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The Collectors Newsletter #660 -- December 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #660 -- December 2008
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1. Featured Collectors Club
2. Stories From our Readers
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4. Your Classifieds
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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.
International Map Collectors Society
The fact, that you chose to read about our site seems to indicate that we might share a mutual interest in the history of cartography, or as we sometimes put it: in maps with a history. The map may either reflect the history of its time or the map may have an interesting history in itself. In both cases the map will be a source of pleasure, pride and knowledge to its owner or beholder. Dreaming away over a beautifully-composed map or chart, may make us consider the flow of time in a grander aspect, where history, historic cartography and mapmaking blend in the knowledge that the “condensed history” of a beautiful map remains unique.. click here for more info:
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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.
We are looking for Holiday related stories from when you were a child. Send them to me and we'll publish them in the next newsletter. Email email@example.com
If I were in the position of the choice of either my possessions or my home , of course, it would be my home. I would hold an Estate Sale first to get the most I could for my items, and anything left over would then go into an auction. After that, Goodwill or Salvation Army. However, before I went thru this process, I would keep a few of my most precious possessions that were very sentimental to me! My children's art work from when they were little, family pictures, things like this! These do not mean anything to anyone else but myself! God Bless anyone who has or is going to have to go thru such an ordeal! Happy Holidays! Debbie from Texas
My sister wrote about a year ago about visiting my 2 daughters and I at Williams AFB in Arizona from Florida. Actually they were only 4 and 2 years old, but she left off the important part of that story. Lesley did ask to carry her leash, and fortunately no one listened. Jane's husband Steve ended up holding onto Lesley's leash and that was a really good thing. As we neared the fence to look out over the Grand Canyon she began to slip under the fence at an eroded spot. Had he not had a tight grip on it the day might have ended on a very sad note. Mother of now 3 wild girls, Charlene
In this time of hardship, let us all remember that everyone has some type of hardship that they are going through, have gone through or will go through. It would be healthier at this time to not judge people, and realize that there is a reason we all go through our trials and tribulations. Instead of talking about how foolish people are for not saving, or discussing how difficult life is, how about a forum on kindnesses that have been done for us, or something we could incorporate into our life to help someone else...Ann in CA
This is in response to Jan's appeal that we lighten up the foreclosure responses. I have been in some dire situations and know how hard it is to leave collections/possessions that have sentimental meanings behind. A number of years ago I left an abusive marriage. When I finally got a chance to get back to claim a few things from 23 years of marriage-I found out that my ex had burned all of my costumes and as many books as he could find along with smashing what would not be burned. I had a number of Christmas items that were made by my great aunt that I loved and were irreplaceable since she had passed away. I later married another man from the same area that I originally came from and when the time came to bring out the Christmas things...I found almost the exact duplicates of the Christmas decorations that I had lost! I excitedly asked my husband where they came from and he said that Anna L had given them to him-MY GREAT AUNT:) So I truly feel blessed in that even if my ex tried to destroy everything I had...I still eventually got some of my old traditions back:) I hope that in some small way-this story will encourage someone who is going through tough times-we just need to support one another and to be grateful for what we can do. Sonja from Minnesota
Our families favorite Christmas item has to be a little bell. This little bell has been on every Christmas tree my dad has ever had since he was a little boy. Dad is 73 now. This little bell is probably only worth a few cents, but to my family it is priceless. Every one of us looks for it as soon as Mom puts up their tree. We have to ring it, just because. I am sure when they are no longer here, there may be a "discussion" as to whom it will go!
Have a wonderful Holiday season and Thanks Tias for a great newsletter! Judy in Ohio
My father was never one to rush Christmas, so we never put up our tree any earlier than a day or two before December 25. He insisted that it always be a real one, which we purchased already cut and bundled. By waiting until the last minute, we were able to get a tree at a very good price. I recall pine needles being swept up from the carpet for months after the tree was taken down on January 6.
As a child, dad's family tree was set up on Christmas Eve, not before, and the children didn't get to see it decorated until Christmas morning. Their stocking treats consisted of oranges and chestnuts, and they usually received only one gift, which they treasured. Dad loved gingersnap cookies and gingerbread, which were favorite holiday scents of his Christmases past.
Dad passed away in 1990, and every year when I adorn the tree, I hang small, primitive wooden birds that he carved many years ago, in the branches. Sadly, I did not learn to appreciate them as true works of art until he was gone. Now, I see their rugged beauty and the skill it took to carve each one. When I place them on the tree, I can't help but think of him and mom, who died in 2002. I only wish I'd have kept the aluminum garlands and strings of large, bright-colored, Christmas bulbs they used on their trees when I was growing up to help keep other childhood memories alive.
I look forward to reading stories of other's Christmas memories, and want to wish everyone a very blessed holiday season and prosperous New Year.
Marlene in Illinois
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4. Cyber Monday also known as Shopping In Your PJS Day ....
5. Pre-Christmas Sale
6. Greater Summerville Antique Association Open House
7. Matchbox Toys 1947 to 2007 Fifth Edition
8. 10th Annual Holiday online cane auction
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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.
Back in 1981 when we brought home our new baby boy, our daughter had just turned two. She was fascinated with this tiny new baby, but didn’t quite understand where he came from. One day, about a week after bringing him home, the baby was very fussy. Finally, our daughter came into the nursery and said, “OK, you can take him back where you got him from!” Helen, TX
My Mother had received four coffee mugs recently as a gift. She had various size cups and mugs, and all the family had their favorites. We were visiting when my children were small and my daughter about 2 years old. Somebody suggested we all have a cup of hot chocolate and went to the kitchen to make it. When it was ready, she asked if anyone had a particular mug they wanted as she knew some wouldn't want a real big mug. My daughter was sitting on her booster seat that she used at Grandma's and spoke up very loud, "I want a ripe mug." We asked over a time or two what she said as it didn't make any sense to any of us. Finally, I realized she meant that she wanted a mug with red lady bugs instead of green lady bugs on it. She agreed that was what she wanted when I took one for her to see. She is grown with family of her own, but we still laugh as we speak of the ripe mug. When her grandparents died, I made sure I got a ripe and green mug to keep from their estate. Kay in West Virginia
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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 Judy requested a recipe for "Salsa with tomatoes, onions, raisins, apples, vinegar, " . We had several replies.
Green Tomato Relish Recipe
A concoction of green tomatoes, apples, dried fruit, plenty of sugar (and molasses) and spices, this is like mincemeat (sans the suet). It’s perfect with cheese and crackers or served along side most any meat.
½ orange, quartered and seeded
1 pound raisins, divided
½ cup apple cider vinegar
1½ quarts green tomatoes, stemmed and chopped
1½ quarts chopped, cored apples
½ pound brown sugar
½ pound pitted prunes, halved
¼ cup dark (not blackstrap) molasses
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon nutmeg, preferably freshly grated
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon salt
1. Combine orange (including peel) with half the raisins and vinegar in a food processor. Process until a chunky, even-textured paste-purée is formed, scraping the sides of the bowl a few times. Transfer to a large, heavy, nonreactive pot with remaining raisins.
2. Add all remaining ingredients and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often (due to the sugar, the mixture will want to stick), 30 to 40 minutes or until thick. The mixture should be dark and very well combined, but the apples and tomatoes, though soft, should still be distinguishable. Cool completely.
3. Spoon the cooled relish into zip-top plastic bags or jars and freeze. Yield: about 4 quarts.
I'm unsure if the tomatoes you mentioned were ripe or unripened. It does sound like a chutney recipe. I hope one sounds somewhat familiar or helps you find one that is.
Green Tomato Chutney
By Amelia Tucker
The end of the season, green tomatoes make a delicious chutney that is simple but delicious. The jars are beautiful and make a wonderful gift for the upcoming holiday season too!
This recipe makes about 6 half pint jars. Please do not double recipe as unsatisfactory results may occur.
4 lbs green tomatoes
2 medium onions
1 and 1/2 green apples, peel and core
1 cup golden raisins
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground red pepper - may add more if you want it hotter
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp curry - may increase to taste
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups cider vinegar
Coarsely chop first three ingredients.
In a saucepan, add chopped tomatoes, apples and onion. Add all other ingredients, stir to mix well
Simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour until chutney is thick, stirring to avoid burning. Ladle into jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Process 10 minutes in boiling water bath. Let set for 1 month minimum for flavor to develop.
Apple and Tomato Chutney
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 3 Hours 30 Minutes Ready In: 4 Hours
Yields: 75 servings
"Spicy and a sweet, this delicious chutney goes well with breads, cheeses and chicken!"
2 pounds apples - peeled, cored and sliced
2 cups water
1 tablespoon mustard seed
2 pounds tomatoes, sliced
2 large onions, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 cup sultana raisins
3/4 cup white sugar
5 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 cups malt vinegar
1. Place apples and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cook 25 minutes, or until apples are tender, stirring occasionally. Add more water as necessary to keep the apples simmering.
2. Wrap mustard seed in cheesecloth, and place with apples. Mix tomatoes, onions, garlic, sultanas, sugar, curry powder, cayenne pepper, salt and vinegar into saucepan. Stir until sugar has dissolved.
3. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 3 hours, stirring occasionally, until a thick chutney remains. Remove and discard wrapped mustard seed. Seal chutney in sterile containers until serving.
This is in response to Judy in Wisconsin, looking for the "Sweet Salsa" recipe.
I looked in my "Recipes of the Great Depression" cookbook from Western Wisconsin and found a recipe for Green Tomato Mincemeat and wonder if this is what she is looking for. If not, you can share it and others can try it.
Green Tomato Mincemeat
2 cups green tomatoes, chopped
3 cups apples, chopped
1 lb raisins, chopped
Add: 3 c. sugar
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. salt
1 t. allspice
1 t. cloves
1/4 c. vinegar.
Cook until thick; put in jars and seal. This can be frozen. Mary from Wisconsin
12 apples, peeled
12 ripe tomatoes
12 small onions
3 green peppers
3 red sweet peppers
3 c vinegar
3 c sugar
4 tbsp allspice
2 tbsp salt
Grind apples, tomatoes, onions, and peppers. Add salt, sugar and vinegar. Tie allspice in cheesecloth and put in mixture. Bring to a boil then simmer slowly for 1 hour. Put in sterile jars and seal.
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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.
Does anyone have a recipe called "Sprinkle Top Cookies" which used to be printed on Gold Medal flour bags?
Tired and REtired Sandi
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