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The Collectors Newsletter #530 -- June 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #530 -- June 2007
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
American Ceramic Circle
The American Ceramic Circle was founded in 1970 as a non-profit educational organization committed to the study and appreciation of ceramics. For more information visit:
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If you are a member of a collectors club or you are looking for collectors with similar collecting interests, check out our new Collectors Club Directory at:
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.
I have been taking photos for about 5 years, old things and antiques seem to be my favorite. I had also taken pictures of the historic places and things in our small town that is now growing larger and larger by the minute. I used the pictures to make greeting cards and took them to the Cultural Center on our Main St. and they began selling them in their store beside of the historic museum part of the building. I thought that I was doing something new and was excited about using photos to show off our history. About a year after starting the cards, me and my husband discovered an old safe left in my great grandmothers house way back in the basement. It was left open and was rusted from being left where water had eventually came in. It was in pretty bad shape, but inside were 2 file folder boxes that were still locked, made out of cardboard. I didn't know if anything could survive inside from the condition they were in, so we just took them home to open. Inside were receipts and documents, letters, pictures (Tin type) and all kinds of papers. I was shocked to see they were all in good shape and could be saved. One of the papers was a document showing that my great great grandfather had copyrights in the Library of Congress in Washington for several pictures that he had taken and made postcards out of and sold in his jewelry store in our uptown. One of the pictures was of the "new court house" which was built in 1921, showing the age of the document. One of the greeting cards I have at the Cultural Center is of the "old Court House" being the exact same building. I was surprised to see that I didn't have a new idea but was only following in foot steps of my family heritage and didn't even know it. Dawn, Lincolnton, N.C.
In a previous newsletter, Wendy tells a story about a buried motorcycle and wonders if anyone else has an interesting story. Several years ago we bought 10 acres that is a small part of an old homestead. We have a very old combine ( I think ) that is grown into the trees as well as many other things we are always trying to remove to spruce up the place. But the most interesting by far was left by the owners just before us. When we started to re-fence the horse paddock they took us to a spot and told us we shouldn't try to put a post there as the husband's old roping horse was buried there. As we looked at the spot it was obvious that "old Joe" was certainly buried there. Surrounded by green grass was a bare spot in the perfect , life sized ,shape of a horse with head , legs ,and body outlined by the grass! Although I have sown grass seeds every spring and summer it refuses to grow and I am always reminded of the faithful companion who resides there.
My husband and I are year-round residents of an older summer resort area. There was an old hotel on the lakefront that burned down in 1924. We had also heard that there was a store across the street from the hotel. One day in early spring, we borrowed a metal detector to see what goodies we could find. Spring was the only time you could access this particular corner because of the underbrush, and also due to the poison ivy that grew there. After a short time, we'd found a few old bottles, but our excitement grew when we got a signal over a fairly large area that seemed to be in a circular pattern. We worked very carefully and unearthed a
beautiful blue graniteware wash basin, about 18 inches in diameter and in reasonably good shape.
That evening my husband's arm began to itch a little, and when he looked at it, it looked like a small rash had erupted. You might be able to guess the end of this story...by the next day, the part of my arm that rested against the metal detector had broken out in the worst case of poison ivy that I've ever had, huge blisters that took several weeks, and several doctor's visits to cure. The washbasin sits in the yard as a planter, and helps to remind us, that even when the leaves of the poison ivy plant are dry and crumbly, the oil is still toxic! Eunice in Northern Michigan
One doesn't think that in their mid fifties they would still get all excited over finding treasures in the dirt in their yard. A few years ago while clearing out a ranch that a family my husband worked wanted it readied for rental the young newlywed couple who were renting the house were digging a garden. The girl was like a daughter to me and one day she brought me a gift. It was a ring that she found digging the flower beds. It was similar to the style of some class rings but after cleaning it up I found it to be a rememberence of the country of Korea. It also had the date of 1946 on it. I was thrilled as here was the proof that at one time Korea was one country unified not North and South Korea. I asked a dealer about and he said it was a simple generic red stone in a like wise generic ring. I disagree at one time it was probably a special keepsake to someone . Thanks for listening to me story. Mary ROberts Romero
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3) Antique News
Here is that latest news about antiques, art and collectibles from
The TIAS "Hot List" has been published monthly since 2002. These top ten lists are based on hundreds of thousands of searches by people using the online search engines at the indicated Web sites in the month of May 2007.
Keep in mind that these searches are what people were looking for, not necessarily what they were buying. In many cases, people will search for items when they are just trying to determine a value of a specific item that they have in their possession.
Here are the top ten search words used at
This site specializes in offering a broad range of antiques and collectibles:
1. Cookie Jars (No Movement) 2. Lamps (Up from #7) 3. Abingdon Pottery (Not listed last month) 4. Akro Agate (Not listed last month) 5. Avon (Down from #4) 6. dolls (Not listed last month) 7. Milk Glass (Down from #2) 8. Roseville (Not listed last month) 9. Alaska related (Not listed last month) 10. McCoy (No Movement)
"No Movement" means the item has not changed position since the previous months list. "Down from #.." indicates that the item has dropped on our list since the previous list was published. "Up from #.." indicates that the item has risen on our list since the previous list was published. "Not listed last month" means that this item was not in the previous top 10 list.
Here are the top ten search words used at
. This site specialized in "high end" Antiques and Art:
1. White Ironstone (No movement) 2. Sideboard (Not listed last month) 3. Transferware (Not listed last month) 4. Teapots (Not listed last month) 5. Lenci (toys dolls) (Not listed last month) 6. Wedgewood (Not listed last month) 7. Pitcher (Up from #8) 8. Glass (Not listed last month) 9. Mirrors (Not listed last month) 10. Sofas (Not listed last month)
Past hot lists can now be viewed online in the TIAS Newsletter archives, just search for "Hot List" at
1. ItsOnlyRockNRoll.com Las Vegas Beatles Auction July 3. Click here:
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3. SOTHEBY’S & SCP AUCTIONS’ SALE OF IMPORTANT SPORTS MEMORABILIA BRINGS $4,732,560. Click here:
4. Amazing Run of DC War Comics Highlights Keith Marlow Collection. Click here:
5. CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK SPRING SALES OF 20TH CENTURY DECORATIVE ART & DESIGN TOTAL $17.6 MILLION. Click here:
6. Sotheby's Asian Art Auction in Paris June 14th. Click here:
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8. JOHN MORAN’S JUNE 2007 CALIFORNIA AND AMERICAN PAINTINGS SALE POISED TO TOPPLE WORLD RECORDS — AGAIN. 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.
More on "unknown" artists: You kindly printed my first story almost 5 years ago, in #64 2002-07-19, about my 6-month hunt for the artist who'd painted a Polish harbor scene and turned out to be now flourishing in the US! Since you are nearing the issue which will be 500 newsletters later, you might enjoy an update about a couple of my latest finds as an art dealer -- and perhaps one of your readers can help me with the second? The one that worked out quickly is a portrait of a Young Girl in a Corner Chair, painted in the 1920's by Laicita Worden, and through Google I found that a huge work of hers is featured right now in a retrospective exhibit at the New Haven Museum in CT. The curator was most helpful, sending me biographical material from their archives: a timely discovery! My other has been tougher to nail down, a beautiful autumn White Mountains painting by "Parkhurst, 1870". It is now attributed to Daniel Sprague Parkhurst (1831-1907) of Providence, RI, thanks to help from other experts. I'm waiting for more on this artist which may be available from newspaper archives there. However, this is such a masterpiece that I would be grateful to hear from any descendants or other collectors as to why his work is so rare! I would also like to hear if anyone knows of an artist named Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst -- his 1898 book "The Painter in Oil" was so important that it was reprinted in 1930 and again in 2006, and yet I find no trace of his paintings -- even those shown in major venues including the National Academy and PA Academy ,1883-1891. Thanks, Cornelia C Moynihan
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.
When I was first learning to market and cook, I asked if I could shop and prepare the family dinner. I went to the market and as there were 5 in our family (three children), I purchased spare ribs. I had read a recipe that seemed easy and sounded good. I purchased 5 ribs. I came home and very meticulously followed the directions for preparing the ribs. I had the salad and vegetables ready to go and then put the ribs on to cook. I very happily announced that dinner was served and on the table. One rib per person! It was a very scant amount on the plate. After the father announced that the appetizer was fantastic, he asked "What's for dinner?" I said "You just had it." I am afraid I was totally embarrassed when even the younger siblings asked for more food. The next time I asked if I could take responsibility for dinner, I had the exact opposite. At the market I asked the butcher for 5 Porterhouse steaks and they had to be 3 inches thick! Well, you can imagine when I served them each a roast of their own! We still chuckle over these early days of my learning experiences in the kitchen. Liz W
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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.
A reader requested some recipes for "shortbread cookies" We received this response....
* 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Nutmeg
* 3/4 cup butter
* 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
* 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Almond Extract
* 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Vanilla Extract
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 5 maraschino cherries
1. Place oven rack in middle position of the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a medium bowl, combine flour and nutmeg; set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter, shortening and extracts with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add sugar to butter mixture and cream until mixture is light. Blend in flour mixture. Dough should be slightly moist. If dough looks dry, sprinkle with water and work into dough. If dough is sticky, sprinkle with additional flour.
3. Spoon dough by teaspoons and form into balls. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Gently press each ball with palm of hand to form cookie.
4. Cut each cherry into 8 pieces. Garnish with a cherry piece placed in the center of each cookie.
5. Bake 20 minutes or until golden. Cool cookies on a wire rack.
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a look at:
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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.
When I was a little girl my mother took me to Horn and Hardart's on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. We had the most delicious orange cupcakes. I would love to find the recipe or something close to it. It was a very light in texture cupcake encased in a hard orange icing. Thank you for your help. A philly girl foodie!
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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11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
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