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The Collectors Newsletter #625 -- July 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #625 -- July 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.
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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.
We need your stories. Has anything unusual ever happened to you while collecting?. Has an antique or collectible that you have acquired been found in some unusual way? Tell us your story. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll publish it here. Many thanks, Phil
As a little girl in the early 1940’s, my parent’s and I would visit people, who I thought were friends, in another town. The husband was the post master of the town and I remember him giving me rides in the mail bags. His wife was quite talented and my Mother passed a set of 6 hand painted glasses and 2 dessert plates to me that she made. Fast forward to 1978 and my Mother died. I have treasured these hand painted items and, now as I am going through pictures, I found a picture of this lady painter.
After a Google search, I found the daughter of the couple who was 91, in a town 8 miles from me. I talked to her and she told me that my Mother used to clean for them. I promised to return the picture that week. On Thursday I took the picture to the nursing home and was told that the daughter was in the hospital but they assured me they would get the picture to her. Monday of this week, I read that the daughter died on Friday.
I have no idea if she ever saw the picture and am not sure if I should contact any of the family members who are mentioned in her obituary. Pat in NH
Lost & Found
I recently found an old marriage license. It is in an old blue appox 12 x 18 frame. The names on the license are: Herman Wintershafer of Huntingburg In who married Mina (?) Doetker of Holland In. They were married 17 Dec 1887. It is witnessed by Fr. Doetker, Sir Doetker, Anna Buse. I'd like to return this the family of these people. I can be emailed at email@example.com Pat S.
Vintage Things We Use Today
Where do I start? My Singer Featherweight (a wedding gift) is the best. I sold the newer from the 70s Singer and the 90s model as they just weren't as good. We daily use Fiestware or Mother's Desert Rose, a cast iron skillet and griddle of Mother's, Pyrex colored mixing bowls, a Kitchenaide coffee Grinder, a cast iron and aluminum dutch oven, many kitchen utensils, and I could go on forever. I just love all of the better made items that my parents used.
On another note, everytime we watch "Dancing With the Stars," my husband says Virginia (my mother) would love this and goes on about how she would rate it. She and Daddy used to dance to the big bands and so we think of them regularly though they are gone. Madeleine in Atlanta
I'm not sure that this note is in the right category, but a post in the current newsletter about placing glass sugar shakers in a sunny window prompts this cautionary note. Old glass sometimes changes color when exposed for some time to sunlight. Generally called sun purpling, it can turn glass various shades of brown or lavender depending upon the original chemical composition of the glass. Although the color change can be attractive, it is considered damage by collectors and experts in antique glass and should be avoided. It's best not to place antique glass that is of value in sunny windows over a long period of time. NV Hawaii
I have read with soooo much pleasure your newletter 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.
SEND US YOUR VINTAGE STORIES OR COMMENTS ON THESE STORIES! Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find, unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send your story to email@example.com
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 June 2008.
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. Bird (related collectibles) - No Movement, 3. Fairy Lamps - Not listed last month, 4. Brass (items made of brass) - Not listed last month, 5. Transferware - Down from #3, 6. Teapots - Down from #4, 7. Anchor Hocking - Not listed last month, 8. Fenton - Down from #6, 9. Fans - Not listed last month, 10. Stamps - 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. Singer - Not listed last month, 3. Nippon - Up from #7, 4. Mirrors - Not listed last month, 5. Tables - Down from #2, 6. Chairs - Down from #4, 7. Staffordshire - Down from #3, 8. Tiffany - No movement, 9. Sofas - Down from #6, 10. Beds - Not listed last month
Past hot lists can now be viewed online in the TIAS Newsletter archives, just search for "Hot List" at
Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from
1. THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING! THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING!
2. Asselmeier & May Antique Estate Auction 7/12/08
3. Two masterpieces by a recently deceased painter, Shiraga Kazuo, to be offered in Mallet Auction
4. Rinkya and Anime Link Invite Fans to Visit Master Animator Hiromi Kato at Anime Expo 2008
5. Automatic Iron Birth at Mama’s Treasures
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
While his older brother was playing baseball, my young son Tim was playing on a nearby hill with other children. Soon he came a running, crying, holding his head. I gathered up my little three year old and said, "Oh, Tim, did you hurt your forehead?" Between sobs, he replied, "No, my three head."
I love this newsletter and look forward to it every week. Thank you so much...Mary C.
We need stories for our humor section. Tell us some funny, family related stories and we'll share them with our readers. Send them to email@example.com
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may publish it here.
7) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
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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 Pat requested a recipe for "Peek-a-Berry Boos" . We had several responses.
Here's the recipe for Peek-a-Berry Boos. It doesn't say anything
about putting a dab of cookie dough over the raspberry jelly, though.
Wonder if this was a creative invention?
Preheat oven to 400 F.
2.5 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp. Salt
½ Tsp. Cinnamon
1 Cup Brown Sugar; packed
¾ Cup Granulated Sugar
½ Cup Butter (Unsalted)
½ Cup Water
2 Cups Quick-Cooking Rolled Oats
1 Tsp. Almond Extract
12 Oz. Raspberry Jelly
1. In large mixing bowl combine all ingredients except jelly. Blend well.
2. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Make small indentation in center of each cookie and fill with 1/2-teaspoon preserves.
4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
Yield: 60 Cookies
This is from the Pillsbury Cookie Book.
If you enjoy these vintage recipes, you should buy a vintage cookbook from us. They make great gifts too. Take a look at:
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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.
My husband's aunt is looking for a recipe for White Chocolate Cake. She believes that it was from Southern Living Cook Book circa 1972. If any one can help me with this, I would appreciate it very much.
Thank you, Ann
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
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