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The Collectors Newsletter #521 -- May 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #521 -- 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
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1) Featured Collectors Club
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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.
Our house in Washington was located just outside of North Bend in what was once logging country. The house was built between 1952 and 1956. The "foundation" was cement tiers and one really large cedar stump. When I went to plant another rhododendron, I found an old beer bottle load with dirt. It took quite a few washings to clear it and I realized it didn't look like other beer bottles. It had no molding line running up the length of the bottle. I searched through the library books and discovered an applied top meant it was pre-prohibition.
Under the house were canning bottles from the early 1900s, an old milk carrier, and other old bottles. I sold some of these at our moving sale.
Inside the house I found a painting on tin for Drewry's Ale complete with a Royal Canadian Mounty in a canoe and the Mounty head painted on the canoe. Quite a find. I did ask the previous home owner if she wanted it back, but she did not. I have that hanging in my office. Marilyn
My grandmother, born in Brownsville, TX, in 1920, unearthed a pottery pitcher in perfect condition in their back yard when she was a small child. I inherited that pitcher many years ago. Unfortunately, I had it sitting out on display when one of my sons and our cat got into a chase game one morning--a game both enjoyed. Either cat or kid rounded the corner too sharply, and it hit the floor and shattered into large pieces, with one side getting the damage. I was so upset, that I had to call school (teacher) and tell them I'd be late for school. I had to get over the crying before I could go teach. I was able to glue the pieces back together later, with only one small spot missing (shards too small). It has been on a shelf near the ceiling in our library ever since. Why hadn't I put it there sooner! I've thought about having it repaired by a professional, but my amateur efforts may make it impossible for them to do a good job now. Back then, I didn't even know there are people who can do do this or I would have done it then. Millie H. Colfax, LA
I love reading the stories that you print and the fact that you are interested in hearing our stories about collecting enough to print them, you are truly one of a kind! Here is my story of a special find. We moved into our home 48 years ago and raised 5 boys and 1 girl. In the early 60's, while all the girls in the neighborhood were collecting Barbies, my boys collected, played with and wiped out one GI Joe after another. None survived long enough to call it collecting. This was the one toy my boys loved most next to Matchbox cars. They would tie handkerchiefs to the GI Joe, as parachutes, then drop them from trees and the back porch roof. They waged endless wars between each other and the neighbors kids. Arms got broken off, legs too. None survived, or so I thought. Imagine my surprise in 1992, as I was preparing a new area in my yard for a small tomato garden, when I dug up a black GI Joe, missing one lower leg! He had survived over 30 years buried way out back. I cleaned him up and he now sits on a shelf in the den. I love listening to my boys telling stories to their kids about when they were young and the fun they had playing with GI Joe. Ah, the good old days. Nancy in Levittown, NY.
Many generations of my family have occupied the same few farms along the Ohio-Pennsylvania border, and, as you'd expect, many family traditions grew up amongst us all. One of these is a huge family re-union (usually at least 200 people), which my great-grandparents hosted for quite a number of years. I was still quite little when my great-grandparents' poor health prompted the move of the re-union to a younger family's farm, but my next-younger sister and I remember these day-long parties quite well -- all the great food, of course, but also the people and the games and the wonderful weather that always seemed to grace the day.
Well. Fast-forward 15 to 20 years, when I and most of my siblings were all grown up, and visited our Ohio relatives on our own, bringing along our adult news and interests, as you do. One summer, two of my brothers, both younger than me, had each taken their shiny new metal detectors on a visit to Great-Grandma's, only now it was Aunt Ruth's house. The guys were happy but a bit puzzled when they had several hundred "hits" from the huge front lawn for pennies, nickels, and dimes, which -- oddly -- all dated from the '50s and early '60s -- no later. They were puzzled, but apparently didn't think to ask anyone why. Eventually, one of them mentioned the coins to me -- and I suddenly remembered those family re-unions once more. I hadn't realized how very young my brothers must have been when the re-unions moved to Pennsylvania.
You see, one of the favorite games for all the kids attending was the penny search. The day before the party, someone would go out into the enormous lawn stretching between all the outbuildings, and scatter $3-4 worth of pennies into the grass, plus a few nickels and dimes for added interest. Whenever a kid or three got restless or a bit whiny, they were told to go look for money in the grass --- and it always worked! I've never heard of anyone else using this so-simple party game, though I carried on the tradition with my own kids' various parties when they were young. It's pretty unique, and still kept some of the "kids" occupied twenty years later! (And I still say the game is cheaper than most of the store-bought kids' party games.) Beth S., Canberra, capital of Australia
My story is not about something that was dug up, but something that was NOT dug up. When I was a young boy, about ten I think, I used to spend a week or two on his farm with my cousin who was about the same age. As young boys might do, we thought it would be fun to have some buried treasure. So we packed some interesting things in a Prince Albert tobacco can. We made a map of where we buried it so we could find it the next year. Well next year came, and we found our map which had several different directions like a pirates buried treasure map. When we came to the final clue, we found that our carefully buried cache beside the barn...was now covered by the manure pile. Don, now in Ohio, formerly from South Dakota
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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
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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.
While doing some genealogy research of my wife's family tree, we happened upon a gentleman named Caleb Pink who lived in the New York area during the last half of the 1880's until emigrating to England where he died. He was a founding member of the "Labor and Socialistic Party" and ran for Governor on their ticket. He was friends with William Ingram and Walt Whitman. He wrote a book entitled "The Angel of the Mental Orient",, an interpretation of the Scriptures, and it was reportedly published by a London Publishing House famous for its Leftist leanings. While "granny" Pink remembers seeing the book as a child, it has long ago disappeared during subsequent moves and wide-spread re-locations from state to state. We would like to acquire a copy of this tome for future generations, so hopefully it rings a bell with someone out there. H.L. Martin - email: email@example.com
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:
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∑ 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
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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.
Reading about the humorous food stories reminded me of what happened when I was about 10 years old or so. My next oldest sister, Patty, was only three years older than I was, and had just started learning how to bake. She was attempting to make a "Coffee Cake" and I was to be her guinea pig with the first taste. Not wanting to hurt her feelings, I told her it was okay, but a little "gritty." We found out later from our mom that the recipe called for coffee, of course, but didn't specify LIQUID coffee....so my sis used coffee grounds! Yuck! She's a much better cook now, forty years later. We still laugh about that one! Debbie Waddill
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?
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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.
Nancy Nelson requested a recipe for "Salmon Salad" We received this response....
Savory Salmon and Pasta Salad
2 1/2 ounces of canned salmon, low sodium
2 Tbsp. of low fat or nonfat dairy-free sour cream
1/2 tsp. of mustard
1/2 tsp. of dried parsley
1/2 tsp. of dried dill
3 tsp. of fresh lime juice or cider vinegar
1/4 cup fine chopped green onion
2 Tbsps. of low fat or nonfat dairy-free (soy) yogurt
Prepare pasta according to recipe, omit salt. Dice green onions. In a small bowl, combine yogurt, sour cream, mustard, lime juice, parsley and dill. For salad: drain and flake salmon; combine with cooked pasta and dressing, and toss gently. For best flavor, chill for 30 minutes before serving.
I use low-fat mayo instead of the yogurt and I serve it with fresh baked salmon - it is delicious! ...Sterling
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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 had such great luck with my request for Mock Chicken Legs, I thought I'd try again. This time I'm looking for a good recipe for home made English muffins. Here in California, I used to be able to buy Foster's muffins and they were chewy, substantial and slightly sour. Alas, they're gone and their's nothing like them anymore. Thanks! Diana Cooper
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.
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11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
von Walhof Jewelry
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