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The Collectors Newsletter #701 -- May 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #701 -- May 2009
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--NEW TOPIC FOR NEXT ISSUE -- Tell us about an antique or vintage collectible that you feel might have a personality or "spirit" and tell us why. We've had a number of readers in the past tell us how items seem to find their way home after being lost years earlier and hundreds of miles away. We've also heard stories about items that move on their own or seem to give the feeling that a dear relative or friend who has passed on is somehow present in the item. Has anything like this happened to you? Email your story to email@example.com and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
While attending a local fall fair in a small British Columbia town we came across displays of children's collections. The collections were judged on originality, method of display etc.
There were the usual, Matchbox cars, Barbie Dolls, Marbles, matchbook covers, stamps, baseball cards etc. however 1 collection in particular caught our eye. There displayed on a board and pinned flat were multiple squirrel skins complete with their little feet and bushy tails.
A budding Davey Crockett no doubt but perhaps the beginning of something more sinister. Anyway it took us by surprise sitting between the Barbie dolls and toys vehicles.
We still chuckle about it to this day and I supposed if coming from a hunting family, as this was in the countryside, I guess it was not that unusual. Perhaps he or she grew up to be a taxidermist. Deborah
Weird, I've got weird for ya. My daughter has been collecting of all things in the world, cat whiskers!! GROSS!!!! We have four cats and when she finds one it goes right into her collection cup, which used to sit on a kitchen shelf. She is 25 now, but has been collecting them for about 15 years. I started to throw them away when I was cleaning, about 2 months ago, she just had a fit. She must have over a hundred. Well I was tired of looking at them, so they got moved to her bedroom,where I don't see them. She says she is going to make a paint brush out of them when she gets enough. Wonder how long that will be?!? I love reading every newsletter, wonderful stories that always make me chuckle. Terri
Glen’s request for “home made soda” brought back memories from the 70’s when my husband was experimenting with home made beer. He located a wine making shop that carried all of the necessities including books on making “home brew.” His investment included the bottle capper, the siphon hose to transfer the beer from the crock to the bottles and numerous other gadgets for his new found hobby. Having all the tools necessary for the task I decided to make home made root beer for the kids. I mixed all ingredients according to the directions or so I thought. I was a very busy mom at the time and distractions were constant. I was so proud of the three or four cases that I had mixed and bottled that day. The directions were to put the bottled soda away in a cool dark place for however many days it took to do its thing, whatever that was. A caution in the instructions was the possibility of bottles leaking so I placed the cases in a half bath away from carpeted areas. After arriving home from work a couple of days later, my daughter informed me that glass and root beer was all over her bathroom, including the ceiling. Imagine my surprise at the pure force of the explosions. I decided for safety sake that I would have to chill the bottles and cover the cases to prevent serious bodily harm until I could figure out a safe way to dispose of those lethal weapons. The root beer was placed in the spare refrigerator in the garage where bottles continued to come uncapped. By this time I was pretty curious as to what went wrong. In reviewing the instructions I was shocked to see that the recipe called for an eighth of a teaspoon of champagne yeast per batch. I had used an entire package. In the meantime my husband sold the spare refrigerator to an acquaintance so taking my life in my hands, I wrapped the bottles in a sheet and carried them out to the garbage can then proceeded to clean up the mess inside the fridge. My youngest son Kenny and his friend Jamie saw me throw them away and even though they had been cautioned not to even walk on the side of the house where the trash cans were, temptation was just too much for Jamie. He pulled a bottle out of the trash can and started to run home with it when it exploded. His mother called me in a panic and I ran over to their house to find Jamie sitting on the vanity cabinet while his mother picked small shards of glass from his chest and legs. The delivery men who came to pick up the fridge were fascinated when they heard the story and asked my husband if they could have some of the root beer. He advised against it but laughed and told them to take what they wanted if they were brave enough to handle it. The dummies took about six bottles and put them in the cab of the truck with them. A couple of hours later, the new owners of the fridge called laughing so hard they could hardly recount the story the delivery men told them. A few miles down the freeway as the bottles warmed and shook up a little, disaster struck as they began to explode inside the cab. The delivery men pulled over to the side of the freeway and bailed out. After all of the bombs, eh bottles, exploded they were able to get back into the truck and continue with their delivery. They arrived at their destination covered in root beer and a little shell shocked. Thank God no one was seriously hurt from my experimenting with “home made soda.” Now you know why I didn’t submit a recipe. Kay D
I do enjoy your newsletters. Such wonderful subjects!
When I was growing up I began a collection which mushroomed! During the 30s and 40s women's magazines contained many advertisements of household items which included a coupon at the bottom of the page. "Send for a free sample" or "Send this coupon and 10 cents and in return we will send you a free miniature of this item". I had more fun sending these coupons glued to a penny postcard (or the 10 cents and coupon in an envelope) and getting mail in my name. It made me feel very grownup to receive mail for ME. My collection of a tiny loaf of Colonial bread (which just got harder with age), a small bar of Palmolive Soap, miniature tubes of some of the popular toothpastes, (Ipana and Pepsodent, etc.), a tiny bottle of Jergen's hand lotion, sample lipstick tubes in the newest of colors, a small container of Pancake Syrup, and so many many more........all of these wonderful samples soon outgrew the one big box I saved them in, and I soon had to add a second box. I kept them under my bed, and enjoyed playing house, using them as 'props' with my dolls. I had a wonderful childhood! D - memphis
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6) Funny Old Stuff
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Last week, we took our 8 year old grandson, Brandon, on a week long vacation to the Smokey Mountains. We rented a cabin with a loft bedroom that had a pool table. Brandon and I slept up stairs and every morning as soon as his eyes opened, his first words were "Nanny, will you play pool with me??" I had to tell him every morning, "please baby, let Nanny WAKE UP first!!"
One night he and his Papa were playing pool and Brandon was beating him quite badly. "Papa" began complaining that the table was not level.
Brandon's come back was, "Papa, you're just upset because you're getting beat by an 8 year old!!!!" We both laughed hysterically!!! This is the same child who told his Papa to "zip it and give it to Gawd" (God). (if any of you remember that story.) He's the light of our lives and we enjoy his wonderful sense of humor. Judy Jacksonville, Fla.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In our last issue Tim requested a recipe for "lemon pound cake" We received the following.
Hello, I have two recipes, one, Edie's Lemon Nut Bread which is well over a hundred years old; a family recipe:
5 Tablespoons shortening
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup sifted flour
grated rind of 1 lemon
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Cream shortening and sugar. Add beaten eggs and gated lemon rind. Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with the milk. Add nuts last.
Bake one hour at 325 degrees in a loaf pan (8 x 4)
After taking from oven, remove from pan and turn right side up on plate. While bread is hot, make holes over top of bread with toothpick or other slender probe. Spoon over the bread a mixture of 1/2 cup sugar combined with juice of one lemon.
Sour Cream Cake is a cake with which I've had consistent success for over 40 years:
Cream 2 sticks of butter (can use margarine or shortening). Add 3 cups sugar, small amount at a time, beating well after each addition. Add 6 eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add dry ingredients: 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 3 cups flour, alternately with 1 cup sour cream.
Stir in 3 teaspoons lemon extract, (can use vanilla extract if one does not wish lemon flavor)
Pour into well greased tube (Bundt) pan. Bake at 325 degrees for about 1 1/2 hours or until done.
When done, place on cake rack to cool. The cake will rise slightly over top of pan and make a delicious crust.
This has never failed to produce raves -- a delicious, basic, easy dessert. ...Gloria T Wade
Lemon Pound Cake
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
6 large eggs, room temperature
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons of grated lemon zest
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup water
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add one egg at a time, beating well after each addition.*
Combine flour, salt and baking powder; add a quarter of the flour mixture to the butter mixture at a time. Beat until well blended; fold in lemon zest. Pour batter into a greased and floured 9x5x3 loaf pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or till center springs back. (Don't over bake.)
While cake is baking combine sugar and lemon juice in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat; stir so that sugar will dissolve. Cook until mixture reduces by half. Remove from heat and let cool.
After cake is baked, cool for 10 minutes; place cake on a wire rack on a cookie sheet. With a wooden skewer, poke holes all over the top of the cake. Pour 3/4 of the lemon syrup over the top of the cake; with a pastry brush, brush the rest of the syrup on all 4 sides of the cake.
In a small bowl, add confectioners' sugar and water and whisk until smooth. Pour over the top of the cake and let stand for at least 15 minutes. Cake is best served the next day.
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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.
Popcorn balls. Does anyone have an easy recipe? Becky
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