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The Collectors Newsletter #692 -- March 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #692 -- March 2009
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2. Stories From our Readers
3. Antique News
4. Your Classifieds
5. Newly listed items
6. Funny Old Stuff
7. Wanted ads. Can you help?
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.
Medal Collectors of America
Medal Collectors of America (MCA) was founded in August 1998 at the Portland, Oregon, convention of the American Numismatic Association (ANA). Its primary purpose was to serve COLLECTORS of world and U.S. art and historical medals. MCA would bring together those interested in collecting, research and publication of research concerning art and historical medals. 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.
As I read the last newsletter in which several contributors mentioned childhood books that affected their collecting behavior, I was reminded of a book I read in about the third grade that I hadn't thought about for a very long time. It was called Dear Garbage Man. I have no idea who the author was. The story involved a garbage man who helped people in the neighborhood by salvaging pieces tossed away and giving them to other people to meet a need they might have. I don't remember any of the specific exchanges, but I think there was a birdcage involved. I thought that it was such a great idea, even as a third grader. Unfortunately, it had a sad ending. All the people who got the salvaged items ended up putting them back out in the trash with notes saying "Dear garbage man," they had decided they would really rather have new things!!!! Since this would have been in about 1959, it predated the advent of garage sales as well as the first surge of concern over our planet and landfills and such and must have been influenced by the rampant consumerism and great economy of the times. The book's message though, was lost on me and I internalized only the part about salvaging. I have salvaged stuff most all my life, from woodwork in houses slated for demolition to furniture out for the trash to items already at the dump. It makes life one big treasure hunt. Nothing makes me happier than finding a new life for something tossed away. Of course, to be a good salvager, one must have no self consciousness and get used to being looked at like a crazy person. Oh, and not mind getting their hands dirty...... Karen CA and WI
When I was in my late 20's my aunt was moving into a nursing home, her things were priced and put into a yard sale. I found four small wine glasses that were marked .15 each. Wanting a keepsake from her things, I bought them, wrapped them up and took them home. After a time I learned that they were Iris and Herringbone, a depression glass pattern. Then I found out that they were worth quite a bit more than I'd paid for them. That was all it took to get me started on a collection. Since then, I've managed to collect all but the very rarest pieces of Iris. I've also managed to acquire the collecting bug and as a result of that .60 purchase my home is furnished in antiques and I collect collections. At one point I had so many things that it seemed natural to open an antique shop, which I did and successfully owned and operated for 10 years. One of my favorite past times is "junking" and I am always on a treasure hunt! V.White
When I was a child - a loooong time ago - I received a beautiful white hobnail bottle of cologne.
After I finally used it all - I saved the bottle. Word got out that little Joanne was beginning a collection of perfume bottles - that is the beginning of this story. The end of this story is when we had to move to Florida, suddenly, for my Father's health! His brother (my Uncle) took on the job of emptying our home and arranging for shipment to our new home. All kinds of boxes arrived each day. I kept looking for my, by now, quite large collection of perfume bottles. When no more boxes came. I asked my mother to find out where my collection of very pretty, dainty, colorful, unique bottles could be.
My Uncle's answer! "Oh, I just threw those old bottles in the trash!" Needless to say I shed a few tears and to this day when I see the likeness of the white hobnail glass perfume bottle I remember!
. Joanne Kash STILL in Florida
I read the story about getting the whimsy piece of wood with the ball in the center. When my dad was a young man he had a small pen knife he like to use to carve wood pieces. My brothers and I have pieces he made. I have a tiny piece with the ball in the center. It is only about 5/8 of an inch long. The ball is separate and moves when you turn it up or down. I also have wooden chains he made. I also have a small scissors that open and close and another piece with a snake carved on the side that is a puzzle. The most unusual pieces he did were tiny coffins. I have one but mine doesn't have the body like the one my brother has. I also have a walnut cane made with a bent hand at the top. These are all made from one piece of wood. Lorraine in Ontario
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Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from
1. Are these the droids you’re looking for?
2. Arts and Crafts Designer Charles Rohlfs Focal Point
of Weekly LiveAuctionTalk.com Column
3. Lifetime collections of Don Fiedler to be sold May 2-3
4. The Next Good, Better, Best Appraiser Workshop
is Scheduled for May 16th & 17th
5. How dealers are coping with paying insurance premiums
6. Geppi's Entertainment Museum announces dollar-day
admission for O's/Ravens home game days
7. Mosby & Co. to launch with sale of toys, sideshow
banners, monster kits, Handel lamps, bronzes
8. Nicolas Cage’s Dracula Poster sells to NJ collector for
world record price.
9. ZoloWorld's Toy and Comic Extravaganza
10. Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles April 2009 Issue Released
11. Red Baron is 'Back By Popular Demand,' March 28-29
12. ANDERSON'S CANE at NC MUSEUM Of HISTORY
13. New Site is NOW LIVE! - for Museum Grade Collectors
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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 few years ago when my 11 year old grandson was about 7, he received a game boy for his birthday. I told him that we didn't have anything like that when I was a child. Without missing a beat, he said," You didn't have a game girl? I still laugh when I think about it. Donna
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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7) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
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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 Vicki requested a recipe for "cream filled cupcakes" We received the following....
These cream filled chocolate cupcakes are an exact "clone" to the the ones we had as children. Bite into them, and there in the middle is that lovely creamy white cream. Yes, Hostess Cupcakes!
These delicious cupcakes are still made and sold in the United States. If YOU liked them as a child, your children will most likely really enjoy them too.
For the Cupcakes:
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick/3 oz./84g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
For the Filling:
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Frosting:
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter
For the Icing:
1 tablespoon egg white, at room temperature
1 pinch of cream of tartar
1/2 cup plus 2 to 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
TO MAKE THE CUPCAKES:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/180 degrees C. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners. In a medium mixing bowl, resift the flour with the baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until they're light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla. Then, with a wooden spoon, beat in half the buttermilk and half the flour and cocoa mixture, stirring well to combine. Add the remaining buttermilk, and remaining flour mixture and beat until thoroughly mixed. Evenly divide the batter among the muffin tins (about 1/4 cup of batter per tin) and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the cupcakes are springy to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool the cupcake tin on a cake rack. When completely cool, remove the cupcakes from their paper liners.
TO MAKE THE FILLING:
In a chilled bowl, whip the heavy cream with the sugar and vanilla until the mixture is stiff. With a small paring knife, cut out a small cone shape from the bottom of each cupcake and reserve them for later. With a knife or small spoon, remove about a teaspoon full of cake from inside each cupcake to create a hollow.
Fill a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4 -inch round tip with the whipped cream, and pipe it into the hollow (if you don't have a pastry bag, then just spoon the cream inside the cakes as best as you can). Plug up the bottoms of the filled cupcakes with the reserved cake cones and set the cupcakes, bottom side down, on a baking sheet and refrigerate.
TO FROST THE CUPCAKES:
In a small saucepan, combine the chocolate, water, and sugar and bring to a boil. When the ingredients are at a boil, lower the heat and simmer very gently, stirring on occasion, for 5 minutes exactly. Transfer the icing bowl, which in the butter, and cool until the icing has set up a bit. Remove the cupcakes from the fridge, then pour the icing on each cupcake. With a rubber spatula, spread the icing out to the edges and refrigerate until ready to eat.
TO MAKE THE ICING:
In a medium bowl, whisk the egg white until frothy. Stir in the cream of tartar. Gradually mix in enough of the confectioner's sugar to make a fairly stiff and smooth icing. Fill a small paper cone with the icing and cut a 1/16-inch opening at the tip. Remove the cupcakes from the refrigerator. Pipe a design (a squiggle, spiral, etc.) on the top of each cupcake. Let the design harden and then cover and refrigerate the cupcakes. Serve at room temperature.
Note: The cupcakes can be made and refrigerated up to 2 days in advance, or frozen up to 2 weeks.
Makes 12 cupcakes.
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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 uncle made a great "spice cake" many many years ago. I'd love to try to make one myself. Does anyone have a favorite recipe for spice cake? Gina
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:
11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
Mimi's Memory Lane
In my shop you will find an eclectic mix of antique, vintage, retro, mid-century, and just plain old. If you remember it I try to stock it.
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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12) Helpful Resources:
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