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The Collectors Newsletter #563 -- October 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #563 -- October 2007
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1. Featured Collectors Club
2. Stories From our Readers
3. Antique News
4. Your Classifieds
5. News from the Kovels
6. Newly listed items
7. Funny Old Stuff
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
9. A Vintage Recipe
10. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
11. New On line Merchants
12. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
The ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN MILITARY UNIFORM COLLECTORS
founded early in 1977 by a small group of collectors of American military uniforms who felt the need to work together to improve their personal collections and themselves by exchanging their ideas and knowledge. As a group, AAMUC (pronounced "amuck" is dedicated to the collection, preservation and study of American military uniforms.
The group's primary activity at this time is the publication of the FOOTLOCKER which is a quarterly newsletter full of member-written articles and advertisements. The articles are generally concerned with the collecting field in general and with the preservation and restoration of military clothing. Other articles may cover identification of militaria. Book and museum reviews are also included from time to time. For more information, Click Here:
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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 aunt Helen was an elementary school teacher for many years. She taught for several years in Carlsbad, NM. Helen passed recently at the ripe old age of 91. While going through some of her things, I came across a ceramic mouse that had been given to her by a young student. Still inside the mouse on a rolled up piece of paper was the young girls name and address; Mary Mackovich of Carlsbad NM. It says 4th grade '75-76. If anyone knows Mary, I would love to send this treasure back to her. Obviously it had meant a great deal to my aunt as she had kept it proudly all these years. Just prior to her death, she had relocated to her hometown in OK and I think this gave her great peace of mind. I love the newsletter and eagerly look forward to it each week. Thank you Tias. My email address is email@example.com
About 45 years ago my mom in law and I went to our very first auction. We had just moved into the neighborhood and I needed dinette chairs. Our local moving company was holding an Auction of furnishings, boxes and cartons of goods that either were forgotten, no longer paid for, or just not worth the bother of keeping for one reason or another. I could not wait to go, hoping to find what I needed at a price I could afford.
Searching through all the piled up furnishings, I spotted four little dinette chairs that would have fit perfectly in my small dining room. Mom and I patiently waited for those chairs to come on the block.
Sadly.... they never did... they kept being pushed into the background. The auction went on for hours... but the chairs never came up to be bid on. Before I knew it, hours had gone by, and the auctioneer declared the auction closed. I could not believe it.... and I stood by those chairs waiting for someone to come by that I could inquire about buying them. Finally, the auctioneer came by and asked me what I wanted. I explained that I had wanted those four chairs..... so he said... how much do you want to pay for them?? I said... I have $25 dollars.... and he said.... ok... sold. With that
another couple who had been listening to our conversation piped in.... I will give you $35 for them... and I went into shock when the auctioneer turned to them.... and said... ok Sold. And my chairs were gone!! I could not believe what had happened.... how can you say the auction is officially closed, offer to sell me the chairs for $25, and then let the bidding begin again?? I promised myself... I would never go to another auction again.... not if they were as unethical as this auctioneer. And I never have. I can still feel the hurt from way back then. Elizabeth in Massapequa/ Seaford area.
Here's a story for you. My brother-in-law was in the hospital some weeks ago. I went to visit him on a Sunday and parking was really bad. After driving around the blocks I finally found a spot I would fit in and on the curb in front of this spot was a whole lotta stuff like furniture, groceries, knick-knacks and such. I immediately felt very sad because it looked like an eviction where someone's things were just thrown to the street to be picked up for garbage removal. I love to rescue history for which most people have no regard these days. Spilling out of a plastic grocery bag was a bunch of Irish pinback buttons that looked new. I thought I would take them and give them to my neighbor who is from Ireland originally. Also in the bag was a whistle, a shoehorn and a medal. Of course when I brought this stuff in the house, my husband immediately wanted me to throw it all out-citing it as junk. However, the medal looked interesting and I started to do some research on it and immediately found the same medal I held in my hand on a website dedicated to the same. I emailed the gentleman on this particular website to ask for additional information and that same day he responded with it's history. He told me they were very collectible and gave me a monetary value and within the week he had purchased the medal for $375. I am so thrilled that it will be with someone who can appreciate it's history and I saved it from the garbage dump where it surely would have ended up. Thanks for listening, Denise from NY
Have just perused my latest issue of your Collectors Newsletter, #559, actually, and thought it about time to say: Thank You, for all your great work...This one of the few publications I receive in my email, that I always enjoy reading...especially readers stories. Maybe because there is always something very personal and they stir up memories of days past...Our story has both old and new...
My artist husband, Ken Orton was born in Birmingham, England, but has always been an Americaphile. His subject matter are often things that many people would pass over as being beyond their purpose; i.e., abandoned vehicles, dilapidated old buildings, and his, current, subject matter: the canning jar.
We purchased a Victorian home in upstate New York, several years ago. In the basement there was a small storage room, with shelves for canned goods. The canned goods were long gone, but many of the old, and not so old, Ball and Atlas canning jars remained. I have often used these jars in my pantry for storage, though once in a while, they end up on the kitchen table and window sill, which is where Ken found his new subject matter. As a painter and teacher of Art, in Europe, for three decades, his need for a challenge has been sated...This series of "Jar" paintings started about three years ago and could go on for quite some time...
At this point in time, his/our collection has expanded considerably, as our traveling to many towns and cities, mostly around the Northeast, during the spring, summer and fall and in Florida, through the winter months, to sell his artwork at outdoor art festivals. These shows usually line downtown streets with booths full of wonderful art work from hundreds of talented artists, from around the country and abroad. As many of these festivals are apt to be in the cultural part of town or city, there are often second hand or antique shops around. When there are, we like to see if they have any interesting that might fit his/our collection...We have found quite a few. Mind you, Ken is not really collecting these jars, he does collect guitars, which he plays as well, but the jars have become a challenge for him/us...
On one occasion, at a show in Mt Dora, Florida, he came back to our booth and told me I should: 'cross the street, go behind the row of booths opposite us, go into the antique shop behind them, enter the shop, keep to the left and turn down the aisle, walk to the rear of the shop and in the back room, look down to the right'...With these directions, it could mean only one thing...JARS...Over the past three years, we have had several similar directional exchanges, when one of us has 'found' something interesting...
Ken's requirements are that the jars have some interesting text...preferably very angular, strong lettering or image...I am sending a few images which will describe his work much better than any words can...His work can, also, be viewed on his website: www.kenortongallery.com , category "Light Preserved". The paintings are in a photo-real style, in oils on canvas and worked from photographs Ken has taken...
Many Thanks to you all, again Susan Johnson Orton - Ken Orton Gallery
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3) Antique News
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Here is the news for today.....
1. GEICO and partners to auction ‘GEICO Chopper’ Oct. 22 – Nov. 1
2. Quilt Pink Charity Auction to Benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
3. Tiny $1.5 Million Early American Coin Makes Big Appearance in Santa Clara
4. FOOD NETWORK LAUNCHES ‘SWEET’ EBAY GIVING WORKS AUCTION TO BENEFIT SHARE OUR STRENGTH
5. LiveAuctionTalk.com Highlights Steiff Teddy Bears at Auction in its Weekly Free Article
6. Bid Live Online for Signed Works by Pollock, Jones and More at Proxibid
7. Antique Associates at W. Townsend offers Karl Mendel Early Lighting
8. OVER $1.6 MILLION EARNED AT CLARS SEPTEMBER
9. SHAKER MUSEUM AND LIBRARY TO BE LOAN EXHIBIT AT 54TH WINTER ANTIQUES SHOW
10. LIBERTY ARTS & CRAFTS WEBSITE
11. Celebrity Collection to Garner Charity Donations Through eBay
12. Becoming a Collector of Vintage Bakelite Jewelry
13. New Book: Coin Collecting Boards of the 1930 & 1940s
14. Shipwreck artifacts, currency, stock certificates, ephemera and obsolete notes at Smythe
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6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday, October 16, 2007 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
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 have three sons, ages 29, 26, and 24. The eldest called me the other day and said "How were you ever brave enough to leave the three of us home alone?" I told him that I just had to have faith that they would behave and use good sense, which they usually did (except for stuff I don't know about, and I'm sure I don't want to know). He thought about that for a minute and then said "If you wanted to attach that kind of faith to a religion, you could have been a POPE!" He obviously knows, or remembers, a lot more than I do! I didn't ask ~ but he made my day. Karen P.
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.
8) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
WANTED: OLD GUITARS and 1959 Les Paul Standard
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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.
In the last issue, Dee requested a recipe for Coffee Cake Muffins. One recipe was mailed in by reader...
COFFEE CAKE MUFFINS
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 tbsp. flour
2 tbsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. chopped nuts
2 tbsp. melted butter
Mix filling and set aside.
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
Mix dry ingredients. Cut in 1/4 cup shortening. Mix:
1/2 c. milk
1 beaten egg
Add egg and milk to dry ingredients all at once. Swirl in filling. Pour into paper-lined muffin tins. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.
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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.
Beef and barley soup for those cold winter days that are on their way. Anyone have a favorite recipe? William P.
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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