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The Collectors Newsletter #575 -- December 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #575 -- December 2007
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4. Your Classifieds
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6. Funny Old Stuff
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8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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11. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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I am recently married and my new husband, a military officer, and former policeman is an avid outdoorsman, hunter, and fisherman. I'm a medical intuitive/healer. (Apparently, opposites do attract.. ) anyway, the first time I made dinner at his house I opened the flatware drawer looking for a knife to slice carrots and saw this very old, 10" long, rusty, ugly, steel knife with a beat-up wooden handle.
I held it up in disbelief. "WHAT--IS-- THIS! A crime-scene knife left over from your cop days?" He tried to act insulted. "What are you talking about? That's my favorite knife! It belonged to my grandfather! It's so sharp it slices anything!" "Yeah what... the hide off poor Bambi's mother?"
While he cradled the crime-scene knife, as it is now known, I gingerly peered into another drawer searching for a knife that didn't scare me, and found a loaded .45 automatic in the spatula drawer. I retrieved it with thumb and forefinger. "What is THIS? Get this GUN out of my kitchen!" (The safety was on, as if that was supposed to comfort me.) I've since de-contaminated the kitchen drawers.
The kitchen is now filled with wonderful old treasures I've inherited and collected: heavy yellowware batter bowls, Griswold iron pans, copper jello molds, old flatiron bookends for my cookbook collection and of course my favorite cookbook, "The Way to a Man's Heart" by Mrs. Simon Kander, copyright 1940.
Great newsletter. We antiquers have to stick together. Susan H. - Fayetteville, NC
I had a beautiful hanky belonging to my mother-in-law given to me after her death. Like Kathy, I wanted to display it. I had a throw pillow made with the hanky sewn onto the front. It has a place of honor in my living room; I think my lovely mother-in-law would like seeing it there. Fern, California
I love the newsletter, and when I read something I can relate to, I can't help but wanting to share stories.
I am in the antiques business, by chance and choice. I used to own a mortgage company, and decorated my offices with antiques from things I had collected over the years, never ever realizing there was a market for those things, how naive I was. Before long, I was selling more antiques than financing, so I sold that business and opened an antiques shop, then managed a huge mall for five years..here comes the Hurricanes of ' 04, and that was gone..
I now rent booths in a large mall, and sell on ebay. I also enjoy using my everyday items, which are considered very collectible. I use the pyrex nesting bowls, in the primary colors. I have about 5 of those sets, I can't part with them..Also I like the California pottery in chartreuse, I use the gravy boat, chop plate, etc.every week for everyday meals. My Texas Ware bowls help me mix up oatmeal muffins..A red Hall pitcher pours our juice. I use a small Watt pottery pitcher for the cream for the coffee. We don't have a fancy coffee maker, we use instant coffee. The water is heated in an orange enamelware coffee pot. My kitchen has about 50 small enamel ladles and tins,, I may be obsessed. The instant coffee is stored in a vintage Jadite coffee canister, and Jadite S & P are on the range.
I use an old potato masher, and my Savory roaster makes excellent dishes.
About theft in Malls: I work one day a week in a large mall. We actually have people opening cases with keys they bring. One brazen person (s) moved a chair over to reach the ceiling camera, turned the camera, then proceeded to unlock a case and take many pieces of jewelry. Even if the act is on camera, it is hard to make a theft charge "stick" according to our local law enforcement. you actually have to witness the whole theft, sad. Sorry I was long winded, but had to write, keep up the good work! Suzanne from Lake Placid, Florida.
I love reading all your stories, especially about the antiques that others still use that were handed down in their family. I have a set of Fire King Tulip Mixing Bowls that were my Grandmothers. My Mother used them at the lake home where we would go every weekend to have fun & relax. Sadly, she had broken the 2nd biggest one & only had 3 left. Well! Later they were lovingly handed down to me. It took me 12 years to finally find a replacement for that bowl, but now they sit proudly among all the other Fire King kitchenware that I have collected during my search. I can't get myself to use them, but display them proudly in a slanted glass display case in my living room & I will always remember my Grandmother whenever I look at them, everyday. Debbie
Oh my gosh! I can't even BEGIN to thank TIAS and all the wonderful readers of this awesome newsletter!!!! I had so many wonderful responses, and a big laugh from a woman named Betty (you know who you are!
) but I think the woman that helped me most was Liz Holderman. She is an editor of a newsletter on vintage illustrated children's books. Her website is
and I would encourage anyone and everyone who is looking for a vintage book, to talk with her.
TIAS, you guys are awesome. To send out such a great newsletter that never ceases to make me smile, laugh and cry on occasion. You've truly touch my heart! Trish - New Harmony, UT
This is the first time I have written you, but I can’t resist adding to your stories of ‘what’s still in use”, since I tell our local antique dealers that I live in an antique store of my own. I use my mother’s ca. 1930 sewing machine with solid wood cover as a lovely desk in the corner of my guest bedroom, my great-grandmother’s shield-back chair at my own dressing table, my grandfather’s 120-year old Seth Thomas bracket clock in our bedroom (works and sounds great), my grandmother’s chopping bowl/blade in the kitchen and last but certainly not least, my grandfather’s diaper basket as decoration in our family room. He was born in 1866. These are just a very few of the items in my “antique store” and they are a source of connection and comfort to me. Marjorie
I have enjoyed all your newsletters and look forward to each of them. I am in my 50's and my daughter in her 30's. I was brought in a home with antiques and so was she. I cannot imagine living in a home without all these memories. I grew up hearing and so has my daughter such things as "get your great-grandmother --- meat platter or sit in grandma--- chair. I have metal measuring cups like my grandmother used, glass serving bowls that also store food in the refrigerator. I not only have family members that i love and miss in my heart, but in my sewing room, in a hanky collection, their quilts on my bed, and stored in their cedar chest. I guess the best items I use everyday and that is the crochet hooks I inherited from my great-grandmother and her daughter. After my great-aunt passed, my cousin and sister were informed that we were to meet at their home one day and pick out one item that we wanted of theirs. I was one of the first there and went straight to my uncle with my request. I told him I was about the only one who crocheted anymore and could i have a couple of their crochet hooks. (my great-grandmother taught me to crochet). I will never forget the look on his face. He went into one of the bedrooms and came back with a box of knitting needles and the hooks and shoved them at me and said he was wondering what he was going to do with them and would I please tell him what I really wanted. I did get something else, but what seemed invaluable to him is one of my greatest treasures.
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3) Antique News
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1. Fishy Finds To Present The DJ Dan Record Collection Charity Auction for NextAid On eBay Auction Star
2. The AuctionWally Show is on the Air!
3. Celebrity Autographed Electric Vehicle Auctioned on eBay
4. Now Is The Time to Sell Ungraded Silver Coins
5. Pin-Up & Advertising Art Shines in Heritage Illustration Art Auction
6. SOTHEBY’S WORLDWIDE WINE SALES TOTAL $49,287,329 (£24,469,681) IN 2007, A 32% INCREASE
7. SOTHEBY’S FIRST EVENING SALE OF CONTEMPORARY ART IN PARIS REALISES €23.1 MILLION
8. Peter Gamble Currency Collection to Highlight FUN Show
9. WorthPoint Partners with Proxibid to Provide Online Data for Collectors
10. Why the Art Market Shouldn’t Crumble - And Why You'll Keep Hearing it Will
11. Vegas Casino Sells Historic Old Coins, Gold Tokens to California Firm
12. Morton Joins Staff of Atlantique City
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6) 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.
One day my sister-in-law was cooking dinner and accidentally set off the smoke alarm. Upon hearing the alarm, my young nephew ran out of the house, dropped to the grass and rolled and rolled. My brother went out after him and asked what he was doing, and my nephew said "Dad, we were taught in school to stop, drop and roll" in a fire. My brother then explained to him that he should do that if HE caught fire. Then my crazy brother told his son that actually that wasn't a fire alarm, it was his wive's version of a dinner bell. So for the next two weeks my nephew wouldn't come to the dinner table until they set off the smoke alarm - his "dinner bell". It finally stopped after two weeks when my sister-in-law said "enough is enough"! Sue G.
We need stories for our humor section. Tell us some funny, family related stories and we'll share them with our readers. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
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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, Glenda requested a recipe for "Jelly Candy". Here are the responses that were sent in.
Raspberry Jelly Candy
1.75 oz powdered fruit pectin
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
3/4 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons raspberry extract
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
red food coloring
Warning: the first half of the recipe needs to be completed the day before you want to eat the candy.
Grease a loaf pan. Stir together pectin, water and baking soda in small pan. Cook on high heat. At the same time, bring the sugar and corn syrup to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally. When it reaches boiling, add the pectin mixture. Cook for about 1 additional minute stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add extract and food coloring, stirring to incorporate. Pour into the prepared pan and allow to cool, loosely covered, overnight on the counter. The next day invert the pan on to a platter or plate full of sugar. If you have trouble unmolding the candy, use a sharp knife to loosen it from the perimeter of the pan and carefully slide your fingers underneath the candy to gently peel the candy out of the pan. Press both sides of the candy into the sugar. Slice the candy into 1/4 inch slices, then cut each slice into 1/4 inch cubes. Roll each cube in sugar. Allow to sit an additional hour before packaging or serving.
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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.
I remember (vaguely) a dessert served at Tupperware parties, showers, etc in the early 1960's which combined torn up angel food cake, fruit (perhaps pie filling?) and whipping cream. It may or may not have had a graham cracker bottom crust, and there may have been other ingredients.... I do remember it was delicious. I would like to reproduce it and my contemporary relatives remember about the same as I do, but not actually how to prepare it. Gloria
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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