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The Collectors Newsletter #619 -- June 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #619 -- June 2008
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1) Featured Collectors Club
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Ephemera Society of America
The Ephemera Society of America, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed in 1980 to cultivate and encourage interest in ephemera and the history identified with it; to further the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of ephemera by people of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of interest; to promote the personal and institutional collection, preservation, exhibition, and research of ephemeral materials; to serve as a link among collectors, dealers, institutions, and scholars; and to contribute to the cultural life of those who have an interest in our heritage as a nation or a people, both nationally and internationally.
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I did not have many mementos from my grandmother, but I do have memories of what she spoke about -- things she enjoyed using, tasks she learned such as knitting and making Belgian lace. I also have her wedding photo.
I have used these memories and the photo to collect "faux heirlooms". I found a hatpin just like the one in her wedding photo, and am looking for earrings and a chatelaine similar to those shown in the photo as well. I also have antique sewing and lace making implements from Belgium. Although they are certainly not hers, I enjoy them because the remind me of her. The same with adding to the collection of antique carpenters tools from my grandfather -- I am trying to recreate his tool box with old implements. Maybe another reader will find this slant on collecting interesting to pursue.
Where to begin? I have a old set of Pyrex primary color mixing bowls that are used almost daily, and have just recently given up using my red handled hand held twist can opener, due to arthritis issues. My all time favorite is a small wooden handled stainless steel Ekco spatula salvaged from one of the grandmother's kitchens. It is just the right size for my smaller hands and I guard it carefully, handwashing it rather than trust it to the dishwasher. I have an apple basket in the kitchen that holds all the "extra" vintage kitchen tools and gadgets I have collected, the ones I use every day are in my kitchen drawers, though I occasionally need to grab one from the basket , give it a wash and put it to use. It makes meal prep fun and interesting to use the things my and my husband's family used in the past. Don't get me wrong, no one is taking either my Cuisinart food processor or my Kitchenaid mixer away, but sometimes it's just as easy to do things "by hand". Izzy in Maine
My grandmother was a doll collector for years. When she passed away, my grandfather left everything just as she had which included hundreds of dolls in a bedroom that you have to pass through to get to the next bedroom where the kids would sleep. That room has a Kennedy doll on a window ledge. The dolls all face out and seem to look at you as you go from one room into the next. My twins were always afraid to go through the doll room alone. Recently, they told me, "We aren't afraid anymore. We just run through it so we can say hi to President Kennedy in his rocker".
I have read with fascination as many reader’s have commented on Aluminum and
Alzheimer's. I am disabled due to a 8 year chemical exposure to ink and formaldehyde. I suffer from MCS - Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. Being quite knowledgeable about substances which are absorbed into the body, and the subsequent results, I just had to make some comments.
My husband and I sell on TIAS, and consider ourselves to be the ultimate ECO-Green Recyclers. Please, buy and use old when you can. Especially, avoid plastics, cook & store foods and drinks with Stainless Steel and Glass. For the most part, it is healthier. Use the old things in your family, you will be enjoying memories. And buy second hand, you will be doing your part to keep things out of the landfills.
I cringe when someone suggests using a chemical (especially petroleum based) to remove stickers or stains from old things. There are healthy alternatives to use. I know, as I cannot use chemicals of any kind. I have known many antique dealers who stripped and refinished furniture, who have serious diseases, or have died as a result of chemical exposures.
For those who are concerned about the health of our earth, ourselves, and our children, I recommend subscribing to the newsletter at www.Mercola.com. There you will find endless info on the chemicals in our food containers, cookware, foods, cleaners, personal care products, and building materials.. Knowledge is the power to retain your health. If I had access to this site in 1980, I most likely would not be so sick today.
Thanks to all those who tell your stories in this newsletter. I wouldn’t miss it for anything~ And thanks to all our customers. We appreciate all of you!
Richard and Sally Hesseltine Midwest Emporium
Tracking Your Collectibles, Part 4, Pix on Parade
It was a wonderful day for me when I first got a digital camera. At last! I didn’t have to print the bad photos, the fuzzy shots, the fingertip-in-the-lens disasters. I could not only look at my pictures before they were printed, I could even fix them up.
If you really get into tracking your collection, then photos are the next step. I have found that a good digital camera has an amazing ability to take good close-ups. My Olympus-for-Dummies can shoot as little as two inches from the subject and get a great, detailed shot. I can adjust the aperture to allow more light and don’t need to use additional lighting (I always seem to get shadows when I do that).
Most new digital cameras come with software for your computer that will allow you to keep the pictures online in virtual albums or you can use a website storage like PhotoBucket. I also store my photos on CDs, and have added a category to my Excel spreadsheets which tells where the photo is stored, such as “CD April 2008”. Take several shots from various angles and don’t forget to photograph any signatures, logos, etc. Sometimes you have to use reflected light to get an etched signature, as I have with my Chris Buzzini paperweights.
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I love your newsletter and eagerly look forward to receiving each issue! I wanted to add my story to those discussing using old items, saving old family memorabilia, and how to pass family “heirlooms” on to others.
It’s been a very difficult year for me. Dad died on October 31st after a long deterioration in his health. Mom followed him soon after on January 16th, quite suddenly, from missing him, I believe. They were both 84 and had been married for more than 55 years. As the oldest of 3 siblings, and having been blessed with the chance to live near them for the past two years, it fell to me to settle their estate. They lived in the same home their entire married life and I’m not exaggerating when I say I am still sorting through 55 years worth of saved stuff! They threw very little away through the years.
Mom and Dad started giving things to my sister, brother and me many years ago. They couldn’t figure out why we wanted the old junk! Nothing had much monetary value, but each item was rich with memories! I still use the wicker laundry basket my mother got when she was first married. Although she switched to plastic laundry baskets years ago, I refuse to give up the basket I fondly remember carrying out to the backyard clothesline as a child. Each time I take a load of wash from the dryer, into the raggedy old basket it goes, along with years of memories! My sister treasures and uses a 1950s red vinyl-clad chair because she remembers sitting on it as a child while watching Dad work. She also uses an old beat-up 50s suitcase (very impractical now days!) because it holds memories of every vacation our family took while we were growing up. My brother (whom I never pictured as sentimental) got teary-eyed when he saved one of Dad’s leather tobacco pouches and an old beat-up pipe. As my brother doesn’t smoke, I assume he won’t use these things. But he did save (and still uses) many of Dad’s old vintage tools. I grew up watching Mom fix each evening meal with copper-clad Revere Ware stainless. When I got my first apartment in the early 1970s, Revere Ware was one of my first purchases and I continue to use pieces from both of our sets exclusively to this day. Food just doesn’t taste right cooked in anything else! Other old things I use regularly are a vintage room-size oval chenille rug; a spun aluminum bun or muffin server; wrought aluminum serving pieces with Pyrex bowl inserts; vintage salt and pepper shakers from Mom’s old collection; Mom’s old wooden rolling pin and her old (bent) aluminum cookie cutters; and many more every-day items.
I still use pillowcases that are decorated with my mother’s or grandmother’s embroidery and crochet. When the material wears out, I sew the decorative border onto a new pillowcase and continue to enjoy its use. I use other old family linens, tablecloths, dish towels, even terrycloth bath towels… until they wear out or get too many holes to use. Then I save the bits and pieces to make into another item. A quilt or rag rug is my ultimate goal. The memories in each bit of fabric are too precious to throw away! One thing I don’t use is the granny-square afghan that Mom crocheted nearly 50 years ago. I’m saving it, for what I don’t know. Guess I’m just afraid that I can’t replace it once it’s gone.
My son John, now a Lance Corporal in the USMC Reserves, was deployed two weeks ago and is now training at 29 Palms in California. On September 11th, he will go to Iraq. He treasures my father’s foot locker, complete with Dad’s old USMC dress blues, khakis, dog tags, medals and chevrons… even his old Marine-issue bath towel and sea bag! Dad served in the Pacific during WWII and was an inspiration to my son. John rooted through that old foot locker with reverence and awe. It’s a priceless family heirloom! An important bit of heritage that I’m so glad Dad saved for more than 60 years!
But you just can’t save everything, as I soon found out while trying to sort through my parents’ years of accumulated stuff. However, those who say a photograph of memorabilia will suffice just don’t get it! Touching, seeing, smelling, and especially using, an old item evokes memories and feelings that a picture simply can not. Please save the things that have special emotions attached to them! You’ll find room for them somehow! Use or display them if you can. Tell the stories behind them at every opportunity. And, years from now, your children and grandchildren will be glad you did!
We used to mercilessly tease Mom about saving everything. Now that she’s gone, I am so grateful she did! She saved virtually every greeting card, note or letter she had ever received. After 6 months, I’m still not finished going through them all! But the treasures I found are priceless!! The addresses of distant relatives I knew nothing about; stories… historical notes about friends and relatives; memories… notes and letters about things I had forgotten or never even knew! Mom had saved every card and letter sent to her and Dad from my brother, sister and me after we left home! Reading the letters I had written more than 30 years ago reminded me of so many good things in my own life that I had forgotten! What a blessing! What a wealth of family history that I can pass on to my own children! Thanks, Mom!
And the photographs!!! Literally more than 10 huge boxes of albums and loose photos and old slides! Many are of past generations, both sides of the family. Most are of Mom, Dad, my brother, sister and me and our children. We all used to dread the sight of Mom and her camera! She was constantly taking pictures at every family gathering. Now, though I know it will take me months to finish sorting through them all, I have to say again… Thanks, Mom! What memories! What treasures!
How to save old family memorabilia: My plan (which may take months of sorting through photos and cards!) is to make shadow box displays for each of my parents’ grandchildren. Each shadow box might have an old hanky of Mom’s, a bit of jewelry, some old photos, a USMC medal of Dad’s, an old greeting card (I found a box full of cards congratulating Mom and Dad on the birth of each of us siblings!), an old piece of flatware… a bit of fabric from some memorable piece of linen… whatever… a memory keepsake box! There is a story behind each item!
As for how to pass on things to others: Mom had problems with her memory for the last few years of her life. She left many old things with no clues as to their origin or family history. Fortunately, my memory is still okay, though sketchy, and I was able to track the history of quite a few items I found while sorting through my parents’ home. To make things easier for my children, I am now attaching notes to all things with a family history, even things I use on a regular basis. The casserole baking dish has a note saying it was my Mom’s wedding gift in 1952. After I use the dish, it’s replaced in the cupboard with the note inside.
Thanks to www.replacments.com I was able to replace lost items and add to a set of silver plate flatware that Mom had received as a wedding gift in 1952. I was very proud to pass this “heirloom” set on to my son and his new bride, married a few weeks ago on May 9th. My son, Mike, said, “But we’ll never use this! It’s too special!” I’ve encouraged them both to use the silverware often! Besides, using silver plate on a regular basis prevents tarnish build-up!
Thanks again for your newsletter! Sorry about the length of this email! It’s just that I have been dealing with the questions of saving memorabilia for the past year. Sorting through all of my parents’ saved stuff has given me a tearful but pleasant closure and a way to say good-bye while hanging on to the wonderful memories....Kathy
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9. GoldmineMag.com Relaunches With Added Content, Features
10. Numismatic News Launches Online Business Directory
11. iGavel Hosts Spring Auctions by Witherell’s and Elder’s Antiques
12. Clocks, clocks and more clocks at Fontaine's, June 14th
13. New Peaks Reached For American Art At Christie's in New York
14. Original Cover Art to 1952 EC Weird Science Comic Sells for $200,000 in Private Transaction
15. Michael Duty Appointed Director of Art of the American West at Heritage Auctions
16. Sotheby's London to offer Francis Bacon's Study for Head of George Dyer
17. Results: Important European Furniture, Ceramics and Carpets, Christie's New York, May 20
18. CHRISTIE'S NEW YORK TO OFFER SIX CENTURIES OF REVOLUTIONARY SCIENCE
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20. RESULTS: African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art - May 16, 2008
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6) Funny Old Stuff
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My husband is just like a little child when it comes to Xmas.
When my oldest daughter was about 4 years old we bought my husband an electric razor for Xmas and I told her not to tell 'Daddy".
All the time he would ask her " what did you buy me for Xmas?" and she wouldn't tell him but one day he said "I know what you bought me for Xmas" and she said "how did you know we bought you a electric razor"
Every Xmas after that he would never ask that question because he felt so bad but years later I found out he would just untape the packages see what was inside and retape them. This trick he even taught some of our kids. Santa should have given him a piece of coal. Gloria in Iowa
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In our last issue Charlie. requested a recipe for "Indian Pudding" . We had several responses.
Charlie is looking for a recipe for Indian pudding, a dessert that looks ugly, but tastes heavenly! This recipe from the Concord, MA Museum is authentic.
Concord Museum version:
6 cups of milk
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup molasses
3 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 cup golden raisins (optional)
Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream
1 Scald the milk and butter in a large double boiler. Or heat the milk and butter for 5 or 6 minutes on high heat in the microwave, until it is boiling, then transfer it to a pot on the stove. Keep hot on medium heat.
2 Preheat oven to 250°F.
3 In a separate bowl, mix cornmeal, flour, and salt; stir in molasses. Thin the mixture with about 1/2 cup of scalded milk, a few tablespoons at a time, then gradually add the mixture back to the large pot of scalded milk. Cook, stirring, until thickened.
4 Temper the eggs by slowly adding a half cup of the hot milk cornmeal mixture to the beaten eggs, whisking constantly. Add the egg mixture back in with the hot milk cornmeal mixture, stir to combine. Stir in the sugar and spices, until smooth. At this point, if the mixture is clumpy, you can run it through a blender to smooth it out. Stir in the raisins (optional). Pour into a 2 1/2 quart shallow casserole dish. Bake for 2 hours at 250°F.
5 Allow the pudding to cool about an hour to be at its best. It should be reheated to warm temperature if it has been chilled. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Serves 8-10....Joanne Lahey, Duxbury, MA
Indian Pudding was usually cooked along with the baked beans for Saturday’s supper. The recipe I use is as follows:
4 cups milk
!/2 cup molasses
½ cup corn meal
1 tsp. salt
¾ tsp. nutmeg
2 tbsp butter
Heat oven to 300 degrees. Heat milk and molasses in a saucepan. Combine corn meal, salt and spices and add slowly to the hot milk mixture, stirring all the time until the mixture thickens. Stir in butter. Pour into a greased 2 quart casserole, pour remaining cup of cold milk over pudding. Do not stir. Bake for 3 hours. You may add raisins if you wish. Serve with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or cream. Priscilla
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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
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It's been awhile since I received your newsletter so if this subject has been covered please excuse.
I remember a cake made by my mother when I was about 8 or 9 yrs of age which would have been around 1952 or '53. I call it tomato soup cake as it had tomato soup in it but I don't know it that is it's name. It had raisins in it and was spicy. Does anyone recall this cake? Sharon Tolis, Gobles, MI
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