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The Collectors Newsletter #609 -- April 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #609 -- April 2008
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Date Nail Collectors Assoc of Texas
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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.
After reading about children's artwork and whether to keep them or toss them...I have to tell this story. I had 4 children...and just kept putting their art work in one drawer for years...when I moved I threw them in a box. Just this past year I decided to go through them and decided to send my married children their art work to show their children. As I was going through the pictures..(kind of wrinkled, bent and in some cases torn) I came across a picture my son had done at the age of 12. It is a picture of dodo bird...about 18 inches high...and very colorful...It had some rips in it which I fixed. My son had passed away at age 13 from Kidney disease. which he had since age 4. Well, after a good cry I took it to a frame place. It is so beautiful ....that is one of the reasons one should not throw out the old artwork without really looking at it..Now I have a wonderful dodo bird smiling down at me...and it means so much.. And years ago I never really paid much attention to it..glad I have it now. EMcC
Hello to everyone! I feel identified with the stories about the things you keep for your children. I am 43 now and am still missing certain drawings I made for my parents, a special huge coloring book that my grandma gave me in Christmas time; a very special story book that my other grandma gave me for a birthday (five unique stories in it), my Barbie's home; my metal lunch box depicting Peter Pan and some clothes. I would love to have those items with me now!!! I have no children but 5 nephews and I keep the drawings and other things they made for me and I am planning to make an album. I also keep little notes that my beloved family members give to me. Although I am not a person of keeping everything, these things are so meaningful to me I plan to keep them safe forever! Maria, Carolina, Puerto Rico
For all those trying to find relatives who might be interested in old family papers, photographs, etc., two really good sites for people searching are: pipl.com and zabasearch.com ...Amy
Hi, guess I’m a bit late getting in on grammar school artwork, but I have two bluebirds done by my parents. They did go through the same school system and it was interesting to see which of my parents was an artist. So collecting kids’ art has been an ongoing thing for my family. My sister’s and my school papers were kept and we each were given our own. I regret that I got rid of mine, but I do have those from my grandkids. All three made a corduroy bear ~ I guess he was in a book? But don’t really know how he got his name ~ Anyway, all three were mounted on calico fabric and are now in one frame and hanging in my ‘library’ room. There is also one frame for each with two other pieces of artwork also mounted on calico fabric. I treasure these and the kids over the years have put school papers in boxes along with other important childhood mementos. Some are in my attic room and others are in the barn loft. We had cocoa parties and each child had his own Peter Rabbit tea set to use. Those are in a box, along with favorite book. Every year the colored paper chains they made go on my Christmas tree. The youngest is 26 but they all share in a love of collecting and two still have a special shelf in our house for Red Rose tea and other Wades they’ve collected along with other tiny objects that bring back memories of trips and special events. Some day in summer we’ll have a lemonade party and go through boxes and have fun. Carol in MA
Thank You to Judy for her story about her Grandson Brandon and his wonderful sense of humor. I was having a particularly tough day and that story turned my day around for me! I am a teacher of Special Needs children and it reminded me of what it’s all about…..keep your sense of humor and enjoy our children just as they are….precious gifts! Thank You to TIAS for your Newsletter and for the wonderful stories you share with everyone! God Bless! Agnes, way up North in Langley, BC, Canada
In response to a valuable lesson learned about the broken bottle, it brought this to my mind. When I was a very young mother, we went to a flea market-antique show that was being held in an old building in our town just to look and admire. I stopped at one of the booths, and was admiring a piece that looked like a jade necklace. The man came up, picked it up and tried to hand it to me, and I told him "no". I knew I couldn't afford to buy it, and kept shaking my head but he kept pushing it at me and I was pushing his hand back..in the process it fell and shattered in many pieces. That man told me I had to pay for it, and it was $20.00. I gave him my last $20.00 and left with tears in my eyes. I realized later that I had been "set-up". If it had been Jade it wouldn't have just been 20.00 and I don't think it would have shattered like that! When thinking back it seems like yesterday, and it had to have been about fifty years ago. Pat from Arkansas
While growing up, first with an extended family of Great Aunts & Grandmother & my parents & sister, in a big Victorian home and then into our own home, I learned to like the things that had sentimental value. My Mother, however, did a Spring cleaning every year & got rid of whatever she could, either by a garage sale or donate. I could mention a lot of the antiques that wound up in the garbage, etc., but who knew they could possibly be of value now. Like my Aunt, my Mother's sister, I kept everything, or almost. I have a lot of items that somehow my Mother overlooked & they made it safely to this day & are now in my house. I have introduced to my Mother & sisters the value of these old items & the character they give to a home. Each time I look at them I am reminded of wonderful sentimental pasts that will never happen again except in my memories. When my sisters come to visit and they see all these items and they usually comment: "It is like going back home!!" If, for just that reason, it makes it all worth the salvaging or keeping these items & displaying them or using them to help keep wonderful memories alive, it is well worth it! Debbie
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10. Daryle Lambert Blog on Animation Art
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One summer about 20 years ago there was a small family gathering at my aunt's house. We were pretty much finished eating when she turned to my father and said, "More, Ron?" Well if you say that quick, as she did, it sounds like moron. We all stopped and stared at her thinking that she had called her brother-in-law a moron! She looked at us with a bewildered look on her face and then we all realized what she really said and burst out laughing. Elaine in PA
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In our last issue, DJ requested a recipe for "hush puppies”. We had several responses.
My mom's recipe and they are yummy. She has served them for breakfast
and dinner alike. Sherl in IL
2 cups cornmeal, fine
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup water
1-1/4 cup milk
cooking oil (I use Canola)
Mix together cornmeal, baking powder and salt. Add the chopped onion.
Add milk and water (if dough isn't stiff enough to be handled, add more
Shape into small round cakes and drop into hot oil, about 360 degrees F,
and turn every so often until they are browned.
I grew up in Miami, OK where hushpuppies used to be a regular part of church suppers and "catfish frys" (cornmeal was used as a coating on the catfish). We attended the church that my Grandpa had started and pastored for many years. The ladies of the church put together a cookbook. Here is a recipe from that book, donated by Laura Goss:
4 Heaping T. Corn Meal
2 1/2 Heaping T. Flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 small onion
Buttermilk--just enough to mix all the ingredients
Mix all dry ingredients in small mixing bowl. Cut onion into small pieces. Add eggs. Mix all together. Add buttermilk and mix. Drop by teaspoonfuls into hot grease. Cook until golden brown. Serve with fish.
(My advice: mince the onions, it mixes better. By teaspoonfuls, Sister Goss meant a spoon that is normally used to stir coffee or tea. I believe it would equate to a tablespoon measurement.)
Rita J. Davis
2/3 cup corn meal
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 large onion(diced very small)
1 jalapeno pepper(seeded and diced very small) optional
1 tablespoon sugar optional
milk,1 teaspoon at a time
Stir all ingredients together,depending on the size of the egg,and the
juices from the other ingredients you may not need any milk,you want
your batter to really be sticky,almost dry,you can make into round
balls,little logs,or patties,if they try to fall apart from being too
dry add the milk just till it will stick together,deep fry till medium
golden brown.Sue Taylor Higginson Arkansas
Note:the more onion you add the better they are...Star
1 3/4 cups self rising cornmeal
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 large onion, chopped fine
Mix all ingredients well in order given and drop by spoonfuls into hot deep oil.. Fry until light golden brown all over. Drain on paper towels. Carol from Cullman,AL
In your Newsletter #608, DJ requested a recipe for hushpuppies. None could be better than Paula Dean's
recipe - here it is:
6 cups peanut oil
1 1/2 cups self-rising cornmeal
1/2 cup self-rising flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg, lightly beaten
Using a deep pot, preheat oil for frying to 350 degrees F.
Using a mixing bowl, stir together the cornmeal, flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the onion. In a small bowl, stir together the buttermilk and egg. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until blended. Drop the batter, 1 teaspoon at a time, into the oil. Dip the spoon in a glass of water after each hushpuppy is dropped in the oil. Fry until golden brown, turning the hushpuppies during the cooking process.
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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.
Does anyone have a recipe for "Chewy Pralines" or "Krugerhoff Pound Cake" (I think that is the way to spell it). Thanks! I enjoy reading your newsletter. Janice G.
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