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The Collectors Newsletter #689 -- March 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #689 -- March 2009
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Matchcover Club - Sierra-Diablo
Yep! There's an entire organized hobby centering around the collecting of matchcovers...those little pieces of card- board that most people just take for granted. But, those same little pieces of cardboard are crammed with history and nostalgia--famous people and famous events, wonderful artwork, and all those special places that have a special meaning to you. Click here for more information:
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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.
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 email@example.com and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
While working at my first job, my boss took me out for lunch for Christmas to a Chinese restaurant in New York City. I happened to remark that I thought the glass salt & pepper shakers were pretty. My boss then asked the waiter if we could buy them and the waiter gave them to me as a present. Many years later, while traveling with my husband and children, my husband suggested that I start saving something from the places we have been to and not ash trays. I started my collection of unusual and old glass salt & pepper shakers, including Mount Washington. I now have over 2000 and wherever we go, whether Italy or through the United States, I add to my collection. I hope my daughter enjoys them when I am gone. I do love your newsletter and enjoy reading them. Phyllis, Baldwin, New York.
Oh, how I love this newsletter! I'm glad so many other people are hoarders, er, collectors like me. To Denise in MI, I, too, collect Talavera. I was in college in Puebla, Mex, where the Talavera factories are. I toured them for an article I wrote for my college newspaper, and bought my first plate there. Since then, I have found several good pieces in thrift stores, and have received some pieces as gifts. Then I inherited my Mom's plates that I had given her.
As the spoiled third girl born to older parents, I also inherited one-third of my folks' Chinese snuff bottle collection. The bottles also collect dust, er are lovingly displayed along with the Talavera and myriad other items. My poor husband thinks surfaces should be uncluttered, and is always asking me to rotate collections in and out of storage. Ha! What does he know? I'm of the mind (or out of it, if you ask him), that beautiful things should be displayed. What else are surfaces for? I DO move things around sometimes, but I don't think he's fooled.
I grew up with antiques--my parents notwithstanding--and so have appreciated them from my earliest memories (items AND parents). My first collectible was a large (10") clear glass, White House vinegar jug. I was about 10--47 years ago. I can clearly remember Mom bending over to see, and asking me why that particular piece. I explained that I liked its texture and design, (and it was something I could afford). She seemed very proud and pleased that I'd caught the bug. Of course, one glass jar by itself isn't sufficient, so it has had a number of companions through the years. I still have the jug (and who is surprised by that statement?).
There has been a considerable amount of antique furniture disseminated, too. Just last week I had a wooden chair re-glued. It had been a kitchen chair relegated in later years to the porch of my Mom's grandparents' WV house, so about 100-125 years old. It's now in the living room with my husband's unusable, er, immaculate furniture. He asked why on earth we would display a chair that cannot be sat on. Poor guy; he still thinks it's going back into storage. Lisa
Years ago my sisters begged me to start a collection of something. After all, they had collections to which I contributed on many occasions. One collected owls, the other, cats. Buying presents was always easy for me. Cats or owls. I didn't really want to collect anything; we were in the Air Force and moved a lot. Collections didn't seem to fit our lifestyle. Well, one Christmas I received a beautifully wrapped box from the "cat" sister. I eagerly opened the box to discover a very large green ceramic frog. It was in a reclining position and wore a yellow polka-dot bikini and sunglasses. Trying not to show my disappointment at such a distasteful gift, I opened the "owl" sister's gift. Another frog, only slightly less distasteful. The entire family had a good laugh and said I now had a collection. Over the years my sisters added to my collection with frogs of all styles and values. I began to buy frogs I liked. Friends learned of my growing collection and gave me stuffed toy frogs, frog pins and earrings, stone frogs, glass frogs, frog recordings, frog books, frog T-shirts--anything and everything frog. It has become a collection that I treasure. Joyce
I just finished reading the latest newsletter. In it, Helen from Texas told about how her husband had pulled a prank on her step-sister. I did this once also. I was probably around 9 or 10, and my brother-in-law dared me to answer the next phone call by saying, "Kelly's Pool Hall, Eight ball Speaking". Well, I had to do it! The phone rang, and I answered it by saying "Kelly's Pool Hall, Eight ball speaking". It turned out to be the little old lady across the street from us, whose last name was Kelly! I was so embarrassed, and will have to admit, I never answered the phone that way again! Jenny from Michigan
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We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find, unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Antique News
If you want to tell the world about your antiques & collectibles business, auction, club or upcoming event related to the antiques and collectibles trade, you can post it for free at
the #1 listing on Google for "Antique News" Your news release will get published online and will also appear in this newsletter so that 15,000 people can read it. To post a release, go to
Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from
1. March Madness Markdown Sale at Sidekikz on TIAS.com
2. The Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show Moves
to Bally’s May 28 - June 1, 2009
3. "Fine Art, Photography and Antiques From Estates and
Various Owners" Now Through March 24th
4. Expanded Coverage Available for Doll & Teddy Bear Artists
5. So typically English, Summer, Antiques and the Cotswolds.
6. Dinnerware Replacements Spring Sale
7. BELTER, HORNER, MEEKS, ROUX, TIFFANY, HANDEL,
PAIRPOINT AND MORE TO BE FEATURED AT ESTATE AUCTION
8. LiveAuctionTalk.com Highlights Jackie Robinson Changing
Face of Baseball
9. Paid on the Spot Auctions, Orange MA start March 19th
10. Gordon S. Converse & Co. to hold third auction Apr. 25
11. I.M. Chait Offers Jurassic Dinosaur Skeleton Through Artfact Live! Auction
12. MINNESOTA ANTIQUES DEALERS ASSOCIATION
SHOW AND SALE
13. Vintage Toys, Art Pottery & Coins to Head Cordier Antiques'
March 22 Auction
14. Artist's Talk - David J. Lunin Furniture Maker
15. Scythian - Greek Gold & Silver Alloy Rhyton with Greek God
Dionysus 4 century B.C.
16. Rare 1876-CC 20 Cent piece leads Heritage Baltimore event
17. X-Men cover art sells for - X-traordinary Heritage Record
18. Pittsburgh Toy & Comic Convention Celebrates 20 Years
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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.
A South Louisiana's family was attending church one Sunday morning with their 3 year old, who was getting restless. The Choir rose and sang a tune. When finished, the little boy stood up and shouted. 'Now, do 'Boot Scooting Boogie' Later, bored, he told his Mom he wanted to go home. She told him 'In a few minutes'. A few minutes passed and again, the young man wanted to go home...to which she ignored him. He stood up and in a loud voice shouted. 'Dam it I want to go home'. Needless to say the priest ended his sermon and the little boy went home.Only to receive the fly swatter on his behind.
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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 Carol requested a recipe for " good cinnamon rolls" We received the following....
This is one of my favorite recipes and all of my friends ask for it!
Sweet Roll Dough
2 packages dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
2 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup margarine
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
8 1/2- 9 cups flour
Dissolve the 2 packages of yeast in warm water.
Combine the milk, margarine, sugar and salt in a medium sauce pan and heat just until the margarine is melted. Remove from heat.
In a large mixing bowl- beat the eggs, add the yeast mixture and then add the milk mixture which has cooled somewhat.
Add the flour gradually so that it becomes a soft dough. If you have a mixer with a dough hook you can use that or you can beat the flour in by hand with a large wooden spoon.
The dough will be soft. Do not knead. Let rise until double in size. Punch down and proceed with any kind of sweet rolls.
Yield: depending on what kind of rolls you make- I get about 3 dozen cinnamon or butter pecan rolls.
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1/2 cup raisins or currants
Combine 1 cup sifted powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and enough milk to make a drizzling consistency- about 1 1/2 tablespoon
Roll out 1/3 recipe of Sweet Roll Dough into a 12" by 8" rectangle. Brush with melted butter. Combine the brown sugar nuts and currants or raisins and ground cinnamon. Sprinkle on top of the dough. Roll up from the long side, seal seams.
Slice into 12 polls.
Place in greased baking pans, cover, let rise until double. Bake at 375 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly brown on top. Cool slightly and remove from pan. Drizzle with Icing.
--Butter Pecan Rolls
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter- do not use margarine
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/4 cup chopped pecans
Roll out 1/3 of the Sweet Roll Dough into a 12" by 8" rectangle. Brush with 3 tablespoons melted butter. Combine granulated sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over dough. Roll up the dough starting with the long side, seal seam, slice into 12 pieces.
In sauce pan, combine the brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter and corn syrup. Cook and stir just until butter melts and mixture is blended. Distribute the mixture evenly in baking pan. Top with pecans. Place rolls, cut side down in prepared baking pan. Cover, let rise until double.
Bake at 375 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes. Cool about 30 second and invert on a sheet of foil.
Here is the recipe that I use. I get good results and good comments as well.
6 tbs margarine
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 c milk, scalded
1 pkg yeast
1/2 c warm water 2 eggs, beaten
6 c (about) flour
Add margarine, salt and sugar to milk; cool. Soak yeast in warm water. Add milk mixture and yeast to eggs, mixing well. Add flour; knead on table. Let rest 20 minutes; knead again. Place in bowl; let rise until doubled in bulk. Punch down; roll out on floured board to large rectangle. Spread melted butter all over. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll up. Slice into rolls. Place sliced rolls into a pan that has been prepared with more melted butter, brown sugar, nuts, what ever you want. Let rise. Bake at 350* for 25 minutes. Spread with powered sugar frosting...Mouth-watering good. JH
Cinnamon rolls can be made from a yeast bread dough or a biscuit dough. The ingredients change the flavor and texture.
Simple recipe made with biscuit dough is to use Bisquick according to rolled biscuit recipe on box and add 1/4 cup sugar to dough. Roll out dough to desired thickness, spread with softened butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll up like a jelly roll and slice. Place in greased baking pan. Bake at temperature on Bisquick box. You can add raisins or pecans or walnuts with the sugar. Note: to make Sticky buns - melt a couple tablespoons of butter in baking pan, sprinkle sugar over melted butter. (do NOT put cinnamon on bottom of pan as it burns easily and you will get a blacked roll)
For yeast dough you can use frozen white bread dough. Thaw and roll out to desired thickness, spread with butter, sugar and cinnamon. (You can use white sugar instead of brown sugar if desired for different taste) Roll up like jelly roll, Slice and place in greased baking pan with space between rolls. Cover with cloth and let rise in warm place. Keep our of cold air or draft as it will sour the dough. (Takes about 1 hour to rise, sometimes less time according to room temperature)
Simple yeast dough recipe: 2 cups lukewarm water, 2 pkg. dry yeast, 1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup oil, 1 teaspoon salt, 7 -7 1/2 cups flour.
Put the sugar, and yeast in the warm water, stir, let set a few minutes, until it starts to grow and bubble. Add the oil. Stir in the flour a cup at a time. You may not need the entire amount of flour. You may use it to flour surface to roll the dough on. Knead the dough until smooth. Cover with a cloth and let rise in a warm place until double (1-1 1/2 hours) Punch down. Let rise a second time. Then roll out. spread with butter and sugar and cinnamon. Slice and place in greased baking pan. Let rise in warm place. Bake at 350 degrees about 20 minutes until golden brown.
Yeast dough can also be made with milk, butter and eggs for a richer batter. The recipe I have makes 2 9x13 pans, which is alot if you have a small family. A bit difficult to halve the recipe. Let me know if you want that recipe also. It is delicious and has a cream cheese icing. Irene
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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.
I am looking for one chocolate cake recipe and one cookie recipe.
The cake had all the usual cake ingredients, unsweetened chocolate squares, PLUS regular Coca-Cola. It was so rich and moist and a great favorite. The second is a recipe for a sugar type cookie-- using ground almonds. After making the dough, you rolled it into little logs about one-half inch in diameter. I would love to find these again. Can my friends at TIAS help? Thanks - Phyllis in Cherry Hill
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to email@example.com and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
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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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