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The Collectors Newsletter #600 -- March 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #600 -- March 2008
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2. Stories From our Readers
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8. A Vintage Recipe
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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.
EDITOR'S NOTE -- Welcome to our 600th issue! What a ride this has been. I just wanted to thank you for making this possible. This newsletter is only here because our subscribers have supported us for so many years. We are a unique newsletter, because most of our content comes from readers like you. Your enthusiasm for collecting and sharing your insights with fellow collectors is the reason why we continue to grow. With so many interesting submission, it's a a real please to be your editor. Thank you again for your support and keep those stories coming! Many thanks, Phil
to Sue from Michigan:
The library in the town where we used to live allowed children to display their collections in a large display case. There were all sorts of things -- from folk dolls from around the world, to magic tricks, to nested Russian dolls, to post cards, to cracker jack prizes, to bottle caps, to you name it! The kids loved having their things on display, and the local paper ran a feature on the collection of the month. It also brought people into the library, and we learned a lot about neighbors and their interests. Love the newsletter, Ellen from Vineyard Haven, MA
Had to write and tell you how much I enjoy your newsletters. Your readers helped me find a recipe for Turtle Cookies as my mom calls them and she was thrilled. As I live in Ohio and my best friend and cousin, Mary, live in Okla., we don't get together as often as we like but you can be sure we spend our days wandering through flea-markets, antique stores, and garage sales. I, like most of your readers, use everything I collect such as crocks, old linens, children's books, pretty dishes including jadeite. My family loves it when we have Sunday dinner and they see the table all "dressed up." But to tell a humorous story, when my parents were living in Texas several years ago, Mary and I found a store going out of business that had an old,old ladder that was on sale that I just had to have. Mind you I had flown to Texas! And driven to Okla. for several days. So I bought this ladder while Mary was occupied elsewhere. Needless to say, she laughed (and so did I) about how I was going to get this back to Ohio. When I returned to Texas, my Dad didn't stop laughing for the next 5 days as he couldn't figure out why I wanted it. I ended up shipping it back. It now hangs in my dining room, depending on the season it has ivy with antique cookie cutters, Christmas garland with old Christmas ornaments, etc. Y ou can't keep a good bargain hunter down!! Kim from Ohio
I have been receiving this newsletter almost since day one, and I love it! I have contributed several topics over the years. Recently, an entry caught my eye, from Lynn in Fredericksburg, about decorating "country store". I collect, do ebay, and have a booth at an antique mall. I also work at the mall once a week, and I do the website, etc. One day the manager said to me, "I wish we had some neat props & things for our outside display windows, I'd like to do a country store theme." Since my booths there are my fancy-wancy things, crystal, pottery, art, jewelry, etc, she really didnt know that at home, my theme is totally different. I said," I'll bring my pick-up truck tomorrow with goodies, you'll see."
In one room at my house, I had things stored that I had collected. I planned to display them but never did. There was a brass cash register with a marble shelf, a large grocery store scale, a coca-cola standing rack with carriers, thermometers, etc. Also, a couple of orange crates, twine, fabric, paper roll holder and more, I could not believe I had all of those items so readily available, I just never had unpacked. Yes, i am a packrat... I added some crocks, canning jars, some old irons, etc. When I was done, the windows were and still are really cute. Customers always complement on the windows. BUT the windows change twice a year, and soon I'll have to figure out what to do with it, should I sell it? I don't know, as these were things I wanted to keep, but now, my room at home is cleaned out and I don't want to have to move it back home. anyway, keep up the good work..Suzanne from lake placid, Florida
I was cleaning out a spare closet full of stored items I have no place to display and came across my Great Great Aunt and Uncles dishes and bowls they bought while in China before it closed its doors in the early
1900's. It got me to wondering what other people have as antiques that relatives purchased while visiting a foreign country and passed down through the ages. It would be fun to here any stories related to that
antique if remembered. Nancy
One of your readers writes that she (or he) has an ANTIQUE bed from the 1930s or 40s. I was born in 1923. Does that make me a FOSSIL ? ---John Methusala.
Thank you again for this wonderful newsletter. I just had to reply to Sherry's tombstone epitaph that "gave her the willies" This same epitaph is on a tombstone on South Shore Rd, Pillar Point, N. Y. We had a summer home up there and loved to read those old epitaphs, but this one is the one that always will stand out as the one to remember. Beware my friend as you pass by
As you are now, so once was I,
As I am now, so shall you be
Prepare, therefore to follow me.
My guess is he was a teacher. Still sound advice after 175 years. Joyce
I have been trying for some time now to return a photograph to it's rightful family, another large 11x14, b/w photo(original frame) from 1941 of TRIPLET BOYS!! They are noted in the picture as babies - A,B,C
The inscription on the front of the photo is to the boy's doctor , written in their mother's hand. They appeared to be leaving the hospital on this day. The multiple birth was such an unusual occurrence that it made headlines. The Doctor was "Butterfield"
In another photo I returned a couple of years ago - The mother of the Wert Triplets had done exactly the same with the large pic of her boys - The Wert Boys - and I was successful in returning that photo to one of the boys- just in time for a family reunion!! Of course, I could NEVER have been successful without those of you from the newsletter who so graciously offered your assistance. It was through one of you that I found Kevin Wert.
So....please include this recent search in the newsletter so this item can find it's way back "home" - hopefully, to one of the triplets! God Bless, Judy
I'm sure there are people out there with unintended collections of items.....such as socks that are missing their match and or have holes in them and don't darn either.
I began my spring cleaning and started in the laundry room. I was amazed how many "single" socks that I found. I collect bottles of all sorts, but mostly Avon bottles.
While I was organizing my Avon bottles, I began packing away duplicate bottles until I can figure out their demise. I know newspaper isn't the greatest thing to wrap/pack them up in, but then I saw that basket of socks. I began dropping bottles into the socks, and packing them away. I didn't have to throw the socks away and they are no longer, in the way
I don't know if anyone has ever suggested using them to pack stuff up in, but it sure worked out great for me. The only problem now is, I'm out of those "single" socks and I find myself hoping there will be some in that next load of whites. Linda
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12. 7ft-tall talking Robby the Robot to make appearance at Grey Flannel's Atlantique City booth
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14. Tradewinds is pleased to present our 32nd all-cane auction
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When my children were young and in school I was working from midnight until 8:am. Because I was home during the day my daughter volunteered me to help when her class was going to the zoo. I went to her classroom and while us mothers stood there the teacher told us that our children made us name tags. So being the dutiful mother I walked thru the zoo with a picture of a large elephant, which my daughter had colored, hanging with red yarn around my neck and with my name on it. As I walked thru the zoo I kept thinking "please don't let anyone that I know be here." - LOL As the years go by.....one day my daughter told me that she was going on a school trip with her daughter to the zoo. Guess what I did??? I gave her the large elephant and she laughed and said "I remember that!" You know the old saying "what goes around comes around." - HA HA -- Carol
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In our last issue, Marianna requested a recipe for"Monkey Bread”. The following were sent in by readers...
I think I might have the Bisquick Cookie/Tea Cake recipe that Jennifer G. is looking for. This is out of "Betty Crocker's Bisquick Cookbook" eighth printing 1979, copyright 1971, 1973 by General Mills.
Easter Egg Rolls
Sweet Rolls baked in a circle, frosted and decorated to look like small Easter egg nests. Fun for the holiday brunch.
2-1/3 cups Bisquick baking mix
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup milk
Creamy Frosting (recipe follows)
Heat oven to 450 degrees.
1. Stir all ingredients except frosting and candies to a soft dough. Gently smooth dough into a ball on floured board. Knead 8 to 10 times.
2. Roll dough 1/2 inch thick. Cut with floured 2 inch cutter.
3. Arrange biscuits close together in a circle on ungreased baking sheet.
4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown. While warm, frost with Creamy Frosting and decorate with candies to resemble Easter eggs. Serve warm. Makes about12.
Blend 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, 1 tablespoon soft butter or margarine, 2 tablespoons light cream and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla. If you like, tint with 2 to 3 drops food color.
Kathy M. - Crown Point, IN
I have a copy of Betty Crockers Bisquick Cookbook that was published
in 1979 (copyright 1972, 1973). This their recipe for Teacakes:
2-1/3 C Bisquick baking mix
3 T sugar
3 T butter or margarine, melted
1/2 C milk
Heat over to 450 degrees
Stir baking mix, sugar, butter and milk to a soft dough. Gently
smooth dough into a ball on floured cloth-covered board. Knead 8 to
Roll dough 1/4 inch thick. Cut with floured 2" cutter. Form rounds
into shapes if desired.
Bake on ungreased baking sheet about 8 minutes. Cool and frost. Hope this helps. Caryn/FL
I hope this recipe is the one that Jennifer G. was looking for in your March newsletter:...Diane
Lemon Almond Bisquick Cookies
2 cups Bisquick
1/2 cup sugar
Grated rind of 1 lemon
Mix Bisquick, sugar and lemon rind. Beat eggs and reserve about 1/3 for brushing tops of Bisquicks. Add remainder to the Bisquick mixture. Mix well and roll out 1/2 inch thick. Cut with small cutter and place on greased pan. Brush tops with remaining egg. Bake in moderately hot oven 400 - 425 F. for 8 minutes. When cool ice with Almond Icing. This makes 16 - 18 Bisquicks.
Mix 1 cup confectioners sugar with a little hot milk and add 1 tsp. butter; add a few drops almond extract; beat thoroughly and spread lightly on Bisquicks.
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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
submit a request, please include the geographical region where you had this recipe.
hi I'm looking for a recipe for what i called cake eggs. in the early to mid 70's i bought easter cake eggs from a locally family owned bakery in the Pittsburgh pa area known as Steimez bakery (not sure of the spelling). they were egg shaped, yellow cake with i think was apricot glaze and topped off with colored sprinkles. my mom would always get them for me and i don't care for cakes! I'm more of a pie person, haha. i ate them all and never shared! i would love this recipe as it reminds me of how much mom loved me (and still does!!) and our own special easter tradition. thank you, Gingre formerly of carnegie, pa.
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