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The Collectors Newsletter #712 -- June 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #712 -- June 2009
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2. Stories From our Readers
3. Antique News
4. Your Classifieds
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6. Funny Old Stuff
7. Wanted ads. Can you help?
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 Toothpick Holder Collectors' Society
The National Toothpick Holder Collectors'' Society (NTHCS) promotes and supports the collecting of toothpick holders, and provides education for both members and non-members by providing research, written documentation, new articles, and by participating in other collector-related events. NTHCS is open to anyone interested in the collection, research, and preservation of toothpick holders.
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2) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your story to email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
The first item I collected was back in 1974, it was a Tootsie toy fire truck from the 30’s. At the time, I was dating a firefighter, my stepmother who was a doll and toy collector picked it up at a toy show for me. Being just out of high school I was not interested in toys however, I felt myself drawn to those toy Fire Engines.
From there it went to die cast fire engines, Tonka toys, Lionel Liquor bottles etc. I was able to land a temporary job with the Seattle Fire Dept for the summer and work with their maintenance dept. I was offered several items to purchase at an auction but living in an apartment, I had no storage (several wooden ladders, a leather trampoline man I wish I would have bought those items and stored them!)
I was able to purchase several brass nozzles, a Gamewell Alarm Box amongst other items, the one thing they would not let me near were the leather helmets.
At that, point I was hooked anything I could get my hands on that had to do with the F.D. any Fire Dept. I had to have. Here it is some 35 years later; I am still an avid Firefighting Collector, with over 1,000 items in my collection and still collecting. I now limit myself to very unique pieces whether they would be a Gong, leather helmet, a silver presentation-speaking trumpet or an award ribbon. I have now branched out into other collections such as pottery and primitive items but my first love is still Firefighting Antiques. I have one room set up only for firefighting, and someday these items will go back into a museum.
When my children were young they thought I was crazy, now that they are adults they have come to understand the value of the original box and holding on to something that is near and dear to your heart...
Happy hunting...Carmen S.
I found this pretty ORANGE to lighter ORANGE saucepan with a wooden handle at the Salvation Army Thrift shop here in Newbury Park. It was about 35% lighter weight than other cast iron enamel covered cookware I had ever seen, and had to have one! I saw a name on the bottom "DESCOWARE" and Made in Belgium. Thinking it might be fun to cook with, I bought it for $2.00. I went home got on the internet and found out it was from the 1950's and had been the favorite brand of JULIA CHILDS. I started cooking with it, and loved the results. I studied up on protecting the wood, and found that mineral oil, (baby oil), or FOOD GRADE mineral oil, found at the drug store, is great for that. Apply it on the wood, and cover the handle completely with aluminum foil, put in the oven at 350 degrees about 20 minutes, and it comes out shiny and new looking! I was hooked!
I have since collected almost an entire set of this wonderful set. It stopped being manufactured in the early 80's approximately, when Le Creuset bought them out. They seemed to have copied their styles and colors, and later added more colors, but Le Creuset makes their products much heavier. I prefer the DESCOWARE because I can put a complete stew of-- meat and potatoes and vegies in the 5 quart DUTCH OVEN or 6 QUART SOUP POT and still be able to lift it up and put it in the oven, even with my sensitive bad back!!!!
I have paid from $2.00 to $55.00 per piece. (Yeah, I am hooked!) I have found some pots and pans without lids, and had to hunt for the matching lids. That is the fun part, when I find a match!! I am still looking for the oval lid for the 4.5 Quart Oval "ORANGE FLAME" DUTCH OVEN. If you find one, let me know!!! By the way I have seen some of the original advertisements for DESCOWARE and they called the ORANGE color CHERRY FLAME. INTERESTING??? If Julia Child is looking down upon me, I hope she is smiling! Candy E. - Newbury Park, CA
Editors Note -- For examples of tatting See:
This is in response to Amy's story of tatting and her collection of shuttles. My Grandmother used to tat and it was always one of the things that she was going to teach me. Unfortunately, Grandma died way too young and we never got the chance to share this wonderful "lost" art.
When I announced my engagement, many years ago, my Grandma offered to make my flowers for my wedding. She worked for over 6 months on the most beautiful TATTED flowers I had ever seen. It took her 20 minutes to tat the outside of ONE flower, so you can imagine how many she made and how many hours she lovingly put into this project. She made enough for the bridal bouquet, all the bridesmaids bouquets, the corsages and boutineers for the ushers, groom and ringbearer and a basket for the flower girl. The outside flowers were white and the insides several shades of blue to match my wedding colors. She and I put them together with floral tape and wire and had a florist make the bouquets. We had such a great time doing this, but I only wish I had learned how to use her beautiful shuttles that I still hold and remember her working them so quickly and skillfully.
My wedding flowers were certainly one of a kind and made with sooooo much love.... Jeannette M. - New Bern, NC
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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 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
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
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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 the last issue Joe requested a recipe for "Monkey Bread" here are the responses that we received.
Monkey Bread Recipe
Very easy to make.
Grease a bundt pan, or similar deep pan.
2 pkgs of pop open biscuits
1 stick of butter
3/4 to 1 c. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
Cut all biscuits into 4 pieces, mix cinnamon and sugar together, melt butter. Dip each piece of biscuit into melted butter, then cinnamon sugar, put all around bundt pan. If you run out of butter or cinnamon sugar, make another batch. Whatever butter and cinnamon sugar you have left, mix together and heat in a small pan until sugar dissolves. Pour over top of biscuits in pan. Bake at 350 for about 20 min. or until golden brown on top. May take a little longer depending on your oven. When its done, flip over onto a serving platter. Pull apart and enjoy.
>From Terri (avid reader and collector) Love the newsletter.
Grands!® Monkey Bread
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cans (16.3 oz each) Pillsbury® Grands!® Homestyle refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, if desired
1/2 cup raisins, if desired
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 12-cup fluted tube pan.
In large plastic food-storage bag, mix sugar and cinnamon. Separate dough into 16 biscuits; cut each into quarters. Shake in bag to coat. Arrange in pan, adding walnuts and raisins among the biscuit pieces.
Mix brown sugar and butter; pour over biscuit pieces.
Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in center. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate; pull apart to serve. Serve warm.
from Linda O' in Lawrenceville, GA
1/2 cup mararine (1 stick), melted in sauce pan
1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 T. water
2 (10 oz) Hungry Jack Flakey Biscuits
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Coat bottom & sides of 12 cup fluted (bundt) pan with 2 T. of melted butter.
If using nuts, sprinkle 3 T. nuts in bottom of pan
Add remaining nuts, brown sugar, & water to sauce pan containing remaining butter.
Heat to boiling. Remove from heat.
Separate dough into 20 biscuits.
Cut each biscuit in half & shape into balls.
Place 20 balls in bottom of pan.
Drizzle half of sauce over balls.
Bake 375 for 20 minutes.
Invert immediately on wax paper.
from Linda O' in Lawrenceville, GA
I got this recipe from a girlfriend and really perfected it.
Everyone loves this. Enjoy, Lauri
Recipe By :Joanne Horan edited by Lauri Mansky
Serving Size : 12 Preparation Time :0:00
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
-------- ------------ --------------------------------
4 cans buttermilk biscuits (10 in a can) -- Don't use grands!!
1/4 pound butter -- melted
1 cup dark or light brown sugar -- melt with butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cut each biscuit in four and coat with cinnamon and sugar in a plastic bag. Put 2 cans in a bundt pan sprayed with Pam and drizzle lightly with dark or light Karo syrup. Repeat with the other two cans. Repeat drizzle with Karo syrup. On top of stove melt the butter and brown sugar. Take off of stove and add the vanilla. Pour over the cake. Bake at 350 degrees for exactly 30 minutes. Take out of oven, wait approx. 5 minutes and invert onto a plate. Optional add cinnamon apples, raisins, nuts, chocolate chips or fruit that is in season. Put some in middle of the four cans and some on the top(which will eventually be the bottom).
This is a recipe for Joe who asked for 'Monkey Bread'. This is called 'Easy Monkey Bread':
* 4 tubes (8 oz.) Refrigerator biscuits (or two 16-oz. tubes like Grands)
* 3/4 cup granulated sugar
* 3/4 cup additional granulated sugar
* 1/3 cup brown sugar
* 1/4 cup evaporated milk
* 1 cup butter or margarine
* 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
* 1-1/2 cups pecans chopped
* 2 teaspoons cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease, butter or spray a bundt, tube or bread pan; preferably a pan with non-stick coating.
Mix 3/4 white sugar and cinnamon in a plastic bag. Cut biscuits into quarters (if using large biscuits like Grands, cut into 6-8 pieces). Shake 6 to 8 biscuit pieces in the sugar cinnamon mix. Arrange pieces in the bottom of the prepared pan. Continue until all biscuits are coated and placed in pan. Do not pack pieces together, but leave some space between the dough pieces. If using pecans, arrange them in and among the biscuit pieces as you go along.
In a saucepan, slowly bring milk, remaining 3/4 cup white sugar, brown sugar, and butter to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Pour over biscuits in the pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes, or until golden brown on the top. Remove from oven and flip over on to a larger platter. Let sit with pan on top for a few minutes while the sweet mixture runs down the bread. Do not cut! The bread just pulls apart.
Makes 8 to 10 servings.
If this recipe isn't what Joe is looking for, he can do a Google search for: monkey bread recipe. ,,,Jaci in Virginia
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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.
Does anyone know how to make Chicken Riggies? I know that Rigatoni and chicken are involved. I remember it was spicy and it was in a crean sauce ...jackie
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