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The Collectors Newsletter #697-- April 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #697 -- April 2009
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
National Association of Milk Bottle Collectors
The National Association of Milk Bottle Collectors is incorporated as a 501 "not for profit" organization whose purpose is the research and dissemination of information in the furtherance of the international hobby of milk bottle collecting. The study and documentation of the history of the fluid milk industry is a defined goal. 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.
Oh boy, where do I start? It's like a trip down memory lane. My husband, brother and myself went upstate New York. We were riding around the country side and went into a huge barn, above the door was a sign 'Antiques'. I went from counter to counter looking at everything and couldn't decide what to purchase. My husband (who loves cooking) saw this old dirty pot. It looked like it was burnt and from pre civil war. He said, I love it. Can I get it? Just like a little boy. I looked at him and said to myself, 'he must be losing it.' "What are you going to do with that, I mumbled." "Its that nice black heavy cast iron, just has to be cleaned up oiled and the food will be delicious. Good for stews, it'll taste great." All this bubbling out of his mouth. I don't care and with that he said, well lets keep looking around first. With that we left and started walking up another aisle. Its calling me. Thats what I heard from his mouth. I thought
to myself, yep I was right, he's losing it. With that we kept walking and before you knew it we were out the door. We didn't get the pot. Arrived at the car, opened the doors, got in and then he jumped out and said to us, "I have to get it, its calling to me." With that he ran into the barn, my brother and I just laughed and shook our heads.
We now have a pot who calls my husband and tells him its time to make chicken cacciatore. Yes, go have fun with your pot, I tell him. But we still go out looking for talking pots. Barbara S.
When I first graduated from nursing school I rented my first "own" apartment. In furnishing it, I really felt I needed a large picture or something to go on the main wall above the (rented) sofa. I saw the "perfect picture" - it was of 2 owls on a branch. The colors were right, and so was the price. I bought it.
That began a most surprising sequence of events. Everyone who came in said "oh, you like owls" or "you collect owls" .. despite my saying I simply liked the painting, it began.
Years and years of owls of every size, type, and material. In moving from Victoria, BC to Charleston, SC I finally "gave in" and decided I would "buy into it" . . . and bought owl sheets, owl towels, even owl shaped drinking glasses!
I moved (PCS'd) as a Navy Nurse many times, and each time the movers would come in to pack there were always comments about my numerous "owls" ... (actual laughter by the time they got to the owl shaped drinking glasses!)
Over the subsequent years, I have downsized some of the owl collection, but the one piece that remains is that original painting of two owls (called "just friends") that I just cannot seem to part with, as it was such an impulse buy that turned into a collecting frenzy for my friends and family.
I do collect many varied pieces of antique furniture, but that is "another story" ! Yours is my favorite email ... thanks for this forum! Marilin - Back in BC
When we bought my husband's boyhood home from his father's estate, we decided to have an addition built onto the house for a new kitchen. When the workmen started digging a storm water drainage ditch, the excavator ran into the foundation of an old summer kitchen. When the building was torn down, the owners at that time must have used the hole as a dump, because inside that foundation were glass and pottery shards, rusty old tool remnants, clothing fragments, and glass bottles and jars, most from the early 20th century. My favorites among the intact bottles were the ones that were an aqua-green color. Since then, I always look for old bottles and jars in that color whenever I go to an estate or garage sale. Among my treasures are Lydia Pinkham's medicine bottles, one from an early local soda bottler, and a variety of Ball canning jars. I don't know if they have any monetary value, but the sure look pretty lined upon top of my new kitchen cupboards or holding flowers from my garden. Some day I hope to have my own archaeological dig and find out what other treasures are buried beneath the old summer kitchen. Martha K.
Hi this is about my daughter mostly when she was 3 she used to go to my neighbors house we were all in the Coast Guard (our husbands were) any way she would go there as it was only a few steps and she would play with this ladies dragon ware cups and saucers they were the little ones and they were not in good shape anyway. When we got transferred she gave those to my daughter and that started her on collecting dragon ware when she was 16 as she still has those first few pieces. She now has over 2000 pieces all with the dragon on them. She is still looking for a cup that matches the one she has but with the handle still on it. So if any one see a little green cup that looks like it has 6 pedals on top and the base looks like it sits on a stem with 6 pedals please let me know I would love to get it for her.
I collect dolls I got started on dolls when I received a very old doll with the hair of my Aunts she has eyes that sleep when laid down and teeth and she is over a 100 yrs. Old sense then everyone buys me mostly Christmas dolls of porcelain but I have other but she is the only really old one I have. Thanks So Much for the news letter. Love reading it. Dianna Michigan
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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.
My 4 year old great grandaughter likes to call me on the phone and just talks for a short time. One evening she called and after our greetings I asked her what she did at pre-school that day. She said "When we were eating someone spilled their water and Donald's napkin and my napkin got wet. Donald is a boy, not a duck"! I started laughing and she said "Grandma, why are you laughing"!! A great grandma in Colorado
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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 James requested a recipe for "Chocolate decadence cake" We received the following reply.
Chocolate Decadence Cake
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
1 1/2 cups butter, melted
1 3/4 cups white sugar
1/2 cup water
2 cups whipped cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 10 inch round pan and line bottom with parchment paper.
Chop chocolate squares and place in a large bowl with chocolate chips. Add melted butter. Heat water and 1 1/2 cups sugar in a saucepan until boiling, and then pour over chocolate. Stir until smooth.
In a separate bowl, whip eggs with remaining 1/4 cup sugar until thick. Fold into chocolate mixture. Pour batter into 10 inch pan.
Place 10 inch pan on a cookie sheet in the oven and fill the cookie sheet with water.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 40 to 50 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool and refrigerate for several hours. Be extremely careful not to burn yourself on the hot water when removing the sheet pan from the oven.
Dip the pan in hot water to remove cooled cake. Garnish with whipped cream and serve.
This cake is from a restaurant in Great Barrington MA, near Stockbridge. It was featured in Gourmet magazine.It may be similar to the Chocolate cake they are looking for.
CHOCOLATE STOUT CAKE
The dark beer known as stout gives this cake an intense, not-too-sweet flavor.
2 cups stout (such as Guinness)
2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-process)
4 cups all purpose flour
4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 large eggs
1 1/3 cups sour cream
2 cups whipping cream
1 pound bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter three 8-inch round cake pans with 2-inch-high sides. Line with parchment paper. Butter paper. Bring 2 cups stout and 2 cups butter to simmer in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa powder and whisk until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly.
Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in large bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat eggs and sour cream in another large bowl to blend. Add stout-chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat just to combine. Add flour mixture and beat briefly on slow speed. Using rubber spatula, fold batter until completely combined. Divide batter equally among prepared pans. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center of cakes comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Transfer cakes to rack; cool 10 minutes. Turn cakes out onto rack and cool completely.
Bring cream to simmer in heavy medium saucepan. Remove from heat. Add chopped chocolate and whisk until melted and smooth. Refrigerate until icing is spreadable, stirring frequently, about 2 hours.
Place 1 cake layer on plate. Spread 2/3 cup icing over. Top with second cake layer. Spread 2/3 cup icing over. Top with third cake layer. Spread remaining icing over top and sides of cake.
Makes 12 servings.
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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.
Ok, this may sound a bit odd, but I'm looking for a dessert recipe for "Apple Enchiladas" I had them once and they were just wonderful. I'd love to make them if someone has the recipe. Lynn
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.
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Wooden Nickel Antiques
Welcome to our store! We have a variety of items from architectural antiques to fine and decorative arts. Browse our store for mantels, stained glass, back/front bars, Victorian/European furniture, chandeliers, oil paintings, much more! Contact us with questions.
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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