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The Collectors Newsletter #520 -- May 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #520 -- 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.
Abingdon Pottery Club
Twenty-seven years ago, Marie Olinger and some like-minded individuals who were interested in collecting Abingdon Art Pottery banded together to form the Abingdon Pottery Collectors. On August 17, the group presented Olinger with a certificate which reads, in part, "in recognition of her insight to organize the Abingdon Pottery Collectors in 1977.
Olinger said that she "couldn't have started the organization unless there had been a lot of other people interested."
The group held it's first show at the Abingdon American Legion on Oct. 14 and 15, 1977. Paul Cuba was the president, and Robert Rush served as vice-president. Margaret Atkins and Robert Gustus were the secretary and treasurer, respectively. John and Edith Lewis were the club historians, Marie Olinger was correspondent, and Lovi Bond was the reporter. The first dues-paying member to join the club was George Hatch.
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2) 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.
All my life I have been a collector (my husband says I am a pack rat) but, I choose collector.One day my husband was eating his lunch,pinto beans and cornbread and etc.All of a sudden he started sputtering and gagging.He said what is in my beans?He said it is a bird,I've found a feather.I ask how in the world the world could a bird get in their.I then started laughing,I had a shelf over my stove with some of my collectibles,one being a stuffed bird from my son's easter basket.It somehow fell into the beans while they were cooking,and he has never let me live it down.It is a funny memory,and I love that kind.MaryH. from Hartsville TN.
Several years ago my car died about 1/2 mile from my house. After walking home and calling my Dad he came and loaned me his car while he worked on mine. As he walked down the road to where my car was he happened to look in a small creek that was fed by a pond beside an old house. In the creek, half buried in the mud he could see a glass jar. When he pulled the jar from the mud he found out it was a gallon Spees Vinegar Jar in perfect condition. My mother was thrilled when he brought it home and eventually sold it for $100.00 Knowing the family who had lived in the old house my mother mentioned it to one of the daughters. She commented that there was probably a fortune at the bottom of the pond because that was where her grandmother and mother threw everything they wanted to get rid of, including a crank telephone. I keep meaning to go look in the creek again or even in the pond late in the summer when it is very dry. Leigh in KY
When I was 14 my parents moved to a farm far from where we originally lived. I was disappointed. Having to make new friends, attend a new school, not being able to go much of anywhere because my parents were working hard to make the farm work. But the bright spot (for me) in all of it was that there was a small "dump" where the former owners had thrown a bunch of stuff! I would go over daily and sift through it and found children's jewelry, small porcelain dolls, bottles, buttons, beads, and pieces of a child's tea set. I became a bit of an archaeologist and even began digging up pieces and putting them back together (pitchers, crocks, plates, etc.) Out of 7 children I was the only one fascinated with this "sport" and spent much time there. I still have many of the items I found and look back on the adventure with great delight.
About 3 years ago my husband and I moved to our "place in the country". There are little "mound" type gardens all around the yard. Looking at one of them I can tell that they were used to "bury" stuff. (the frame of an old model T or A complete with wheels is peeking out at me from one bed.) I'm getting my urge to dig again. Who knows what I'll find this time! Dorie
In the summer between seventh and eighth grade (1959) my folks moved from town to what was then considered country. Our house was near a state park and horse riding academy, and I had a great time swimming and riding my bike all around. One day I tried to buy a soda from an old outdoor machine (the kind that had the bottles in ice cold water). Anyway, I put my dime in, but the machine did not work. When I hit the coin return, out came what was about the size of a dime, but turned out to be an 1868 three cent piece. I had never seen anything like it before, and was real excited. This started what has turned out to be a lifetime of collecting. I never tire of the thrill of the hunt. Paul R. Bel Air Maryland
SEND US YOUR VINTAGE STORIES! send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
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
3) Antique News
Here is that latest news about antiques, art and collectibles from
the Webs largest online antique and collectible mall released their monthly "Hot List" of Antiques & Collectibles. The TIAS "Hot List" has been published monthly since 2002. These top ten lists are based on hundreds of thousands of searches by people using the online search engines at the indicated Web sites in the month of April 2007.
Keep in mind that these searches are what people were looking for, not necessarily what they were buying. In many cases, people will search for items when they are just trying to determine a value of a specific item that they have in their possession.
Here are the top ten search words used at
This site specializes in offering a broad range of antiques and collectibles:
1. Cookie Jar (No Movement) 2. Milk Glass (Up from #9) 3. Carnival Glass (Up from #4) 4. Avon (Down from #2) 5. Roseville (Down from #3) 6. Fire King (Not listed last month) 7. Lamps (Not listed last month) 8. Fenton (Not listed last month) 9. Crocks (Not listed last month) 10. McCoy (Down from #8)
"No Movement" means the item has not changed position since the previous months list. "Down from #.." indicates that the item has dropped on our list since the previous list was published. "Up from #.." indicates that the item has risen on our list since the previous list was published. "Not listed last month" means that this item was not in the previous top 10 list.
Here are the top ten search words used at
. This site specialized in "high end" Antiques and Art:
1. White Ironstone (No movement) 2. Desks (Not listed last month) 3. Paintings (Down from #2) 4. Flow Blue (Not listed last month) 5. Staffordshire (No movement) 6. Wicker (Not listed last month) 7. Dining Table (Not listed last month) 8. Pitchers (Not listed last month) 9. Belter (Down from #8) 10. Oil Lamps (Not listed last month)
Past hot lists can now be viewed online in the TIAS Newsletter archives, just search for "Hot List" at
1. 100 Years of American Sculpture Auctions at Rago’s on May 20th. Click here:
2. Photographs from the Renowned Collector/Curator Joshua P. Smith Auctions at Rago’s on May 19th. Click here:
3. Alexander Roux sideboard fetches $20,350 at Stevens. Click here:
4. Advanced Issues in Appraising: Special Valuation Issues. Click here:
5. New Book Probes Wyatt Earp Photo Mystery. Click here:
6. Asselmeier & May "Oestereich" Antique Estate Auction. Click here:
7. Smith House Toys spring auction. Click here:
8. TRADEWINDS CANE AUCTION 2007 A SUCCESS. Click here:
9. PROFESSIONAL PERSONAL PROPERTY APPRAISAL COURSES OFFERED. Click here:
10. Meryl Streep Necklace to be Auctioned by Heritage to Benefit Equality Now! Click here:
11. Mother's Day Sentiments from 100 Years Ago Might Make Your Mother Pale Today. 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.
I have an id bracelet purchased with stuff from one of my many yard sales I have attended, with the name Richard Smith Kline and under it are the numbers 35884472. Does anyone know what those numbers stand for? The back of the bracelet is stamped sterling +14K. The only place I have tried is the phone book, with no luck of course. Any help would be appreciated in locating this person. You can email me at email@example.com - 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
5) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
KOVELS' PRICE LIST - 2007 EDITION
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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!
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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.
The letter about the exlax sure brought back memories. Our youngest son, around 4 at the time, also found a box of "chocolate" and ate it without my knowing it. Didn't take long to discover what he had done. The circus was in town and we were going that afternoon. I explained that if he needed to come home, he and I would run to the house, only about 4 blocks away, and Dad could stay with his older brother. I promised we would return as soon as we could. He sat through the entire circus, not saying a word. As soon as it was over, he made the announcement, "Mommy, I think we need to run home now!!" We made it home in time, and he never ate chocolate again without knowing what kind it was.
F. C., Vidalia, LA
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?
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our NEW! vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
Shannon requested a recipe for "Sour Cream Raisin Pie" We received this response....
This is my Grandpa's Favorite recipe Sour Cream Raisin Pie
1-3/4 cups water
1 cup raisins
1 package (3 oz.) cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon butter or margarine
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1 pie shell (9 inches) baked
1 cup (8 oz) sour cream1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
In a saucepan, combine the first five ingredients.
Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil and is
thickened and bubbly.Remove from the heat;
stir in butter,lemon juice and peel. Cool for 5 minutes,
stirring twice. Pour into pie shell.
Press a piece of plastic wrap on top of filling; refrigerate
overnight. Remove plastic wrap. In a bowl,combine the sour cream,
powdered sugar and nutmeg. Spread over pie.
Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 6-8 servings
From Mrs Chris Taylor,Bennet NE
From an old Heloise newspaper column:...Myrna
1 c sugar
1 & 1/2 c sour cream
1/2 c seedless raisins
2 tbsp flour
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c brazil nuts or pecans (optional)
1 unbaked pie shell
Beat the eggs slightly, add sugar, blend well, then add sour cream.
Dredge raisins in flour and add to the mixture.
Add vanilla and nuts and pour into pie shell.
Bake @ 400F for 10 min, reduce heat to 350F and bake 30 minutes longer.
Shannon asked for a raisin pie recipe that is more of a custard. With this recipe you have to be careful to bring the custard to a real boil (Step 2) and then boil for 1 minute or it won't set-up. Good luck! Sandra, Midway Kentucky
Sour Cream Raisin Custard Pie
Ready made 9-inch pie pastry
1 1/2 cups dark raisins
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups whole milk
3 egg yolks, beaten
1 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Garnish: Optional 1 cup heavy cream, whipped with 2 tbsp. sugar
1. Fit pie shell into a 9 inch pie pan. Bake at 450 degrees for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. (If you prefer, you can always make your own "short crust" type of pie shell)
2. In a 2 quart saucepan, combine raisins, sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Stir in the milk, blending until smooth. Cook, stirring and being careful not to scorch, over medium heat, until mixture boils. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat.
3. Blend a small amount of hot mixture into the egg yolks that have been lightly whisked together; return all to saucepan.
4. Add sour cream, mixing well.
5. Cook, stirring, just until mixture starts to bubble. Remove from heat immediately. Add lemon juice. Cool 10 minutes.
6. Pour into baked pastry shell. After cooled, refrigerate until ready to serve.
7. Optional Garnish: Whip heavy cream with 2 tbsp. of sugar, spread over top of pie.
1 cup thick sour cream
3 eggs slightly beaten
1 cup sugar
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 cup raisins
1 unbaked pie shell
Combine all ingredients and pour into unbaked pie crust. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes; reduce heat to 350 degrees for 30 minutes. ...Lenna
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, My sister and I have been looking for the recipe for Salmon Salad that our mother used to make. We don't know where she got the recipe, but I think it may have been the newspaper or a magazine. It had one can of salmon, minus the skin and bones, cider vinegar, yellow salad mustard, onion and green pepper. She may have also used some sugar in it. If someone has a similar recipe, I would like to try it and take a trip back in time. The results have not been good when I've tried to duplicate it. Thank you Nancy Nelson
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.
Jayzees Emporium is an antique, vintage and collectible shop. Our inventory includes many items; we will continue to add new items for you to view and hopefully purchase. Please stop in to see what we have and bookmark us.
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!
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12) Helpful Resources:
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