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The Collectors Newsletter #693 -- March 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #693 -- March 2009
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1. Featured Collectors Club
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
10. New On line Merchants
11. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
The Mid-America Old Time Automobile Association
M.O.T.A.A. represents approximately 26 affiliated antique car clubs; 'Antique Car Times' filled with articles featuring antique cars; recognizes cars that are 25 years old or older. 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.
When I was about 15 my grandmother gave me an electric train.. This was a simple Lionel Cannonball Express. An engine 2 cars and a caboose. I set it up after opening presents and just ran it all day. Well that led to a hobby of collecting trains that kept me out of trouble during those awful growing up years and then on to fun time with my children. Now I have a mid size collection of trains to share (play with) . Of course I always try to plan for the future so most of my trains are brightly colored so I can still see the when I get old. I like the older stuff without the fancy electronics because it's going to be running for a long time yet and I can still fix them if need be.. John near Charlotte
As one of a family which, with two afterthoughts, grew to nine children, I have many memories of Mom reading to us, along with the baby, No doubt the baby changed over the years. Many of our books came from the library, and the one I remember was The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes. It’s a story of a mother bunny with twenty-one children. All of the children were organized to do chores except for the youngest. The mother wanted to be the Easter Bunny, but as a female bunny would not qualify. One year the Easter Bunny was old and sick, and she got her chance. She overcame many obstacles, including a sprained ankle (with the little gold shoes) and managed to deliver an Easter egg to a sick child who lived up a mountain.
I had to check many of these details, as I couldn’t remember the title, but the book had a great effect on me. My mother would have been the country bunny, and although I didn’t have children, my life would have paralleled the country bunny’s too. I was surprised to learn that DuBose Heyward was the author of porgy and Bess, that he wrote this story for his daughter, and that he died not long afterward from a heart attack. I loved the illustrations in this book and I was happy to learn that it is a classic, still in print. Pat, St. John’s, NL, Canada
When I was a child in the 1950's many of our Sunday afternoons were spent with my Father driving us around the area country side. We'd check the crops or drive to an area lake and just enjoy the scenery. We'd stop at one of the small country stores and I'd get a bottle of orange pop. One Sunday, my father let me go in with him. In the glass counter, by the cash register was a beautiful dresser set in the Moss Rose pattern. There was a pretty little footed covered box and 2 small trays. I remember standing there and admiring the beautiful set. I got my pop and I went back to my Mom waiting in the car. When my Dad came out he handed me a small brown bag....in the bag was the the dresser set. This was the beginning of quite a collection. That little set has stayed with me for over 50 years and still has a place in my spare bedroom. When I discovered ebay....I found a treasure of Moss Ross Pieces and started adding to my collection. I have my Moss Rose collection displayed on shelves in my kitchen and am reminded of my Father and those long ago Sunday Afternoon drives when I am working in the kitchen.
Many of my Moss Rose pieces were cream and sugar sets and pretty soon I started seeing other Cream and Sugar Sets that I wanted. One....Two.....Three sets .....Well to make a long story short....I have over 100 different sets now. Porcelain, Depression Glass, Elegant Glass, Standard Size, Miniature Sizes.....I have them all. I'm out of space and places to display them, but my family and friends continue to find treasures for me and I still like to shop on Ebay and yard sales.....thrift stores....for that set that is too special to pass up. Ruth in Minnesota
When I was a little guy, too young to go to school, I used to spend some time with my aunt and uncle who lived in the country. My cousin was old enough to be in school and I was allowed to go with him on occasion. I can almost taste the lunches my Aunt Mae prepared for us to take to school.
I remember the teacher (one teacher for all grades) allowing me to go out on the front steps to ring the school bell to call the other kids in from recess. It took both hands for me to ring it.
When I became an adult and began to collect things, I found an old school bell, just like the one I remember ringing as a little kid. It has a great ring and brings back great memories every time I walk past it in my curio shelf. Too bad I have no occasion to ring it these days. Bill - Tulsa
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3) Antique News
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Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from
1. Hot Wheels Camaro Takes ToyPedia to 10,000 Items!
2. Surveyor's compass hits $28,750 at Leland Little sale
3. BELTER, HORNER, MEEKS, ROUX, TIFFANY,
HANDEL, PAIRPOINT AND MORE TO BE FEATURED
AT ESTATE AUCTION
4. The Third Annual New York Antique Jewelry & Watch
Show Returns to New York City July 24-27, 2009
5. Antique Trader Announces Production of 1st Annual
6. Light Repair. Aladdin Dealer
7. New Items Just Listed on Dinnerware Replacements
8. "Big Blue Who?" - Daryle Lambert - University of Kentucky
9. Charles Martignette Estate to be Auctioned at Heritage
10. Antique Shops New England
11. GROGAN & COMPANY ANNOUNCES APRIL AUCTION
12. Artfact Live! to Host Eldred’s Two-Day Auction of
Americana and Paintings
13. Mallet Japan to launch its first auction specialized in
Ukiyo-e wood block print.
14. Disney's $2.5 Million Gold Mickey Mouse at Santa
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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.
Apropos to the story from Pam in Wakefield, N H.....Several years ago, while observing the mourning period for my husband, I asked my children to please, while they were all there, go around the house and write down which items they would like to inherit after I am gone. Not little pieces, but the larger items. Then I had them make copies of their list and sign them. (These lists I have filed away in the vault.)Then just a few years ago, I needed to make room for a new piece of furniture. I had to remove a painting from the wall and had no place to hang it again. So I went to “ the lists “. Sure enough one of the children had it on their list. So off it went with my blessings, glad to know it would be welcomed. Well, I received a call from my child with a question: “ Mother, what is that thing? It has to be the worst painting I have ever seen. What on earth possessed me to send it to her.?What can she do with it?I suggested selling it, donating it or whatever......Ugh, who would want it she said. So I told her that while she was making the decision she should at least get it insured and suggested for how much!! Oh, well...” Don ‘ t you think it might look very nice over the living room sofa? “...It is still there by theway....AEM in N.C.
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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 Gina requested a recipe for "spice cake" We received the following....
2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup butter, soft
1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
Brown Sugar Frosting, below
Sift together the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. Cream butter in a mixing bowl; add brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Beat at high speed of an electric mixer for 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Scrape bowl often. Add sifted dry ingredients, alternating with buttermilk, mixing at lowest speed just until smooth.
Pour batter into two greased and floured 8-inch round layer cake pans. . Bake at 350° 30 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on rack for 5 minutes, turn out of pans onto racks to cool completely.
Brown Sugar Frosting
2 egg whites
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/3 cup cold water
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in top of double boiler. Beat 1 minute at high speed of electric mixer. Place over rapidly boiling water and cook, beating constantly, 7 minutes or until peaks form. Remove from heat and continue beating until spreading consistency is reached. Frost tops and sides of cooled spice cake. Carol Thomas....Cullman,Al
This cake is a keeper. It may not be the traditional spice cake, but a nice alternative. I take it to potlucks and for birthdays at work. Cannot count how many times I have printed out the recipe for friends and co-workers. It is a dense cake but very moist. You can increase the amount of spices, however I decreased the cloves from 1/2 teaspoon to 1/4 to suit my own taste. Ellen L.
APPLESAUCE OATMEAL CAKE
¾ cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/8 cups applesauce
¾ cup milk
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups rolled oats
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1 ½ cups raisins
1 ½ cups coarsely chopped walnuts
Stir together flour, salt, baking powder and spices
In a large bowl, cream the butter or margarine with the sugar. Beat in the
eggs, then the applesauce and milk. Beat flour mixture into applesauce
mixture. Add oats. Stir in the raisins and nuts. Turn the batter into a
greased and floured tube pan.
Bake the cake in a preheated over at 350 degrees for 65 minutes or until it
Cool and remove from baking pan.
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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 soda with one of those bottles with the cartridge that contained the CO2. He made a great lemon soda and some other fruit flavors as well. Anyone have some interesting recipes for home made soda?
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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11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
Valley View Antiques
Specializing in Art Pottery and elegant glassware at low prices. Our focus is on American Potteries including Dakota Pottery, Rosemeade, Dickota, Ceramic Art Studio, Royal Copley, Weller, Roseville, and Rookwood, as well as Fostoria, Cambridge and other elegant glassware.
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.
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