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The Collectors Newsletter #576 -- December 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #576 -- December 2007
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he Blue & White Pottery Club was founded in 1981 by a modest number of ardent Blue & White Stoneware pottery enthusiasts and collectors, principally in the Midwest. The Blue & White pottery interests includes Blue & White, Uhl, Blue & Gray (Utica/Flemish), Sleepy Eye, Spongeware, Red Wing, and other Stoneware. The dynamic and ever growing Blue & White Pottery Club has more than 550 members reaching from coast to coast and border to border. The principal goals of the Blue & White Pottery Club are to share information, encourage learning, and foster an appreciation of the distinct history, wide variety, and increasing collectability of Blue & White Stoneware pottery. Equally important goals are the promotion and nurturing of friendships with fellow collectors and to further the equal opportunity for all to participate in new discoveries and exciting information about Blue & White pottery. For more information, Click Here:
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Hello. This is just a short note to thank everyone who responded to my letter about a book published by our family. I haven't located the book yet but am still looking and do appreciate all of the helpful hints on how to find it. Charlotte in Florida
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.
We lost our precious daughter, Leslie, several years ago. She was a most unusual person, with a zest for life unrivaled! She sold on ebay, as it was conducive to her chemotherapy. She was an avid collector of the Liddle Kiddle dolls Mattel produced in the 1950's. What to do with her extensive collection? She has some rare and unusual dolls. I did not want to part with them. You can just imagine my delight when I found my precious granddaughter, Sumner, on the floor of the ebay room with all the dolls around her! Since then, we have avidly pursued adding to the collection via ebay. My granddaughters know of my passion for buying and selling on ebay. Once, when the youngest, Keri left her doll at our house, she telephoned that evening,"GRANNY! I left my doll there when we visited last weekend! PLEASE don't sell her on ebay!" She had my assurance that would NEVER happen. They have a special place at our house for all the "treasures" I have found during the weeks between their visits. I LOVE to fill up that place with special things for them to "discover" when they come to visit. They call our basement KING TUT'S TOMB. We are truly blessed by our 10 grandchildren.
When my maternal grandmother passed away in 1988, the one thing I wanted was her old oak buffet from the dining room. She never had expensive or fancy things, but I loved this buffet and had many memories of it from my childhood. My mother knew how very much I wanted it, so when it came time for her to choose what she wanted; she chose the buffet for me.
I have it in my family room and it's filled with dishes; just as it was when Grannie had it. I even have some of her very old serving bowls and other things stored in it. I remember getting my fingers caught in the two doors that meet in the middle and I also recall getting into trouble for getting into the bottom drawer. Grannie just didn't put up with "nonsense" from the grandchildren - mostly me and a cousin who lived with her for several years. When we got into trouble, she often made us sit either on the flour barrel or on the covered brick that held the kitchen door open. Now, if you've never had to sit on a brick - it doesn't take long to lose the feeling in your bottom - even if you're small.
I treasure the old buffet. It was probably ordered from the Sears catalogue; as I have seen other very similar ones in an old catalogue. It's not the item itself, but the memories it evokes each time I look at it that make it so special to me; and the fact that it was my Grannie's. I love using family treasures. Of course there are always items that are too fragile to be used, but for the most part, we should use and enjoy our family pieces. I have a biscuit cutter that was my grandmother's, although I never saw her use it. She patted out her biscuits by hand. She may have used it for cutting cookies since there was a mended spot on the handle of it. There was a very old bell in her sewing box - an odd item for a sewing box, but it's now in the bird's cage and it's his favorite toy of all. He likes to hide his head inside it.
I personally think we need to pull some of those old treasures out of storage and enjoy them. Why leave them packed away until we are gone - then what will happen to them? Our children will have no connection with them if we've never used them and created our own memories with these keepsakes.
I plan to make a video of everything in my home that is special to me. On their own, my children may not be able to separate the family pieces from the antiques I've collected over the years and I want them to know how special some things are to me - the family pieces. I think this is the only way to ensure that my own family items don't end up in the hands of an auctioneer one day. Plus, I want my son's to know that there are things that it's ok to get rid of if they don't want them - but NOT the family things. Those - they have direct orders to keep at any cost - or else to expect a "haunting" from Mom!!! Just kidding. God Bless, Judy
When I started collecting , I soon decided that the items had to be working items.Otherwise they just took up space and collected dust which I would then have to dust with no return for the action. So, most items all work. Then I realized as I was responding to an ebay seller---that some of the nonworking ones are inherited and previously were considered nonworking. Those precious nonworking items---I stated they were working ---every time, I look at them they remind me of whomever I received them from-----a varied response occurs, a singular memory, a flood of memories, an emotion like connectedness to the person who is now gone, a reminder of love, a reminder of kindness, a reminder of teaching me there meaning and history, a reminder of when I was young and they were used on the tables of joyful celebration we shared...and some I still use for that reason. Others, no, they don't get used.........No, if I broke them that memory would be gone because they only are my memories .......but I guess I have to reassess this......I'm not talking a lot of items, I have kept in abeyance......but a traditional mashed potato bowl ( that's French- scalloped with gold edge) etc. Can't be traditional when it isn't used, therefore, has no meaning to the next generation.....thanks, ya'll for making/helping me rethink this...Seasons Greetings to All.
I bake several chocolate pound cakes each Christmas. As the flour must be sifted, it can be a chore, especially with the hand sifter I bought several years ago. Then, I began using the one my mother gave me as an old collectible over 25 years ago. It looks about the same as the newer one except there are fading green stripes on the side. It is called a SIFT-CHINE, made in the USA with the Good Housekeeping Seal pressed into the metal, it has double screens and sifters and is much faster than the other one, I am always worried that one day it will break and I will be forced to use the slower tool.
Joan M. Missouri
I have really enjoyed reading the stories about people using family heirlooms. There are so many memories attached to things, and it's a way of connecting with our ancestors.
I never knew my grandmother on my mother's side. She passed away several years before I was born. When I was engaged and planning my wedding, my mother gave me the sweetest gift - her mother's wedding ring. I was very touched and feel a special connection with the grandmother I never knew every time I look at my left hand. After I'm gone, the ring will go to my daughter and I hope that she'll pass it on to her daughter or daughter-in-law. Sometimes the simple things are really the best. Mary
There was a request in the newsletter that read--- "I was fortunate enough to be given my grandmothers wedding dress (era early 1900's) I would like suggestions on how to display it. I do not want to take it apart. Thanks to anyone with a suggestion. Jean"
Reading your request, I saw a beautiful display of a wedding dress presented in a Shadow Box. The Box was big enough that it showed the whole floor length of it. It also kept hands off it and dust and other
stuff from collecting on it. What a special way to display. Thought you might like to know. Nancy
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3. Aulden Cellars-Sotheby's-Exceptional Wines from the Cellar of a New York Collector - February 25
4. Sotheby's - Americana Week - January 18-19, 2008
5. The Jeffrey Horvitz Collection of Italian Drawings - January 23, 2008
6. CHRISTIE’S LEADS THE FINE WINE AUCTION MARKET
7. The Creators of Antique Shops in Indiana.Com Has Expanded Into The Land of Lincoln
8. Jackie Robinson jersey scores $341,779 in Grey Flannel's Dec. 5 auction
9. Original Hitler painting sells for $40,000 on Internet auction
10. Bid Online at Proxibid for Autograph of William “Buffalo Bill” Cody and More Historic Collectibles
11. Smythe Sale of Schingoethe Obsolete Currency Collection Sees Record Prices.
12. Celebrity Art Collectors - From Kylie to Madonna
13. The Creators of Antique Shops in Indiana.Com Has Expanded Into The Land of Lincoln
14. Oushak rug brings $11,000 at Richard D. Hatch auction
15. RELIVE THE MAGIC, THE ROMANCE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE OLD WEST AT
16. Tradewinds' 2007 Holiday Online Auction Results
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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.
When my sons (now 21 and 25) were young, we had many Christmas traditions. My husband and sons would dress in their lumberjack-style flannel shirts to venture out in search of the best live tree on a local NYC street corner. Once the tree was set up in our living room, both boys would decorate it to the sounds of Christmas music from the stereo while I baked cookies in the kitchen.
One year, when John was two and Michael six, I decided to preserve the tree decorating ceremony with the new video camera my parents had given us. The boys were so cute, laughing and dancing to the music while hanging a multitude of unbreakable toy-type ornaments! I filmed at least 15 minutes of fun when I heard the oven timer go off in the kitchen. While taking cookies out of the oven, I heard a loud crash! I dashed back to the living room to find both boys staring in shocked silence at the fully decorated tree lying trashed on the floor. Once I realized my sons were unhurt, I picked up the camera and continued filming.
Of course, the camera was off when the tree fell down, so we never could solve the mystery of what happened. As brothers will, each blamed the other for the mishap. But no harm done and this video has always gotten lots of laughs each year. A great Christmas story that will continue to be told and re-told in our family! Love your newsletter! Kathy
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue, Gloria requested a recipe for "angel food cake, fruit (perhaps pie filling?) and whipping cream". Here are the responses that were sent in.
Cherries in the Snow / Cherry Angel Cake
2 cans of cherry pie filling
Buy or make one angel food cake. (Tear into bit size pieces.)
1 large block of Philadelphia Cream Cheese. (You can use lower fat, but skip the no-fat version)
1/2 cup sugar,
1/2 cup cold milk
1 large tub Cool Whip
Soften the cream cheese, mix in sugar (with a blender). Add milk. Fold in the Cool Whip & then the cake pieces. Put in flat baking pan or large square (shallow) Corning ware dish. Top with pie filling. Chill & serve.
Betsy Amos, NC
The dessert that Gloria remembers having at those Tupperware parties
sounds like a version of an English Trifle. There are tons of recipes
for trifle, traditionally served in a clear glass bowl or parfait glasses to show off the beautiful layers. Here's a fairly simple contemporary version that goes together quickly - but note that it needs to be refrigerated for a couple of hours before serving. Linda
2 (6 ounce) containers fat free raspberry yogurt
2 ( 4 oz) containers ready-made vanilla pudding
1 1/2 cups Reddi-wip or whipped cream
1 (9 inch) prepared angel food cake, cut into 1-inch pieces
4 cups assorted berries (such as sliced strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or blackberries)
2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted (optional)
Combine yogurt and pudding in medium bowl until blended. Fold in Reddi-wip.
Layer half of the cake pieces in a 2-quart straight-sided serving bowl. Top with half of the pudding mixture and half of the berries; repeat layers. Cover; refrigerate at least 2 hours. Serve with additional Reddi-wip and almonds, if desired. Optional: Can also be soaked with a compatible-tasting liqueur of your choice before refrigerating (amaretto is nice).
I have a recipe recently given to me for the Angel Food Cake dessert recipe recently requested by a reader, but don't have a name for it.
Two 8-oz. pkg. cream cheese
Two 8-oz. containers Cool Whip (Extra Creamy Style)
Two cups powdered confectioners sugar
generous dash of vanilla
Mix above ingredients together
Sliced or torn angel food cake
Blueberry pie filling
Assemble starting with layer of cream mixture, layer of angel food cake, layer of cream mixture, top with blueberry pie filling - Jo Ann
Strawberry Angel Food Dessert
1 (3 oz.) pkg. strawberry jello
1 (10 oz.) pkg. sliced frozen strawberries
1 T. sugar, pinch of salt
1/2 of 10" angel food cake, torn in pieces
1/2 pint whipping cream
Dissolve jello in 1 1/4 c. boiling water. Stir in thawed strawberries, sugar, and salt. Cool until it begins to thicken. Fold in cream (whipped). Cover bottom of 9" square pan with 1/2 torn angel food; pour over it 1/2 of the strawberry cream mixture; make another layer with the rest of the torn cake. Pour the remaining strawberry mixture over it. Refrigerate 4 or 5 hours to set. Cut in square. Garnish with fresh strawberries. Double the recipe for an 8x11 pan. Janet
ORANGE ANGEL FOOD DESSERT
1 T. Gelatin
3 c. Cold Water
2 c. Boiling Water
1 c. Sugar
1 c. Orange Juice (Preferably freshly-squeezed)
Juice of 2 lemon
1 Pt. Whipping Cream
1 medium angel food cake
Soften the gelatin in the cold water. Add the boiling water and stir until gelatin is dissolved. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Add the fruit juices. Cool the mixture in the refrigerator until it begins to set and has the consistency of soft jelly. Whip the cream and fold in the softly-jelled mixture. Alternate filling and broken pieces of the angel food cake in an angel cake tin, bundt pan or ring mold. Chill until set. To unmold, dip pan briefly in warm water and turn out onto a plate. Joanne in Duxbury, MA
I don't know if this is the cake, but it is certainly delicious and easy to make.
1 Store bought Angel Food Cake, cut up into cubes about 1" ea
2 8 oz packages of cream cheese, soften at room temperature
1 Cup of powdered sugar
1 8 oz carton of Cool Whip
2 Cans pie filling - I use cherry.
Cut the cake into cubes and set aside.
Cream together the cream cheese and powdered sugar
Stir in the cool whip
Fold in the Angel Food Cake - gently - until thoroughly mixed.
Pour into 13 x9 x 2 glass dish
Spread evenly in the dish
Top with the pie filling, spread evenly over top
Refrigerate at least two hours before serving. Best if refrigerated over night.
Cut into squares and serve.
There will not be any leftovers that's for sure!! Jackie J.
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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
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I am looking for a recipe for cookies my grandmother made when I was a child. She was from Austria, Hungary and she called the cookies "nut sticks". I think they were made primarily of very finely ground pecans and sugar. I believe the dough was rolled out and then cut into small bars, or "sticks" and placed on a baking sheet. They were then topped with a dollop of meringue made with egg whites beaten with powdered sugar. The meringue got hard as the cookies baked. As was not unusual in her day, the recipes she used were handed down in her family and most were not written down. She simply had them all in her head. My sisters and I, who are all in our 40's and 50's are her only remaining relatives and no one has been able to come up with a recipe after searching through the few we do have that were written down over the years. I have tried many Internet searches trying to find a recipe that may duplicate what I am looking for, but I have not had any luck. I have seen recipes for German cookies that contain nuts and include a meringue topping, but none of them seem to be what I am searching for. If anyone could help me with a recipe that may be what I am looking for, my family and I would be extremely grateful. Thank you, Paula St. Louis, MO
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