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The Collectors Newsletter #522 -- May 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #522 -- May 2007
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10. A Vintage Recipe
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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 great-grandparents homesteaded a section of land in western Kansas in the 1870's, growing wheat, for which they used Belgian horses to pull the plows and other farm equipment, and raising milk cows and chickens, not to mention a vegetable garden, for their own consumption. When they retired my grandparents continued to work the farm and, after them, my aunt and uncle. My mother went out to California, met my father, and never went back to Kansas except to visit. Growing up, and as an adult, I loved to visit the windswept wheat fields and pastures and the houses my great-grandparents built, both on the farm and in the small, nearby town to which they retired. When my daughter was 12 or 13 we took a road trip back to the original homestead, where my aunt and uncle were still farming the land. Knowing my fascination with family history and old things, they encouraged us to excavate the "cave," the old-time term for what we modern folks would call a garbage can, whose location was dug out from the side of a low hill in the pasture, next to the tall windmill of a water pump and trough for the cattle. It was mid August and there'd been no rain for many weeks. The ground was cracked and cement-like as we attacked it with shovels. Just under the surface we encountered the rusted remains of a Model T (or A, I'm not sure which). Much more interesting to me was that, among and around the car's skeleton, we found old intact glass bottles: several clear glass medicine bottles, a catsup bottle with stopper in place, a cobalt blue salve bottle. Even more exciting, although perhaps less valuable, were pieces of broken plates tossed into the garbage by any one of my female antecedents. I was thrilled to see what my grandmothers had considered attractive in the way of tableware: Blue Willow, white Ironstone with gold edging, etc., one even charred when the garbage was burned. Those old pieces of ironstone, porcelain and china give me a sense of my female forebears that I wouldn't have otherwise had. Since their retrieval from the underground, they have resided in my home in an Early American Pressed Glass compote given to me by my mother. Postscript: A number of years after the dig, my uncle now gone, my aunt sent me another old glass container that had surfaced out there on the prairie. Patricia
I've been treasure hunting here on Long Island New York over 30 years and have/had accumulated quite a collection until eBay came to be. I finally had and outlet for all the buttons, buckles, coins, rings, you name it I had it. But one item always fascinated me it was a token from a Barnum Circus Sideshow. It read Chang Woo Gow the Chinese Giant. I knew it was old because the rest of the items we found buried with it were all 1860' to 1880's. Finally the Internet came around and I was able to research this fascinating token. It turns out Mr Woo Gow was in fact an early sideshow act for P.T. Barnum. After doing a bit more research I found that his home still exists in Bournemouth which is on the south coast of England. Further research revealed that his home is now a Bed and Breakfast and the current owners are well aware of its fascinating previous owner. By the way Chang was nearly 8 feet tall according to records. The owners of the B&B have a small museum dedicated to Chang. I made contact via email to let them know of my find and find out if it was of any interest to them. They asked if it was for sale and I said of course, I would've preferred to see the token in a place it would be most enjoyed, such as the original home of this gental Giant. Getting this token to England could have been done the our trustworthy Postal System but I came up with a nifty idea. I contacted the owners of the B&B and asked if they would be interested swapping the token for Room and Board in exchange for the token, they agreed to my crazy idea and off I went to England. It was my first time flying overseas so I was excited. We eventually made our way to southern UK and we made a stop at the B&B now known as the Ashleigh Hotel. After such a big trip by plane, car, and dozens of trains I had tears in my eyes when I finally placed that Chang token in the hands of its new owners. It is now proudly on display in the original home of Mr Chang Woo Gow. I was on a mission I suppose lol. I hope you enjoy! Steve F.
When I was around 13 a friend and I were walking beans in one of my grandpa's fields in the early 1980's. This was a small, isolated 40 acre field surrounded by timber and pasture. As we were walking, I noticed a small greenish disc in the dirt. I picked it up and put it in my pocket. Once we got home I cleaned it up with a brass brush and some water. It turned out to be an Indian Head penny from the 1800's (the date wasn't fully legible). I'm always amazed when I think about the set of circumstances that fell into place for me to find it. Clint - Iowa
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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. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
From the time I can remember I spent the summers with my Great Grandmother. She began to teach me things like embroidery and cooking at the age of five. Since she was 77 years old when I was born, this was the things girls were taught when she was young. I could bake a tasty cake all by myself at age 7. The old cook books usually called for "Ajax Flour" or "ABC Butter" always recommending a brand name. Grandma always said I didn't have to use the brand name, just use what we had.
Baking a cake alone for my Father I wanted it to be so special. The cake looked great as it came out of the oven. Now for the frosting, pink of course. The recipe called for "Confectioners Sugar" thinking that was just a brand name I used what we had, REAL SUGAR! It was so pretty and pink and I was so proud when I carried it into the table after dinner. My father went to cut it and the frosting was so hard he tried and tried to no avail! Grandma figuring out what happened said she would cut it. She pushed down with all her might on the knife and the frosting totally shattered falling down around the cake, I was humiliated! We all laughed then and had cake minus the frosting. Adrian S.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
Diana Cooper requested a recipe for "home made English muffins" We received this response....
I believe the English Muffin recipe that Diana Cooper may be looking for is made with a sourdough starter. Unless she already has a starter, it will take a couple of days since she will need to make the starter first. We think it is well worth the effort. Eleanor from southern California.
Place 1 cup milk (can be skim) in a large glass jar or crock (nothing metal) and allow to stand at room temperature for 24 hours. Stir in 1 cup room temperature all-purpose flour. Leave uncovered in a warm place (80 degrees) for two to five days, depending on how long it takes to bubble and sour. Be aware that if it gets too warm, the heat will cause the fermentation to stop. If it starts to dry out, stir in enough tepid water to bring it back to the original consistency. Once it has a good sour aroma and is full of bubbles it is ready to use.
Try to maintain about 1-1/2 cups starter. Each time you use part of your starter, replenish it with a mixture of equal amounts of milk and flour. Leave at room temperature several hours or overnight or until it again becomes full of bubbles, then cover and store it in the refrigerator.
The starter is best if you use it at least once a week. If you do not use it for two or three weeks, spoon out and discard about half of the starter and replenish it as described above. Given good care a starter becomes more flavorful with age. If you don't plan to use the starter for several weeks, it is a good idea to freeze it. If you freeze it, you should leave it at room temperature for 24 hours after thawing before using again.
1/2 cup starter
1 cup milk
2 & 3/4 cups unsifted regular all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
About 3 tablespoons corn meal
In a large non-metal mixing bowl, combine starter, milk and 2 cups of the flour; mix together with a large wooden spoon, cover loosely and set aside at room temperature for about 8 hours or overnight. Mix thoroughly, 1/2 cup of the flour, the sugar, salt and baking soda. Sprinkle over the dough; thoroughly mix in. Turn this very stiff dough out onto a board floured with the remaining 1/4 cup flour; knead for 2 to 3 minutes or until no longer sticky. Add a bit more flour if necessary.
Roll dough out to a 3/4 inch thickness. Use a 3 inch round cutter (a 7 oz tuna can with the ends removed make a good cutter) to cut out 12 muffins. Place muffins 1 inch apart on a cookie sheet or waxed paper which has been sprinkled with corn meal. Sprinkle more corn meal over top. Cover with a cloth or waxed paper; set aside in a warm place to rise -- about 45 minutes.
Bake on a lightly greased electric griddle set at 275 degrees, or in a heavy frying pan over medium heat, for 8 to 10 minutes per side, turn once. Serve warm from the griddle, or split and toast. Makes 12 muffins.
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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.
Years ago our family would purchase a Pineapple Cheese pie that was just scrumptious !! The company is no longer in existence. Does anyone have such a recipe? If I remember correctly, it did not contain any cream cheese but a cottage cheese mixture with a cooked pineapple spread on top. Hopefully, Rosie
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