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The Collectors Newsletter #655 -- November 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #655 -- November 2008
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
International Correspondence of Corkscrew Addicts
During the early 1970's a number of people were already collecting corkscrews, a little known hobby at the time. Through some series of coincidences, Dr. Bernard Watney, a physician working for the Guinness Brewery in London and Dr. Homer Babbidge, a professor at the Hartford Graduate School, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A. got together and decided to form a corkscrew collectors club. They recruited a number of others and set the club's maximum membership at 25. The next year it was expended to 35 and then again to the present limit of 50.
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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.
For our next issue, send us a topic that you would like to discuss and start us off with your story on this topic. I'll post them to the group and we'll see where it takes us :-) ...Phil
I always look forward to your newsletter. So here is my story about things old and cherished. Christmas was always a very special holiday for us. As a child my grandmother would always get all the grandchildren together one weekend before Christmas and we would make ornaments from all kinds of things. In her back bedroom built off the back of the house were boxes and boxes of all kinds of beads, glitter, Styrofoam balls, ribbon, glue, clean meat trays in various colors (we used metal cookie cutters to form ornaments to decorate) and just about anything else that you could use for making decorations. That room was called "The Jungle" and we loved to play and plunder to look at all the stuff. When my grandmother passed away, I was given all that stuff. This year is the 10th anniversary of Granny Bennett's Christmas Ornament weekend. My siblings and their children and some of my cousins and their children all travel to my house the first weekend in December. They arrive on Friday night and stay through Sunday. Saturday morning we all head to town for the Bluffton Christmas Parade and then back to the house for lots of fun and memories making ornaments and singing Christmas carols and being together to start the season out right. Mind you my house only has 2 bedrooms and one bath but it has a very large living room and lots of floor space so there are people piled everywhere on air mattresses and pallets on the floor. I start decorating in the last week of October to have it all ready by the time they come. What a joy to see the looks on the faces of the kids and remembering those times with our Grandmother. We all still have ornaments that we made as kids on our trees and knowing that the newer kids growing up will have the same memories makes me feel wonderful and that I have kept her memory alive for all of us. I also have ornaments that were on her tree every year and her dining room table and chairs and the china cabinet to match. The dining room set belonged to her mother. Someone always mentions the memories of sitting at that table for many a Christmas while we are making ornaments. I know that some day when I'm gone my daughter will keep that tradition alive by having it at her house. Thank you Tia's for your newsletter. It's always a bright spot when it arrives.
Marianne Hudson -Bluffton, SC
After reading the letter from Randee of Sacramento, regarding the Shaker letters found by CK of CT, I thought how nice it would be for the letters or copies of them to be given to one of the Shaker museums that are located around the country. There is a Shaker Village / Museum open to the public in Hancock, Massachusetts, which was very close to my old home and is a popular tourist destination with visitors to the Berkshires. The village has the original buildings, and some that were moved there from other areas and is a wonderful place for all ages to learn about the Shakers. It is especially lovely in the fall when the sheep are covered with thick coats and the trees displaying their many colors. The Shakers were a very innovative group, discovering easier ways to do things, from milking cows in a round barn, cutting ice from the area lakes in winter to store deep within the ground for use during the summer and hanging their chairs on pegs after dinner to make easier sweeping.. Everything is there, pictures, tools and work areas (sometimes in use) for viewing. The men in my family really found their inventions interesting. Linda from Florida
I have enjoyed reading the news from others over the past months. I have always thought there wasn't much that I could share other than some extensive genealogy research. My wife & I have documented a huge family history in the past couple of years. We have traced the Smith=2C Adams=2C Burke & Senna families in Vermont. Researched the Davidson, Hair, Howard, Parsons, Mitchell & Wetmore families from CT. Along the way, one of the best gifts I received was from my 95 year old father. His mother entered the Bridgeport (CT) Kennel Club Show and won a trophy cup on September 30, 1909. This prize, The Windsor Cup, was sponsored by the former Windsor Hotel now long gone. I now have this 99 year old trophy! This past summer we gathered a few Smith & Adams relatives together from several states and met at the D.A.R. Park on the shore of Lake Champlain. This area of Bridgeport, Panton and Addison, is where my wife's ancestors farmed ran a ferry service and had several businesses. Plans are to make this reunion an annual event.
My collecting started in 1957 "Kings Lace"....or so I was told by the wonderful elderly lady who gave me for an anniversary gift and topped it with more for my wedding gift.
The first gift was goblets and pitcher. The most beautiful pattern I [then just 18 years]
had ever seen. The 2nd part was salt/pepper; sugar and creamer; a divided dish; and a couple of other sectioned dishes. I was told by my gift giver to use and enjoy these dishes, and not to put them away for rainy days. Ah, my "Kings Lace" so beautiful. I knew that there had to be plates to match.
Off I went on many a search, to antique shops, yard sales, the top stores in many towns. "Kings Lace"? Never heard of it. Looked in all the books they might have. Not to be found. I used what I had thru the years with five children and company. Sundays were set with the "Kings Lace". Then came the computer. Me at 62, learning and doing . Thru searches I had found "TIAS" and ebay.
TIAS>>>I carefully took a goblet to the side of my desktop, while searching...what was that?? Compared to goblet, get magnifying glass<>My husband thought I had a seizure for sure!!!! Tias gave me a name to my wonderful set. "Duncan Miller Sandwich Glass"
They sure did have plates, and, and, and everything!!!
When I past and probably before, my oldest [just now 25] and youngest [now 9 years old] grand-daughters will each have a complete 8 place setting, all the serving dishes, candelabras, juices, wines, sherbets, etc. I proudly use them now with the enlarged family of kiddos, who already are just as proud of those beautiful crystal dishes as I am.
THANK YOU AGAIN TIAS. A faithful and thankful reader of your newsletter. Ruth E. Blanton, Wakefield, NH
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5. Daniel Cooney Fine Art Emerging Photographers Auction Presented by iGavel
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7. Mikasa Renaissance White New addition to Dinnerware Replacements Tias Online Store
8. Manipulated Art Auction Results Affect Perception of Art Market- artmarketblog.com
9. Sotheby’s Hedge Bets with Irrevocable Bids - artmarketblog.com
10. Fine & costume jewelry from estate of Connecticut dealer Louise Graham in Dec. 7 auction
11. Roseville Freesia Console Bowl
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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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
I just had to laugh when I read the story from Jo about her grand kids and the cereal. I have never put out Cheerios, but one Christmas my kids made long strings of Fruit Loops and we thought it would be nice to put them on the trees outside so the birds could have them.
The funny thing is, not only did the birds NOT eat them, the squirrels would not touch them either! We had rabbits, raccoons, opossums, skunks and chipmunks in that yard too, and none of them would eat the Fruit Loops! In fact, they stayed up all winter, and finally in the spring we had to take them down and throw them out. I don't know if it was the cold that preserved them all winter, or all the artificial colors and ingredients, but I can tell you that my kids decided there was something wrong with Fruit Loops if none of the animals in the yard would touch them, and never asked me to buy them again! Thanks for all the info in the newsletter, and the memories. Ellen in Vineyard Haven, MA
When my daughter was 5, she and I were driving down the road one day during the winter to visit my parents in Southeast Iowa. It had been a slushy, messy few days, with lots of salt and sand on the road. As we were driving, Brittany turned to me and said, "Mom, remember how you told me that in the winter Jack Frost visits and leaves frost on the windows?" "Yes, that's right," I said. "Well," she replied, "I think last night our car was visited by Jack Dirty." -Cindy A. in Cedar Rapids, IA
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In our last issue Lori requested a recipe for "Gingerbread that could be used to build a house". We had one response for this recipe.
I believe the problem Lori is having with her gingerbread is because she is using a gingerbread recipe (which is actually a cake) instead of a gingerbread cookie recipe which makes a much firmer dough. Just after World War II, my parents were in Germany in the US Army of Occupation (the year before I was born), and not having any children or anything else to do that year, my mother learned how to bake many delicious things, including this recipe.
Every year when I was a child she made a large gingerbread house for the center of the dining room table, frosted with white sugar icing which she drew on the gingerbread to look like roof tiles, and windows and etc. The house was surrounded by gingerbread trees and animals.
We admired it for a few weeks and then the day after Christmas were allowed to eat bits. As there were four of us kids, it went down pretty quickly once the first bit was allowed. I don't remember that it got stale, although it must have -- sitting out for several weeks before we took it apart. I only remember that we loved the tradition, and every year the house was a little different. Mom would make it while we were in school, so it was always a surprise to come home one afternoon a week or so after Thanksgiving and see it on the table. She would make a paper pattern and cut each piece by hand and then put it together with some kind of candy which hardened but was edible (I believe it was simple molasses warmed up with a little water so it was liquid when hot, and hardened when cooled). I have used this for recipe for cookies and ornaments, and it always turns out well. And you can "up" the spices if you want a more intense flavor. It is time consuming but well worth the effort!
Old Fashioned German Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup molasses
1 teaspoon ginger
1 & 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 tablespoon baking soda
2/3 cup butter (cut into slices)
1 egg, beaten slightly
5 cups sifted flour
Heat the syrup and sugar and spices in a large soup pot to boiling. Turn off the heat but leave the pot on the stove, and sprinkle the baking soda over the top and then mix in vigorously with a long handled spoon -- it will foam up (which is why you need to do it in a pot with high sides)! Immediately pour this mixture over the butter, which you have cut into pieces and placed in the bottom of a large bowl, and stir until the butter melts and is mixed well into the sugars. Add the egg, then the flour, mixing each ingredient well before adding the next. You may have to mix the end of the flour in with your hands. When the flour is all added the mixture will be quite thick and somewhat stiff.
Prepare a bread board with wax paper sprinkled with a little flour, turn the dough onto this and knead well. Chill at least 6 hours in refrigerator -- best to leave over night. (I divide the dough into four sections and shape each section into a large oval about an inch thick, wrapping each well in wax paper).
If you have not already done so, make a paper pattern for your house, and make sure the roof overlaps at least an inch so you can hang "icicles" from the eaves! Mom always made four walls, two roof sections and a four part chimney (with cotton candy for smoke coming out of the chimney). Graph paper makes it easy to get the dimensions of the house to work together.
When your dough is well chilled, remove from refrigerator and leave on counter a few minutes to an hour, then roll out each section to about 1/8 inch thick (not too thin), and cut to the pattern for your house (or cut into cookies, piercing a hole into the top before baking if you want to hang them on your tree as ornaments). Place on greased cookie sheets and bake at 325 degrees (moderate oven) until firm -- usually 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on wire racks on kitchen counter or table. Ice with powdered sugar made into icing with the addition of a few drops of water. (This can be colored with food coloring if you want to make pretty decorated cookies.)
To make a large gingerbread house you may need to make more than one recipe. Also be careful not to distort the size of the pieces when you transfer them onto the cookie sheet. If you roll it on a bread board and then put another piece of wax paper on top before you transfer it to the baking sheet, that helps to keep the shape -- touch only the paper and not the dough so it stays the same -- if you try to pick it up with a spatula or your fingers it is bound to stretch, although you can reform it on the baking sheet if necessary. You can also roll out the dough and then put the whole rolled dough on the baking sheet and cut it there, removing the extra bits.
This dough can also be made in advance in a large batch and frozen. The day before you want to cut it, put frozen dough into the refrigerator overnight to thaw.
Enjoy! Wishing very happy holidays to all, from Ellen in Vineyard Haven, MA
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Every year we seem to come up with a new stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving. In our family it's turned into a sport. We'll sit at dinner and talk about the great stuffing of 1993 or the terrible stuffing of 1997. So I'm looking for your best stuffing recipes. Please share your favorite with my family and the other readers of this newsletter. Benny..
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