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The Collectors Newsletter #568 -- November 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #568 -- November 2007
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When I was in high school I had a pen-pal who lived in New Zealand. When I would receive his letters, they always had the most beautiful stamps on them. I began saving all the stamps. Then my grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc., would send me stamps as well. Well this began my hobby of stamp-collecting. I kept it up for many years until I couldn't afford to keep adding to my collection. I still kept my collection, which by then consisted of two albums, one US Album and one World Album. When my daughter was about 10 years old, she wanted to take my collection to school for show-n-tell. Well the albums never made it back home. I was heartbroken, but I let it pass. That was over 10 years ago. Since then out of habit I would still peel off stamps on any letters I got at home and at work and I would stick them back in hopes of beginning a new collection. I am sure I have stamps hidden all over the house somewhere. Recently while shopping at a local thrift store I came upon four albums of US and world stamps. The albums were very worn and had torn pages and the covers were missing on the books. A quick glance through the books showed that all the books still had a lot of the stamps still in them. The price on them was $4.99 each. I put all four books into a cart. I felt it was a sign that it's time for me to start doing my hobby again. I was so excited about finding them that I couldn't wait to get home to show my husband. I already have a new album ordered and cannot wait to start going thru them. Now if I could only find all the stamps I have "put away". Cynthia in Crestview, Florida
My husband and I love to stop at yard sales and end up buying something every once in a while. My favorite yard sale item is a soup tureen. I'd wanted one for decades and this one was only $1.50. It has a plate for the tureen to sit on, a ladle in good condition and none of the items are chipped. The lid fits well too. It was in a plain ivory color and did not go well with my dining room. I painted a design on it to coordinate with my large cookie jar that is the same shape. They look perfect together and the best thing is that if I decide I want to restore the tureen to it's former color, I need only peel the painted design off. I didn't realize I could do this when I first painted it until I made a mistake and went to wipe it off while still wet. It had dried very quickly and simply peeled. A few months later I changed one part and sure enough, it peeled right away. This design is not on anything that would touch the soup, so there is not danger of toxicity.
Our local Salvation Army store is the nicest place. Many times after days of searching for an item in our many antique shops, I stop in at "Sally's" and find that elusive item. I don't know how it happens, but I have found several real antiques there. Last month I bought a beautiful coffee table - exactly the size and style I wanted and the price of $39 was more than reasonable. Now I believe this is a repro, but it is a good one and not pretending to be otherwise and the details are perfect. I am more than happy to pay a fair price for something no matter where I get it and am not embarrassed one bit to say where I found it either.
I also find that some of the antique shops are terribly over priced. I don't mean that they are priced higher than I can afford - that doesn't bother me - I mean priced at more than their worth. I think this is the reason many shops go out of business. I buy online too, but I'd frankly rather go to the shops and buy from them when their prices are in line. I've bought most of my furnishings from these places and always come away with a good deal. I think the way to get what you want is to search ebay and other online sites, 2nd hand stores, thrift stores and antique shops. It's a lot of fun and there is so much satisfaction in finding the exact right piece. Your newsletter is always interesting. Thanks so much. Jan in OKC
I was saddened to read the letter from Elizabeth in Massapequa in the #563 Newsletter. She told the story about going to her first auction and losing a set of dining room chairs to a higher bidder when the auctioneer told her he would sell them to her for a lower price. Live Auctions of personal property (as opposed to online auctions) are harder and harder to find. But, a personal property auction can be a wonderful way to get everyday furniture at very affordable prices. Collectors and dealers are typically most interested in the higher priced antique furniture. So, the everyday furniture (even if it’s in wonderful condition) will often sell for much, much less than it would at retail. Auctioneers know this and that’s why this furniture is often the last of the items to be sold at an auction. Auctioneers are hired by an Estate Representative or Seller to get the most money they can and they do not make as much profit for the time it takes to sell these items. That does not excuse the auctioneer for accepting her price of $25 and saying “sold” --- and then turning around and selling to another bidder who offered him $35 afterwards. Sold means Sold! That said; I have some advice for bidders who are interested in furniture like this. Either before the auction starts or after the auctioneer has completed at least half of the auction, feel free to catch the eye of one of the ring men or one of the auctioneers to tell them about the item you are interested in bidding on. If they know there is a bidder, you can be sure the item will be brought to the auction block before the auction ends. As a side note, I have attended long auctions where the Auctioneer will get to a point (very late in the auction) where he will announce that if anyone has items they are interested in paying at least $5 for, they should point them out to the ring men. Once all those items have been opened at $5 and sold to the highest bidders, the auction will be declared closed. It always brings out the items people still have interest in bidding on and the remaining items go back to the Seller to donate to charities or otherwise dispose of. I always thought this was a professional and reasonable way to end an auction, without engaging the Auctioneer, Sellers or Bidders in uncomfortable dickering over unsold items after the auction ends. My favorite auctions are those where the Auctioneer maintains professional control over his auction and ends the day with happy, contented and satisfied Sellers and Buyers. Auction Lover in Minnesota
Hi. I purchased a McGowan family bible and two photo albums at an estate sale a few months ago and I would like to return them to the McGowan family. I hope one of your readers will be able to help. I believe that this branch of the McGowan family is from Delaware County, PA. The names in the bible are: Olive May Patterson who married Harry Ammon McGowan, October 22, 1896 and their children: John Ammon McGowan born August 29, 1897, he married Cecile Scanlon September 29, 1926; Olive Louise McGowan who married Wilson Dole Haring June 5, 1924 and Marion Elizabeth McGowan who married Walter Edwin Castor, later Marion married a "Locklin" and may have later married Edmund H. Taylor. The estate sale was in St. Petersburg, Florida. I believe it was the Estate of Marion Elizabeth McGowan or a child of hers. I would be happy to give these back to the family. If anyone knows this family I may be reached at email@example.com. Thank you in advance for any help you may provide. Leslie K.
I thought the question raised by one of the readers wondering how many old things are still used daily was a great idea. I have a 1950's toaster I picked up 13 years ago for $3 and I've used it almost daily since then-never burned toast! I also have an antique stoneware mixing bowl I use, several measuring cups and spoons from the 50's, some 1936 silverplate I used daily for 3 years before passing it on, as well as a percolator from the 60's I use at least weekly - a whisk from the 60s, a gadget that opens bottles, cans and does some weird thing I haven't figured out yet. As the other reader noted, all my items were Made In America with American Pride that seems to be long gone, for the most part. It's a way for me to stay in touch with my heritage and have reliable items. Thanks for the great newsletter!! Regards, JunqueAttic (Taylor)
Someone asked about antique items still in use. I have one, but first a story. In the house I grew up in, we had those old cast iron radiators. The one in my sisters’ room had an unusual feature: a short metal bar sticking out of the top. I asked my sister about it and she said it was something that got wedged in there and no one was able to get it out. As a young kid, I tried a number of times but never could budge it. Years later when we were preparing to move to another house, I decided to give it one last try and, low and behold, the object yielded. My grandmother was delighted to have her old “nutcracker” back after so many years. That’s mostly what she used it for, but actually it’s a jar and bottle opener called a Wizard Jar Wrench. It’s in my kitchen drawer and I use it a lot to open stubborn jar lids. It still has paint on the side from when the radiator was painted. Mom and grandma are long gone now, but I think of them every time I use it. What a treasure! Denise S.
Several years ago, I got rid of my second "modern" potato ricer. The ricer has always been essential in my kitchen because we love riced potatoes, either for making mashed potatoes or just by themselves. One handle broke off my first ricer! The second one came from a fancy kitchen shop and only had holes on the bottom (?). After several near hernias, I headed to the online auction and got a vintage model. It works the best and I love it. It will probably outlast me! (Perhaps my children will draw lots for it. HA) Among other gems around the house include my depression glass, which I love to serve lunch to my friends on; a pie crimper I just used yesterday that belonged to my grandmother who was born in the late 1800's; and even vintage sewing items from my great-grandmother. Thanks for a great newsletter. Lynne
to the lady that asked if anyone uses antiques still, I do! I dont use todays plastic junk, everything in my house is tin,melmac (sp) glass, I use my old dishes all the time, only use the newer ones for the microwave, I have the old milkglass dishes, milk glass spice jars, silverware from the 30's-40's. I store most everything in my old tins. and what needs to be in the fridge I put it in glass containers, even my sinks are cast-iron.my cookware is old. I have a old rollin pin from the 40's, my house is filled with the good ol days stuff and used all the time. and if something gets broke and it cant be glued back together it goes out in my flower garden, which is very pretty in the summer. I have the blue,green,pink,orange and carnival glass in all kinds of dishes that I use all the time. and yes those are very well made and all from the good ol USA. plus some of the stuff I have was from ww ll and made in Germany and Japan that I use too. even my kitchen table is from the 50's. my place looks like something of the past, anywhere from the early 1900's thru to 1970's with goodies all over. and I never tire of any of it. this stuff was handed down to me thru generations or given to me from close friends. thank you for a newsletter! I enjoy readin it all the time. lori from MN.
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My great nephew turned 2 earlier this month. He was busy in his room playing golf, while his mother was nearby. She thought she heard him say, "Good sh_t!" She stopped what she was doing and listened more closely. Sure enough, he said, "Good Sh_t!" She went to his room and saw the golf game and said, "Don't you mean good shot?" He agreed. Seems he got confused and combined good "hit" and good "shot." Bless his little heart!
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In the last issue, Kim requested a recipe for thin pancakes. We had several responses mailed in by a readers.
2 cups milk (or 1 c milk + 1 c light cream)
1 cup flour
6 Tbls unsalted butter- melted
1/2 t salt
Beat the eggs (with rotary beater or whisk) together with 1/2 cup of milk .
Add all the flour at once and beat to a heavy smooth consistency. Beat in the remaining milk, cooled butter and the salt.
Because of the amount of butter in the batter, the pan will require very little, if any additional butter.
Using a plattpan (5-7 sectioned cast iron skillet) or a regular cast iron skillet, heated until it is so hot that drops of water bounce and evaporate Instantly.
Place a tablespoon of batter in each depression, after 1-2 minutes, when edges begin to brown turn the pancakes with a narrow spatula and cook another 1-2 minutes.
When using an unsectioned pan each pancake should be about 3" across.
First grease pan with paper towel dipped in a slight amount of melted butter.
Served straight from pan to plate, with Lingonberry preserves.
(Pancakes can be kept warm in 200° oven).
I receive your newsletter on a regular basis, and don't know what I would do without it. I have been a subscriber for years and LOVE your newsletter. It is not only very helpful, but you make me laugh and smile. Something I need a lot for a person who is terminally ill.
Regarding the request for pancakes from "Kim". She is looking for a thinner pancake, as she does not like the "big, fat ones", as she put it.
Being disabled and living alone, I am limited in the kitchen. But, I cannot stand thick pancakes, just like Kim :-).
Even though my recipe is not from scratch, (it is all I am physically capable of doing), the way these pancakes turn out have been my favorite for 40 years!
I buy Bisquick Ready Made Baking Mix, in the Buttermilk flavor. This provides a far more flavorful pancake.
Given the fact that I cannot stand thick, heavy pancakes, I make my recipe according the box, but thin my Pancake Batter out with a little bit of 2& milk. This does NOT affect the cooking and the turn out of the recipe.
By doing so, I get the perfect, thinner pancake each and every time. I've been making these pancakes for over thirty years, this way.
I realize that you are inundated with thousands of replies, but it would be such an honor, privilege and a blessing, to have my recipe suggestion for Kim posted in your newsletter.
Having been an avid reader of your newsletter and also having made MANY of your recipes which have all been FANTASTIC, and due to my being ill, it would mean the world to me to help someone out, and see my suggestion in black and white on my computer, in your newsletter.
I always speak from my heart, and hope and pray you will pass along my suggested recipe to Kim. If these pancakes were not the best, I would not have continued to make them the way I do, all these years.
Also, if this means anything to you folks, my Dad is not a bread or pancake eater. He is almost 82, extraordinarily healthy, (He takes care of me), and will NOT eat pancakes. He says they're always too thick, heavy and make him feel sick if he only eats one. But, he LOVES my thinner pancakes. And this is from a man who wouldn't touch a pancake, until he had mine!
Thank you for your outstanding newsletter! I can't tell you how much I appreciate what you great, kind folks do. Before I even open my mail and read your newsletter, just seeing it in my mailbox, ALWAYS MAKES ME SMILE!
Thank you and God Bless your entire staff! Sincerely, Mary K. Fenton Michigan
For the lady who wanted thin fluffy pancakes, maybe my recipe will help. Use any regular pancake batter recipe, but instead of the milk it calls for use half milk and half ginger ale. If you want them even thinner, add a little more gingerale to the batter to make it runnier. This makes a light, yet fluffy pancake. Paula T.
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Years ago a friend gave me a recipe for a dessert. I believe it was called Hummelfutter. You baked a crust and the broke it up in the dishes and put fresh oranges over it. I don't remember what all was in it. It was delicious and I would like to make it again. Thanks for any help you can give me. Anne
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