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The Collectors Newsletter #731 -- September 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #731 -- September 2009
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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
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11. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
The Road Map Collectors Association
The advent of affordable automobiles spawned a new trend in American culture: the road trip. Motorists anxious to tour the country quickly tired of stopping every few miles to ask directions; out of their troubles came the first road maps, given away by gasoline companies hoping to increase business and customer loyalty. State and provincial governments soon began turning out maps of their own for tourists, using them to promote the scenic and cultural wonders of the state, and perhaps enticing the visitor to remain a few more days. Travelers soon came to expect free maps whenever they stopped for gas or tourist information, and companies such as Rand McNally, H. M. Gousha, and General Drafting turned out millions to meet demand.
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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.
Thank You! to everyone that has been sending in stories. If you've been waiting for the right time to send us your antiques & collectibles story, now is the time. Email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
When I read the story from Judy in Florida about the Queen For A Day doll it brought back memories. I had one of those dolls. My Grandmother was Queen For A Day in the early '40's. She gave me her doll. I was only 3 years old then. I don't remember what ever happened to her because we moved a lot. Thanks for that memory of my Grandmother and the doll.
The thing I collect now is enamel wear and granite wear. When I find a coffee pot I just have to have it. I think I have over 20 or so, all different shapes, sizes and colors. At first I thought it was cool to put a plant in them, then I realized that they would just deteriorate faster. I have a few thunder mugs, colanders, sugar & creamers, sifters. bowls. plates. Anything like that. I use them as well. We used to cruse the back woods here in Arizona. I always found something granite to bring home. Two of my favorite pieces are enamel platers with a chuck wagon picture on them. Years later I found a small cream pitcher to match. I won't get started on cream pitchers because there are plenty of those too.
Thank you for this news letter. I really enjoy reading about what other people collect and the memories that come up when there is something familiar. JH Az.
Editors note -- An interesting suggestion from a reader --
I read your email, religiously, and was wondering if you'd consider adding a section to the ezine that involved people asking questions about the antiques that they find that they can't seem to place or date.
It seems to me that there are sometimes "regional" finds that don't make it into collector's archives. Also, it would be neat to have someone that found something, inexpensive, that meant a lot more to someone else. (I'm not sure how many people out there would be up to this one, but I would never mind giving a thing away to someone's cherished collection!)
I really enjoy the emails and find them to be absolutely priceless. Thanks for continuing! Well wishes, Heather
Here's my story, and I'm stickin' to it . . . .
My mother died when she was 39; I was barely 2 at the time. My father remarried several years later and I grew up with that stepmother. She died 12 years ago, leaving my father alone. He was clearing out his house up north; in preparation for permanently moving south instead of being a snowbird. He had almost 80 years of stuff to deal with. Some was sold, some was given away, there was an estate sale etc. While a lot for him to deal with all alone, he had the presence of mind to take some boxes of stuff to my sister; who bravely sorted through it and sent things along to their respective owners.
During WWII, Pepsi ( I believe ) sponsored a program where people could make a couple minute long record and send it to their serviceman abroad. In the box my sister sent me, there was one of those records . . . with my mother's name on it. She had sent it to my father who was a Paratrooper during the war. They were the size of a 45, but played at 78. I had some stereo equipment here, and had a turntable that would play the record. I hooked it up to my computer to also save as a sound file; as the number of plays off these cheap records is pretty limited. I expected it to be warped and scratched terribly when I tried to play it. Much to my surprise, the quality was VERY good, minimal scratches too after so many years of being bounced around and stored wherever.
For the first time in my life; I heard my mother's voice. It rattled me pretty good . . . to finally hear her voice. I'd heard all sorts of things about her through the years; and while great . . . it was really great to be able to hear her speak. It did not matter that she talked about finding a pair of nylons ( tough during the war ), or that she got a 12 CENT / week raise, or that Murphy's furniture was having a sale. These were interesting things to hear that put the time into perspective . . . but nicer yet to finally get that glimpse of who my mother really was. I feel like this record did more to help me know her, than all the stories etc I've heard through the years about her.
I played it for my father when he visited once . . . brought tears to his eyes too. It was like the first time our "family" had been together in my mind. Amazing to think that such a cheap thing brought such great joy / pleasure to both of us . . . 55 years after it was made. Dad is gone now too, but I saw the pleasure it gave him to hear it as well.
You never know what little gem is hiding in that box . . . . unless you look.... Bob in NY
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3) Antique News
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2. RSL's Oct. 17 Bountiful Harvest includes 500 lots
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3. The latest version of Collectorpro Appraiser Edition
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4. Multi-estate auction slated for Oct. 21 in Wayne, Penn.
5. Aspire Auctions presents the Muriel S. Butkin
Auction to benefit the Cleveland Museum of Art
6. Showdown Over Historic Firearm at Kaminski Auction
7. Vegas: Jewelry Show & Sale at Charleston Antique Mall
8. California Clubhouse Whiskey bottle soars to $30,240
9. Alderfer Auction presents The Jim Mountain Military
Historical Collection on Artfact Live!
10. Artfact Live! Presents Fine Jewelry Auction from
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12. A Touch of Whimsy - Volume Discounts for the
Summer - Books!
13. Junkables.com the collectables for the rest of us
14. Finding A Professional Restorer
15. Hemingway’s Special Books for Special People
16. REGULATION AND MANAGEMENT OF CULTURAL
PROPERTY IN CANADA
17. JEWELRY OF THE SOVIET UNION
18. Celebriduck Giveaway on Collectibles Corner TV!
19. Roseville Pottery Pattern & Shape Number Index:
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20. QUALITY ESTATE AUCTION
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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 DAUGHTER, PAM, WAS ABOUT THREE, A CEREAL COMPANY WAS GIVING
AWAY SMALL METAL SIGNS ( about l/10th the size of an automobile license)
Her sign said, "NO ROLLER SKATING ON THE CEILING".
SHE CAME TO ME LATER IN THE DAY AND DECLARED THAT SHE HAD "NO TOENAILS"
I COULD SEE HER BAREFEET WITH ALL TEN TOENAILS INTACT AND SAID AS MUCH
SHE PUT HER HANDS ON HER HIPS AND HEATEDLY ASKED, "HOW AM I GONG TO PUT
UP MY SIGN IF I DON'T HAVE ANY TOE-NAILS?"
OF COURSE. SHE MEANT "THUMB-TACKS" A FACT THAT WE HAVE NEVER LET HER
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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 Elaine requested a recipe for “beef and macaroni casserole” here are some of the responses that we received.
This goes by several names, in the Northeast it's called "American Chop Suey;" I just call it beefaroni, as it's similar to that Chef Boy-Ar-Dee product.
Cook elbow macaroni, drain and set aside.
Chop an onion & saute in a little oil which has been preheated in a saute pan. Stir in ground beef and cook until done, moving it around to avoid large clumps. Drain fat (to remove more fat, turn onto several layers of paper towels, and pat/gently squeeze.
Put ground beef/onion mixture back into the frying pan, flavor with salt, pepper, oregano, basil, garlic, and 1 tsp Worchestershire Sauce. Heat for a couple of minutes to bring out flavor of spices/herbs, then mix in enough tomato sauce to the consistency you prefer.
Add drained elbow macaroni and stir gently. Add more tomato sauce if necessary. Heat all together and serve.
This is fast, easy, and well-liked by all. I've used it for 40 + years. My oldest grandchild has been introduced to it and told his mother she needed to learn how to make it! Gloria Wade
My Grandma made a recipe similar to goulash but it was baked in the oven until the cheese melted or if you want make it crispy. The recipe was called:
Six in One
2 lb. hamburger
1 onion, chopped
1 qt. tomatoes (juice or chunky, your preference)
1 small box of elbow macaroni
2 cups milk
American or Velveeta cheese slices
Season to taste. (some put in 1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder)
Brown hamburger with onion. Drain off grease. Add salt and pepper. Add tomatoes. Simmer
10 minutes. Meanwhile, cook macaroni, according to directions. Drain and add milk. Put in chili powder if you wish. Dump it all together in a 9 X 13 pan. Put cheese slices on top, put it in a 350 degree oven until the cheese melts. From my Grandma Wilson, Eldorado, Kansas. Becky Williams
This may be the dish that Elaine was looking for. It’s called Goulash Casserole
1 c. elbow macaroni
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/4 c. bell pepper
1 lb. ground beef
1 can tomato soup
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
Velveeta cheese for topping
Cook macaroni (drain). Brown hamburger with onion and bell peppers. Add Worcestershire after meat is browned. Mix in soup. Salt and pepper. Pour meat and noodles in casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Slice cheese on top and leave in oven until cheese melts. Serves 4 to 6.
MACARONI - BEEF - TOMATO CASSEROLE
1/2 lb. ground beef
3/4 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. chopped green pepper
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 c. tomatoes
1/2 c. grated cheese
2 c. cooked macaroni
Brown first 3 ingredients. Add all other ingredients. Put in buttered casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
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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.
Hello, In the 1950s and very early 1960s, the East Chicago, Indiana Newberry 5&10 store employed a cook who made unforgettable "hamburgers." These were not ordinary hamburgers-- the ground beef was chopped finely and cooked with a mixture of spices and tomato sauce. They were not like any Sloppy Joe recipe I've ever tried. I realize the chances of anyone here remembering, much less knowing the ingredients is minuscule, but I've been telling people about these for decades, and I would love to replicate them. Gloria T Wade
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