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The Collectors Newsletter #708 -- May 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #708 -- May 2009
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
National Milk Glass Collectors Society
The National Milk Glass Collectors Society is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to the study and preservation of this unique segment of the glass world. Members of the society receive a quarterly publication, the Opaque News. This newsletter contains informative articles on all aspects of milk glass, written by members with many years of collecting expertise. Articles include news on reproductions, distinguishing new milk glass from old, and information covering individual pieces, as well as the companies manufacturing them.
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that are related to collecting or anything vintage.
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Here is a favorite topic....Tell us about the first item in your collection and how you got started.
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I don't know if this is interesting or not, but here goes. I was never interested in antiques or collecting much until I was out of high school, married and had a family of my own in the middle 1960s and 1970s. However my mother was. She didn't care about antiques unless they were in the family and eventually things began to move into our house starting with a small dresser that belonged to my great grandmother who would be 163 yrs. by now if living. My mother thought I needed some furniture for our son. Then came a larger dresser after we had three sons that also once belonged to my great grandmother that was made of maple. Then china moved in that mother thought I would need and she always gave these things when my birthday came along. Can you tell I am an only child?! Now that mother has passed away having lived to be 98 and now I have even more furniture, china, cup and saucer collection, glassware, and very old family pictures that are worth gold to me. That is how my collecting started and now I go and browse in antique shops and admire the beautiful things and if I find something real pretty that can go in one of my collections I will buy it if I can afford it that day otherwise I think of my ancestors and all their pretty things that I have gotten over the past 44 years that look an awful lot like what I see in the antique shops. We have four sons so who do I pass all these things on to? They are not interested in old things they say. My mother often said she was sorry I didn't have a daughter, but I do have three fine young daughters-in-law although they are not interested in antiques either.
I have enjoyed all those letters that have been contributed in this news letter with information on antiquing, collections, and funny stories. Kathy from Michigan
My first encounter with tins occurred 57 years ago, when I was nine years and old my parents moved in with me and my siblings to my Paternal grandparents for a couple of years. I was very positively influenced by my Grandparents, and especially my Grandmother. I learned to cook and bake watching her, and I loved everything she had,her beautiful bedroom set with the fluffy down pillows and bedding. I would sneak into her bed and feel for the pin feathers and pull feathers through the pillow case and make faces at myself in her dressing table mirror. I got chased out of that bedroom many time, but continued to sneak in every chance I got. In the living room there were pretty blue hobnail crystal and decorative items on the coffee table that she let me dust any time I wanted to hold them. My grandma had a small metal tin with tea in it that looked like a treasure chest. It was a Sweetouchnee tea tin. and I begged her for it but she said no, she needed to keep it to refill with tea to keep it fresh. One day my grandmother gave me two cookie tins "for keeping special things in", one large tin with a blue background and beautiful roses all around. I still have that one. The other was a smaller tin I kept marbles in. One day my grandmother took me to visit her cousin who raised hamsters for science. I had never seen a hamster or even knew what to do with one, but I ended up taking the cute furry thing home and put it on newspapers in the bathtub. My grandpa yelled at me to get that animal out of the tub, so I got my marbles out of the cookie tin, poked some air holes in the top with an ice pick(I'm sure my grandmother was supervising this project) and stuck the hamster in it. Well, when I opened the lid the next day the hamster bit me hard, so crying my heart out, we took it back to Grandma's cousin. Flash forward about 35 years,and what do I find on the grocer's shelf?? A reproduction of the little treasure chest, Sweetouchnee tea! Thus began my serious tea and cookie tin collecting. I now have over four hundred assorted tins of all sizes tins! Many of them holding special things like letters and greeting cards, grandbabies curls.
I will be seriously downsizing all my collections, tins, glass, figurines, jewelry,etc. in the near future, so watch TIAS for my online store grand opening coming soon!
P/S/ the weirdest thing I've ever collected was (as a tooth fairy) my kids baby teeth. When my son turned eighteen I gave him a tiny little basket with his baby teeth in it. He was so appalled when he saw them,I thought he would faint. He was so freaked out he did a fear dance and ran out the front door. blessings & love, Iris
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1. Leland Little plans huge cataloged auction, June 13-14
2. April 2009 Global Art Auction Highlights – artmarketblog.com
3. Al Braithwaite at Rose Issa Projects – artmarketblog.com
4. Sotheby’s May 09 Australian Art Auction Review
pt 1 - australianartmarket.com
5. Deutscher and Hackett 29 April Art Auction pt. 2
6. Tradewinds Conducts its 2009 Spring All-Cane Auction
7. Information on Zanesville Stoneware Co.
8. Welcome to Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer Museum
9. May 25, 2009 - Annual Memorial Day Antique Auction - 9:30 AM
10. Sotheby’s New York sales of African, Oceanic and Pre-Columbian Art
11. Sotheby's offer of rare wines
12. Sotheby’s To Offer Tuyomyo
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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.
When my son was about 2 years old, I found him one day gazing out the back screen door, obviously deep in thought. When I asked him what he was thinking about, he sighed and replied “Oh, I was just wondering if ants had toes.” (If they did, would we be able to actually see them?) Carol, Akron, OH
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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In our last issue Elaine requested a recipe for "hot salad with onions, lettuce and bacon" We received the following.
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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.
A reader just asked about a "Hot Salad" (with various lettuces, onions, bacon and hot dressing) ,,,
Well, do I have a story to tell ~ and it will end with the recipe!
I was fixing dinner for about 18 people several years ago ... and I was always looking for something "different" to try. I saw a recipe for "wilted lettuce salad" and thought that would certainly fit for "different" !
Well, as the evening progressed, I excused myself to the kitchen to make the dressing so it would be hot and ready to "wilt" the lettuce. A great friend and cook said she would help.
I had all the lettuce ton into bite-sized pieces in a punch bowl, to serve the large number of guests. I had pre-cut the bacon into tiny pieces, and as it was browning, I got the other ingredients ready off to the side.
My attention was diverted for a moment, and I asked Pat to take the bacon pieces out carefully to drain, reserving the drippings. She asked if this was how the lettuce was going to "wilt" and I said, yes.
Thinking she would be "helpful" - she proceeded to pour the hot grease directly onto the lettuce! Well, of course it immediately became blobs of hardened white grease when it hit the cold lettuce!!! Yikes!
So we spent the next 10 minutes, tears of laughter rolling down our faces, as we scraped off the grease and tried to get it back into the pan so I could add the rest of the ingredients and make the dressing!
No one was any the wiser, and the salad actually tasted quite good ! ( I have since made it without the 'scraping the grease off the lettuce' step, and it is delicious!)
Here's the recipe - for "Wilted Lettuce Salad"
Tear up one head of iceberg lettuce
Salt & Pepper to taste
Fry 1" pieces of bacon, drain, and add to lettuce
(reserve bacon grease in pan!)
Cut up 1 or 2 hard boiled eggs
Few thin slices of onion (red or sweet)
Pour 1/4 c. cider vinegar into bacon grease over low heat
Whisk in 1 tsp. sugar & 1 tsp. dry mustard
Heat thru, and THEN pour over salad & serve!
Marilin S. Grahn
Recipe for Wilted Lettuce:
2 heads of leaf lettuce - washed, dried and torn into smaller pieces
Fry four slices of bacon, chopped. Keep all bacon grease in skillet.
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
Let boil for five minutes.
While the dressing is still hot, pour over lettuce, stirring from the bottom, until all the lettuce is coated. It will start to wilt at this point. Add cooked bacon and sliced green onions into salad.
The nice thing about this recipe is you can make whatever amount of dressing you need, to cover more lettuce. It is always as much water as you want, one-half that amount of sugar and one-half that amount of vinegar. You can use spinach instead of leaf lettuce.
NOTE: My daughter brought a new boyfriend to dinner one Sunday, and I asked him if he liked wilted lettuce. What a look on his face!! Had never heard of it, and thought I was referring to lettuce that had been in the fridge for a week or two. He ended up eating three helpings of that "wilted lettuce." Arlene from Marietta, OH
Not sure if this might be along the line of what you're looking for but this is a "Rite of Spring Salad" that we love. I, too, kind of cook "by the seat of my pants" so to speak, so quantities may have to be adjusted for anyone else. :)
1# or a couple cups (or more) lightly pressed fresh, raw spinach (this green is our favorite, but have made it with various lettuce varieties, or even dandelion greens (just make sure they haven't been sprayed!!)
8 (or more) slices of bacon, cut and fried (I like to buy bacon ends and pieces, grind them coarsely in a hand meat grinder and then fry. This way the ground bacon I can freeze and just 'chunk off' a bit of it when I need to fry some)
2 hard cooked eggs, peeled, OF COURSE, and sliced
1/2 C. or so chopped onion (red onion makes a prettier salad)
Wash and cut spinach leaves, Scissors works beautifully to do this. Add onion, and cooked, drained bacon and mix together.
Use bacon grease (I know, I know, but this is what makes it good), amount you feel you can handle, add perhaps 1/2 C. vinegar, any kind and 1/2 C. white sugar. Bring to a boil, (taste test for tart/sweet taste to YOUR liking, and adjust while boiling. Pour over spinach/bacon/onion and stir in. Toss sliced eggs on top and serve immediately. Now, THAT'S a Heaven sent spring salad!! Sandi
I think the recipe is called Wilted Lettuce. It's best made with fresh leaf lettuce out of the garden.
6 slices of bacon, diced
1 sm onion
1/3 c. vinegar
1/3 c. sugar
Fry bacon in pan, remove the bacon. Mix vinegar, sugar and bacon grease together, heat to boiling. turn off heat, mix with bacon and onion, pour over lettuce and serve immediately.
This was a summertime favorite in our house where the leaf lettuce was always plentiful in the summer. Mary in WI.
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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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