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The Collectors Newsletter #590 -- February 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #590 -- February 2008
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2. Stories From our Readers
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4. Your Classifieds
5. Newly listed items
6. Funny Old Stuff
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8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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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.
My name is Judy, (nee Ford), I actually am a sewing machine collector mostly. Also anything associated with sewing, knitting or crocheting.
I live in Alberta, Canada and enjoy your newsletters also. Right now it is -37c with a wind chill of about -45. Brrrrrrrrrr. Anyway, that's beside the point. Now to get on with my story. I just have to share this one as it actually did happen!!!
The graveyard stories intrigued me as they brought back memories of when I was about 9 years old, (1956) and we were going across Canada by car, an old station wagon. (Something else you don't see much anymore). There were my 2 brothers, Jim 19, Frank 14, my parents, and myself. We camped at night in a tent where ever my dad could find a suitable spot. Back in those days you didn't have to worry too much about getting mugged or paying exorbitant fees for just staying for a night.
It so happened that one of those chosen places WAS a graveyard. I cannot remember in which province this was as I really wasn't all that interested I guess. What really sticks out in my mind and I will never forget is the events that followed.
My brother, Frank, always liked scavenging. As Mother was cooking supper on the campfire and Pop was looking for more wood, Frank was meandering around all the toombstones. It was almost already dark but still enough light to make out objects. All of a sudden he came running back and was litterly shaking with excitement. It turned out that he found a very old musty wallet with a few hardly legible papers in it and a small amount of paper money. What comes next is the really eerie part.---------
He tucked his prize by his side as he settled down for the night. In the morning, when he thought he would get a better examination of what he had found, (now that it was daylight), he reached for the wallet. It was nowhere in sight. Mysteriously, it had just vanished. We searched everywhere. It was obviously gone! My mother concluded that he was not meant to have it, as it didn't belong to him. To this day, we never did find out where it went to. There were no noises or disturbances of any kind, through the night. Needless to say, this sent chills up all of our spines. We didn't waste any time getting packed up and leaving. Do you get that feeling that you are being watched but don't know who or why? That was it! I think, even my fearless father, who had been through WW 2 and we looked up to as our guardian and protector, was noticably shaken. Would anyone out there in "TIAS-land", have a believable explanation for this phenomenon? Thank you for letting me re-live this childhood memory. Best regards to everyone. Judy B
Dear Friends, You talk about what was the inept thing to say to you about your collection. I was set up at an antique flea market when a lady came by looked at our collection and asked me " who GIVES you all this stuff" Well I was nice and told her that I did not have all this stuff given to me, I bought it. Does anyone have a response to this kind of question? And I love this newsletter. Thank you. Judy
I’m the same age as Betty and also remembered a book read to me by my third grade teacher. Her name was Mrs. Auget, and she called me “Peanut” cause I was the smallest person in my class. I have wonderful memories of her reading this book to us a chapter at a time. You can still buy “The Boxcar Children” by Gertrude Chandler Warner. It’s available at Amazon. I bought a copy in 1973 (at least that’s the date of the printing) to read to my own children. I’ve kept it all these years so I could read it my grandchildren. I only have one little grandson, but expect to start reading it to him soon. Very kind regards, Carol
Dear Tias Newsletter, I am a faithful fan of your newsletter. Many stories bring back memories of my own. Please let me tell you of a memory that has made me realize how much my husband gave up when he asked me to marry him. Something that I learned after I said, "I do."
Before he met me and prior to our engagement, he had ordered his dream car...a 1959 White Ford Thunderbird Convertible with two-tone blue interior. This car was loaded! His dream car! Then we met and we were soon engaged to be married. He canceled his dream car. After we were married, he told me that he thought, going into marriage, the money needed for that car would strap us down and he didn't want to do that. Our babies came along and grew to adults with children and grandchildren of their own, and he was never able to get his dream car.
Here it is, our anniversary soon to be forty-six years in May of this year, and his birthday is coming up in February. We are in our senior years, as you may have guessed, and he is having serious health issues and will be undergoing aneurysm surgery plus stents prior to that surgery. The angiogram will be done on February 23, with followup surgeries. I would like to surprise him with his dream car, albeit a small model of it, before his surgeries,.
Why am I writing to you and your readers? Well, I have been searching on line to find a die-cast model of this 1959 White Ford Thunderbird with two-tone blue interior. My searching has been in vain, even nothing on ebay. I thought, just perhaps, there is someone out there in your reading audience who could direct me to where this die-cast model is located. Or maybe there is someone out there who has it and would part with it for a good cause. I will be happy to purchase it from anyone who may be willing to sell it.
Thanking you from the bottom of my heart. You may post my email so that people can contact me. If possible "ford" in subject line will help me to know it is not phishing or spam email. If there is any information you need to be able to post this, please let me know. Thank you. Betty email@example.com
Like so many others, I enjoy going to cemeteries and reading the epithets on the old tombstones. Before he passed away, my friend, Henry and I spent many hours riding around to visit the older cemeteries in our area My favorite is at Dutch Forks Park in Claysville, Pa. It simply reads "Killed by Injuns" Dianne
I agree that we do need to pass on a love for all these treasures to younger generations and as a 35 year old, I can say I am part of that younger generation and am proudly passing it on to a younger generation yet. Both of my children, six and eight, already have collections and know all the treasures we look for, for ourselves and other family members, whenever we go to antique stores, flea markets, auctions or yard sales. We watch for everything from depression ware dishes to Fisher Price toys prior to 1972 to old books and tools. They love to look right along with us and enjoy using all those things in our home. They know that there are very few pieces of furniture in our home that are newer than 35 years and many are 200+ years old, as is our house, ca 1850. We use our depression ware and old china and silver. We use our old kitchen implements. They do work better and last longer! Thanks for a great newsletter! Laney in MI
I am always so happy when I see a new newsletter in my box. It's like getting notes from old friends. This newsletter tends to follow it's own course. It flows along nicely; taking whatever course the readers want. The content shifts nicely from one subject to another, all the while maintaining an overall theme - collecting and treasuring the things we love from our past and preserving and sharing the wonderful old memories that go with them. And, occasionally, we take side trips to old cemeteries and other places considered strange by some. Yet, we always respect each other's opinions (well, most of the time), and we do our best to answer each other's questions and support their thoughts and ideas. I wouldn't change one thing about this list. I recently wrote in one post that, while I did not particularly care for the recipe section, I would never think of asking anyone to change it. THEN, I needed an old Weight Watcher's recipe. Guess where I went to inquire!!! You guessed it. Judy
In regard to using shaving cream as a way to reveal the text on cemetary headstones ....
No, no, no, NO, NO! Shaving cream is VERY hard on stones. There are chemicals and perfumes in shaving creams - ALL of them - that are absolutely toxic to stones. At most, spray water on the stone to highlight the lettering. Shoot from different angles. You might have to come back when the sun is in a different position. But DON'T PUT ANYTHING on the stone to "bring out the lettering" - it will only ruin it more, faster. Jean - The Cemetery Crawler in Oregon
SEND US YOUR VINTAGE STORIES OR COMMENTS ON THESE STORIES! Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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the Webs largest online antique and collectible mall released their monthly "Hot List" of Antiques & Collectibles. The TIAS "Hot List" has been published monthly since 2002. These monthly "Hot Lists" are based on hundreds of thousands of searches by people using the online search engines at the indicated Web sites in the month of January 2007.
Keep in mind that these searches are what people were looking for, not necessarily what they were buying. In many cases, people will search for items when they are just trying to determine a value of a specific item that they have in their possession.
Here are the top twenty search words used at
This site specializes in offering a broad range of antiques and collectibles:
1. Cookie Jars 2. Cat (related collectibles) 3. Pyrex 4. Avon 5. Fenton 6. Stamps 7. Teapots 8. Dolls 9. Carnival Glass 10. Roseville 11. Nippon 12. Dolls 13. Valentines 14. McCoy 15. Bookends 16. Lefton 17. Decanter 18. Rings 19. Bakelite 20. Barbie
This is the first "Hot List" of the 2008. Since we only published a top 20 list for all of 2007 instead of a "Hot List" for December 2007, we have no previous month to compare this list to, so we expanded the list from the usual top 10, to the top 20 for January 2008. Next month we'll be back to the old format where you can see February compared to January.
Here are the top twenty search words used at
. This site specialized in "high end" Antiques and Art:
1. Limoges 2. Ironstone 3. Nippon 4. Brown Transferware 5. Chairs 6. Dog (related collectibles) 7. Jugs 8. Mason 9. Platters 10. Pitchers 11. Red Transferware 12. Bowls 13. Teapots 14. Wash Bowl 15. Staffordshire 16. Mirrors 17. Flow Blue 18. Vase 19. Plates 20. Desks
Past hot lists can now be viewed online in the TIAS Newsletter archives, just search for "Hot List" at
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2. Wigsten Associates Spring Auction Feb 17, 2008 Hooksett NH
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4. FRANCIS BACON TRIPTYCH SELLS FOR £26.3 MILLION ($51.7 MILLION/€35.2 MILLION)
5. Sotheby's Hong Kong - Spring Sales 2008
6. 3rd Annual Antique Appraisal Fair & Show
7. Lithographed Paper Toys, Books, and Games: 1880-1915\
8. Sotheby's Impressionist Evening sale: 5th February 2008
9. Sotheby's - Edward Weston's Gifts to His Sister and Other Photographs - April 8, 2008
10. Cristiano Bierrenbach Joins Heritage
11. Heritage Political Auction is Historic in More Ways Than One
12. eBay Guru Skip McGrath Endorses Daryle Lambert's Book
13. Yes, in Antiques & Collectibles, too: It is the economy, stupid!
14. The Top 20 Searches for Antiques and Collectibles at Kovels.com for January 2008
15. Art Market Blog - Affordable and Collectible Artworks No. 6
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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.
I thought you might get a kick out of the following letter from Santa. First the history leading up to the Christmas of 1971.
one night at the beginning of the year when I came home from night school and walked into the house there was a burnt smell in the house. When I looked around I found a batch of burned black cookies at the bottom of the trash can in the kitchen. I went to bed but after a while I decided I might think of something to do with those cookies. So I got up and rescued a couple and hid them in a drawer. I forgot about them for several months, but with Christmas coming up I got an idea. I wrote the following letter for Roberta and put it in her Christmas stocking along with one of the cookies.
December 25, 1971
I would like to thank you, and especially Warren. You for accidentally coming up with the answer to a problem I have, that has been growing from year to year, and Warren for letting me know what you came up with.
as you know, it has been a tradition, for centuries, to put a piece of coal in everyone's stocking if they have been bad through the year. This piece of coal replaces a gift they would get if they had been good.
Well, every year I have more and more stops and the supply of coal has been going down. When I received a package and letter from your husband way back in January or February, I knew my coal problem was solved.
What Warren sent me was a package of cookies you had made and were going to throw away. He suggested I gather everybody's burnt cookies through the year and use them instead of coal. They were the closest thing to coal I have seen in a long time. They are much lighter than coal (I won't have to put on another reindeer) and they slide into a stocking very well.
This piece of coal (I mean cookie) is one of the ones I received from Warren. I figured as long as you had a piece of coal coming I would show my appreciation to you by giving you one of the originals. I hope you will keep this and see if you can mend your ways so you don't have a collection that gets out of hand. Well I have to get going as I have a lot of stops to make. Have a Merry Christmas and may the coming year be the best. Santa PS Remember if you have any more donations they will be greatly appreciated.
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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.
Here is another recipe for corn bread...
I was given this recipe from a Home Economics Teacher in the 1980's. It is very light and delicious, Elaine.
Sally Lunn Bread - Corn Loaf
3 eggs, separated
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup corn meal
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter
1 & 1/2 cups flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 cup milk
Grease(butter) and flour a loaf pan. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, beat egg yolks, butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Sift flour, corn meal, baking powder and salt together and add to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks, and gently fold into the batter.
Bake about 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.(I had to cook it 20 minutes longer in my oven).
Turn out at once and serve warm. Enjoy!
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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 am looking for a Weight Watchers recipe from the early1980's. It contained approx. 1 cup of rice, canned chunk pineapple, vanilla (I think it may have had one egg in it) - I cannot recall all of the ingredients or the amounts. But, I was always thrilled that you were allowed to eat such a nice quantity of this wonderful concoction. I loved it. I'm not on W.W. now, but really want this recipe. Thanks and hope to hear from someone. Judy
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
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