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The Collectors Newsletter #691 -- March 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #691 -- March 2009
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2. Stories From our Readers
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6. Funny Old Stuff
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8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Mechanical Bank Collectors of America
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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.
Mid 1960’s my son was a member of an athletic club and I helped with stop-watch, kit and general chauffeuring of him and school friends to events. The whole club went by coach to a track about 60 miles away. The day went smoothly until well into journey home when a kid at the back called out ‘Anthony and Mark are not here’. The organizer miscounted but I had not even noticed that my own son was missing. The bus turned back and we found the two waiting in the clubhouse.
Having finished their events the boys became engrossed in mounds of recently delivered ash and the masses of pottery and glass amongst it. The ash was to be the base for raising the viewing area around the stadium. They found lots of small bottles and had kept the most attractive ones. I was also intrigued, despite the embarrassment of misplacing a son, so took the bottles and son to our city reference library. We found out that these were ink bottles from the Victorian period. This chance visit began many years of deep interest in bottle collecting, first as Bottle Club member, then Secretary and finally has widened into other aspects of antiques for both of us. Bill Phillips, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK.
I LOVE the newsletter! This is a good topic to get people re-excited about their collections. I also collect Girl Scout tins, copper sea life molds and lots of other things!
My collecting pink depression glass was started because a friend was observant of my dishes and serving pieces.
Around 1980 my mother in law gave me her Desert Rose dishes and a couple of pink depression glass serving bowls. Nothing that at that time I would have chosen for myself.
Around 1995 my friend, Penny received a call from her friend Mary Jo in Miami. Mary Jo knew an elderly woman who was moving to an assisted living facility. The lady told Mary Jo she had some old dishes to get rid of.
Mary Jo said she would help the lady but that she didn't need or collect anything. She just wanted her house cleared out & she liked Mary Jo. Mary Jo goes over thinking she'll see what she could use & give the rest to friends. Mary Jo goes over & realizes her friend Penny would be thrilled to have the Fiesta Ware! She calls Penny to tell her about the Fiesta Ware and "Oh and there is a lot of depression glass."
To continue with a long story, now that it is no longer a short one.
Penney & I drove to Miami from Jacksonville to Mary Jo's house.
In the BOXES I picked up there were over 14 pieces of pink, mostly Miss America and 12 sherbets in 3 patterns of green and 1 green pickle bowl and a green vase.
When I got home I bought a depression glass book and made a list of all the items and stated identifying patterns.
Several months later I found a dealer willing to come to my house. I sold all of the pieces, except for the pink. I made enough money off of the items to pay for the book, my half of the gas for the round trip to Miami and some wonderful meals!
I have added several pieces over the years. It's been an especially fun collection when entertaining girl friends. The pink glass is wonderful paired with a black tablecloth & napkins.
Thanks again for the GREAT newsletter! - Nancy from Jacksonville
I was married in 1957. A few weeks after the wedding, my husband and I went to visit his family. One day his father took us a meet an old friend, an older lady who was supposed to be wealthy. While we were at her house, she went to her china cabinet and pulled out a beautiful comport. The bowl was cobalt and the stem was a crystal nude lady. I loved it. We left soon. My father-in-law was furious that his friend had given us that old doodad instead of something new and expensive. Later, I went to an antique show in Louisiana and saw a box of different colored cordials with the nude stem. I decided I couldn't afford to buy them. BIg MIstake. A few years after that while living in Austin, Tx, I saw more of these nude stems, learned they were made by Cambridge Glass in Ohio and began collecting. I now have many pieces of Cambridge including some rather rare pieces. My father-in-law never realized that old doodad was possible the most valuable gift we received. Christine Dees Burnet. Tx
I was a school librarian, and often book sales persons would offer items for sale that were dated, and I always had my checkbook with me so when one of these opportunities came, I would be able to buy something that appealed to me. I also bought books at garage sales, estate sales, used book stores, etc.
Every summer, I did a thorough housecleaning. The summer my son finished third grade, I decided to buy some nice bookcases and put them in the basement family room, as my library (most people called them the third bedroom) was overflowing with books I no longer had room for on the shelves.
So I enlisted the help of Danny, my son, and his best friend, Leanne, to help me sort the books and carry books downstairs for me. I told them that any cookbooks they came across to just keep in the dining room as I planned to put some bookcases in there to hold them so they would be near the kitchen.
We worked quite awhile, and then I realized it was time to take a break and make lunch for us, so I went upstairs and in going into the dining room tripped over a huge pile of books. I began to scold the kids and said, "I thought I told you to bring the books downstairs to me." Danny replied and said, "But Mom, you told us to keep the cookbooks up here!"
"There can't be this many cookbooks," I replied. "Yes, yes they are," both of the kids chimed in. As I looked closer, I realized they were exactly right, these were all cookbooks! So we counted then and I had close to 400 books there. I looked at the two and said, "You know, I think I've been collecting cookbooks and didn't even know it!" We all had a good laugh, and I went to make our favorite summer lunch, Kraft's blue box of macaroni and cheese, and didn't even have to consult a cookbook to do it!
The years have passed, and I now have a real library downstairs with wall to wall ceiling to floor shelves filled with cookbooks. I have more than 10,000 cookbooks and still do most of my cooking from memory. But I DO love to read those cookbooks, and find them as fascinating as many a convoluted mystery. So that's how I began my biggest collection!
As an added note, my son is now one of the best cooks I know. I feel as if my mother, the other best cook I knew, is watching over him and instilling her sense and skill of cooking in all his dishes. He cooks with love in his heart. L.M.
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3) Antique News
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1. BULLETIN: Bertoia’s breaks own house record with
$4.2M Kaufman debut sale
2. Rare Fine Art and Antiques at Kaminski Spring Auction
3. Tradewinds Spring 2009 All-Cane Auction
4. Collectors Wanting To Buy Fine Art, Antiques & Jewelry
5. New Downsizing Service Offered by Appraisal Firm
6. Piccolo Art Springs into Philadelphia Antiques week
7. More Savings for you from Dinnerware Replacements
8. Barrack Obama Souvenir Card is Here
9. Win a ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. Signed 'IRON MAN' Photo
10. SKINNER AUCTIONS EUROPEAN FURNITURE,
DECORATIVE ARTS, & FINE SILVER APRIL 11TH IN BOSTON
11. Train Collection pulls into Final Station
12. Leonard Auction to Sell Inventory of KD3 Decorative Arts
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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.
An acquaintance with a nice voice was often called upon by a local funeral director to sing for someone when they did not have a family friend or relative to provide that service. He arrived at a service for a gentleman and in speaking with the family he was instructed by the widow that the man's favorite hymn was "Jingle Bells". Not wanting to be disrespectful he tried to dissuade her but she was sure he liked "Jingle Bells". So the soloist rose during the funeral and attempted to sing in a dignified and respectful manner the requested song.
After the service the widow approached him to thank him for his services and then commented, "I remember now, it was "When They Ring Those Golden Bells" ...Nancy
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 Karen requested a recipe for "stuffed bell peppers " We received the following....
# 1 Stuffed Bell Peppers
6 medium Bell Peppers
1 pound ground beef
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 one pound can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup Uncle Ben's Converted Rice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
4 ounces sharp process American cheese, shredded (1 cup)
Cut the tops off of the peppers, remove seeds and membrane.
Sprinkle inside of peppers with salt.
Cook ground beef and onion till meat is lightly browned.
Add the 1/2 teaspoon salt and the pepper.
Add tomatoes, water, rice, and Worcestershire sauce.
Cover and simmer until rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Check this to make sure the rice is done. It sometimes takes longer than 20 minutes.
Stir in cheese until melted.
Stuff the peppers, stand them up in a baking dish or a cookie sheet with sides.
Bake , uncovered at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes.
# 2 Stuffed Green Pepper Recipe
6 large green bell peppers
1 cup cooked rice
1/2 pound cooked ground beef
2 Tablespoons chopped onion
2 Tablespoons chopped celery
2 Tablespoons butter
1/3 cup hot water
3/4 cup stewed tomatoes
Buttered Bread Crumbs:
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup butter
Kitchen Equipment Needed
medium mixing bowl
shallow baking pan or casserole dish
Step 1: In a medium bowl, mix together the rice, ground beef, celery, butter, water, and tomatoes.
Step 2: Wash and dry the bell peppers. Cut out the stem end of the pepper. Scoop out the seed and membrane.
Step 3: Parboil or steam the peppers for 2 minutes.
Step 4: Drain and stuff with the beef and rice mixture.
Step 5: Top each with buttered bread crumbs.
Step 6: Stand the peppers in a shallow baking pan or casserole dish. If the peppers don't stand level, trim a thin slice off of the bottom to make them level.
Step 7: Bake at 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes, then increase the heat to 400 degrees for 5 minutes more to brown the bread crumb topping.
This stuffed pepper recipe makes 6 servings.
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.
My mom made huge chocolate cupcakes that were more like small cakes than individual cupcake. They were incredibly moist and somehow she got cream inside of them, but no frosting. Does anyone have a recipe like this. Vicki
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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Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
The Kulture Vultures
A ladies vintage clothing boutique with fashions from the 1940's-1970's. Large selection of vintage jewelry, handbags, hats, gloves & shoes.
A quaint Antique Shop located in Historical Downtown Blackwater, Missouri. Large variety of all types of antiques and collectibles.
Daisys Vintage Shoppe
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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