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The Collectors Newsletter #589 -- February 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #589 -- February 2008
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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.
As to the letter referring to the under 20 people not interested in our antiques. My granddaughter ,who is only 18, is always asking about things I have, who did it belong to and where did it come from. She just moved out into her own house and likes to go with my husband and me to antique stores and flea markets to look for old things for her house.
my 10 year old granddaughter has already started to follow suit. You should have seen her face when I explained a ring I wear was her great great grandmothers wedding ring and it is almost 100 years old.when she asked about it. I think a lot of it has to be inspired by us to let these kids interested. I love this news letter and cant wait to read it when it comes. Charlotte from Ohio
For Betty Boston: If rubbing the stones is not working, you may want to try something a professional photographer taught me...spray the stone with shaving cream, then using a flat piece of cardboard as a squeegee, wipe the excess off, pushing the white into the indentations. I was able to read several stones this way that were otherwise indistinguishable. This doesn't preserve the actual stone, but it does make it legible in a photograph which can preserve the info. Be sure printed photos are marked date taken, cemetery, address, etc.
For Terry: I agree with the concept that we must "recruit" the next generation for antiquing and preserving the past, however, I think your opening remark about not recommending TIAS is way off the mark. Some of the very stories and examples are the kind of thing that strike a chord and stir interest. It is a wonderful newsletter and I recommend it to everyone I know who is interested in antiques, whether they want grand examples of craftsmanship, or want to know how to best care for one at great-grandma's less valuable relics from the homeplace. Great newsletter...I enjoy every issue! bz in nc
I love to read this newsletter, so I decided that I'd better write when I saw Terry's note of concern about young people becoming antiquers. I am in my thirties and have subscribed to this newsletter since I was in my twenties. I come from a long line of collectors... but people used to just consider them savers... My grandparents lived in the family homestead, and my grandmother's attic was like the ones you see in picture books... full of trunks of old clothing, and fascinating stuff that was stored away years ago...like chamber sets, letters, and old books.
As a kid and even a teenager, I thought that there was nothing better to do on a rainy day than go play or explore the attic. Then I discovered yard sales as I began setting up my apartment. I learned that I could find lovely candy dishes and vintage china dishes that were significantly less expensive at a yard sale than at the local department store or even Wal-mart. They were unique and though not a rarity...I knew that they would make a party look festive. Then my parents bought me a set of vintage dishes for a bargain price at an auction, and we found a very tarnished set of silverplate at a yard sale. My apartment looked charming and elegant. It had a style and flair all it's own. My furniture was also a mixed collection of vintage and new pieces from home and family.
My funniest experience with my vintage dish ware and silverware was when I took a tureen to school (I taught kindergarten.) for a PTA meeting, and the older teachers had a fit that I brought my silverplate spoons to serve it with. (I didn't have an alternative, and truthfully they weren't costly pieces at all but they made me get the plain stuff from the cafeteria kitchen.) Now I still enjoy a good yard sale, auction, or antique shop and that new thing ebay. My home is filled with antiques that are used often and enjoyed for their heritage, usefulness, and loveliness.
I think I learned to enjoy antiques as a young person, because my grandmother allowed me to play with them, and used them in her household regularly as if they were ordinary. I was shocked to discover that the mesh purse I had fun playing with as a six year old was a valuable antique at twenty. We have giggled at some of our ebay sellers assumptions that the vintage dishes won't be used but just displayed, just as we are enjoying our first sip of tea from a beautiful teacup. As a relatively young antique buyer I have discovered that antique shops are interesting in that some are warehouses that the truly rare and the junk reside together, while others are selective and still others believe that they are truly extra-specially rare, and how dare that young woman walk in our doors and dare touch a table. (The snobs annoy me...if they saw what I've played with perhaps they wouldn't dare be so terribly snobby.)
I may not have so much money that I can afford a truly rare piece, but I know people who can, and would buy something lovely and rare. In addition, I've learned that at any given auction, you may find a bargain just by being at the right place at the right time. So the snobs that act as if their price is the best and only option, sometimes need to get a grip. And at the same time, I have realized that the junk at some of the other warehouses can be fun to discover a not yet antique, but a precious memory of the past. There have always been people who have enjoyed old stuff, and I'm sure that you'll discover many young readers of this newsletter. Some of my favorite people are at least vintage age, and I love their stories and memories! Keep up the good work! ---Bethany
To Betty, who is looking for the book, The Boxcar Children; this book was written by Gertrude Chandler Warner and published in 1942. She was a school teacher and her students used it to learn to read. She went on to write eighteen sequels to that first book. You can find it and other books about the children, who set up housekeeping in an abandoned boxcar after losing their parents, still being reprinted today. They are just as popular with children as ever. Gertrude Chandler Warner died in 1979 at the age of 89. I loved that book, too! Linda - There are may copies available at Abebooks.com and Amazon.com
Terry, I have to respectfully disagree. As in anything, it depends on who you're talking or listening to. I have a 25-year old daughter who has been in process of "moving her things out" for the past 4 years, and any "discussions" we have about what she's taking with her are always over the antique/vintage things (why she thinks a lovely walnut rocker is hers simply because it's been in her room for the past 10 years, I don't understand, LOL). And it's not just the "definition" or the value of the piece that makes it desirable in her eyes, it's the beauty of the scroll-curved arms and Eastlake decoration, as well as the fact that I nursed her in this rocker when she was a baby that makes it valuable to her. As far as glassware is concerned, she's actually chosen a Depression glass pattern to collect after poring over a new book on the subject that she'd bought for me for Christmas. Again, the "status" or monetary value of the pieces is secondary to the fact that she loves the color and design of the pattern. And she's not alone in her age group - I know that a number of her friends also have found things they collect because they see the beauty in them.
As far as your comment that you've never met anyone who sees beyond the label of a piece to the aesthetic beauty, I can't imagine who you've been hanging out with! Not me or my Mom or my sisters or my friends, that's for sure! Yeah, it's cool to find something rare and valuable, especially if it's an unexpected bargain. But as far as I'm concerned, if it doesn't speak to me in some way, it doesn't matter how valuable or rare it is, I help it find a new home. By the same token, there is one glassware pattern I collect because I think the pieces are lovely, even though I discovered that they're not valuable in monetary terms at all. Jeanine
Just wanted to tell you about our home. We live on the family farm that has been in our family since the 1920's
We have Grandmas original kitchen tale that was a hand-me-down to her when she "took up house keeping"in 1921. It has a patent date of 1875. It is in the exact same spot she put it in. How I would love to hear stories that have been told around that table.
The "good" furniture that was bought before she was married in 1921 has been recovered and is still the "good" furniture. Still sits in the same place as it was put when it was new.
Her dining room table and buffet is still in our home. Bookshelfs my grandfather built grace our home as does the Bed Uncle John had when he lived here. I could go on and on. I just wanted to share my story
because I so enjoy everyone elses. Keep up the good work Tias! Judy from Ohio
The book that Betty is looking for (The Boxcar Children) is by Gertrude Chandler Warner. My 2nd grade teacher also read this series to us in school and I LOVED it! I remember getting the books from the local library and re-reading them with my Mother also. Great books, and wonderful memories. I also remember reading several "Flicka Ricka & Dicka" & "Snip, Snap & Snurr" books, as a child and have purchased my own vintage copies and cherish these, as well. There is nothing like holding an old book and remembering the discovery of the story. Beth
Dear Friends, In regards to the old gravestones we are having some problems with someone knocking over or breaking them I think that is so bad. Well without me knowing my husband took my grandson to the cemetery and they walked around and read some of the really old ones. He absolutely loved doing that!! And it was a wonderful time spent with Grandpa. When they returned I asked my grandson what he thought of that and he said it was awesome! maybe we need to take time to tell our children and grandchildren what these all mean to the families of the deceased or show them the wonderful epitaph's. Thank you all for your wonderful letters Judy
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When I was still a little girl (many years ago), my mother and grandmother had those fur pieces that used the animal's head and jaws as a clasp and had glass eyes. I was fascinated with them and would spend a great deal of time stroking them, giving them names, and playing with them. My mother disapproved, so I would get them out of the closet when she wasn't looking and hide under her four-poster bed (very high) with the George Washington chenille coverlet concealing me. One day after playing with them, I left them lined up just behind the fringe on the coverlet and forgot to put them back. Mother said she got the fright of her life when she went to run the dust mop under the bed and saw all those beady little eyes and furry bodies looking up at her. Needless to say, I got the worse end of the butter paddle and never played with them again.
Sharon in Kentucky
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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In the last issue, Karen K. requested a recipe for "Lady Cabbage". Here are the responses that were sent in.
This is creamed cabbage with a cheese and bread crumb topping. Karen P, Waukegan,IL
1 med head cabbage, sliced thin
10 T butter
1/3 C flour
1/2 t salt
pepper to taste
4 C milk
2 C shredded cheddar cheese
1 C bread crumbs
Boil sliced cabbage in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 3-4 mins. Drain, add 2T butter; set aside.
In a small saucepan, melt 6T butter; stir in flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly. Continue cooking and stirring until thickened and bubbly.
In a greased 3-qt or 13x9x2-inch pan, layer half of drained cabbage, pour on half of the cream sauce, then the rest of the cabbage and cream sauce on the top. Sprinkle the top with the shredded cheese. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter and toss with bread crumbs; sprinkle on top. Bake uncovered 350° 40-45 mins. Serves 10-12.
This is a custard-like cabbage dish called Lady Cabbage, from the 1907 Golden Rule Cook-book: Six Hundred Recipes for Meatless Dishes. Doesn't have a crumb topping as described, but that could be easily added if wanted. AS we all know, most good cooks add their own touches to any dish anyway.
Boil whole firm white cabbage fifteen minutes, then change the water for more from a boiling teakettle; continue boiling for half an hour or until tender, then drain and set aside until perfectly cold. Chop fine, season with pepper and salt, add 1 or 2 well-beaten eggs, 1 tablespoon of butter, and 1/2 cup of rich milk. Stir all well together and bake in a buttered dish until brown. The oven should be moderately hot, and the same care used as in the baking of a custard. Serve in the baking dish.
Lady Cabbage Roll Casserole
2 pounds ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce
3 1/2 pounds chopped cabbage
1 cup uncooked white rice
1 teaspoon salt
2 (14 ounce) cans beef broth
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large skillet, brown beef in oil over medium high heat until redness is gone. Drain off fat.
In a large mixing bowl combine the onion, tomato sauce, cabbage, rice and salt. Add meat and mix all together. Pour mixture into a 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour broth over meat mixture and bake in the preheated oven, covered, for 1 hour. Stir, replace cover and bake for another 30 minutes.
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Does anyone remember a recipe for a pancake that was made with thinly sliced bananas dipped in batter? Steve in ND
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