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The Collectors Newsletter #694 -- April 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #694 -- April 2009
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6. Funny Old Stuff
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8. A Vintage Recipe
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
National Association of Avon Collectors, Inc.
A national association of Avon collectors; promotes the hobby of Avon collecting; many members clubs throughout the US and Canada; newsletter has buy/sell ads, upcoming shows schedules. 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.
NEW TOPIC for the next few issues ---Tell us about interesting collections of children that you know. This could be your kids when they were young, nieces or nephews, family friends etc. Kids collect some weird stuff, so this should be fertile ground. Email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
I remember being brought up among books and becoming an avid reader at an early age.My mother always told me she used to change any sad details of the stories (the protagonists were usually animals)so that I wouldn't cry when they suffered (at 48 I still feel devastated when I see a stray animal).
She would also buy huge collections of books in installments.I still keep a lot of my childhood books and I buy the ones I used to have when I come across them at second-hand sales.But something very funny happened to me 4 years ago,when my mother moved away from the house where I had spent my whole life.There was an enormous wardrobe in the room that used to be mine,which had hardly been moved before.When it was moved off the wall to be taken out of the room(quite an ordeal ),I saw several children's books ,which had been stuck for decades between the wardrobe and the wall!I could recognize(and cherish) them immediately,although I had completely forgotten that they existed.There was also a copybook full of stories I had written 30 years before.They must have fallen off the top at some point.They were in perfect condition and of course I still keep them.Perhaps one day,I'll read all her Story-- stories to my grandchildren...Pat from Buenos Aires,Argentina.
I started collecting Pillsbury Flour and Pillsbury Doughboy related items in 1990. I was a finalist in the 34th Bake-Off held at the Point on South Mountain Resort in Phoenix AZ. While talking with another finalist from Illinois, I learned about the very first Bake Off (originally entitled the Pillsbury Grand National) and the cookbook of all recipes from that first contest. I had many of the Pillsbury soft cover cookbooks. Now I was on a quest for that very first one! Took me a year but I finally found it. Soon I was collecting anything Pillsbury related. Doughboy dolls, clocks, cookie jars, canister sets, watches, radios, and on and on. I also collected Pillsbury feed signs, scales, salesman sample sets, clocks, paperweights, coasters, and so on. The collection has taken over one room and moved on to my basement as well. I have no children to leave it to so I don't know what will happens to all this good stuff. Claudia in Illinois.
I collect giraffes. The first one I received was from my high school boyfriend. It was one of those toys where you push the bottom and the parts of the item perched on top falls in a forward or backward position. I still
have that after 47 years. My son received a Playschool sit and ride giraffe when he was one year old. This was what really started my "collection". I have every type of giraffe there could possibly be, made of every material one could imagine. To pick a favorite would be impossible, but I do have some unique ones. I have a leather giraffe head on a pole, most of these would have been horse heads, but I was lucky to find a giraffe. I even have a bottle of Giraffe beer, my sons way of adding to my collection. He also purchased a very old ceramic antique liquor container with 6 shot glasses. We had a baby giraffe born at the Portland, Oregon zoo and the city ran a contest to name the baby. I used my giraffe stationary (hoping to make a good impression) and entered the name Clyde-a-scope (because of the pattern on the giraffes). Clyde Drexel of the Portland Blazer basketball team had just returned to Portland, playing against our team on the day the baby giraffe was born. A much loved ex-player by Portland fans I thought the name would be a sure winner - not the case but worth a try. Back to the collection. Friends, family and friends of my son have given me so many giraffe items. I had to tell them a few years ago to stop - there is just not enough time to dust them all and I'm running out of space. There isn't a room in my house that doesn't have some sort of giraffe in it. My spare bedroom is the giraffe room, I have a lovely 18" x 24" mirror with a giraffe painted on it, many candles, rubber stamps, cups, plates, clothing, jewelry and a zillion stuffed animals. If I get an interesting card, I frame it and hang it on the wall. I love my giraffe collection and think that the giraffe is a very interesting animal. On my "life list" is a trip to Kenya to visit the Giraffe Manor:
If there are other giraffe lovers reading this, you may want to check out the site. Thanks for letting
me share this with you. I enjoy reading about all the collections from the other submitters. This news letter is a wonderful venue and I look forward to receiving each edition. el in Oregon
As a child I was a military brat. My father was in the Air Force and we moved alot. I was born in Everett, Washington then we moved to Japan, Oklahoma, Colorado, Illinois, Texas and Oregon. My grandparents always lived in Oregon and as a child I went to visit them. We went to see the newborn elephant (Packy) at the zoo and I acquired a stuffed packy toy. Thus began my love of elephants. When we moved to Texas I decided that I was too grown up for ALL of my toys (which included a rather tattered and well loved Packy) and had my own yard sale in our front yard. Within minutes I had sold all of my toys. Shortly thereafter I pined for Packy and Cecil (a rather curious serpent which was very popular at the time which you could wrap around your waist) and regretted having my sale at all. Then a tragedy struck our family when my parents were divorced. This completely devastated my Mother and she was placed in a mental ward where she made arts and crafts for therapy. In this class she made me an elephant out of glazed porcelain. It was a dark gray with splatters of red. It was the most beautiful elephant ever to me. This was the first elephant which started my collection. I must tell you this was in the 1960's and the world was a much different place than it is today. Divorce was almost unheard of in these times and really affected our whole family adversely. My next elephant came from my uncle. It was a bright orange circus elephant. Ever since I put the 2 elephants together my entire family doesn't have to guess what kind of present to get for me! Interestingly enough I now have hundreds of elephants and only 2 are the same. I don't think I will ever grow out of my love for elephants. They are the cutest animals in my opinion (especially the babies with the huge saucer eyes) and are very endearing. Thanks for letting me share my story.
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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.
It was the early to mid-seventies and there was a gas shortage in our United States. That's all you could hear on the news, and everyone was talking about the gas shortage. The long waits in the lines at the service stations were almost unbearable at times. Well, my son,John, was a toddler back then. John went everywhere with me. He was with me that day when i took my dad to the bank drive-thru window. We had made that trip many times before, and always before, the worker would give John a balloon that Grandpa would blow up for him. On this particular day, however, the lady at the window was very apologetic, explaining that she didn't have any balloons. "I am so sorry, we don't have any balloons today," said the lady, sincerely apologetic. "That's OK," replied John, "Are you having a balloon shortage?". That's my story and I'm stickin to it!
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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 Tom requested a recipe for "Peanut Brittle Dipped in Chocolate" We received the following reply and also a reply for the previous soda request as well.
Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Brittle
Makes about 1 pound
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup dry-roasted or shelled raw peanuts
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 (2-ounce) chocolate bark coating squares
Combine first 3 ingredients in a large glass bowl. Microwave on HIGH 5 minutes, add peanuts, and microwave 2 more minutes with 1,000-watt microwave. Microwave 4 more minutes if using a 700-watt microwave. Stir in the next 4 ingredients (peanuts through vanilla).
Pour into a buttered 15- x 10-inch jellyroll pan; shake pan to spread thinly. Cool until firm, and break into pieces.
Melt the chocolate and dip peanut brittle pieces into melted chocolate. Place on wax paper, and let harden. Store in an airtight container.
This is a recipe from "Back to Basics" from Reader's Digest for Glen who wanted a recipe for homemade soda pop. I hope this is what he was looking for.
"Nowadays we use artificial carbonation for our soft drinks, but years ago a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and tartaric acid was added to a drink to make it fizz."
1 quart water
4 cups sugar
4 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 tablespoon vanilla
whites of three eggs, beaten until stiff
tartaric acid powder (available from wine making suppliers)
bicarbonate of soda
Heat 1 quart of water to near boiling; dissolve the sugar and cream of tartar in it. add the vanilla. When the syrup mixture has cooled, add the egg whites, stir thoroughly, then bottle and store in the refrigerator. To make the actual soda pop, dissolve 2 tablespoons of the syrup plus 1/4 teaspoon of the tartaric acid powder per 8 ounce glass of ice cold water. Then add 1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda and stir. Half a teaspoon of lemon juice per glass can be substituted for the tartaric acid, or simply eliminate the bicarbonate and tartaric acid and use carbonated water instead of ice water. Pam L.
OLD FASHIONED HOMEMADE SODA
Start with 8 cups of sugar in a 2 gallon stock pot.
Add 1 gallon boiling water. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved.
Add 1 gallon cold water, stir. Mixture should be luke warm.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of active dry yeast and 2 oz. of your favorite concentrate
flavor. Stir thoroughly.
Use a funnel and ladle to fill your glass soda bottles. Leave approximately 1"
of space at the top of the bottle. Cap the bottle.
Wait a week and you will have delicious homemade soda.
This recipe will fill about 24--12oz.bottles or 18-- 16 oz. bottles
Handle finished soda bottles with care. It is best to open them over the sink
since they can be very fizzy. 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.
I so enjoy this newsletter and appreciate the time and effort of members who take time to write in or reply to recipe requests.
I spent many summers in the ‘70s and ‘80s at a summer camp, Hidden Valley in Freedom, ME. The camp cook in the early years was a wonderful temperamental woman named Ellen Krohn. (sp?) She used to make a special squash casserole for the vegetarian staff that was so delicious. Over the years I have tried many recipes but have yet to re-create the same creamy light-custard that was slightly sweet and cheesy. The squash was somewhat suspended within the custard and not at all dense. She used both zucchini and yellow squash and the casserole was often topped with crushed potato chips or crushed corn flakes. My current adapted recipe has ricotta, eggs, and mozzarella and it is just not how I remember. Thanks so much!!!! Rebecca
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