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The Collectors Newsletter #596 -- March 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #596 -- March 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.
Coca-Cola Christmas Collector's Society
For decades, Christmas and Coca-Cola® have been a tradition, not only in America, but worldwide. In the '20s, The Coca-Cola Company adopted Santa Claus as the salesman for the fact that "thirst knows no season." Coca-Cola® is just as enjoyable winter or summer, the perfect refreshment whenever families get together. For more information, Click Here:
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2) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your story to email@example.com 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.
Hi, Both of our sons had collections when they were growing up, the youngest had a cereal box collection. (we still have 4 or 5 Wheaties not opened with Michael Jordan game on back). We also have a large stores here "Fred Meyers" that had their own cereal boxes for awhile, we went to several stores to find just the 'right box' in the best condition. That was about '91..Radio stations advertised on those boxes.
Since then they have collected car parts, ( learned from their Dad) & gained a great knowledge, and now sell as well as buy, at several "Swap Meets"
I used to collect beer items ( Breweriana ) and had them displayed all over the walls, in our TV room, we used the neon lights for a soft glow.I still have cupboards full of glasses,etc. The guys have the mirrors & signs. I was a club member for years, and collected that way too, and I can't even drink beer.
When we go to "Swap Meets" for car parts, I still look for beer items, and usually find one or two. It has been a fun hobby.
Now, I love to collect "cut Glass" toothpick holders, and other small cut glass items. They are so beautiful. I also collect older early plastic earrings. I have one pair that is entirely made of plastic, the ear clip also ! This is a fun hobby too, because you NEVER know when you will see your next pair.
Thanks for this GREAT newsletter. I am Sec of a Celtic Society, and share several of your recipes with them in our emails. Ruthie
Like everyone else, I love the newsletter and read all of it. For Barbara: The old pattern books have wonderful sentimental value esp. if you also have a piece made by a family member using these patterns. I saved my grandmother's books like this: If the tape had completely lost it's sticky, it was removed. I couldn't do anything about the stains, so I just left them. They are part of the history of the document anyway. Many of the books were falling apart from use, so I slipped each page into an archival sleeve and placed them in a notebook. (Archival quality notebooks can be found at photo supply outlets). In the sleeves they can be looked at and enjoyed (I love reading her penciled in notes). If I want to use them, the pages copy easily through the sleeve and I don't have to worry about damaging the originals. I have even inserted the copy with my notations in the notebook so the next owner can enjoy my trials and tribulations.
I also come into possession of items that I feel ought to be returned to family if possible. Right now I am looking for someone to claim a small book. Titled "In Memoriam, Albert Joseph Cliff". Born April 14th, 1826 in Sterling, Wayne County, PA and died February 29th, 1904, Philadelphia, PA. The book has a brief bio, a organizational resolution, a copy of the funeral service, addresses and prayers offered by pastors, and a memoir along with a photo of the gentleman. Anyone interested in this book can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please let Lindy know she is not alone in misunderstanding a person's name. My grandmother attended a Quaker Church and introduced me to a gentleman that attended that church too. He had a speech impediment, a stocky build, and a shiny bald head. I understood his name to be Hard Honeywell. For years when I saw him, I would say "Hi, Hard," never failing to introduce him as Hard Honeywell, and no one ever corrected me. When he died and I read his obituary, I discovered his name was really Howard. I was really shocked...and embarrassed! Nita
After 35 years in the antique business, I was never shocked at what I had an opportunity to buy....until I bought two caskets.
I was contacted by the remaining members of a local Odd Fellows Fraternal Organization to buy the contents of their hall, and among the robes, furniture, and regalia were two caskets. One was in the hall, but the other had been loaned to a local church for a Halloween Haunted House. The one in the hall was long and rather narrow, with a window in the top and a chalk-like skull and rib cage showing in the window.
While this was a rather grizzly purchase, it did sell right away to a lady who wanted it as a coffee table for her teddy bear museum. She excitedly called the coffin her Deady Bear (terrible pun). By the time summer rolled around, I had forgotten the second casket. One day a pick-up truck pulled up in front of my antique shop, and a young man came in and asked me where I wanted my casket. I was too shocked to say anything intelligent, so I blurted out, "What casket?" He answered, "The one your husband bought you." Now, my husband had bought me strange gifts before (example: maternity girdle, wheel wetter, bung whopper, etc.), but a casket was beyond my expectations. Finally it dawned on me that the casket was from the Odd Fellows, so, since I had customers in the shop, I asked him if he would put it in the back door of the shop and I would look at it later. He said, "No problem," and pulled his truck around back.
After my customers left, I went back to view my purchase and found a lovely small, fiddle-shaped coffin of solid walnut with a hinged lid at the top half. I walked over and flipped open the lid and let out a scream that everyone could hear all over town. There nestled in the head piece were two human skulls, one that was decapitated and the other that had white hair glued to the top of the skull. A long stake was sticking up through this skull, with the base of it disappearing into the bottom of the casket. The bottom part of the lid, however, was not hinged; it was screwed down. I called my husband and explained my "delivery" and asked him to come take the top off the casket as I was afraid to look...or think what might be there.
When my husband finally removed the lid, he let out an audible "Wow," and I was forced, by curiosity, to look. There was a large 50-pound flour sack made of heavy paper and decorated with a beautiful calligraphy eagle. This bag was stuffed full of old rags and newspapers. One newspaper carried the inaugural address of President Grant. Now the big question was, What do I do with the skulls? But that, too, is a long bizarre story. Maybe later? Nita
During the war years the theaters would have some special incentive to go to the movies, some gave away bags of groceries or kitchen items during intermission. Sometimes they would have a live act like a vaudeville show. One Saturday night our family had gone to one of those shows. They opened the show with a dialog of the MC saying that earlier in the evening while watching the movie he was sitting next to the isle with his leg sort of in the isle. He said that a woman came running up and tripped over his foot. He apologized and she said that’s ok she didn’t think she could have made it in time any way. (You’ve got to remember that this was in the early forties , long before the trash on television). There was absolute silence and then the audience just broke out in laughter! He had us in his hands for the rest of the show.
After the show when we were getting into the car, an overly “drunk” opened the front passenger door and was trying to get in and yelling at Mom to move over. All of a sudden he caught dad’s eyes and then saw us three boys in the back. To this day I’ve never seen a fella sober up so fast. He said “Oh my goodness ma’m I’m so sorry. I must have gotten into the wrong car”. With that he got out and was gone. We talked and joked of it for many years. That was one of our more memorable Family Saturday night’s OUT. Garry
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3) Antique News
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 February 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 ten search words used at
This site specializes in offering a broad range of antiques and collectibles:
1. Cookie Jar - No movement, 2. Clarice Cliff - Not listed last month, 3. Fenton - Up from #5, 4. Avon - No Movement, 5. Pyrex - Down from #3, 6. Carnival Glass - Up from #9, 7. Teapots - No movement, 8. Milk Glass - Not listed last month, 9. Dolls - Down from #8, 10. Depression Glass - Not listed last month
"No Movement" means the item has not changed position since the previous months list. "Down from #.." indicates that the item has dropped on our list since the previous list was published. "Up from #.." indicates that the item has risen on our list since the previous list was published. "Not listed last month" means that this item was not in the previous top 10 list.
Here are the top twenty search words used at
. This site specialized in "high end" Antiques and Art:
1. Limoges - No movement, 2. Chairs - Up from #5, 3. Nippon - No movement, 4. Tables - Not listed last month, 5. Ironstone - Down from #2, 6. White Ironstone - not listed last month, 7. Tiffany - not listed last month, 8. Staffordshire - Up from #15, 9. Desks - Up from #20, 10. Sofa - not listed last month.
Past hot lists can now be viewed online in the TIAS Newsletter archives, just search for "Hot List" at
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1. The Brinkman Collection to be sold May 24-25 in Iowa
2. Gallery 63 to host one-year anniversary sale March 16
3. Dealers recognize the importance of collectibles insurance
4. APPRAISING PERSONAL PROPERTY: PRINCIPLES & METHODOLOGY - 2ND EDITION
5. March 2008 issue of Style Century Magazine is now available to view online
6. Fostoria Elegant Glass – Baroque and Raleigh Patterns
7. Shadburn Collection to be sold April 24-26 in Corinth
8. Art Market Blog - The Worlds Top Art Schools
9. NC WICKER REPAIR SHOP ON LOCAL TV
10. Tiffany Favrile Glass,Lamps, Steuben, Durand, etc.
11. March Madness Souvenir Spoon Set Price Sale
12. Magic Posters Mystify Readers at LiveAuctionTalk.com
13. Europe Antique Trip sets dates for upcoming season
14. 14th-century painting hits $295,000 at Philip Weiss sale
15. March issue of Toy Collector Magazine now available to view or download at toycollectormagazine.com
16. Coin Chat Radio Brings Money to the Airwaves
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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.
On the way to visit my sister at her office, I gave directions to my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter. Turn left at the corner and go down the hall, turn right at the second door, etc. After our visit I was putting on my coat to leave, Brooke walked down the hall, stopped and looked around, then returned to me. Not finding the way out, she asked with a quizzical look on her face, "Where did left go?"
Eve in Cincinnati
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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 our last issue, Susan requested a recipe for "Cookie bars with coconut, chocolate chips, condensed milk”. The following were sent in by readers...
Hello Dolly Cookies
Melt 1 square of butter (NO MARGARINE) pour into a 9x9x2 glass dripper. Crush 1 cup graham crackers, sprinkle over the butter. Sprinkle 1 cup Angel Flake Coconut over crumbs; Sprinkle 1 cup Hershey's MILK CHOCOLATE chips over coconut; Sprinkle 1 cup chopped pecans (not a fine chop) bigger chunks over chocolate chips; Dribble 1 can of eagle brand milk evenly over all. (make sure you cover it completely) Bake 1/2 hour; 325 degree oven, cool and cut. They are very good. Enjoy! Jan - Colorado
I grew up with these...also called 7 layer cookie
1 1/2 C graham cracker crumbs
1/2 c butter, melted
Mix together & place in a 8x11 baking dish
sprinkle I 6ox bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup shredded coconut
Top with a can of Sweetened condensed milk
Bake 30 min at 350 degrees
Love the newsletter! Kim in Indiana
I believe she is looking for a recipe called Seven Layer Cookies. Here is just one of many found online.
SEVEN LAYER COOKIES
Layer in this order in a 9"x13" baking dish the following ingredients:
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
6 ounces chocolate chips
6 ounces butterscotch chips or 6 ounces peanut butter chips
1 cup flaked coconut (use less according to taste if desired, this ingredients sweetens the recipe)
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Push cookie away from edges of pan when taken from oven. Cool and cut into squares.
Hello, I believe this is the recipe requested by Susan in your newsletter #595. I think there may be other names for this cookie bar, but this is how it is listed in an old cookbook of mine. Eleanor from California
Cookie Candy Squares
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 pound (2 sticks) melted butter
1 cup coconut flakes divided
1 cup chocolate chips divided
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional) divided
1 15 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix cracker crumbs with melted butte and press into a 9 x 9 inch square baking pan or dish.
3. Spread a layer of coconut flakes
4. Spread a layer of chocolate chips
5. Spread a layer of chopped nuts
6. Repeat last three instructions using remaining coconut, chips and nuts
7. Pour sweetened condensed milk over all
8. Bake for 30 minutes.
9. When cool, cut into squares. Yield--9-12 squares
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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.
Several years ago in the Fort Wayne, IN, area, there were locally owned stores that carried a bread called Kuchen Bread. The slices were swirled with cinnamon and had a moist, crumbly layer of cinnamon and sugar on the top crust. I've looked for this bread over the many years since the stores closed and while I've found some called kuchen, nothing has come close to being as good. Nickles and others make a similar bread with a white glaze on the crust but it's not as moist and flavorful. Does anyone remember the old Maloley's grocery stores in Indiana and their wonderful kuchen bread? TIA. ~Maureen Thompson
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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