it. I have some hold-to-light cards, and they
really are wild for them as well as a few pricey Halloween cards. Some
have started their own collections once they see mine. J. K. of Florida
I have always loved Vintage and antique Valentine cards, and I display
them for the Valentine's Day Holiday. But my most treasured card is the one
my Mother saved and I discovered after her passing. It was a card sent to my
Father from me when I was less than a year old , envelope and all. I could
just picture my mother who was only married for less than two years buying
this card and being so pleased to mail it to my Father. Another card I found
in her pile of goodies was a Valentine card I sent to my Mother and Father
when I was in college. We always teased my Mother for saving everything
but now I'm grateful that she did. Carol, Fairfield, Connecticut
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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.
To Collectors Newsletter. My original letter was posted in Newsletter #504.
I have some important updated information that I would like to share as I
continue my search for the family of Zachariah E. Bishop (WW2 bracelet
to give to his family). It's amazing how much support and help that I
received from the readers of this newsletter. No where else that I posted
my message were my words so well received!
I hope that you will consider posting my updated message below.
Thank you, Eileen Hochstein
Thank you to the many readers of the Collectors Newsletter who have been
a big help and support to me with our family search to return a WWII
bracelet! I feel we are getting closer! I do have an update as I have
discovered the names of two sons born to Zachariah! I need help in locating
them to give them their father's bracelet. I can only imagine how it would
feel to get something like this after all this time. Here is the story again,
which includes updated information. Thank you again to everyone! I still
need your help!
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 f
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
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
(Claire) Bishop and a half-brother named Carroll. I have found one of
Carroll's children, who is the niece of Zachariah. She is much older now
and cannot remember much. She vaguely recalls the name Zachariah.
But we continue to search for a more direct relation.
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
- Infantry. I tried to get his military personnel records. I was not denied
access they just could not locate them and believe they perished in the
In 1947 he was married in MA to a woman from Paris, France. Her
name was Georgette. They had two sons, born in San Diego County,
CA. Wayne Edwin Bishop - 26 Jan 1955 and Daniel D. Bishop - 28
August 1957. These are the two sons I'm currently trying to locate.
Zachariah liked to be called Jack. He was a resident of Lakeside, CA
for 17 years, working as a painter for General Dynamics-Convair.
Then he moved to be a painter for a aircraft company in Los Angeles,
living in Van Nuys. Within the two years that he lived there he became
ill and died in the Sepulveda VA Hospital. They buried him in San
Diego where he lived most of his post-war life. He had a sister there,
Mrs. Isabell Good. She has since passed. I know that she had two
daughters but do not know their names.
We need help in locating this man's family! Again, the names are
Wayne Edwin Bishop - born 26 Jan 1955 and Daniel D. Bishop - born
28 August 1957. His wife Georgette was 47 years old when Zachariah
died. I did not find a death date for her. I do not know if she is alive
or she remarried and has a different last name?
Thank you!! Do any of the Bishop Family members listed above
sound familiar? Any help would be appreciated!
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.
Hello from Georgia,
A couple of weeks ago I went to the hospital to see my sister in law who had
recently had major surgery. She was not feel great so I told her that when
she was tired to let me know and I would leave. She said she thought she
would like to take a nap so I immediately got up to leave and I said to her "I
need to get home anyway as I need my beauty sleep". She came right back
with "And what day did you miss". I chucked all the way home.
Thanks for a great newsletter, I enjoy them so much.Norma - Griffin, GA
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful recipes are listed.
Jennifer requested a recipe for "Chocolate Meringue Pie". Here are
several responses that came in this week..
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
CHOCOLATE MERINGUE PIE
1 baked 12 inch pie shell made with
2 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
2/3 c. Crisco
5-6 tbsp. cold water
2 c. milk
4 eggs, separated
1/2 c. flour
3/4 tsp. salt
2 c. white sugar
4 tbsp. butter
3 blocks unsweetened chocolate
1 tsp. vanilla
Scald the milk in a small pan. Beat egg yolks in small bowl. Mix flour,
salt and sugar in double boiler. Add egg yolks and stir. Add scalded
milk, stirring well. Add butter and chocolate; cook until thick, stirring
often. When mixture is thick, add vanilla. Pour into baked pie shell.
Use 4 egg whites, 4 tablespoons sugar, dash salt, 1/2 teaspoon
cream of tartar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla to make meringue.
Bake 15 minutes in 275 degree oven.
CHOCOLATE PIE WITH NEVER FAIL MERINGUE
3/4 c. sugar
3 tbsp. flour
2 1/2 c. milk
3 egg yolks
3 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. salt
2 sqs. unsweetened chocolate
1 tsp. vanilla
Baked pie shell
NEVER FAIL MERINGUE:
1 tbsp. cornstarch
6 tbsp. sugar
1/2 c. water
3 egg whites
A few grains of salt
To make the pie, blend together sugar, cornstarch, flour and
salt. Stir in hot milk and cook over hot water until thick. Add
chocolate broken in small pieces, and stir until smooth.
Add a small amount of the mixture to the beaten egg yolks,
stirring well. Return to main part of mixture. Cook 2 minutes
Add vanilla. Pour into baked pie shell, and top with meringue.
Mix cornstarch, sugar, water and salt in a saucepan. Cook
until thick and clear. Cool slightly.
Beat egg whites with mixer until frothy. Continue beating while
pouring cornstarch mixture in. Beat 5 minutes.
Cover cooled filling in the pie shell, sealing edges to crust.
Bake at 450 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes or until brown.
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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.
Potato salad with a zesty sweetness is what I like. But lately all of the
local delis seem to be serving bland chunky mayo saturated glop.
Who's got a zesty sweet potato salad recipe for me? Bill in CA
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
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