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The Collectors Newsletter #696 -- April 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #695 -- April 2009
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
National Association of Breweriana Advertising
The National Association Breweriana Advertising (NABA) was organized in 1972 to encourage the collection, preservation and study of American brewery advertising on a national level. While the founding members were mostly from Wisconsin and Illinois, and our Membership is still heaviest in the Midwestern states, NABA soon developed into a national organization. NABA is incorporated in Illinois as a non-profit association, and is directed by Officers and a Board elected by the Membership. 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.
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 email@example.com and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
For Christmas in 1993, I received a crystal butterfly from my sister. I had no clue what to do with it since I never collected anything. All I could think of was that it was a worthless piece of glass and a dust collector headed for the nearest desk drawer. The following Christmas, I received another figurine, a beaver, which was very cute. By then, I had learned that it was manufactured by Swarovski Crystal in Austria. I read everything I could about this company and quickly became hopelessly addicted. Every Christmas since then, my family and children know exactly what to give me. Now, 452 crystal pieces later, I'm still hooked on collecting the figurines, candle holders, vases, etc. Love your newsletter - look forward to each and every one. P.S. I have since forgiven my sister for the "worthless piece of glass." Liliana in VA.
As with others, my copper collection was started by someone else. One day when I was a very young wife and mother, I received a package in the mail from my grandmother. Now, this was only something that happened on my birthday or Christmas so I was very curious. Upon opening the box, I discovered three copper molds that my grandmother had always had hanging in her kitchen ever since I could remember – a lobster, a grape cluster and a round one with cherries on top. Since there was no note, I called her to see what was up. She told me that she was tired of them and thought I might like to have them. I hung them in my kitchen and marveled at them every day. That’s all it took for me to fall in love. Next thing I knew, my mother gave me a gift of three tiny copper molds, each in the shape of an animal. I hung them with the original three. Over the next 30 years, I acquired multiple copper molds and various copper kitchen items such as ½ of a copper weather vane in the shape of a fish, copper cheese shakers, copper salt & pepper shakers, an antique hammered copper ladle, copper measuring spoon set, and so on. I even collect pennies! I am fascinated with the varying shades of orange, pink and rust in each copper piece. I now have over 100 pieces in this collection that I never intended to start! Thanks for letting me share my story. Helen from Texas
I've written to the newsletter a couple of times concerning items I've purchased at antique shops that I was, with relative ease, able to return to a descendant of the original owner. This is the story of another, rather unusual item, I returned just a few years ago.
About 10 years ago, I purchased a very old 8x10 b/w photograph from an antique shop near me. In the background was a wonderful house that was clearly from the 1700's. Sitting in front of the home in rocking chairs are several women in rocking chairs and a young lady sitting on a rock fence; all wearing costumes from about 1875-80. The men in the family are either on horseback or in a wagon hitched to a team of beautiful horses; apparently "showing off" the family's assets.
The photo had been in a frame in my room for quite a long time but one day it just caught my attention again. Since it was beginning to fade slightly, I decided to take it down, scan it and see if there was any information on the back.
There, written in pencil (faded but very readable) was the following statement - "GRANDFATHER BRACE'S FARM, HARWINTON, CONNETICUT" I had never heard of "Harwinton, Ct." so I went online and did a search under "Harwinton,Ct., history". The first result was a site with the history of the town with a link to local "Historical Homes". I clicked on the link and guess what came up first?? - THE BRACE HOUSE!!! It had been built in the 1700's (as I thought) I also found a link to a local historical researcher/writer whose family had settled in Harwinton. I told him about the photo and learned that HIS family had lived in the house in the 1800's!!! and he was very interested in seeing a copy of the picture.
After learning that he was going to donate it to the local Historical Society Museum, I decided to send him the original. He emailed me later to tell me that after researching the photo, he had learned that it is the oldest known photograph of the Brace House. I was so thrilled that I had put just a few minutes of my time in to finding out about the photo. I could have been selfish and kept it in my bedroom where only I would have seen it. But, now, it's in a place where those who are interested in Harwinton's history can enjoy it for years to come. I've had so many items from my own family shared with me through the years; I feel I have an obligation to do the same for other families whenever possible. God Bless, Judy (Fla)
I enjoy reading the stories in the news letter and felt I should share the start of my doll collection. The year is 1949 and a new baby girl was born in mid December. Her Mama hadn't had any dolls as she grew up except for one "rag" doll that she had to share with her sisters. Well, she told the Daddy that they had to have a dollie for their little pumpkin, because all little girls should have a Christmas doll. Thus a soft, cuddly plush dolly was purchased for Christmas. Each year thereafter, another dolly was left under the tree for a Christmas surprise. Sweet Sue, Tiny Tears, a Valentine ballerina, a bride, and MaryBell Get Well. Barbie and Ken came to live in that home as well. Then there were the Madame Alexander Internationals and dolls from foreign lands sent by missionary friends. Thus a collection was born and more dolls were added by the now grown up "pumpkin" who brought home two of the original cabbage patch dolls and introduced them to Mama and Daddy as their "grandchildren" and they received Christmas shoes (in place of stockings) and Easter Baskets for several years. One day, Mama said " you know, this stops when you get married!" Well, that was several years ago and there remains a bare left ring finger but the dollies still arrive under the Christmas tree, faithfully each year.
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6) Funny Old Stuff
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My son was about three-years-old when he asked this question, but I still get a chuckle when I remember it. (He is now 42, so it's an old question!) He was an "all boy" child; he loved to capture earthworms, salamanders, snails, June bugs,and caterpillars. He loved to play in the mud, splash in puddles, dance and jump in the rain. And. . . . he LOVED bacon. One morning he rushed eagerly to the table, the smell of cooking bacon luring him.
He climbed onto his booster seat, glanced at the crisply-crinkled bacon,and, with a puzzled look on his face- - - the puzzled look of new discovery, he slowly looked up at me and asked, "Mommy, . . .does bacon crawl on the ground when it's alive?"
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In our last issue Rebecca requested a recipe for "zucchini and yellow squash and the casserole " We received the following reply.
I think this is it. Just substitute yellow squash for some of the zucchini....
3 large zucchini (cubed with peel on)
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
16 oz. shredded cheese
1 can cream of celery soup
2 eggs (beaten)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sugar
3 cups bread crumbs
1 stick margerine, melted
Cook zucchini and onion in enough salted water to cover, just until slightly tender.
Drain and add next 5 ingredients and mix well. Pour 1/2 into 15 X 11 X 2 casserole. Stir margerine into bread crumbs and sprinkle 1/2 on first layer of zucchini mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes.
Submitted by: Brenda Z.
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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.
It was called chocolate decadence cake and I had it at a small restaurant in Manhattan. Does anyone know how to make this? It was like eating chocolate butter :-) Jamesa
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