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The Collectors Newsletter #627 -- July 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #627 -- July 2008
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
In newsletter #262 Denise reminded us to be compassionate to Elderly people selling a few of their treasures because they are in need. Her comments took me back 45 years to a time in Tacoma, Washington. Newly married, wife of a serviceman, we window shopped for entertainment. I have always preferred old things to new and I spotted an old German canister set with an impossibly large price tag. $15. We agreed that it was the most beautiful set in the world but clearly out of our budget. Ready to walk away my husband had an idea, maybe we could buy it on time? The shop owner had been watching us and I think that e read every expression on our faces. He accepted all of the money that we had $8 and we were to pay $1 every payday. We made 2 payments and often visited our canisters that were still on display. Walking by one evening the owner motioned for us to come inside. He said Honey, why don’t you take them home and start enjoying them, I know you will pay me. What kindness! I will never forget that sweet man and have told the story many times. We still enjoy those canisters, we paid him in full but he gave us a living lesson of honesty, trust and compassion
The actual addition to the epitaph is:
To follow I'll not consent
Until I know which way you went.
My favorite, though, is a California sheep rancher who was hanged:
Here lies Jonathan Kemp,
Who lived by wool
But died by hemp.
Jean (The Cemetery Crawler)
Hello, The story about peonies was touching but the flowers were definitely not peonies. I believe they must have been dahlias. Peonies do not grow from bulbs but are herbaceous perennials. Dahlias, on the other hand grow huge enough that some are referred to as "dinnerplate" dahlias. They grow from bulbs. ..Alice V.
One Christmas, when my daughter Shawna was about seven, she put out cookies for Santa and then decided that the reindeer needed nourishment, too. So we carefully cut up a carrot and an apple and put them out next to Santa's cookies and strawberry schnapps. (I've always heard he liked milk, too, but at our house we left schnapps to fortify him for the long night ahead. . . )
Once she was in bed, I watched the snow come down (we lived in Illinois at the time). As I imbibed some of the schnapps myself I got to thinking how nice it would be if Santa were to leave some "proof" that he was there. I took a piece of cardboard and traced a huge bootprint, then I walked out onto our patio, where snow was about 3" deep. Then, walking backwards, I bent down and covered each one of my footprints with the "boot", squishing it down to make a huge print to cover mine.
Once I was finished with this, my clever mind (ok, so maybe it was the schnapps talking) realized there'd better be proof Rudolph and friends had been there as well, so I got the broom and leaned out of the house, poking sets of four "hoofprints" around Santa's bootprints. As I looked out at my creation, I started laughing because to my tipsy mind it DID look like a big person and some type of animal had been prancing around on the patio. Just imagine what it would look like to a seven year old! However, something was missing. Certain that a reindeer would probably take a potty break, I made a pitcher of lemonade and drizzled some on the snow. It looked so realistic that I just couldn't leave well enough alone, so I rooted around in the cupboard until I found some of the candy Shawna had left over from Halloween. Pulling out a few little Tootsie Rolls, I rolled them into small balls and tossed them out next to the yellow snow. The effect was amazing!
The next morning Shawna was standing at the back door screaming with joy and I knew all my efforts had been worth it. What I did not count on, however, was the steady stream of kids (and some parents!) that meandered through our house that week to go check out Rudolph's poop. I sure was happy when a new snowstorm blew through town on New Year's Eve and erased the evidence! I was also happy no one pointed out the big butt-print where Santa had obviously fallen over in the snow, but that is another story. . . Ali K, Mesa AZ
When my husband, Larry, was in the 5th grade, there was a bully twice his size and a couple of years older in his classroom who beat him up every morning on the way to school and took his lunch. Larry was ashamed to tell his parents and the bully said he'd beat him to a pulp if he told the teachers, so he suffered in silence.
One day, while Larry's mom packed his lunch and had put a Hershey's candy bar in the lunch box, he had an idea. His dad was in the Army and bought ExLax in big bars at the base store (the same size as a Hershey's bar), so Larry slipped the chocolate bar out of the wrap and inserted the ExLax bar.
The next morning was a repeat of history - Larry was knocked around and his lunch was taken. However, halfway through the morning, the bully asked permission from the teacher to go to the bathroom. A short time later he again he asked permission in a very strained voice. The third time he bounded out of his chair took off running down the hall. The principal called the bully's mom and sent the boy home and he was absent from school the rest of that week and all of the next week. When he did come back to school he was much paler and had lost a great deal of weight.
Larry was never again bullied nor did he ever have his lunch taken away from him! .. Joan, Nashville, TN
This letter is in reply to the story from Denise about the old couple who wanted to sell some of their items to a dealer in a antique shop. Denise, you are a very kind and compassionate person to have the feeling you expressed when you witnessed the sale. Unfortunately you have just described about 90 percent of all personal sales to antique shops. The seller is always disappointed with the offer from the dealer. Yes, sometimes the price offered is unfair but for the most part, a dealer would not last in business very long if they did not made enough profit to satisfy all their overhead plus learn to live with all the merchandise that never does sell. Believe me, glasses were never a good seller at our former shop. If my memory serves me correctly, unless the glasses were highly collectable, we sold them for about a dollar each and sometimes a lot less just to move them. Yes, we tried to buy at a bargain price because most of our customers wanted to find a bargain when they made a purchase. Oh, one other piece of advise, never, never interfere with business being conducted between a dealer and a seller in the dealers shop. It is just unethical. If the buyer and seller cannot agree on a price, wait until the seller leaves the shop before you approach them with your offer. Marty, retired shop owner.
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3) Antique News
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1. iGavel.com and Daniel Cooney Fine Art Present Online Photography Auction
2. Kovels' Top 20 Collectors' Searches for June 2008
3. Hakes sells Koko the Klown production art for $42,000
4. Dan Morphy’s popular York Toy Show slated for Aug. 23
5. iGavel.com features Important Photographic Equipment Auction by Everard & Company
6. AMERICAN GOLD COINS, ITALIAN ART AND CHINESE ROSEWOOD CREATE SMILES AT BURCHARD GALLERIES
7. Unique, $3 Million Gold Rush Coin Returns "Home" to Baltimore
8. Auction of Historic Printers' Plates of Famous Advertising Logos
9. Piccolo Art swings into Baltimore Summer Antique show
10. Kovels Buyers Guide to 20th-Century Costume Jewelry
11. Dying to see you! Victorian Death Post Mortem Photo Exhibit
12. amous Rolf Armstrong Frankenstein Pastel Finds Home at Norman Rockwell Museum
13. $1.5 Million Heritage Civil War Auction in Gettysburg
14. June 2008 Summer FUN Heritage Auction Tops $12 Million
15. Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale - London, 30 June 2008
16. SOTHEBY'S RESULTS: JUNE SERIES OF IMPRESSIONIST & MODERN ART SALES IN
LONDON REALISES £130 MILLION
17. Rinkya Rocks With Mozart, Grendizer and Italian Guitar Hero Jurij
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6) Funny Old Stuff
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With the imminent postal increase, I thought of a funny family incident occurring many years ago. We were at my aunt and uncle's house in mid January, when my aunt remarked that she had to go to the Post Office and purchase more stamps. At that time, first class postage stamps were relatively inexpensive and still in the single digits. My dad asked her if she didn't have any stamps left from Christmas. My aunt remarked that they had several Christmas stamps that were not used for Christmas cards. My dad asked why she didn't use them. It seems that my uncle had told her that it was after Christmas, and you couldn't use the leftover Christmas stamps because they had expired, so they threw them away! We still laugh about that incident every time we go to the Post Office. Pat T. Essex, MD
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In our last issue Becky requested a recipe for "Smith Island Cake". We had several responses.
This is the "official state dessert" of Maryland, uniquely constructed with your choice of crushed candy between each of ten thin, torte-like layers. You can make it yourself, but you'll need some time and ten cake pans. Not sure how you "crush" a Snickers bar. Or order one handmade by a Smith Island resident. Recipe is below, after the list of resident-bakers.
9" cake - $25.00 + shipping; ships chocolate and chocolate-peanut butter
Mary Ada Marshall
9” cake - $22.00 + shipping, usually $6-$12 depending on the destination; ships some flavors
Smith Island 10-Layer Cake
2 sticks butter
2-12 oz. cans evaporated milk
8 heaping Tablespoons unsweetened Cocoa
2 lbs. confectioners Sugar
Melt butter. Stir in evaporated milk (off heat).
Whisk in Cocoa until smooth, return to heat and cook for approximately 10 minutes. DO NOT BOIL or Scorch.
Remove from heat and whisk in confectioners sugar slowly.
Cook slowly until thickened and will stick to back of a spoon or to the whisk (It will form a ribbon when you drizzle a spoonful onto mixture while cooking).
2 cups sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into chunks
5 - eggs
3 - cups flour
¼ - teaspoon salt
heaping teaspoon baking powder
1 cup evaporated milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
½ cup water
Cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs one at a time and beat until smooth. Sift together flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix into egg mixture one cup at a time. With mixer running, slowly pour in the evaporated milk, then the vanilla and water. Mix just until uniform. Put three serving spoonsful of batter in each of ten 9-inch lightly greased pans, using the back of the spoon to spread evenly. Bake three layers at a time on the middle rack of the oven at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. A layer is done when you hold it near your ear and you don't hear it sizzle.
Start making the icing when the first layer goes in the oven. Let the layers cool a couple of minutes in the pans. Put the cake together as the layers are finished. Run a spatula around the edge of the pan and ease the layer out of the pan. Don't worry if it tears; no one will notice when the cake is finished. Use two or three serving spoonsful of icing between each layer. Cover the top and sides of the cake with the rest of the icing. Push icing that runs onto the plate back onto the cake.
To ice the cake
Take one slightly cooled layer and spread with cooled frosting. Add crushed candy randomly on layer. (Reese cups, snickers, milky ways, or whatever your favorite is—candy is optional as well )
Add next layers, frosting, candy, and repeat process till the 10th layer.
Do not add candy to final layer.
Finish frosting the cake and sides. May have to wait to ice top and sides until the icing cools.
>From Mrs. Kitching’s Smith Island Cookbook by Frances Kitching and Susan Stiles Dowell
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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
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I need a "from scratch" recipe for chocolate chip pancakes. Benny
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