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The Collectors Newsletter #528 -- June 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #528 -- June 2007
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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 grandmother had several great collectibles that she never knew were so rare! One day I was looking at a grammar school photo taken in 1939 of my Uncle. I noticed something odd behind the photo. I carefully removed the frame and to my surprise was a silhouette of a lady in a dress, hat and cute little boots. I guessed it to be from the 1930's. My grandmother used to venture thrift shops in the Santa Monica area for over 60 years, and my great grandfather had a second hand shop in Venice, California around that time. I had it appraised and it is a fashion silhouette from Minnesota dated in the 1920's. It is worth over $100.00.
What a discovery! Sarah C. California
This isn't really a story about something great that I've found. It's more of a warning. I love garage sales, but in the past year I've purchased two things that have had official documents hidden in them. First I bought a wooden file box that had two social security cards tucked in between the dividers. Last weekend I bought a little file cabinet in which I found a car title and a document from the county court appointing a person as executor of another person's estate. I found them when I pulled the drawers out to paint the cabinet. I think they had fallen out of a drawer and were plastered against the inside back of the file cabinet. I usually do a lot of garage sales in one day, so of course I can't remember where I purchased these items. I'm honest, so I will shred these documents. However, in this day of identity theft, these people could have been in trouble if these papers came into the hands of a more unscrupulous person. My warning is...if you are having a garage sale or estate sale, look over your items carefully to make sure you are not leaving something in them that you might regret. Pam
Nearly two years ago, after my father-in-law died, we moved into the house my husband grew up in, an old farmhouse built in 1914. The house needed lots of updating. We had a 22X24 foot addition put on it, and remodeled some of the original house. Part of the construction involved rerouting the drainage around the house to an area across the driveway. The guy who ran the excavator dug in, and stumbled onto an old household dump where the original farmhouse had stood long before my in-laws bought the house in the '40s. He immediately stopped, and told us he'd wait to finish the job until we had a chance to see what we could find. We dug through it a few days, long enough to know there was "treasure" there. A few days later a large amount of gravel was put in over the drainage tile, but we were still able to sift through the soil that remained piled up beside it. Over the next few weeks we found lots of old bottles from the early 20th century, parts of shoes, rusted farm implements, pottery and glass shards (too many of those), large stones from the original foundation, an intact china doll's head, among other things. All this from a two-foot wide trench. We've evened the soil off and planted grass since then, but we know that someday we'll start digging again. Who knows, maybe buried out there is the one treasure that will enable us to pay off the mortgage on the addition to the house!
Some other interesting things we discovered while the old part of the house was also being remodeled included: a pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey game from one of my husband's long ago birthdays that was lodged in the wall by a large pocket door, an old bread wrapper from the 1950s, lots of coins in various parts of the house (my father-in-law collected start quarters), my father-in-law's original bill from the '55 Ford tractor which is still on the property. Marty in Ohio
Before I got married to my husband I used to go over his home and clean his Knick Knack shelves in his living room. Well at one time Tony had this set of wine decanter and glasses that were shimmery blown glass and very red. Of course I didn't know that Tony's brother was coveting the set for years and well I was careless and the decanter was very thin blown glass so I managed to break it by mistake. Now only the decanter broke the glasses and stopper stayed intact. My husbands brother came over one day and saw that only the glasses were there and Tony said you can take it because I really have no use for them at all. My husbands brother very gingerly and reverently took the glasses and stopper but being that I was new in the family I didn't know until then that Jason wanted the set and boy did I feel badly about breaking it. My husband being a sweet heart kept saying it was ok we all make mistakes. So hence was my search for a replacement. I looked in flea markets and rummage sales and on the Internet for eight years and I am now married to Tony for seven. I tell you the like I have not seen anywhere since until one day in a thrift store I go to, I saw it, but the decanter was without the stopper but with the same glasses selling as a set. I was thrilled but it went for fifty dollars and I was on a strict allowance that allowed me to buy only things for a dollar or two. I kept asking for a year if it was going down in price and the store clerks kept saying that it was on consignment and that they had to sell it for fifty dollars. Well after a year and a half the store stopped the policy of having consignments and finally told the owner of the set that you either take it home or we will sell it at a price we wanted. I finally found a clerk that gave me the set for five dollars. I was thrilled and I tell you I live in New York so every penny counts out here because everything is so expensive that everyone lives on a tight budget and has to scrimp so when I found it affordable to my budget well I jumped on the chance to buy it. I asked my Brother in law recently if he has the stopper and glasses still and he said yes and when he comes to New York he will pick it up. I can tell that Jason was thrilled with my find and when he asked how much it cost me and I told him he sounded a little disappointed. You see I didn't know this until Jason told me but the set is supposed to be Jason's grandmothers and about a hundred years old and some kind of rare antique so when I told Jason that it cost me five dollars for the whole set he kept thinking that I had something different than what his family had. Boy will he be thrilled when he sees it. Even to this day I have no idea it's real worth but it is worth a lot to Jason that is what counts. Carol from New York.
My husband had a handyman business for several years, and I frequently assisted him on jobs. A lot of those jobs involved digging--sometimes for laying brick paths, but mostly for sprinkler lines--and the 'digs'
were fairly shallow. It began to be a joke with us because on nearly every 'dig' we'd find at last one marble, and occasionally found a plastic soldier or some other toy--but mostly marbles. We had lots of
collections, because I'm a vintage clothing/antiques dealer, so took a lovely little cloisonnes ashtray and designated it 'home' for the 'job marbles' as we called them. I'd wash off each one we brought home, and
add it to the 'job marble' dish. Patrick died this last October, but the 'job marble' dish remains on the shelf with the cloisonnes and cinna-bar pieces; they remind me of what fun we had 'digging' together, and
are as much treasured by me as any of the more 'important' collectibles.
Love the newsletter; I learn something from every issue, and used to read the 'funny old stuff' out loud to my husband....sometimes I'm still tempted to read a really good one to our dogs, especially when they make
me laugh out loud! Very best regards, (Ms) Shon B. Miller
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5) Lost and Found
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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.
Hi. Love your newsletter. Hope you can help. I am looking for a children's book, probably published in the early 70's or 80's, about a "Little House". As the story goes, the little house lived in the country and was quite happy, but somehow was moved to the city and everything changed. This book was a particular favorite of a member of my family and I would love to get a copy for her. Or maybe your readers can help me with the title of the book if anyone recognizes that storyline. Thanks for your help. You have my email address. Peggy K. 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.
Whenever the weather gets hot I'm reminded of the time we took our youngest daughter to Myrtle Beach, SC. She was about five years old at the time. The only "pool" of water that she had seen prior to our trip was her kiddy pool. While on the beach she had an immediate need to use the bathroom. Our oldest daughter and her new husband were staying at a fourth floor condo on the beach. She told me to take her to their room which was closer than ours. After taking care of business, I took her over to a look out to get a high up view of the ocean. As I said to her "Look at all of the water in the Ocean". She thought about it for a minute and then replied " It must of took a lot of hose pipes to fill that up". I guess in her mind that had to be the way it got filled up. We still laugh about it today and she is now married with a five year old herself who is just as smart as she was. I read my newsletter before any of my other emails and enjoy it very much. Keep up the good work. Glenda from NC
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
Robin requested some recipes for "roast beef with Yorkshire Pudding" We received these response....
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 TBSP melted shortening
Sift flour and add salt
beat eggs until light and thick
Add flour and 1/3 of the milk to the eggs and continue beating slowly until all
the flour is moistened.
Gradually add the rest of the milk and the shortening.
Use grease from he roast and put about a teaspoon in muffin tins, mix with
shortening if you don't have enough.
Fill muffin pans about half full.
Bake in a 425 degree oven for about 30-45 minutes or until golden brown.
This can also be poured into a 9 inch square cake pan, or a loaf pan.
The version I've had from one of my English friends is like our pop-overs.
The best I've found was in the Time Life series of cookbooks from the late 60's. My mom also made it - with the recipe coming from this series. It is in the book with British cooking.It is normally served with a horseradish sauce. Here is the recipe for Yorkshire Pudding.
2 eggs 1 cup milk
salt roast beef drippings
1 cup flour
To make in a blender, combine, eggs, salt flour and milk and blend at high speed for 2 or 3 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the jar, blend again for about 40 seconds till blended. You can make by hand, beat eggs and salt with a wisk or electric beater until frothy. Slowly add the flour, beating constantly. Then pour in the milk in a thin stream and beat until smooth. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 400. In a roasting pan or muffin tins (better!) heat the fat until it splutters Briefly beat the bater again and pour into the pan. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 15 minutes, reduce the heat to 375 and bake 15 minutes more until it has risen over the top and is crisp and brown. (May take less time for muffin tins.) I think my mom used a jelly roll pan... I also have the recipe for the horseradish sauce if you want it. Cheryl
Growing up we had these very often. They are wonderful with roast beef using the dripping on top. We called them Pop-Ups because they popped up.
This is for a double batch because one never seems to be enough.
Pre-heat oven to 500 degrees
In a blender: 2 cups milk
6 Tablespoons Canola Oil
1 teaspoon Salt
2 Cups Flour - less 2 Tablespoons -sifted
2 Tablespoons Butter Buds
Warm a Muffin tin and then put a dab of butter in each one. Let butter melt. Then fill each one about half full. Cook for about 10 minutes or until they have popped and are a golden brown. (Don't peek or they will fall) Juanda Krebs
My Grandfather's family came from England and he enjoyed many traditional English dishes. Figgy pudding with hard sauce, roast goose and Yorkshire pudding. My Grandmother always made it when we had a standing rib roast. This was a favorite with the whole family.
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
Mix all ingredients together (very well). Pour drippings from the roast into a shallow pan. Put on top of the stove and heat until drippings start to sizzle. Pour in mixture in very quickly. Have your oven set on high (400 to 425 degrees). Bake for one-half hour. When done cut into squares and lay around the roast to catch more drippings. The pudding will raise while it's cooking and then shrink back down (don't think you did something wrong!).
My cousin went to England on vacation and couldn't wait to try the "real thing". She said it was terrible! Just popovers with a little bit of dripping on them. My Grandmothers recipe is rich, crispy and flavorful! Karen
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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.
My husband loves strawberry rhubarb pie. I make apple, peach, and mincemeat pie fillings and can them in quart jars -- is there a recipe out there somewhere for canned strawberry rhubarb pie filling so that I can make him this treat year round?
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