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The Collectors Newsletter #519 -- May 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #519 -- May 2007
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1. Featured Collectors Club
2. Stories From our Readers
3. Antique News
4. Your Classifieds
5. Lost and Found
6. News from the Kovels
7. Newly listed items
8. Funny Old Stuff
9. Wanted ads. Can you help?
10. A Vintage Recipe
11. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
12. New On line Merchants
13. Helpful Resources For Collectors
1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Abbott & Costello Fan Club
The fan club was founded in 1986 by Ron Palumbo to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bud and Lou's teaming in burlesque. (Ron is the co-author of the definitive Abbott and Costello book, "Abbott and Costello in Hollywood.")
Until mid-1999, the club was run by Lou's daughter, Chris Costello. Since then, Bill Honor has taken over administrative duties. The Abbott and Costello families continue to be involved in the club, which has their full support.
The club has approximately 3,000 members around the world. The largest concentrations of fans are in New York, New Jersey and California. (In 1992, club members in New Jersey organized the first-ever A&C convention. It was attended by members of Bud and Lou's families, and fans from all around the U.S.) Members keep in touch and trade memorabilia through local club chapters around the country, and through our club magazine, Abbott and Costello Quarterly.
For more information on the Abbot and Costello Fan Club, please visit:
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2) 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.
My mother and step dad were antiques dealers and in the 70s spent their early retirement crisscrossing the country doing the various antiques shows. Then they got tired of that and bought a motorhome and just cruised around. They put the antiques in a "barn" in the backyard. This storage shed had a dirt floor with wooden pallets over the dirt. In about 1990 I decided to open a little antiques booth in a local mall and decided to look in the storage shed. Time and neglect had taken their toll on the boxes and the flimsy wooden floor. I started moving things out and cried and cried over the mildewed French dolls and lovely old books, even a program from the premier of Gone With the Wind was ruined., Victorian clothing and hats were unsalvageable. But the treasure hunt was on. I boldly opened crumbling boxes and pulled out fabulous treasures -- Wedgwood, Tiffany, Steuben, Haviland, etc. After a few weeks of this, I was still digging things out of the dirt where the floor had rotted away and the mud had swallowed up some of the items. Imagine my delight to dig out of the dirt a large ceramic object which turned out to be a 14 inch Royal Dux classical figurine, exquisite and perfect, after being rinsed off. I have happily sold antiques for the last 15 years out of that barn and my home is graced with many of the lovely things. - Konny in Houston, Texas
About 17 years ago, I moved back to the farm home where I had grown up. When I was a child there was an old summer kitchen at the back of the house, but it was latter torn down and a garage was built on part of the area. I decided to plant some lilac bushes at the back of the garage, and while digging I hit something hard, and I suppose the white color is what made me examine it further. It was the head and upper body of a small doll. The body was broken at the torso, but the head was in perfect condition. I dug a bit more and found part of the doll's leg, a piece perhaps an inch long. Recently I saw a similar doll at an antique show. The seller estimated that doll to be 100 years old. The arms were attached with wire, and the legs had the same painted on socks that my doll leg did. My little doll has the prettiest face and even tho she isn't complete, she's a treasure to me. Kathy H.
In the 1960's I purchased a home in Perrine, FL. A few months later, I was cleaning around the outside of the home to plant some flowers when I noticed a piece of pottery showing from the dirt. I dug it up, figuring it was probably a shard, but imagine my surprise to find an intact 2 Qt. wax sealer crock that someone had spray painted gold. I loved the shape and decided to remove the paint with a brillo pad. WOW - it got more and more beautiful as I worked on it, and when I was done, I had a Gray Salt Glazed Crock with T. F. Reppert, Greensboro, PA in cobalt!! My son now proudly displays it in his home. Love your newsletter and faithfully read it every week. Thanks for all you provide. Janie, The Woodlands, TX
We have lived in this same house since the first year of our marriage in 1952. The house was built in 1911. Over the years we became convinced that we had an unusual guest that often turned lights and appliances off and on, and also moved objects from place to place. Usually about two or three times a year these things would happen. Nothing that endangered us, so we just accepted it. Then in 1998 we decided to build on to the house, and when the contractor tore out the walls, he found an old satin beige colored bra that buttoned in the front. It was in near perfect condition, and was up in the top part of the wall that he tore out. Anyhow, it has now been over 8 years, and nothing unusual has happened since. We feel that some lady that had occupied and died while living here was somehow attached to that bra, and when we destroyed it, it set her free. We simply have no other explanation. Helen from Nebraska
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Comments, thoughts? Write to us: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
3) Antique News
Here is that latest news about antiques, art and collectibles from
1. Property from set of Warhol movie 'Bad' to be sold. Click here:
2. Toy Collector Magazine launches Web site, announces June 1 release date for first digital issue. Click here:
3. THE SECRET LIFE OF AN ANTIQUES DEALER. Click here:
4. Spring & the Great Outdoors vs. Shopping In Enclosed Mall! Click here:
5. BATH CITY ESTATE SALE - MAY 4-6 - MICHIGAN. Click here:
6. Hector Cantu Joins Heritage as Editorial Director! Click here:
7. STEVE McQUEEN’S FERRARI RACES IN TO CHRISTIE’S. Click here:
8. West Coast Colonial Furnishings Return to New England. Click here:
9. FURNITURE AND ART ROCK ALONG WITH A STEINWAY AT AUCTION GALLERY OF THE PALM BEACHES. Click here:
10. Christie's Important Pocket Watches & Wristwatches New York – April 26, 2007. Click here:
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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 newsletter.
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 or family.
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.
Dear Readers, I submitted a lost and found about six weeks ago stating that I had found items marked John Stoll. I have since been informed that the name is John Stull, and that he was a California State Assemblyman from 1967-1972 and then a State Senator from 1972-1978.
My thanks to all the help I received, it is nice to know that there are so many who are willing to lend a hand. I love a mystery! I love it even better when the mystery is solved. Many thanks again, Lu Ann Johnson
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
KOVELS' PRICE LIST - 2007 EDITION
Ralph and Terry Kovels' best-selling KOVELS' ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES PRICE LIST is bigger and better than ever. The book that has become a staple in every collector's library now features hundreds of color photographs and 900-plus pages packed with prices for more than 45,000 items. This new edition of the Kovels' annual price list includes everything from ABC plates to Zsolnay pottery-more than 500 categories-all in full color for the very first time.
KOVELS' ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES PRICE LIST 2007 - 39th edition - features:
· 45,000 items and prices-what collectors paid at shows, sales, auctions, and on the Internet
· More than 400 color photographs, plus factory histories and hundreds of marks and identifying logos
· The Kovels' annual report on the antiques and collectibles market, including their list of record-setting prices from the past year
· Easy-to-use index with alphabetical cross-references
And it's just the right size to take with you to sales.
SPECIAL OFFER-Order online and the Kovels will send you this year's new 16-page leaflet, "Fakes, Fantasies & Reproductions No. 8," FREE!
For more information and to order- click here:
6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday May 1, 2007 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
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.
The x-lax story reminds me of something I did as a child. I had a sweet tooth, and found a bottle of dark liquid that was very sweet so I drank it. It was Castoria which was Castor oil flavored to make it more palatable for children. I too spent to rest of the day in the bathroom. Just another reason to keep bottle of medicine out of the reach of children. From George and Morris and Molly's Mommy
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.
8) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
Get your wanted ad posted here for just $10 so that a quarter of a million subscribers can see it.
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over 220,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to:
9) A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our NEW! vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
LMD requested a recipe for "PINEAPPLE MARSHMALLOW PIE" We received this response....
I have this recipe in an old cookbook and it may be similar to the recipe you are looking for:
1/2 lb marshmallows
1 lg can crushed pineapple
1 tall can Pet milk
1 bottle cherries (med).
Melt marshmallows in juice from can of pineapple (reserve crushed pineapple). cool. Whip until stiff, add one can of Pet milk. Add the crushed pineapple, chopped cherries and 1/2 bottle of bottle cherry juice if desired for added coloring. Freeze without stirring.
Add this to a prepackaged pie crust to serve as a refrigerated pie.
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a look at:
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.
Hi, I love the newsletter, especially the recipes section.
I'm looking for the recipe to Sour Cream Raisin Pie. I've seen some recipes for it in vintage cookbooks, all different and none the version I'm looking for. It's my dad's favorite and I'd love to make it for him. He said the pie he remembers was a creamy textured custard type pie. Can anyone help? Shannon
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to email@example.com 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.
Ocean Park Antiques
Specializing in vintage photography, books, ephemera, rock and roll-TV-and Hollywood memorabilia, paintings, prints, sculpture and kidstuff from the 19th through 20th century. Descriptions guaranteed. We look forward to serving you!
Rust Fringed Blanket
Our colorful inventory brings the unique individual to mind. We put forth a great deal of time and effort researching the history and value of each item we display and sell to our customers with the utmost integrity in mind.
BG's Classic Art Pottery & Ceramics
Our storefront operates under the name Fort Logan and we are extensively involved in Internet sales. We have been involved in the mail order business since 1993. Fort Logan is located in Central Texas on a major highway.
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop. If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at
If you have more than a few items to sell, open your own store at TIAS. It's easy and fun. Over 225,000 customers visit us on an average day. It costs you nothing to get started. Take a look at:
12) Helpful Resources:
1. Find an antiques or collectibles club. Nearly 2000 different clubs listed. Take a look at:
2. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 600,000 antiques and collectibles. It can be found online at
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4. Looking for prices for antiques and collectibles? PriceMiner.com has millions of them. Most items listed include color photos as well. Sign up today at:
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5. Get an online appraisal. For just $9.95 from "What's It Worth To You?"
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