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The Collectors Newsletter #638 -- September 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #638 -- September 2008
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1. A Memoriam to Ralph Kovel
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.
Golden Glow of Christmas Past
The Glow (NL), published 6 times a year, free with membership. Dues $45 per year, %50 in Canada, $55 in other countries. Sample issue $6.50. For collectors of antique Christmas ornaments, lighting, tinsel, feather trees, snow babies, post cards, and more. An emphasis is placed on early Christmas (pre-1966) items.. Click here:
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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.
Answers to "What one item would you take if you had to leave home in a hurry"--
Linda broached a subject I have thought about off and on...What one item would I pack if I had the time that I would not want to lose.
I thought about my collection of 5000+ books but realized that they were all basically replaceable. I thought about the shed of D56 village stuff and again realized they could be replaced. I then thought about the artwork on my walls. Now understand I have a lot I have put on my walls not all originals, but enjoyable anyway. Some cannot be replaced including signed watercolors and oils. However, there is one picture that comes to mind that stands out over all of my many enjoyable pieces. It is a framed poster of a lady entitled "Jessie. " This poster is special. Back in 1994 around February my hubby let me buy some posters done by a lady named "Rosamond." They were my birthday present from him. One of these posters was "Jessie." When I had not received my posters within a reasonable amount of time I called the gallery in Carmel to ask about it. That was on March 23. As an apology for the delay I was told that Rosamond would not only sign the
poster (as I had paid to have done) but would put a message on it. I received the poster on March 29. It was a perfect day to get it as it was my actual birthday. To my thrilled wonder, Rosamond had written "To Nancy, Happy Birthday" and signed it Rosamond. Now, the reason this framed poster means so much to me is....on March 26, Rosamond was swept out to sea and drowned. My poster was probably one of the last items she ever signed. It is irreplaceable. I have other signed pieces of art (including some of hers) but nothing is more special than my "Jessie." It of all my enjoyable items I own would be the one and only choice if I had a chance to take a frivolous item as I fled my home. Nancy
Linda in letter #636 asked; "What one item would you take if you had to leave home in a hurry".
I guess it would be my purse! However, it would be a good idea to take along the last income tax file and the cell phone if it's not already in your purse! ~;c} Thanks Linda for lightening up the news letter. Alley in Texas
Answers to how to liquidate an estate--
Hi! Like everyone who writes in, I truly enjoy your newsletter. The estate question is one I can contribute to--we held a garage sale in an upscale area of town (a friend's house) & advertised as an "estate sale". Not only did we get a fair price for our antiques & misc. items (much better than at an auction), but we met many friendly people who would love & cherish our family's belongings. Jennifer
My partner and I are appraisers and have helped a number of people liquidate their family's estate. We usually go through all that is left after the family has been through and put things into four piles: garbage to throw away, yard sale, auction, e-Bay. The garbage is gone through a second time, usually with the family, to make SURE it is throw away (or give to the Thrift Store). We assess how many auction items are available to see if there really is enough for an auction. e-Bay items are those FEW items that we think would bring top dollar on-line. If there is enough for auction we put all remaining items (including the yard sale stuff) in the auction pile. If not, we suggest a large yard sale, putting some of the finer items in advertisement (Craigs List, the local paper, the regional sales magazine)..Linda
How about discussing an antique or collectible that you have found. What I mean is this item came to you by means other than purchasing it or having it given to you. You found it, whether it was in the basement or attic of a house you moved into or you found it in some other unusual place. Lets hear about the items that you have FOUND by accident or just being in the right place at the right time.
I'll start with some recent items that I found. In April we moved to a different house. The owner had bought the property in an estate sale and really had no intentions of renting it out but did rent it to us as a favor to a mutual friend. The house has a full unfinished basement below and the owner told us it was full of "junk." He informed us we could do whatever we wanted to do with it, take it to the landfill, sell it, give it away, etc. My husband and I spent evenings in the basement going through the boxes, finding mostly general household items, much of which was broken and boxes upon boxes of bank statements, tax returns, canceled checks, etc. There were several pieces of antique furniture, all with the exception of one highboy dresser were ruined from water damage. We did find a few wonderful treasures in the whole mess. A Dazey butter churn in beautiful condition, a kraut cutter, a Griswold waffle iron, a Japan tea box and a very old coffee crate with beautiful color labels on all four sides, several old large crocks, a Coca-cola metal Jr. cooler and a beautiful turn of the century woman's gold pocket watch. My husband and I were thrilled with our new treasures and now have them displayed in the house. So what wonderful items have you been lucky enough to find???
Shanna in Colorado
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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.
Years ago, my sister and I went garage sale-ing in San Diego, and at one sale they were selling books for 10c each, which was a steal even then, and I found a nice edition of that "LEAVES OF GOLD" poetry anthology, and when I went up to pay, I opened the front cover and saw that it had been inscribed to someone as a gift, and I said "No problem, I'll just put my Ex-Libris over the inscription", and one of the two BLONDES (I'm not kidding) conducting the sale said, "Really? I don't get it! How can you be an EX-LIBRA? I thought that once you were born it was sort of permanent." And I tried to keep from laughing and said, "No problem, I can paste my bookplate over this inscription." The Blonde's second response was, "Gee?! Why would anybody put a plate inside a book? Why???" At which point, I paid and left, realizing that none of the books had ever been opened. John in CA.
The stories of 45 records reminds me of a time when I had to stop at a local radio station to pick up a prize I had won. My son was with me, he was about 10 years old at the time. As we pulled into the driveway he asked "where do they put them all". I asked all what?, and he said "all the bands". I have laughed about this for years (he is now 45), and I remind him of this every chance I get.
From George, Morris and Molly's Mommy
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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 Connie requested a recipe for "Chocolate Malt Cake". We had several replies with the same recipe.
Chocolate Malt Cake
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cups sugar
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 cup malted milk powder
1 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Chocolate Malt Frosting:
1 cup unsweetened butter, room temperature
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¾ cup whipping (heavy) cream
½ cup malted milk powder
5 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
Malted Milk Balls, optional
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour three 9 inch round baking pans. Or, to make baked cake easier to remove from pan, lightly grease the pans, line with parchment paper, then lightly grease again.
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; whisk together to mix. Set aside.
3. In a small bowl, combine milk and malted milk powder, stirring to dissolve. Add milk mixture, vegetable oil, and eggs to flour mixture; beat until smooth. Add sour cream and vanilla; beat just until mixture is combined.
4. Pour batter into the pans, dividing the batter evenly between the 3 pans. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes then remove cake from pans and finish cooling on wire rack.
Chocolate Malt Frosting:
5. In a large bowl, beat butter and cocoa powder until creamy.
6. In a small bowl, combine whipping cream and malted milk powder, stirring to dissolve. Add cream mixture to butter mixture, beating until combined. Gradually beat in confectioners sugar until smooth. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.
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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.
Way back in my early marriage years ( over 50 years ago ) one of my husband’s favorite desserts was the ginger bread I made using the Dromedary ginger bread mix. I haven't seen that brand in soo many years,. I would like to make it again but have no recipe. Anyone help ? Thanks. ARM in N.C.
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