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The Collectors Newsletter #620 -- June 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #620 -- June 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.
Editors Note - In our next issue, tell us about an antique or collectible that found it's way back to you. This could be a lost item from your childhood that turns up in an unusual place many years later, or perhaps something that belonged to a relative many years ago that found its way through the years and many miles to mysteriously end up in your hands. We've had some great stories on this topic in the past and it's been quite a while since someone has sent us one. If you have a story like this, or any unusual story related to antiques and collectibles or anything vintage, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org . .....Phil
I enjoy reading others stories in your newsletter about their collecting experiences, and finally remembered one of my own.
My Aunt Stella passed away in 2003. Her girls picked out what they wanted, but didn't want to be bothered with going through what was left of her possessions, so they left it up to her three boys. Unfortunately, they didn't value all of the things that gave my aunt pleasure in her life. They threw most of her things in the trash just to prepare the house for resale.
My aunt and I were very close, and I was often told I looked like her, more so than even my own mother. After she died, I began to lament the fact that I had no keepsake to remember her by. I'm quite sentimental that way.
One day after meeting a friend for lunch at a restaurant near the home where my aunt and uncle raised their six children, I drove by their house, long since sold, and occupied by others. Farther down the street someone was having a yard sale, so I stopped to look around. While browsing at their collectibles, I asked if they knew my aunt. That started a lengthy conversation with the four elderly people who were having the sale.
Out of the blue, one of the nice ladies asked if I would like to have something of my aunt's as a keepsake. I was more than surprised when she went over to a table and picked up a small, red-orange, heart-shaped vase and gave it to me. I offered to pay her for it, but she adamantly refused my offer.
She told me that she saw my cousins cleaning out my aunt's house one day, and they were tossing many items into the garbage. After they left, she went to retrieve what she could from the trash. One of the few unbroken things she was able to salvage was a small, inexpensive, somewhat ugly vase. To me, it is precious and priceless because it belonged to my sweet aunt.
I know it was God Who led me to that sale as He knew my heart's desire. Now, when I look at that vase, which is prominently displayed, I can't help but think of God's goodness and my dear aunt. I will always treasure the memories that came alive with it. Fondly, Marlene/Illinois
I have read with soooo much pleasure your newsletter for some time and enjoy each and every email I receive from your site. Thank you so much for all your good works!
A while back someone wrote in about a gravestone on which was written:
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 husband who passed away about a year ago used to repeat this epitaph to many - as we took pictures of many tombstones - he told me that on this particular passage at one of our local graveyards someone had added the P.S.
To follow you , I’d be content
But first I need to know which way you went!
It took me a long time to remember the verse but it finally came to me last night and I just had to forward it on....J. Hill - Washington, IN.
Lost and Found
My husband bought a box of "stuff" at an auction at the Armory in Washington, Indiana a few years back, and when I was going through some boxes after his death I ran across a picture photo album from that box....I have no idea who the people are in the album, but would love to return it to the family or the owners....It's brown, embossed, rectangular with the traditional black paper pages. On the inside cover is a pasted news clipping with the heading "Shelburn Fire Scenes" (no printing though) and no dates. There are may pictures of babies, old fashioned pictures - servicemen - weddings, boys in knickers - sailors, Chicago is mentioned in the background of a few - most are in black and white and one is a colored one of a man and woman with a birthday cake which fell out and on the back it says "10-5-75 Blanche and Dad on Lloyd's B-day 74th" Another old one says "my father, A.M. Halstead" and one of a baby which says " Lloyd, age 1" on the back. there is one of a lady in a polka dot dress taken in a photo machine that says Linton, Ind. July 4, 1940, and a picture of two little boys that says John & Billy Wiesaner (I believe that's what is spelled) and also one of a picture post card addressed to Mr. & Mrs. R. Hager at 2410 Lewis Street, Blue Island, Ill. the front of which has a picture of a room and says:"Rustic interior of Gaertig Lodge on Round Lake, Hayward, Wis." on it. If anyone knows anybody or anything about the pictures, the owners or family, or would like to know more about it....please have them feel free to contact me at : email@example.com - Judi H - Washington, Indiana. Thanks. I would love to be able to return it to it's rightful owners!! Again, thank you for your wonderful newsletter. Editors Note - Please let us know how this turns out and we will post a follow-up story.
In response to the many stories of how best to preserve the past, I'd like to share my own experience.
I am just back from visiting my son in NH. The family lives is a rather modern house with cathedral windows looking out across the Connecticut River, but it FULL of family things that make it a a veritable "memory lane".
My sister's collection of antique glass sugar shakers fills a sunny window ledge high above the cats' reach, and her teak credenza holds dishes in the dining room.
The bed in their new guest room has a quilt made in Ohio by my great grandmother; nearby stands a newly renovated secretary/desk which occupied a corner of my mother's living room in Massachusetts when I was growing up -- it was made by "Uncle Rant" ca 1880 (his photo is in one of the drawers).
In the living room is a square grand piano that used to be in my in-laws' home in New York; its old keyboard, no longer tunable, has been replaced by an electronic one. Other pieces from their house include a handsome ebony coffee table, a wonderful carved chest, a gorgeous art deco vase, a picture of Abraham Lincoln...
When I downsized my home in Maryland four years ago, a painting of Germany (where we were stationed for three years), moved to their wall in NH, along with an antique German regulator clock. There are mineral specimens my husband collected, and modern mushroom related things that remind one of family rock- and mushroom- hunting expeditions. Dishes and vases that I could no longer house are in daily use...
There are photos, old and new, displayed to portray a family history.
Everywhere I looked I was reminded of places and people from the past. How lucky I am to have a next generation that treasures these special things! KS, Bethesda MD
Lost and Found
I'm not sure I have the right category for this, but here goes. I have a large OLD Bible in my possession that I don't remember where I got it from and is not from my family. The marriage certificate in it has the names Lewis Durham and Jane Vandemark married at Stone Ridge 2/10/1875 (Lewis born 12/4/1857 and Jane 7/10/1857). It was presented to Jane by Lewis on 12/5/1883. Other names written in are Helen Alexander and Anthony Marchione (married 11/11/1935 or 38), John Homa and Helen Alexander (4/20/1936). Births: Theron Durham 1/20/1875, Anna B Durham 3/27/1880, Lewis M11/13/1894, Fred Durham 8/24/1885, Robert Alexander 9/23/1876, Harry and Roy Alexander 2/1/1901, May Alexander 8/23/1908 plus a few other names such as Eleanor Hulseaple, Patricia Ann and Edward Cox. This is quite a large old Bible, weighing approximately 10-12 lbs. It's also in a somewhat fragile condition. It's a real treasure with all the information and pictures that Bibles of th is typ e seem to have. If there's anyone in the reading audience who would like to have this Bible, I would be glad to send it to you by UPS/RPS if you'll pay the standard shipping charges. I can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thanks.....Millie. Editors Note - Please let us know how this turns out and we will post a follow-up story.
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6) Funny Old Stuff
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I just read Diane's story about the football she and her daughter got for Diane's husband for Christmas. It reminds me of my son who at Christmas purchased a gift for me at "Santa's Workshop" at school. I don't think he even cleared the doorway when he exclaimed "I bought you a pink wallet!" Not only was it neon pink, but it was velcro. I was not a big fan of velcro wallets at that time. But that neon pink velcro wallet will always be my favorite. I also have alot of fun teasing my son about his inability to keep a secret, especially at Christmas.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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In our last issue Sharon. requested a recipe for "Tomato Soup Cake" . We had several responses.
Tomato Soup Cake
½ cup shortening
1 cup sugar (can substitute ¾ cup honey)
1 cup tomato soup, undiluted
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp cloves
1 tsp nutmeg
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
Blend the shortening with sugar. Stir baking soda into tomato soup and add to shortening/sugar mixture. Sift dry ingredients and add the mixture. Stir in raisins and walnuts. Pour into greased and floured 13” by 9” cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes. Frost with a Cream Cheese Frosting.
Maida Heatter'S Tomato Soup Cake
Yield: 16 Servings
2 c all-purpose flour; sifted
1/4 ts salt
1 ts baking soda
12 ts baking powder
1 1/2 ts cinnamon
3/4 ts nutmeg
1/4 ts cloves; ground
1 tb unsweetened cocoa powder
4 oz unsalted butter
1 ts vanilla
1 c sugar
2 lg eggs
1 cn tomato soup; condensed, (10
4 oz dates; pitted and chopped
4 oz walnuts; chopped
Adjust a rack one-third up from the bottom of the oven and preheat the oven
to 375ø. Butter a 9-inch square cake pan. Dust it over with fine dry bread
crumbs, then invert the pan over paper and tap lightly to shake out excess
crumbs; set aside.
Sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon,
nutmeg, cloves, and cocoa and set aside.
In the large bowl of an electric mixer beat the butter until it is soft.
Add the vanilla and sugar and beat to mix. Add the eggs one at a time and
beat until incorporated after each addition. On low speed add half of the
sifted dry ingredients, scraping the bowl and beating until incorporated.
Then beat in the tomato soup. Finally add the remaining dry ingredients and
beat until smooth.
Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir in the dates and nuts. Turn into
the prepared pan and smooth the top.
Bake for about 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes
Remove from the oven . Either let the cake cool completely in the pan (if
you are going to ice it in the pan -- see Note) or let stand for about 20
minutes, then cover with rack over, remove the pan, cover with a serving
plate or a board and turn again, leaving the cake right side up to cool
completely. Then prepare the Bittersweet Chocolate Icing.
NOTES : Maida Heatter's introduction: A can of Campbell's Tomato Soup is
such a symbolic bit of Americana that prints of it hang in the country's
best museums. But who ever thought of putting it into a cake? This is a
date and nut spice cake baked in a square pan, covered with a sensational
new bittersweet chocolate icing. If you don't tell what's in the cake no
one will guess. They will think it is gingerbread even though it has no
ginger or molasses. You could call it a soup-to-nuts cake. Note: This can
be baked and iced in the pan and served directly from the pan.
Recipe by: Maida Heatter's Book of Great American Desserts
I'm fairly sure this is the recipe you're looking for; it's from `A Collection of the Very Finest Recipes ever assembled into one Cookbook', published in 1979 by Cookbook Publishers, Hayward, CA.
Elizabeth E., CA
New England Tomato Soup Cake
2 Cups Flour
2 Tsp. Baking Powder
1 Tsp. Soda
2 Tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp. Cloves
1/2 Tsp. Nutmeg
1/2 Cup Shortening
1 Cup Sugar
1 Can Tomato Soup + 1/2 Can Water
1/2 Cup Nutmeats
1 Cup Raisins
Optional: Candied Fruits, Dates, Mincemeat
Use a small amount of the flour to dust/powder the nuts and raisins. (Keeps them from settling to the bottom.) Measure all ingredients (except nuts, raisins, optionals) into large mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.
Fold in the nuts and raisins. Transfer into 8-1/2" X 11" glass cake pan and bake 40 -45 minutes in 350 degree oven.
As a coffeecake, serve warm with butter.
Otherwise - cool and frost with cream cheese frosting and decorate with nuts.
Can also be baked in 2 loaf pans, to slice.
This has been a family favorite for 4 generations of New Englanders.
Tomato Soup Cake
1/2 C. butter
1 C. sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 can (10 1/2 oz.) condensed tomato soup
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves (optional)
2 tsp. baking powder
2 C. flour
1/2 - 1 C. chopped dates or plumped raisins (optional)
1/2 - 1 C. chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans or your favorite)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream butter and sugar; add eggs. Combine soup and soda (will foam). Mix or sift dry ingredients together. Add soup and dry ingredients alternately to creamed mixture.
Pour into a greased and floured 13 x 9 inch pan and bake 35-40 minutes or until done. Frost with cream cheese frosting.
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Margarita Pie - If I remember correctly, it does have alcohol in it somewhere. It was really wonderful. If anyone has a recipe for this, please share it. Thanks, Margie
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