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The Collectors Newsletter #709 -- May 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #709 -- 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
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8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
National Shaving Mug Collectors Association
The National Shaving Mug Collectors Association is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the collection and preser- vation of barber shop memorabilia and to the promotion of the concept that he local barber shop played a significant social role in American culture.
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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.
HELP!! 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've been able to return several items I've purchased over the years to descendent's of the original owners - a few of them, with the assistance of those who read this newsletter. But, it's my very first returned item that will always hold a special place in my heart.
While "shopping" at an antique/junk shop one day, I came across a Bride's Book from 1910. It had been a beautiful book but most of the pages were falling apart. Still each page was there and it was FILLED with memorabilia. The owner of the store was not there but her husband was. I was able to get the book for only $25.00
I took it home and thoroughly examined it. First came an 8x10 b/w photo of the bride and her attendants - all in typical 1910 wedding attire. There was a 5x7 of the very handsome groom.
On the following pages were small white envelopes - each contained a fabric sample for the bride's gown, the attendants dresses, and the most beautiful trims for all the gowns. Her trousseau was made at a famous dress shop in New York (still in business today). There were handmade buttons, gorgeous black jet trim, just fabulous silks, satins and trims for the trousseau.
There was a photograph of the church - St. Paul's Methodist (I think it was near Myrtle Beach but don't recall).
Then came the honeymoon souvenirs- there were train ticket stubs to New York City (she saved everything!) - ticket stubs from all of the current Broadway shows - MANY Rogers and Hammerstein - the best of the day, Zigfield Follies, etc. One of the best items was a booklet from the Waldorf -Astoria - their SUITE was $12.50 a night!!!.
She saved each of the cards attached to bouquets of flowers delivered to the hotel, many telegrams, fabulous GERMAN postcards - mailed from Germany and written in German.
I learned from the correspondence (a letter from her father to the newlyweds on their honeymoon) that they were German and he owned a hotel in their hometown in S.C.
The book was about 3 1/2 inches thick after it was all put back together and everything glued into it's original place. You could not tell that it had ever been apart!! (I've been repairing antique books for several years now). I was amazed that every small envelope was still there - so many of them had come loose from the page.
The last entry was a list of all of their 1st Anniversary gifts and who had given each gift. Their father gave them a handmade rocking chair - (I imagine she was expecting a baby by this time).
I knew from more than 25 yrs. of genealogy research , that many of these society families stayed in the same area for generations. So, I called the church where the wedding had taken place and asked if they had a church historian. They did, and I was given the lady's name and home phone number.
I immediately placed a call to the church historian. I began with an explanation of what I had; that I ONLY wanted to return it to a descendant of the family and I did NOT want any money for returning the book. Once I convinced her that I was genuine and not trying to "sell" something - she told me that a daughter of the bride and groom still lived there. She was now in her 90's and was a retired nurse. Then she told me that the two of them had been BEST FRIENDS for years!!
She agreed to call her friend, give her my name and phone number, and have her call me. About half an hour later - I was talking to this 90 plus, year old lady whose mind was as sharp as a tack - she still lived by herself and was totally self sufficient!!
She was puzzled as to how I came to possess the album. As we talked, she told me that her sister and her husband were living in Florida when they died and many of their possessions must have been auctioned off. The daughter I was speaking to has a niece who lives in Jacksonville, Fla. - where I live, and she asked if the niece could come by and pick up the album. I was more than happy to do this, as I did not want to risk mailing it. A few days later, the niece and her husband were at my door. They were so thrilled to have the album back in the family. They were amazed at how it how well I had put it all back together. It was a week before Thanksgiving and she told me that every year they have each person tell what they are thankful for. She said "I know what I am thankful for this year!!"
Nothing makes you feel better than to see a much loved family memento back in the hands of a family member. I know what my family treasures mean to me and this is why I try to return as many as I can. I have been successful many times and the amazing thing is - it has only taken one or two phone calls for most of them - one took a post on a web site. I don't know which of us felt happier - the family or me!!!!
Tatting Shuttles. As a young girl, one of my neighbors tatted. She had a grown daughter who was not interested in the art, so in third grade, I began tatting lessons. After school on Monday’s I would go to Mrs. Dugan’s house and we would sit and tat for one hour. She taught me the correct way to shuttle tat (needle tatting hadn’t been invented). We would go through her old workbasket magazines and find patterns for me to use. She was working on a tablecloth. Lessons lasted for about four years until I became ‘too old’ for that sort of thing. When she was in the hospital very ill, her fingers still tried to tat even when she was almost gone. She had the loveliest ivory shuttles, but I used a red plastic Boye from Dennis’s dime store in downtown Halstead KS. As an adult, I began going to antique shops and shows and discovered many different varieties of shuttles – sterling, mauchline, ivory, mother of pearl, Bakelite. With ebay my shopping scope is endless. I have approx. 250 different shuttles and various collector’s books. Even though I rarely tat these days – I still can, just don’t take the time, I enjoy seeing my shuttles and the hunt for new ‘old’ pieces... Amy -Lawrence, KS
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3) Antique News
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Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from
1. Eric Clapton Memorabilia as Popular as Ever at LiveAuctionTalk.com
2. Josef Israels painting brings $20,700 at Converse sale
3. Gold "Unites" found in cellar expected to sell for £50,000
4. Auction - 100 Pieces Of Beautiful Antique Furniture.
Country Primitives, Country Store Items
5. The Courtyard Farmer ,Flea and Craft market is
Opening June 6th
6. The Esher Hall Antiques and Fine Art Fair
7. Important 20th Century Design at Sotheby’s
8. Sotheby’s To Offer Tuyomyo by Frank Gehry
9. Sotheby’s Evening Sale of Latin American Art
10. Armacost Antiques Shows Announces "Brighten
Your Home with Antiques" Contest
11. Dinnerware Replacements Has DENBY LUXOR
12. All Saints’ Antiques Show Returns to Rehoboth
Beach Convention Center
13. FIVE ITEMS TO UPGRADE A BACHELOR’S PAD
14. Bank Brings Better Bucks at Garth's Auctions than eBay
15. Charge of the Light Brigade Trumpeter's medals
in London auction
16. Mind’s Eye Adds Sprinter Van to its Fleet of Fine
Art Shipping Vehicles
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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.
About 15 years ago, my three grandchildren [aged 8 and 10] were thinking and talking about "when Grandma and Grandpa were too "OLD" to care for themselves". They had great-grandmothers wheelchair and the discussion turned to who was going to do what.
James and sister Davlyn, decided they were the ones to "care" for their grandmoms and grandpas daily needs, bathes, comfort, dishes and wheeling us around in the wheelchairs and cleaning the home.
I asked: "What happens when we are so old, we have to wear diapers?" They both chimed in, they would change them.!!
Cousin Sarah decided she was gonna help, too.
I asked: "What are you doing to do, Sarah? She answered: "Feed You,...... Prunes"
I think I about laughed myself silly, but, I think she had a good way to keep her cousins busy!"
I think of this today and still laugh myself silly>>>>. Ruth E. Blanton - Wakefield, NH
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
WANTED: Vintage Boy's Clothing and Accessories
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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.
Since I messed up the request in our last issue, here is a fun recipe to tide you over.....Phil
1 (12 ounce) can beer
3 cups self rising flour (sifted)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
Mix ingredients (except butter) and pour into floured bread pan, then poor butter over top and bake in oven at 375 for 1 hour. Fast, easy and great taste. Phil
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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.
My friend David claims that "Irish Brown Bread" is better than the mighty bran muffins at clearing out your system and that it tastes better too. So who has a good recipe they would like to share?
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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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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!
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