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The Collectors Newsletter #584 -- January 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #584 -- January 2008
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1. Featured Collectors Club
2. Stories From our Readers
3. Antique News
4. Your Classifieds
5. Newly listed items
6. Funny Old Stuff
7. Wanted ads. Can you help?
8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
10. New On line Merchants
11. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
The Carnival Glass Society
The Society was formed by a small group of collectors in 1982 and has grown to approximately 400 members. It promotes interest in the collecting of Carnival Glass, encourages research into its history and circulates information through its publications.
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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.
I know exactly how Ali feels. I also own a rubber faced Santa from the 50's that's actually a baby doll. I call him Baby Santa. My Aunt and Uncle always had him on display and I was very happy when my Aunt Helen gave him to me. I always asked them to remove his hat so I could see his little bald head. But my family also calls him creepy. It could be because Baby Santa has a beard and mustache. I guess one man's cute is another man's creepy. Carol from Connecticut
I have an old photograph in my possession of a foxtrot-style log cabin with four adults standing by the front fence. On the back it says it was taken in April 1899 and that the photo is of "Grandpa & Grandma Davis, Uncle George Davis, Aunt Margarett Davis Lowrey." It also says "This has been promised to me Pearl Davis Robben, Uncle George's niece." The location is possibly somewhere in Texas. If this could be your family, please write Linda at email@example.com
I read Carla's letter about the book she managed to find--on ebay--after so many years of missing it. it prompted me to ask for help in locating a childhood favorite book of mine. i am 57, and i must have been 8 or 9 when i got a wonderful oversized picture book about 2 French poodles, FiFi and FooFoo, I think. they were seperated for some reason, then reunited. all i remember is one was black, one was white, and when they found each other they cried, "FiFI! FooFoo! 'Tis I! 'Tis you!" that, and that they were born by being found under a cabbage! i loved that book so dearly and would be very happy to find out anything anyone might know. i'd be evn happier to find a copy! thanks to all of you who write in your memories. it is a pleasure to open my email and see i have a new tias message! Ginny in Connecticut
There's an easy and environment-friendly way to polish silver that sounds a bit like what Joyce in Pinole was asking about. Mix baking soda and salt (a couple of teaspoons of each - I never measure and exact amounts don't seem critical) in a couple of quarts of steaming water.
Put the silver to be polished into pan completely lined with aluminum foil. Make sure all the silver pieces have some contact with the aluminum foil.
Pour the baking soda/salt mixture into the pan with the silverware and wait a few minutes. The silver will be polished by a reaction that seems to move the tarnish to the aluminum foil.
It's a handy little trick because it gets into all the nooks and crannies that are otherwise hard to polish (scroll work, between fork tines, that sort of thing). You have to make sure to wash well afterwards though, or you end up with a light white residual coating of salt and baking soda on the silverware...- SallyAnne from PA
Jean, the "cemetery collector" probably knows that she's actually doing a great service.
My father used to be a nationally-known coin collector. He collected only American, regular-issue coins, and when he had a complete set, rather than expanding his scope, he sold the collection (for a huge amount, at a well-advertised Stack's auction) and started "collecting" ancestors!
Cemeteries are a great source of genealogical information, but the tombstones often decay (especially the old pre-20th-century brownstone ones) and become unreadable. Jean is doing a great service!
Note that the great thing about collection ancestors is that, unlike other "collectibles", when you find a new one, you can share it with other relatives, unlike a coin, where you are the only one to possess it! - Toni Savage
The story about having to explain what a "45" was brought back the memory of the day the generation gap sprung apart in our family. This was during the time the "Turtles" chain of music stores were in business and my daughter, a preteen at the time, had received several gift coins (like a gift card) as a birthday gift. As we browsed thru the store, I noticed the abundance of tapes and some cd's in the store and remarked that they didn't have many albums and no 45's. Her innocent remark "What's a 45?" made me feel older than time itself as I had seen both Elvis and the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. Bonnie in Bulldog Country
Regarding Jean's "goulish" collection of cemetery photos. I've been doing my own family's genealogical history for over 25 years and have taken many photos of grave markers. While vacationing in Vermont a few years ago, we came upon a beautiful old cemetery on a desolate country road. I yelled, "STOP". My husband knew why and he hit the brakes. I got out and took photos of some of the most beautiful old tombstones I've ever seen. Many of the very old ones are pieces of art in themselves - those from the 1800's tend to be very ornate and the old slate ones from the 1700's and earlier are pure art.
Now, I probably wouldn't have any of the more common ones on my wall, but I would not hesitate to hang a photo of an unusually well done marker. I DONT' think it's goulish. I cherish my ancestors and have photographed all of their graves I can find.
Unfortunately, many people do not realize that we are loosing old cemeteries at an alarming rate. Those that are on private land can often be at the greatest risk. Often the land owner isn't interested in preserving an old cemetery and those who are cannot get access to the privately held land. There are endless reports of cemetery vandalism and people have even offered grave markers for sale on ebay. About 5 years ago, I joined a protest against a very few who were selling the markers taken from the graves of our war veterans. Ebay was doing nothing to stop them. Once the markers are stolen or destroyed by the ravages of time, the information they held is lost forever.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to those who are trying to preserve our cemeteries and the information obtained therein.
It's sad to think that anyone would think her photos "goulish"! Jean, you keep up the good work. God Bless You! ..Judy - Jacksonville, Fla.
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We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find, unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send your story to email@example.com
3) Antique News
Here is the latest news about antiques and collectibles from
1. Heritage-NYINC Signature Auction of Ancient & World Coins Nears $4.5 Million in New York City Event
2. Strictly Disneyana Show and Sale
3. Why Your Special Collection Needs Special Insurance
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4. Today’s Generation Vintage Style
5. $36 Million Platinum Night Session Drives Heritage's $62 Million FUN Auction
6. MASTERPIECES BY BACON & RICHTER LEAD CHRISTIE'S LONDON SALES OF POST WAR &
CONTEMPORARY ART IN FEB
7. Christie's To Offer Property From The Estate Of Leona M. Helmsley
8. Art Market Blog - Comparing the Art and Wine Markets
9. SHOW PROMOTER ANNOUNCES NEW LOCATION FOR CRYSTAL RIVER ANTIQUE SHOW
10. Unique Militaria and Historic Collectibles Cross the Block at Proxibid
11. Manion’s List it Yourself Auction celebrates successful first year online
12. CALIFORNIA ART, ASIAN ANTIQUES STANDOUTS OF CLARS JANUARY SALE
13. New Conference & Exhibition Takes Business
14. Christie's To Offer Part II of the Meriem Collection - A Superb Ensemble of Chinese Snuff Bottles
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
Maybe this is only funny to my family, but when my brothers and I cleaned out our grandparents' home in South Dakota after Grandma died and Grandpa went to the care center, we had no arguments divvying things up. Our problem was who wanted to take the stuff that nobody really wanted but we knew were a big part of things we remembered growing up. For example, a porcelain cigarette box with a German Shepherd head on the top. (not a stuffed dog head but a porcelain head.) My brothers all walked away from it after a protracted argument of who could possibly display this in their home, leaving this questionable treasure to me. I got "stuck" with it and have it on the same table as Grandma displayed it (with her same matchbook collection inside). Somehow I know that this was meant to be -- it looks so right. We all wish we knew the story behind it -- Grandma and Grandpa never had a dog and no one in our family ever had a German shepherd. But considering that we discovered, while packing up the bedroom furniture, that the mattress was a "Magic Fingers" mattress, one has to wonder ...Chris L., Virginia
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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, Hampton H. requested a recipe for "Nabisco fruitcake". Here are the responses that were sent in.
This is a recipe from my grandmother. Enjoy! Barbara F
1 c. raisins
2 c. water
Boil until 1 cup raisin juice is left – cool and use the juice in the cake.
2 c. flour
1/2 c. oil or lard
1 c. sugar
2 tbsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. baking soda
1 c. raisin juice
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1 c. raisins - cooked
Combine all ingredients. Use the juice from the cooked raisins in the cake.
Bake at 375, 40-45 minutes.
History: This cake originated during the Second World War amid rations. Each person was allowed only small amounts of basic commodities. This cake is low in fat. It is very tasty and served the desire for the luxury of a "dessert" and the need for a "comfort food" during the war.
BOILED RAISIN CAKE OR WAR CAKE
Bake at 350 for 50 minutes
1 C. Raisins - 1 ½ C. cold water
Put raisins into a pot with water and bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes and cover. Cool and keep covered.
1 ½ cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 ½ tsp. soda
½ tsp. Allspice
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Nutmeg
While raisins are cooling, sift flour in small bowl. Add leavenings and spices. Leave aside in bowl.
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine (melted hot)
1. In a large bowl beat 1 egg with brown sugar, add raisin mixture, add flour mixture.
2. Stir hot melted margarine in cake batter. Pour into pan.
3. Bake in greased and floured 9"X9" pan. Let cool before removing from pan.
Optional: Sprinkle with icing sugar when cool.
Have a great day.. Dorothy
1 1/2 cups Sugar 3 cups (cooked in 1 1/2 Cups water; cook 20 min.)
1 cup shortening
2 eggs 2 tsp. soda (dissolved in 1 cup raisin water )
3 cup flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
cream shortening and eggs; sift flour and spices together.
Add raisin water and soda alternately with flour mixture. Be sure
that the raisin water is cool before mixing. Bake at 350 F. 45
minutes to 1 hour. until top springs back. Bake in a 13x9x2 inch pan.
Frost with powdered sugar frosting.
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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.
A while ago I asked for a recipe for-Hot Cream Waffles- as was sold from a horse drawn wagon when I was very small. A treat for me if I had been good that day. Recieved one recipe that came close but would like to see if any of your readers could come closer. I believe they were of Greek origin. were crispy and dusted with powdered sugar. I enjoy the newsletter very much. Thanks for your help. Herb
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