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The Collectors Newsletter #511 -- April 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #511 -- April 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 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.
After reading the "old card" stories this week, I just had to share mine.
My Grandparents were pack rats and saved every piece of paper or card
that you could think of. They were married over 63 years when my
Grandmother sadly passed in 1999 then my Grandfather a few years
later. While sifting through loads of papers that my Grandfather kept
my Aunt came across a box of very old cards. A few days later she
presented the entire box to me. The cards were from just about
everyone in my family to my Grandparents. They included holidays,
birthdays, anniversaries, and even deaths. I also found some cards that
my brother and I made by hand when we were very young. They were
ragged and falling apart, but I still remember giving these cards to either
my Grandmother or my Grandfather. These cards brought back so many
wonderful memories that I am so thankful that my Grandparents saved
Also another interesting piece of paper that I came across was a receipt
of the mink coat that my Grandfather purchased for my Grandmother in
the late 60s. My Aunt gave my daughter the coat after my Grandmother
passed. Love your newsletter because it brings back many good
I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principal use of
Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, but along with
that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even
used for cleaning out dirty ears. >From the chicken coop, the apron
was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched
eggs to be finished in the warming oven. When company came, those
aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the Weather
was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons
wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.
Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had
been shelled, it carried out the hulls.
In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from
When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how
much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.
When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved
her apron, and the men knew it was time to come in from the fields to
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace
that "old-time apron" that served so many purposes.
Send this to those who would know, and love the story about Grandma's
aprons. REMEMBER: Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies
on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window
sill to thaw
I thought you and your readers might enjoy this charming story (although
some of the uses made me wince a bit...Hope it had a few good washings)
Dorothy - Jensen Beach, Florida
I grew up in Southern California and was a surfer girl in the early 60's. We
used to hang out on the beach wearing two-piece swimsuits, the bottoms
like huge men's boxers but in wild prints. Often we made the suits ourselves
as no such surfer styles existed for girls in the stores. I was considered very
surfer-cool because I would stand around the fire pit wearing my dad's old
black wool coat, which hung down to my ankles but was very warm. For
some reason, we all collected bottle caps. To my mother's despair, the
bottom of my sister's and my closet was full of plastic garbage bags filled
with all manner of bottle caps, picked off the ground wherever we went. I
have continued to be a collector of various items, but none as unique as
bottle caps. Pat from Syracuse, NY
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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. Christie's NEW YORK IMPORTANT OLD MASTER PAINTINGS SALE
THIS APRIL. Click here:
2. Sands-o-Time Estates Antiques Appraisal Fair Mount Clemens Michigan
3. LiveAuctionTalk.com Highlights Jewish Genre Painter in its Weekly
Free Article. Click here:
4. WIW2U Group Adds Restoration Expert Database
5. SOUTHERN FURNITURE AND ORIGINAL ART TO BE FEATURED
AT JACK EUBANKS AUCTION IN APRIL
6. Imporant Silhouette Auction
7. SAFE/Saving Antiquities for Everyone Vice President Rick St. Hilaire
Guests On The VoiceAmericaTM. Click here:
8. Christie’s Wows Collectors with Rare Timepieces & Magnificent Jewels
9. Original "Peanuts" strip brings $37,000 at Philip Weiss
10. Antiques & Collecting Newsletter
11. 2007 Award Luncheon honoring Wendell D. Garrett
12. May Gallery Talks by Jim Lapides at International Poster Gallery
13. Matheson's Two Day Sale Featuring Napoleonic Period Collection and
Important Art Was a Huge Success. Click here:
14. Rise & Fall of the Pantry by Mama’s Treasures
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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 have a wooden plaque, about 8" x 10" that came in a lot of woodworking
stuff I got at an auction.
It is a graduation invitation from Duncan High School decoupaged onto the
plaque. The name on it is Donna Kaye Bullard, and the graduation was to
be held at Halliburton Stadium on May 29, 1969.
If anyone knows Ms. Bullard, or even what city and state Haliburton
Stadium is in, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you. My email is
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
5) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
THE LABEL MADE ME BUY IT by Ralph and Terry Kovel
Manufacturers of the past used beautiful, whimsical and sometimes strange
label designs to sell their wares. Today, tobacco, citrus fruit and food labels,
firecracker packages and product stickers are bought, sold and traded
through auctions, clubs and the Internet.
THE LABEL MADE ME BUY IT: FROM AUNT JEMIMA TO ZONKERS-THE
BEST DRESSED BOXES, BOTTLES AND CANS FROM THE PAST by
Ralph and Terry Kovel is filled with 320 color pictures of labels that once
decorated products from cigar boxes to soup cans. Learn the history of
brands and companies, trace the methods used by label lithographers,
discover the ingenuity of label designers. You'll also find out what "4011"
means on a banana label and why a grape label picturing a tiger confused
foreign customers who thought the box held tiger meat.
THE LABEL MADE ME BUY IT is out of print but a few new copies are left
in stock. Order now and you'll get a copy with a special bookplate
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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.
the story from Norma - Griffin, GA about beauty sleep reminded me of the
story that my Father in Law told me about his late wife (my husband's mother).
He said she was putting some cream on her face before they went to bed one
night and he asked her about it and she told him it was beauty cream and
he said huh didn't put enough on to which she threw the jar at him and hit him
on the head! Diane in VA
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.
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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.
A. Koomen requested a recipe for "Saltine cracker toffee". Here are
several responses that came in this week..
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
The recipe you are remembering is called " Pine Bark" my daughter-
in-law gave it to me in the early 90's . I always make it at Christmas
time because it is so easy and delicious. It is so much fun to have
your friends try to guess the " secret ingredient" crackers. You almost
had it right by memory but here is what my directions say to do.
Judy T middle Tennessee
PINE BARK CANDY
PRE- HEAT OVEN TO 400*
LINE COOKIE SHEET WITH SIDES, WITH ALUMINUM FOIL
AND SALTINE CRACKERS
2 STICKS MARGARINE
1 CUP WHITE SUGAR
1 PACKAGE OF CHOCOLATE CHIPS
Bring margarine and sugar to boil in saucepan ,pour over crackers
and bake 7 ( seven) minutes in 400* oven.Remove carefully and
sprinkle chocolate chips over cracker,margarine mixture immediately
, allowing to melt. Spread over entire surface and cool , break into
pieces when thoroughly chilled. Keeps for weeks in refrigerator.
Saltine English Toffee
35 saltine crackers
1 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
20 ounces milk chocolate candy bars, broken into pieces
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with tin foil. Lightly spray with non-stick spray.
Line the saltine crackers, salty side up in the baking sheet.
In a saucepan, boil butter and sugar for 3 minutes, stirring off and on.
Remove from heat stir in extract. Pour the sugar mixture over the
saltine crackers, bake for 7 minutes.
Remove from the oven, now is when you top with the chocolate bars,
spread them evenly. They will begin to melt.
Place in the refrigerator up to 10 minutes. Cut them into "saltine size"
pieces (makes it a whole lot easier to eat, and cut out)
Transfer pieces to waxed paper, allow to cool completely covered in
the refrigerator. Stay fresh up to 3 days in refrigerator.
4 ounces saltine crackers
1 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Arrange crackers in a single layer on the bottom of a 10x15 inch
pan that has sides.
Boil the butter and the brown sugar together for 3 minutes. Pour
evenly over the crackers. Be careful it's extremely hot and sticky.
Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 7 minutes.
Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle chocolate chips over
hot mixture. Wait a few minutes for them to melt, then spread
evenly with the back of a spoon. While still hot spread finely
chopped walnuts over the top. Break or cut into desired size pieces.
HEATH BAR COOKIES
56 saltine crackers
1 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. soda
12 oz. chocolate bits
1 c. chopped nuts
Line a large cookie sheet with foil. Spray with Pam. Lay crackers to
cover cookie sheet. Melt butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar.
Bring to boil. Boil for 1 minute only. Remove from heat and add soda.
Pour mixture over crackers and spread with a spatula so all crackers
are covered. Bake for no longer than 10 minutes at 370 degrees.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate bits. Spread to cover
crackers. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. Let cool overnight or until set.
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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.
I am trying to find a recipe for Onion Cookies. These cookies were made
by paternal grandmother. She came from Poland sometime before WW I.
She and my grandfather were from the town of Rava-Ruskia on the Polish-
Russian border.She made these cookies for my father who is now
deceased. No one else in the family has the recipe. She made them from
"scratch," using a handful of this and a pinch of that. Before baking she
sprinkled raw onions on the tops of the cookies. My grandparents were
the only members of the family to escape the Nazis. My great-grand
parents and all of my great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins and extended f
family members were killed by the Nazis so there is no-one left to ask. I
hope that some of your readers might be able to help. Thank you
Diane S. - Warner Robins, Georgia
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:
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