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The Collectors Newsletter #524 -- May 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #524 -- May 2007
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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.
I love your newsletter and never miss reading it. I just couldn't resist writing my story of the items I have dug up in my life. The first, found when I was just 10, was a silver pendant with a 20 carat amethyst stone in it. We lived on a very old farm at the time, it was once an old Indian campground and settler encampment. I still have that and will someday pass it down to my granddaughter.
After I had been married about seven years, my husband and I were walking through a very isolated area of the state, on his uncles farm, when we came across a human skull partially buried in a creek bed. We called the police, took them to it and they took it to Washington University in St. Louis and the department of Anthropology said it was Native American and very old, probably from an old burial; it was turned over to the local tribal members for proper re-burial.
Next, when my husband and I lived on the Mississippi River, just south of the Meramac River in MO. After the '73 flood, the island just north of our town had a large area washed out by the rushing water. This little island used to be the St. Louis City dump. We found cups, plates, a small gold ring, old medicine bottles, cobalt blue and hand blown and other hand blown bottles with stoppers and spoons from the 1906 Worlds Fair, held in St. Louis. Unfortunately, we couldn't do any digging, since it was private property, but there was no law against picking up what was on the bank and sticking out of the ground.
A few years later, we were removing the sod from our front yard and digging ditches for the foundation of our new home and we found the following: 37 tiny ink bottles, The kind that went into the inkwells of those old school desks,evidently our property had previously been a one room school house site; a spear point that according to a professor from the University was a Stillwell point that was from 6,000 to 7,000 B.C., he was a professor of Paleontology. We also found a 5 gallon hand thrown jug, in perfect condition, dated from the 18th century.
But the biggest find, by far, was the 12,000 to 25,000 year old skull of a Mastodon. I was working with some friends on a sanctioned dig for the museum; I was a gofer and all around run and fetch volunteer. Well, there was this thing sticking out of the ground and when looked at, it was found to be a piece of a mastodon skull that had been crushed by a bulldozer that had initially cleared the land. Since it was in such poor condition, they let me work on digging it out, with dental picks a spoon and a tooth brush. Even though it was never any good for anything but little pieces, they made sure that I followed all of the proper procedures for a professional dig. Lots of hard work, but I had fun and I learned about the actual work involved in preserving history.
I am now 63 and very crippled with arthritis, but I still keep my eyes open when ever I am around a dug hole or washout. You never know what will turn up. Karen in MO.
When I was about 34 years old, I was at a really low point in my life. I was staying at a place here in Phoenix, everyone knows is a street where drug addicts and hookers hang out at called Van Buren Street. I had just managed to scrape enough money together to stay at a sleazy hotel there but was at least cheap and I didn't have to sleep on the street. I was walking down the street one day (because I didn't have a car at the time), and about a block from the hotel, was a group of run down homes that mostly migrant workers lived in. As I walked past an alley on a side street, I looked down and saw a windup tin toy. Something in me just knew this was not a reproduction and I stooped down to pick it up. I turned it over and around but couldn't read the name because it was written so small. I looked around for a child or some kind of sign that it belonged to one of the houses or a small occupant within one of the houses, but since it was in the middle of the alley by the street, I saw right away there was no way I would figure out who it belonged to. I knocked on the first house it was closest to, but the lady in broken Spanish said it was not hers. So I knocked on the second door, nope...it didn't belong to that house either. So I took it home. Years later I looked it up and it was a Schoenhut windup tin clown on a three wheeler, now valued at about $400. Because of that toy which I have never sold, I ended up being an antique dealer for 5 years, a collector for life, and almost 15 years later I am still an appraiser.
I've enjoyed reading the stories of what people have 'dug up'. My father was a carpenter and my mother worked with him a lot or at times puttered around the work sites with him. One time she was there when he was building a house and was always looking for little odd things like glass, little pine cones or anything that would be unique on the beautiful driftwood pieces she made. This was in the '60s' and my mother saw something sticking out of the packed dirt. She got a stick and pried it out. It was a pin shaped like a flower. Nothing particularly striking. About 2 inches long, pink petals with a little stone in the center.
She was later showing it to my father who was installing new windows at the time. She 'jokingly' said, "Maybe it's a real diamond, I wonder if it will cut glass?" As she said that, she made a big swipe across the
window my Dad was installing and to their disbelief, it made a big curved cut in the glass about 2 ft. long. After they were through laughing, my Dad cut a new piece of glass and installed it. It was in her purse and one day she happened to be in a jewelry store and came across the pin and asked the jeweler if it looked like anything. At the time it was appraised for $35 and that was more than 45 years ago. She always had it in her jewelry box in the same little envelope with $35 written on it. I don't know what happened to it eventually. As time passed and with progress, we had often kidded about what it would have cost 'them' if she had done that on the windows of today! Miriam F.
I enjoy the stories people share about their various vintage collections or beloved mementos. When my Mother died I received what jewelry she had (mostly costume), but my happiest find was a valentine I had made for her when I was in first grade (1948)! It was the obligatory red heart with a white heart on top and such, but the best part was my signature on the back - Marie misspelled Maire! I love it and treasure it. I have all those pieces displayed in a shadow box style setting that is very attractive. Joyce, Jacksonville, FL
All these digging stories has me remembering back to when I was a kid and used to dig in the woods in the center of our block. There was a lot of junk there as people used to just throw there garbage out in the woods in a big pile. My brother and I (and sometimes a friend) would dig into the dirt and pull out bottle after bottle. Once in a while we got a cone top beer can in pretty good shape. Other times we would find silverware or an old toy cast iron truck, The one thing I really think made me become a collector was the little Santa Claus figurine that popped out of a mound of soil I had started to sift through. I didn't think much of it at the time but when I brought it to my Mother she was very excited and washed it up right away. She showed me that this figure portrayed Santa in a GREEN suit instead of the red one we are all used to seeing today. That's when she told me that it must be an antique as the red suited version has been the standard version since well before the 40's. My Mom had it out on display with the rest of her Christmas decorations every year until she passed away. I think I will have to go and see if I can dig that old Santa out of storage so I can display him during the holidays again. Chris
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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 was searching through boxes at a little junk store here in Modesto Ca. When I came across 4 baby record books. The title on the books are "A Happy Child Of God".
Below the title it says A catholic baby record book, by Rev. Daniel A. Lord S.J.
The parents of the babies these books belong to are Mr. & Mrs. Al Rojo. The books contain newborn pictures, napkins from baby showers,name beaded bracelet from hospital A couple of them has the actual birth records. The names and dates of birth are as follows.
Mary Kathleen Rojo born 7-8-56
Richard Carlos Rojo born 12-15-59
Carol Marie Rojo born 10-1 -61
Mildred Ann Rojo born 9-22-62
The first 3 babies where born in St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco, The 4th was born in Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco.
I would love to get these back to the family, they are filled with so many treasures.
Thanks to anyone that an help.
Love this newsletter!! Keep up the good work!! Kathy Small Modesto, CA.
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7) Funny Old Stuff
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My sister's friend decided to try to bake a pie. She was about 14, I guess. She loved cherry pie so that was the choice. Then she went to the store and bought about 10 bottles of maraschino cherries and put them in the pie crust. Needless to say, the pie was icky and she never lived it down! DG, Wayne, PA
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
Marilyn requested a recipe for "oatmeal cake" We received this response....
From Mrs. Erica D. Williams - Elgin, South Carolina
* 1 1/4 cup boiling water
* 1 cup rolled oats
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoon baking powder
* 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 1/2 cup butter, softened
* 3/4 cup granulated sugar
* 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 2 large eggs
* 1/4 cup butter
* 2 tablespoon half-and-half, light cream, or milk
* 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
* 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
* 1/3 cup flaked coconut
* 1. Grease and lightly flour a 9-inch springform pan; set aside. Pour boiling water over oats. Stir until combined; let stand 20 minutes. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside.
* 2. In a large mixing bowl beat the 1/2 cup butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds or until softened. Add granulated sugar, the first 1/2 cup brown sugar, and vanilla; beat until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Add flour mixture and oatmeal mixture alternately to beaten mixture, beating on low to medium speed after each addition just until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
* 3. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Remove side of pan; cool on wire rack for at least 1 hour more. Transfer cake to a baking sheet.
* 4. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan combine the 1/4 cup butter and the half-and-half. Cook and stir until butter melts. Add the remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar; stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Stir in pecans or walnuts and coconut. Spread over warm cake. Broil about 4 inches from heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until topping is bubbly and golden. Cool on a wire rack before serving. Makes 12 servings.
1 & 1/4 cup of boiling water poured over
1 cup of oatmeal.
Stir & set aside.
Mix in separate bowl:
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of white sugar
1/2 cup soft butter, mix all and add:
1 & 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
pinch of salt
Put in oatmeal, and mix
Bake 30 minuets in 9x12 pan at 350 degrees
This tastes so good, I think it tastes like banana bread! No need for frosting, but that would only enhance it. Sunshine
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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.
Hi, Up front I want to let you all know that I love your newsletter...a true diverse read packed with great info and that special people-touch too. Kudos to all including your readers. I have answered a few reader recipe requests from my small vintage cookbook collection over the years...but I am stumped now. My son asked if I would make his Wedding cake in July. It is the frosting recipe that I cannot find. Remember the feather-light frosting that was Wedding Cake flavor (for lack of a better term)...nothing else tasted like it. I know it had a hint of almond flavor...whether it was an extract or Marzipan paste or what I don't know...as well as other flavors and was unique. I am not talking about the decorator's stiff frosting, just the overall frosting. Does anyone out there know what I am remembering and have a recipe to share?
Regards -- Erin
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