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The Collectors Newsletter #706 -- May 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #706 -- May 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.
National Insulator Association
The National Insulator Association (NIA) is an international organization of collectors and friends interested in communication and electrical insulators, as well as other artifacts connected with insulators, such as telephone, telegraph, power transmission, railroads, and lightning protection devices.
For more information, click here:
Are you interested in seeing some insulators? Take a look at:
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.
Every year the weather gets warm and everyone runs outside. Spring is fantastic especially in places that have cold winters, but the number of stories we get starts to slow down as people vacate the virtual world for the real world. Our story inbox is getting very empty, so if you've been waiting for the right time to send us your antiques & collectibles story, now is the time.
Here is a favorite topic....Tell us about the first item in your collection and how you got started.
Email your story to email@example.com and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
I collect pie birds, with my favorites being made by Betty Cleminson. Growing up I remember my Mother having a pie bird, although I don't remember her using it very often. I eventually ended up with it when she passed away, and I just tucked it away in a cupboard and didn't use it either. My job location was changing, so I had to pack up my belongings....you sure can accumulate a lot of "stuff" living in the same house for 25 years! We moved into an older home that has a built in china cabinet with glass doors. I was unpacking dishes to display them behind the glass when I came across the pie bird. This little rooster looked very nice on the shelf. I continued to unpack other boxes and lo and behold there was another rooster pie bird. It was the same kind as my Mother's, but it was painted with different colors. For the life of me, I didn't remember ever having two pie birds. Finding that I had two of the very same kind of pie bird seemed like it was meant that I should start a collection. I did some research and found that I owned Betty Cleminson "Ralphies". I now have a couple hundred birds, many of them being "Ralphies". Shirley
Sometime during the years of the “Big War” (WWII) people came in droves to work in the rubber factories in our town. My grandmother lived next door to a woman who took in boarders. One young working female boarder from Greenfield, Indiana, befriended Grandma & enjoyed sitting and chatting with her on her big front porch. It turned out that the boarder was the daughter of Mildred Davis who made wonderful. tiny hand-fashioned dolls to help benefit the (James Whitcomb) Riley Old Home Society of Greenfield. I was only a little girl when Grandma ordered me one of these fabulous dolls for my December birthday. After that my Mother got me a doll every year for both Christmas and my birthday. I have 35 of them now and have only found them once in a very great while on eBay. I think my very favorite is the Butter & Egg Man. He wears a tiny hand-woven hat, has a red hankie in his back pocket and a corn-cob pipe in his mouth. He is carrying a chicken in one hand and a (hand-woven) basket of eggs in the other. I guess they would be considered “soft sculpture” today. The faces are painted or stitched on. Most have little black shoes made from melted wax (I think) – although Sleeping Beauty has gold shoes. She’s blissfully snoozing in her lovely lace-covered bed. Considering that most of the dolls are only about 3 ½ inches tall, the detail is really amazing. Would love to know more about them. Most doll collectors I have spoken with have never heard of them. Very much look forward to reading your newsletter. Any info would be appreciated. Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org – Akron, OH
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3) Antique News
If you want to tell the world about your antiques & collectibles business, auction, club or upcoming event related to the antiques and collectibles trade, you can post it for free at
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Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from
1. Owens Illinois Glass Facts at Mama's Treasures
2. Martin Luther King Moment of Infamy Revisited at
3. A leading 9/11 collector must now sell one of his
historic 9/11 Aftermath paper histories.
4. 1936 Tokyo Giants Autographed Photograph at Auction
May 30 at www.prwauctions.com
5. A Touch of Whimsy - Volume Discounts - Great Vintage Items
6. 2 Day - Mega Memorabilia and Autograph Auction
7. Sheraton-style dining suite hits $11,550 at Hal Hunt sale
8. Estate of Katherine Creamer to be sold June 13 in Miss.
9. Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer Muzeum Now Open in
Havre de Grace, MD
10. Laugh-In Creator Offers Television Treasures for Charity
11. June Festival of Antiques
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at:
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4) Your Classifieds...
Here are your classifieds...
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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.
When I was a little girl my grandmother told me this story. She would pick up an empty bushel basket and set it on the floor. Then she would get in the basket and would try to pick herself up. She said she wore herself out before she finally gave up trying to carry herself in that darned basket. Sue in Texas
WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF STORIES FOR OUR HUMOR SECTION!. Tell us some funny, family related stories and we'll share them with our readers. Send them to Phil@tias.com
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.com and we may publish it here.
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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Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over 16,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to:
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 Margaret requested a recipe for "Toffee Rice Pudding" We received the following.
Toffee Rice Pudding
3 cups milk
3 cups cooked rice
1/2 cup Domino® or C&H® Pure Cane Dark Brown Sugar
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup English toffee bits or almond brickle chips
1/2 cup whipped topping
In a large saucepan, combine the milk, rice, brown sugar, butter and salt; bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook for 15 minutes or until thick and creamy, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Cool.
Spoon half of the pudding into dessert dishes. Add the toffee bits.Refrigerate until serving. Top with whipped topping. Yield: 7 servings. Carol T.
If you enjoy these vintage recipes, you should buy a vintage cookbook from us. They make great gifts too. Take a look at:
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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.
In Quebec I once had a light fudge that i was told was made with just sugar and cream. Does anyone know what this is called and how to make it? Victor
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.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
Bringing you treasures from decades past, we specialize in both decorative and functional collectible items in a variety of mediums, including porcelain, pottery, and kitchenware to name a few. Adding new inventory regularly to spark your interest!
Our store includes art from all eras, military collectibles, paper, antiques and rare books.
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Jodie Marie's Lovelies
Only true beauties are permitted, no junky stuff allowed! I specialize in antique and vintage linens, cotton fabrics, old sewing notions, and California Pottery. Art Deco and Victorian collectibles will occasionally appear..along with so much more!
Lisa LePaige Buy Rare Stuff
Welcome to my site featuring fabulous collectibles from the Lisa LePaige Estate Nouveau collection. The constantly changing collection was featured for five years on national jewelry television shows on the Gem Shopping Network and Today’s shopping Network.
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12) Helpful Resources:
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