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The Collectors Newsletter #527 -- May 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #527 -- 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
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10. A Vintage Recipe
11. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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13. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners, Inc
n years gone by, first-class service aboard the fine trains of North America was a given, included with the purchase of your ticket. Those trains of yesteryear are just fond memories now, but you can still find the service-along with superb cuisine and comfortable appointments aboard private cars available for charter by members of the American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners. To find out more about the luxurious world of 'private varnish' explore The Private Rail Car Experience. Ready for a trip? Learn about the cars available for charter You'll find the car, or cars, which best fit the needs and requirements for your rail trip of a lifetime.
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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 live in a 60 year old California ranch house, and I sometimes find pretty glass marbles when I'm digging in the garden. Of course I can't bear to throw them away because they are so lovely, and I save them all in pretty glass cups on my windowsill.
But my very favorite marbles are some that my Grandmother dug up in her back yard in her old house in Santa Barbara. When she gave them to me, she said she found them all together in the ground as if some kid had hidden them as a treasure. They are honest to God real agate marbles of different sizes in perfect condition, and they are indeed a treasure! Terri
Forty plus years ago, I was a new bride living on a farm in Iowa. We lived down the hill and across the road from his grandparents’ house. In the 1930s Grandpa and Grandma moved their old house to the back of the orchard and built a new house. The old house served as home to a series of hired men and their families. By the time I became a member of the family in the early ‘60s only the coons and critters lived there. The old house had no plumbing so the tenant families had to pump water and use an “outhouse”. My husband raised pigs and was constantly moving hog houses from one side of the road to the other by dragging them behind the tractor. He had a special hog lot area behind the tenant house where the mamas and babies wallowed in the mud. One morning as he was climbing the fence into the hog lot he spotted something gleaming in the sunlight. He picked up a ring out of the mud, stuck it his pocket, and later gave it to me. It was caked with mud and I thought it was junk. I gave it a long soak in ammonia and dish washing detergent. The dirt melted away and I could read “Orange Blossom” stamped in the band. A jeweler confirmed that it was indeed a diamond ring. We speculated for years about how that diamond could have gotten in the hog lot. Did a tenant wife throw it out with the dishwater? Did it drop from an airplane? Maybe it was on the gravel road and got caught under a hog house that was being moved up the hill. Hopefully it wasn’t recovered from the former location of the outhouse! Some poor lady probably shed lots of tears over the loss of her ring – or maybe she tossed it out. Who knows? We never figured it out. The ring was a solitaire with a .25 ct. diamond, not particularly flashy. I had the diamond remounted with a star sapphire and wore it for many years. After I was divorced, I had the diamond remounted into a new setting that makes the diamond look much bigger than it is, and still wear it today as my “divorce” ring. The fact that the diamond was found in the hog lot seemed to fit the history of the marriage. It is only recently while searching “Orange Blossom” on the Internet that I realize I’d probably have a valuable antique ring if I’d left the diamond in the original mounting. Oh well… Jonann
As a collector of all things related to Garrard Eng. of Swindon in England I have been buying some old gramophones from different brands because Garrard used to supply mechanisms to different manufacturers since the beginning of the 20th Century. Last month I bought a Dulceola Gramophone that was here in Swindon and would be easy to collect. It is in good condition and looks still nice; as I unscrewed and opened it to check the make of the mechanism I found out it is a Thorens, therefore not good for my collection, but inside the box, hidden and wrapped in a newspaper from 1942 was a bottle of Sandeman Port special edition "by appointment to the late King George V" - I started imagining that this was perhaps hidden by someone who went to War with the hope of drinking it when he'd return and perhaps never did return; but what's really special about this story is that Port wine is from Portugal, and I myself am a Portuguese citizen resident in England. Alex Tribolet, Swindon, England
When I was a girl my grandparents lived in an oil camp. About 1/2 mile from their house was a dump site that we kids were forbidden to play in. Of course, we disobeyed. We had an area that we called our "Kennedy Mansion" and we were always looking for objects to furnish it with. One time I found a sugar bowl-minus the lid. The bowl was otherwise in perfect condition. We took our treasures home and Grandmother loved my sugar bowl, so of course I let her have it. She never told on us for being in the dump. When she died, we were allowed to go through her house (after her children got what they wanted) and pick anything we wanted to have. I looked and looked for my sugar bowl and couldn't find it. I was about to give up, when someone moved some dishes and there was my sugar bowl behind them. It works perfectly for sweetener packets these days. We were amazed at the things her children had left behind--hand-made feather pillows, enough for me and my five siblings to each have two of them. We each got one of her old hats and one of Granddads old felt hats. These are things we couldn't understand anyone not wanting--they mean a lot to us. Thanks for your great newsletter. Carolyn in Oklahoma
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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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6. Toys, Advertising & Collectibles Auction May 31 in Worcester MA. Click here:
7. ItsOnlyRockNRoll.com Auctions Awesome Array of Authentic Autographs. Click here:
8. Gallery 63 to offer stunning jewelry and important art. Click here:
9. Tiffany rocked and the earth moved for Hires collectors at Morphy's $2.4M Spring auction. Click here:
10. Red Baron to sell important Tiffany window June 23-24. Click here:
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13. Miles Davis’ Trumpet, Roy Buchanan’s Guitar and Instruments at ItsOnlyRockNRoll.com Catalog Auction. Click here:
14. Coke pharmacy sign from '20s or '30s fetches $4,675. Click here:
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5) 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 I was in the 8th grade at Roger Williams Junior High School, I took a class about the history of Rhode Island. The book has a picture of the R.I. state house on the cover. My older brother is actually in the book being sworn in to the U.S. Marine Corps, at Fields Point in Providence. I just heard recently that the politicians in the state house would like a class to be taught in our high school's about Rhode Island. Does anyone have this book.
Also in the 3rd to 6th grades in Providence we had a spelling book which also had a small story about athlete's like Roger Bannister, the great runner from England who broke the 4 minute mile. Also there were some poems by Dorothy Hall, and I believe Dorothy Parker. The later was an inspiration for my first book of Baseball in 2003. I would like to acquire either of those books if anyone has them. I believe McGraw Hill was the publisher of these spelling books. Sincerely, Dan D'Alessio - 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
THE LABEL MADE ME BUY IT by Ralph and Terry Kovel
Manufacturers of the past used beautiful, whimsical and sometimes strange label designs to sell their wares. Today, tobacco, citrus fruit and food labels, firecracker packages and product stickers are bought, sold and traded through auctions, clubs and the Internet.
THE LABEL MADE ME BUY IT: FROM AUNT JEMIMA TO ZONKERS-THE BEST DRESSED BOXES, BOTTLES AND CANS FROM THE PAST by Ralph and Terry Kovel is filled with 320 color pictures of labels that once decorated products from cigar boxes to soup cans. Learn the history of brands and companies, trace the methods used by label lithographers, discover the ingenuity of label designers. You'll also find out what "4011" means on a banana label and why a grape label picturing a tiger confused foreign customers who thought the box held tiger meat.
THE LABEL MADE ME BUY IT is out of print but a few new copies are left in stock. Order now and you'll get a copy with a special bookplate autographed by Ralph and Terry Kovel.
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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.
My husband and I just returned from a trip to New York City and the vicinity. While there just out and about, we saw a young girl (6ish) who had brilliant red hair. I said to her that I loved her hair and that my 2 of my best friends have red hair. She said her Gramma has red hair. I said, "Oh, so that's where you got it". She said, "No, I was born with it" and flitted off....:-) One day, she will get the connection, but for now it was delightful to both see her red hair and her 'red hair' attitude! :-) Glenna
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.
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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.
Judy requested some recipes for "BACON HORSERADISH DIP" We received these response....
1/2 cup cooked and crumbled bacon
1 tablespoon horseradish
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 tablespoon minced onions
Place all ingredients in a blender container; blend 20 seconds or until smooth. Chill 1 hour. Good dip for chips, crackers, or raw veggies.
Judy here is a Dip Recipe I got from a local Dairy here in NE.
Bacon Horseradish Dip
6 bacon slices
1/4 cup prepared horseradish
1 pint sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 lemon ,juiced
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
Place bacon in a large,deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain,
crumble and set aside. In a large bowl, combine horseradish, sour cream, mayonnaise and lemon
juice. Stir well. Add bacon; cover and refrigerate one hour or more. Stir and top with parsley before serving. Makes 2 1/2 cups, or approximately 20 servings.
> From Chris.
I miss this dip too. Here are a couple that I find that can substitute!
1/2 cup crisply cooked bacon, crumbles
1 TBLSP. horseradish
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 onion, finely chopped (I didn't care for this item)
1 TBLSP. chopped parsley, optional Mix well and chill
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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.....my mom was born in Kansas....raised in the midwest........daddy was born in Arkansas.....also raised midwest (he was in the Navy, and extensive travels).....so...I have no idea where they got this recipe....but we had it every Christmas (until their deaths) . I have searched all mom's cookbooks and can't find the recipe anywhere (probably in her memory banks).....was hoping someone might know/have a recipe for
'roast beef with Yorkshire Pudding'......the roast beef part, I can figure out.....but just don't know how to do the Yorkshire Pudding (it's sort of like a bread pudding (?)....and cooked in a separate pan...then served with the au jus over it. It's not sweet...but it is very tasty. hopefully anyone has heard of it...and maybe could let me know the recipe? I would love to be able to continue the tradition.
Thank you for any help you may be able to give me with this.....I thought I'd give it a try......the worst could be that no one knows what the heck I'm talking about. ;-)
Thank you.....by the way....my husband and I thoroughly enjoy reading your newsletters (we even learn a thing or two). Robin
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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