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The Collectors Newsletter #688 -- March 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #688 -- March 2009
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8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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11. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Matchbox Collectors Club
Formed to stimulate interest among collectors of Matchbox Diecast Models and Matchbox related items as manufactured originally by Lesney Products Ltd. and later by Matchbox Toys. Click here for more information:
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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.
Same TOPIC for the next few issues ---Tell us about the very first thing you ever acquired for a collection. This can be as a child or an adult. It can be about a collection that started by accident, or one that was carefully planned. Just tell us about that first item and why you picked it or rather why it picked you :-) . Email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
I was in a small local antique store just to pass time. We didn't have much money in our younger years (sound familiar?),
so I didn't really expect to find anything to fit my budget. I had no collection, but there it sat creating a "wonder" in my eyes and mind. A small wooden, about 4 or 5" tall figure of a man and his dog. The legs on the dog are as small as toothpicks, the man sitting with his hand laced together on a stump of a tree. He has a mustache, and the dress reminds me of maybe Scottish attire, the detail is wonderful. His hat is almost pointed and the brim should go all around, but is broken in the front and there is a small indented, looks like burn, on the right back portion of his face, probably why he was affordable. Just thinking about someone etching the wood with a knife and tools to create this little "wonder" is most intriguing to me. Wish I knew more about him. That started my love of small wooden articles. My collection is small, the item has to speak to me. By the way, if anyone can enlighten me regarding the figure, you may write to me at email@example.com. Guess he isn't Scottish, just noticed he has on short pants! Carolyn C./Alabama
A close friend and co-worker started giving me a variety of frog collectibles for Christmas and my birthday. They were all either cute or funny, and I thanked her. On one occasion, as I opened a present, she said, "If you ever figure you've got enough frogs in your collection, just let me know. "But Phyllis," I replied, "I don't collect frogs." Her response was a gasp. She said that Eve (a mutual co-worker) told her I had a frog collection. I finally figured out that, while I was visiting Eve's house, she showed me a "Frog Crossing" sign she had bought in Ireland. I told her jokingly that she should give it to me, since she had no frogs in her garden, while I had two concrete frogs in mine! Those two frogs came from my mother's front yard - she had bought them at a charity thrift store where she volunteered. I kept asking my mother for them and finally she relented. What started as two frogs, however, thanks to continuing gifts from Phyllis as well as a "Frog Crossing" sign from Eve (and my own additions) is now a substantial collection. I especially love my various frog princes. My favorite antique is a metal frog marked (I think) "CRANE BREED ZINC CASKETS." The critter frog collection led me to start collecting flower frogs as well; they are intermingled in my displays. - Terry in Colorado
Back in December John H. wrote an answer to story I had posted about having my children put stickers on things they wanted. He mentioned a good point - that the stickers should be made of acid-free materials and that they would eventually fall off the objects they were attached to. The stickers I used probably weren't acid-free but they were only placed on glass objects and the backs of framed photos and things like that. Afterward I video taped all the things the kids wanted and explained where they came from and who they originally belonged to. Since then I have started giving some of those things to the ones who wanted them so they can enjoy them now. Pat M. East Wakefield, NH
I have been a fan of this newsletter for many years, and have written several stories and recipes. We have a collection of collections after 37 years. We have finally started to downsize, and it is HARD..
While going through old boxes that had been around for years, I found an UNUSED Hoover Electric Fry Pan. It is stainless steel, square and as new and shiny as the day it was made. It had been a wedding gift in the 1960's. THEN I remembered that the strange electric cord I threw away a few days before-- had a reason for being. I have researched and looked everywhere on line-- but no one has this type of cord.
The pan is submersible with the cord removed... Do any of my newsletter friends happen to have such a cord that I could purchase from you? I would LOVE to use this beautiful pan now. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you, Phyllis: Cherry Hill NJ
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3) Antique News
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Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from
1. Pittsburgh Toy & Comic Convention Celebrates 20 Years
2. ESTATE ART, A MUSEUM DEACCESSION AND SILVER
PLATE VICTORIAN SPOON WARMERS AT MATHESONS
AA AUCTION IN
3. artnet Online Auctions - Prints Sale March 12-26
4. Asselmeier & May
5. The “Collections Auction” Offers 18 Separate Antique Collections
6. Toy Collector Magazine adopts new Web site format
7. AuctionCentralNews.com (ACN) has marked its first
half-year of operation as a potent new-media force
8. CollectibleDetective.com Announces Free Banner Advertising
9. Tattooing giant Paul Timman takes his world-renowned
Designs to porcelain
10. New NASCAR and Racing Collectibles Announced By Big
Fan Gifts And Collectibles
11. Autograph Store Charity Fundraising Raises Money For
Komen Breast Cancer Charity Auction
12. The Old Timey Shop of Milton, WV Announces New Blog
13. Artfact Launches a Brand New Look
14. Fontaine's to offer the Dale Miller estate on April 4th
15. JUAN MONTOYA TO SELL SELECT PROPERTY FROM
HIS MODERN FURNITURE COLLECTION
16. 31 Club Success Story
17. Antique Toy Show returning to Allentown this weekend
18. Art Deco Styled Glass at Cat Lady Kate's Elegant and Depression Glass
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at:
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4) Your Classifieds...
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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.
Living alongside a tidal lagoon, I had great fun teaching my 4 year old granddaughter to fish using worms, minnows and shrimp for bait. One Sunday the family went to our club for brunch and after selecting from the various entrees, among them a large shrimp, I returned to the table where my Granddaughter inspected my choices and loudly proclaimed so that all in the room could hear, “Grandpa has some eggs, some bacon, some toast, and a piece of bait.”
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
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7) Wanted ads. Can you help?
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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 De-De requested a recipe for "George or Martha Washington Cake" We received the following....
Celebrate with Martha Washington’s Great Cake The Original Recipe
Martha Washington’s great cake recipe results in the type of cake traditionally served for 12th Night, January 6. Also known as Epiphany it is the last of the 12 days of Christmas and also happens to be the date of George and Martha Washington’s wedding in 1759. The original recipe reads:
"Take 40 eggs and divide the whites from the yolks & beat them to a froth then work 4 pounds of butter to a cream & put the whites of eggs to it a Spoon full at a time till it is well work’d then put 4 pounds of sugar finely powdered [sic] to it in the same manner then put in the Youlks [sic] of eggs & 5 pounds of flower [sic] & 5 pounds of fruit. 2 hours will bake it add to it half an ounce of mace & nutmeg half a pint of wine & some frensh [sic] brandy."
The Adapted Recipe for the Cake (serves 12-16)
1 lb. butter
1 lb. sugar
1¼ pounds (20 ounces) flour
1¼ pounds (20 ounces) fruit
2½ tsp. ground mace
2½ tsp. ground nutmeg
2 oz. wine
2 oz. French brandy
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Separate egg whites from yolks & set yolks aside. Beat egg whites to the "soft peak" stage.
3. Cream the butter.
4. Slowly add the beaten egg whites, one spoonful at a time, to the butter.
5. Add sugar slowly to egg whites & butter—again, one spoonful at a time.
6. Add egg yolks.
7. Add flour, slowly.
8. Add fruit. Since Mrs. Washington would have used anything that was seasonal or available dried, and since nuts were considered a fruit, for this adapted version use the following:
a. 5 ounces of pear (peeled, cored, and diced—it is about 1 large pear);
b. 3 ½ ounces of raisins;
c. 2 ounces sliced almonds (about ½ cup).
9. Add ground mace & nutmeg, wine & brandy. Cream sherry and other sorts of wine work well. Since one of George Washington’s favorites was Madeira that would certainly be an appropriate choice.
10. Lightly grease & flour a 10" springform cake pan.
11. Put batter into pan & place in oven. Bake for about 75 minutes.
12. When done, remove cake from oven & cool.
18th Century Icing Recipe from One of Martha Washington’s Cookbooks
"Take two Pound of double refin’d Sugar, beat and sift it very fine, and likewise beat and sift a little Starch and mix with it, then beat six Whites of Eggs to Froth, and put to it some Gum-Water, the Gum must be steep’d in Orange-flower-water, then mix and beat all these together two Hours, and put it on your Cake: when it is baked, set it in the Oven again to harden a quarter of a Hour, take great Care it is not discolour’d. When it is drawn, ice it over the Top and Sides, take two Pound of double refin’d Sugar beat and sifted, and the Whites of three Eggs beat to a Froth, with three or four Spoonfuls of Orange-flower-water, and three Grains of Musk and Amber-grease together: put all these in a Stone Mortar, and beat these till it is as white as Snow, and with a Brush or Bundle of Feathers, spread it all over the Cake, and put it in the Oven to dry; but take Care the Oven does not discolor it. When it is cold paper it, and it will keep good five or six Weeks."
Modern Adaptation of 18th Century Icing
Beat for 3 minutes:
3 egg whites
2 tablespoons 4X sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
Repeat additions of sugar until you have used up 1 ½ cups 4X sugar
Add: 1 teaspoon lemon peel grated
2 tablespoons orange-flower water
Beat until the icing is stiff enough to stay parted when a knife cuts through it. Smooth it onto the top and sides of a cake. Let it dry and harden in a 200 degree F. oven for 1 hour. (Note: icing will be brittle & shatters when you cut into the cake. Don’t be surprised when this happens.)
Carol Thomas, Cullman,AL
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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 good cinnamon roll recipes? My Grandmother and my Mom made the best cinnamon rolls and some had raisins and some had chopped pecans sprinkled on top. She also put alot of butter and cinnamon in them I would love to try them, unfortunately both my Mom and Grandmother have passed and my Aunt never made them. I have my Grandmothers recipe box, but I couldn't find one for cinnamon rolls. I have tried several recipes from old cookbooks, but they are just not the same. My Grandmother made alot of wonderful things by just mixing and adding by small palm full of this and a pinch of that. I had watched her make alot of things and now I'm the only one that can make alot of it. I have written alot of it down, but never found a good cinnamon roll recipe. Can anyone help me? Thanks in advance, Carol from Missouri
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.
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Welcome to Daisy's Vintage Shoppe. We deal with all kinds of fine collectibles, dolls and antiques. We are family owned business and your satisfaction is our priority. New items are listed daily.
Mickey & More ! My inventory mainly consist of Mickey Mouse collections. I have been a collector for over 20 years.
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We carry wide variety of inventory. Glassware, kitchen collectibles, pottery, china, toys, paper, lighting, jewelry,furniture,prints, etc...If I don't have it, I'll find it for you.
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