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The Collectors Newsletter #525 -- May 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #525 -- May 2007
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10. A Vintage Recipe
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that are related to collecting or anything vintage.
Have you ever had dreams about how you are going to have things as you grow up but think that your finances will never allow it when you reach maturity? Well my dream was to have a Brass bed for my home when I was married. I told my husband that I wanted a solid brass bed frame for our pillow top mattress for years and my thrifty husband will always say in a heated reply They go for hundreds of dollars even the plated ones so how do you expect me to afford it!! Well as usual I hoped. Well Tony and I have made a habit for a long time to take weekends and just canvas the advertised rummages sales, yard sales, estate sales, moving sales, and such for a few years and we never seem to spend more than twenty dollars the whole weekend for the great buys we find. We are particular shoppers and tend to get things that go for a dollar or two only. Well a couple of years ago a few weeks before our anniversary We went rummage sales shopping. At one moving sales we didn't see much to think of but I had this uncanny feeling and being that this one person seemed to have a lot of brass items I asked if she had any Brass bed frames. Well the owner immediately jumped to her feet and showed me in the back of her garage a very dirty and green bed frame that was Queen size just like our mattress and my husband being the aesthetically type he is, immediately hated the bed. The owner kept telling us that her husband hates it too and isn't handy enough to even tighten the bolts in the frame together and will be throwing it away soon if we don't buy it and that it was an expensive designer solid brass frame. I knew the potential of restoring the frame and tried to keep the excitement from my face. I took my husband aside and begged him to make an offer. We had with us just forty dollars on us. We asked the owner the price and she hesitantly said thirty dollars. I was thrilled and begged my husband with my eyes to accept it immediately before she changes her mind. My husband said with disgust in his voice I don't know I will give you twenty this is really dirty. I was horrified that he wanted to haggle for it. Well to say the least she accepted the twenty and the owner made us wait so that she can give us all the loose bolts for the frame I had to help my angry husband home with the bed frame. Boy was he angry and all the way home he said if you wasn't so excited I could have gotten it for ten. I kept thinking he'll love it after it is restored. I had to bargain with my husband telling him that he didn't have to spend anything for our anniversary. Just restore the bed frame and that will be his anniversary present. Then and only then did he look happy. Like I said Tony is thrifty. It took two weeks of day and night work but my husband restored and clear coated the bed frame for me and even he was surprised as to how beautiful and solid it came out to be. We put it together for our anniversary night and Tony kept saying We got this for twenty dollars in delight that whole night. Now he brags to anyone who would listen about our find. I found it on the Internet and this frame is a Charles P.Rogers bed frame and sells new for twenty-five hundred dollars. It just goes to show a little tenacity, serendipity and a handy husband can accomplish miracles. Carol in New York
My brother and sister-in-law had a first born daughter and two sons. The two sons are in their 30's now but when they were young they often tinkered with all sorts of things. They had a driving need (it seemed) to take things apart and try and put them back together again. What usually happened is they got whatever it was apart with no problem but putting it back together was a little more difficult. As often happens with males, as they get older, their toys get bigger. Such was the case here. When the oldest boy got a little older and had a job, the first thing he bought was a broken down motorcycle with the intension of fixing it and having the "coolest"set of wheels in school (a vintage motorcycle). Well....he spent endless hours tinkering (with his younger brother's help--with a promise to the younger brother that if he helped, he could borrow the motorcycle after he obtained his license). Weeks and then months went by, my sister-in-law was complaining of all the motorcycle part being strewn throughout her backyard. Finally, my sister-in-laws incessant complaining and the endless hours of tinkering got the best of my nephew and one day he just had enough so....he buried the motorcycle--the whole thing--in the back yard. Recently my sister-in-law and her two sons revisited that old home where they grew-up. The new owner had the house up for sale again and they went to the open house. Imagine the home owners surprise when my sister-in-law told them they had a motorcycle buried in the middle of their back yard! Anyone else have such a large item/burying story? Wendy in Orrville Ohio
I have many stories of wonderful treasures found during my weekly urban treasure hunts, but your recent story of a treasure buried by young boys and never found prompts me to tell my similar story.
Almost 40 years ago during the summer I was nine years old, I began collecting coins and had the good fortune to be able to trade my Lincoln pennies to a neighborhood friend for his unwanted, much older Indian Head pennies. I treasured my new collection and used my older brother's coin value book to "appraise" it. However, my nine-year-old wisdom told me that when my brother returned home from summer camp and saw my collection, he would instinctively know I had used his book without permission and he would make me pay as older brothers often do -- with bruises and tears. So not wanting to experience his wrath, I packed my Indian head pennies in a small nylon fishnet bag and buried them safely. Unfortunately I failed to make a map, and though I looked for my treasure many times as a youngster I never found it.
Thirty-five years later when my father sold the home I returned one last time with a borrowed metal detector and searched the brick pile, the wood pile, the yard, the lane in back of the house and everywhere else I could think of, but I never found my lost treasure. And when I think of it now I chuckle to think what an archaeologist may think many years from now when he discovers a cache of 19th century coins in a 20th century sack. David in Georgia
Reading tales of farm life in our old stomping grounds brings back many fond memories.
My wife grew up in Edinboro PA and has many stories--some of which are true!
One snow storm was so heavy that the children could unscrew bulbs from the street lamps, they had snow tunnels all around the farm, and school was out for weeks.
She had an egg every morning from her pet duck.
And they were the "big city family" because they had indoor plumbing and the first TV. (During another storm another neighbor walked miles to knock on their door because he'd heard they had a set and he'd never seen one.)
I lived in the city, but learned of the country ways after becoming a lawyer.
Sometimes farmers would walk into the office and you didn't have to ask what their occupation was. But they'd reach into their bib overhauls and pull out a big roll of bills and buy real estate for "cash on the barrelhead."
Another unique situation was when the last occupant of a family farm died or sold out--a century or more passed without a deed. It just was accepted the eldest son would take over and everyone knew it!
But when it passed out of the "family," we had to reconstruct the family tree and get all relatives we could to sign off and do a Quiet Title on the rest.
Do you have any idea of the geometric numbers of descendants there are after a couple of generations of births, marriages, etc.!?
We now live in the Hudson Valley of New York and it seems farmers aren't that different here.... mlc
I have been enjoying all the stories of things people have dug up and found to have great value. Since I can remember, my mother had a hutch made by my dad. On it she displayed several very fancy plates, most hand painted with flowers. One plate in particular, though was quite different. It had a raised rim and in the center of the plate was a relief of a mother and child surrounded by cherubs. The dish was pink/pale salmon and the mother and child was chalky white with gold accents. My sister and I always loved that plate and would often argue over who would inherit it, even as early as ages 8 and 14. Many years later one day when I was cleaning at Mom's house, I turned the plate over to dust it and was shocked to see written on the back - "For Kathy". I asked Mom if she had written this as it did not look like her hand. Imagine my surprise when my Mother replied, "I don't know why you two keep fighting over that plate - it's just something I dug up in the back yard and liked it!" Well, I never told my sister that as I graciously presented it to her in a gift box after Mom passed away. She still thinks she has a family treasure. Judie B.
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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 inherited a paper hymnal from my grandmother and thought I might find a relative of the man who put it together. It is called Inspired Evangel and the editor is a R.E. Winsett from Dayton Tennessee. It was published in 1942 and there is a picture on the inside flyleaf of R.E.Winsett his wife Mary Ruth and children Harold Gene, Ruth Naomi and Marilyn Anita. If anyone has information about any of these people or their survivors I would gladly send this book to them. You can contact me 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
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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.
Years ago I served one of my favorite holiday dishes, Congealed Cranberry Salad. It called for fresh whole cranberries rather than canned cranberries. My friend asked if I would share the recipe with her. I gave her the recipe and sometime later I ran into her and asked if she had made the salad. Yes, she replied, and it was very good but she probably would not make it again because it was too much trouble to make. I protested that it was very easy to make.
She said, "It took me forever to cut open each cranberry and remove all the seeds. After I dried my eyes from laughing I explained that the cranberries were to be used whole and the seeds did not have to be removed. Joyce, Asheboro, NC
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
Erin requested a recipe for "a light wedding cake frosting" We received these response....
Wedding Cake Frosting
6 c. powdered sugar
1 c. Crisco shortening
2 tbsp. flour
4 tbsp. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 egg white, beaten
Combine all ingredients and mix with electric beater until creamy.
This sounds like what you are looking for.from The American Woman's Cookbook 1944.
1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon of flavoring extract
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
boil sugar and water without stirring until the syrup will form a soft ball in water ( 234 degrees f );add very slowly to beaten egg whites; add flavoring and cream of tartar and beat until smooth and stiff enough to spread. Put over boiling water, stirring continually until icing grates slightly on bottom of bowl.
That is exactly as printed in book, I know we now spell syrup ,syrup.For a Wedding cake you will need to make a lot more than this calls for but thought you might be able to make Larger batches. Jane Whitt
This is a recipe for "Ornamental Frosting" which I found in my 1942 Good Housekeeping Cookbook, and may be what Erin is looking for. I don't remember my mother ever making this. Rhonda
This is NOT what my mother called 7 Minute Frosting, which was made with meringue and cooked sugar syrup, kind of like divinity.
1 lb (3 1/3 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tarter
3 egg whites, unbeaten
1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract
Sift sugar and cream of tarter through a very fine sieve. Add the egg whites and mix all together using a slotted spoon or a wire whip. Continue mixing for about 3 minutes. Add the flavoring. Spread a thin layer over the top and sides of the cake to set the crumbs. Continue beating the remaining icing about 8 minutes by hand or 3 to 4 minutes in an electric beater at high speed. Spread some over cake, smoothing the surface with a spatula. Beat the remaining icing until it is so stiff that a knife, drawn through, leaves a clean-cut, clear path. In damp weather, more sugar may be beaten in to frost and decorate three 8" layers or 3 doz. small cakes. Frosting may be colored with food coloring to suit needs.
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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.
Help with leftover meat -- I remember when growing up that my mother had a million ways to turn cooked beef that was leftover from the previous night's meal and turn it into another completely different meal. The beef might turn to Chili or a Stew. I'm looking for other ideas from your readers for what I can do with leftover cooked beef. Are there any favorite recipes? Thanks, Stephanie
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