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The Collectors Newsletter #769 -- January 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #769 -- January 2010
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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.
A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society
Welcome to the home of the A. C. Gilbert Heritage SocietyTM. The A. C. Gilbert Heritage SocietyTM is a group of collectors who focus on products produced by and information about the former A.C. GilbertTM Company. These include Erector sets, chemistry sets, microscopes, American Flyer trains and many others.
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2) We are in desperate need of some new stories to start out the new year. Do you have any stories related to your adventures collecting? Share them with us. Put together a few choice words and email them to me at Phil@TIAS.com
I had asked readers to write in and tell us about antiques and collectibles they use every day. We got some great responses. We'll run more in upcoming issues, so if if you want to contribute a story, we definitely want to hear from you. Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org
Nearly 30 years ago when my husband and I were planning to get married my mother had the bright idea that she wanted to buy me a set of china that at the time was being sold as a grocery store premium at one of our local supermarkets. It was Haviland "Blue Garland" with white background and tiny blue flowers and silver trim. I wanted no part of it. I didn't like it and had my sights set on a more practical line of Pfaltzgraff dishes. My mother insisted that I needed a nicer set of china but the grocery store china was not my idea of a nice set of china. I finally won the battle since I had registered for the Pfaltzgraff dishes and my father's boss had bought us the entire set for our wedding present.
Over the years I've inherited two other sets of china from relatives. They were beautiful sets but I had virtually no use for them. Pieces kept getting broken in moves so I finally decided to sell the sets to someone who could appreciate them.
Two years ago my husband and I moved into a house that had belonged to an elderly woman that had passed away. Her adult adopted daughter had boxed all her possessions up and moved them to the basement. Everything was still there as she had abandoned it when the property was sold. Our new landlord told us he had not had time to dispose of the stuff and the daughter had refused to move it out. So he gave us a discount on the first months rent if we would dispose of the boxes. Being the nosy and curious collector that I am I decided that I was going to go through all those boxes to make sure there wasn't anything in them of value or importance. I found a number of wonderful treasures including a woman's gold pocket watch from the late 1800's, a Dazey butter churn, wonderful old pictures, old crocks, an old Coca-Cola picnic cooler form the 40's-50's and several other neat things. There was quite a bit of junk too. One of the last boxes that I went through was marked "good china." I opened the box and pulled packing paper away to reveal a full set of the very same Haviland "Blue Garland" china with the little blue flowers that my mother had insisted that I needed years ago when we got married. I had to laugh because it was like someone was still telling me I needed that set of china.
So, this time I gave in. I unpacked it and cleaned it up and put it in my kitchen cupboards. I still have no real use for china but I can't bring myself to part with it now. Shanna in Colorado.
I read with interest the story of people who use their collectibles daily. I was fortunate enough to inherit a vast collection of Fire King, depression glass and cast iron skillets. Most of this collection came from my husband's side of the family in Mississippi. I use the jadite mixing bowls most of the time together with some of the Pyrex bowls I picked up at estate
sales. I use my milk glass banana dish everyday, and the cast iron skillets are priceless to me. They are just like teflon they have been seasoned so well over the years. I can't tell you how many biscuits and cornbread have been turned out of those wonderful skillets. Most of all it is the memories of the grandparents and parents who used and loved them also. Use those collectibles and smile with the gentle memories they will bring you. I can still smell the country ham and biscuits in their homes when you walked in to visit. I don't get to have it as often as they did, but when I do the house smells like home all day long!! Lois from Florida
I sell collectibles and jewelry on line. Last year I sold a set of 7 Lu-Ray Pastels cake plates. The buyer wrote back that she was thrilled with them. Her mother had used Lu-Ray plates for birthday cake to celebrate the birthdays of her 7 children. The buyer was having her 50th birthday party and all 7 siblings would be together and would have her birthday cake on the same plates had they had used when they were children. I was so pleased to be able to help her renew her family tradition. Deena O'Daniel - Austin, Texas
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3) Antique News
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Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from
1. Robert O. Peterson Estate Wows Bidders at
2. Eclectic Mix of Antiques and Artwork is Winning
Combination for Gateway Gallery Auction
3. All Aboard at Gateway Gallery’s January Train Auction
4. German military figures ruled in Old Toy Soldier
Auctions' Winter Sale
5. Bid Live on Proxibid for the Original Michael
Jackson – Lisa Marie Presley Marriage Certificate
6. NewLuxuryItems.com Presents The World’s Most
7. Big multi-estate auction planned for Feb. 26-27 in N.C.
8. Third Annual AD 20/21 Show Takes Place
April 8-11, 2010
9. iGavel Presents Ceramics & Works of Art from The
Gardiner Museum & Other Owners
10. Cowan’s Pleased to Announce Future Auction of
Rare Watercolor of Edgar Allen Poe
11. Leland Little Auctions -- January 23, 2010 - Single
Owner Estate Auction - 4:00 PM
12. Major estate sale planned for Sat., Feb. 6, in Ivor, Va.
13. Manion’s International Auction House, Inc. continues
to see rise in firearms consignment
14. Artfact Live! Presents Continental Furniture And
Decorative Arts from Freeman's
15. Artfact Live! Presents English Furniture And
Decorative Arts from Freeman's
16. Artfact Live! Presents an Estates Auction from
Nadeau's Auction Gallery
17. Artfact Live! Presents the Estate Of William Muller
from Harlowe-Powell Auction Gallery
18. Artfact Live! Presents Antiques, Fine Art &
Decorative Arts from Apple Tree Auction Center
19. Artfact Live! Presents Movie Memorabilia, Pocket
Watches, Tribal & more from Apple Tree Auction Ctr
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at:
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4) Your Classifieds...
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1940s Geo. N. Joros Mink Coat
Art Deco Cambridge Amethyst Glass Chrome Decanter Set
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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.
One day while getting the white clothes out of the dryer, my daughter about 2 or 3 at the time was ‘helping’ me … she proceeded to tell me as I was taking the clothes out “Apple .. Apple .. Apple”. I told her “ Honey there are no apples in the dryer” but she insisted “Apple, Apple, Apple”. Well as I was folding the clothes, I realized she was right…. Fruit of the Loom underwear label does have an apple on it !!!! I have never doubted her since when she proclaims to see something. Pam in Philly.
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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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 I requested some recipes for soup we had several great replies
Potato, Carrot & Kale Soup ..Carol Thomas
•6 cups of potatoes, cut into small chunks
•3 cups carrots, sliced
•4 cups kale, chopped
•1 - 14oz can creamed corn
•1 onion, chopped
•10 cups vegetable stock
•4 cloves garlic, minced
•salt and pepper to taste
•3 tbsp cooking oil
1.Heat oil in large pot
2.Add garlic, onion, cook until softened
3.Add potatoes and carrots, gently toss for 2-3 minutes
4.Add vegetable stock
5.Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30-40 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender
6.Add kale and continue simmering until potatoes soften completely
7.Add creamed corn just prior to serving
8.Salt and pepper to taste
Serve buttered bread on the side of hot soup.
THICK & RICH CHICKEN SOUP
This is my own recipe, developed over many years of cooking. It is a family favorite and tastes like a million calories, but is SO healthy and creamy.
Six SKINLESS chicken thighs (WITH bones)
Eight cups water
Two medium sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
2 large onions peeled & cut in half
Half bag of baby carrots, or 3 carrots cut up
10 cloves garlic
4 stalks celery, whole
1/4 head red cabbage
2 or 3 bullion cubes
2 tbsp dried basil
1 tsp tarragon
1 tsp sage
1 envelope onion soup mix
Throw everything into pot and bring to a rolling boil. Cover pot and simmer for at least 3 hours.
Let cool for 1 hour.
Remove celery stalks and chicken.
Strain soup into another pot,and put remaining veggies into blender. (I use an immersion blender)
Add 1 cup soup and blend till liquid.
Return to soup pot. Remove chicken from bones and add meat to soup.
Stir thoroughly. Add 1 can corn niblets if desired.
Reheat gently til piping hot. Serve and enjoy.
Phyllis in Cherry Hill NJ
Hi Phil, I really enjoy your newsletter! I too, love to make soups and while I don't usually follow a recipe, I will try to give you one for a soup I just sorta made up. It's really good and quite hardy on a cold day. Maybe this could be called, "Anything Goes Meatball Soup."
1 lb. ground chicken
(See below for meatball recipe)
1 small or 1/2 large onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
3 or 4 carrots, sliced or diced
1 tsp. garlic
Chicken stock--at least 4 cups
1/3 to 1/2 cup quick cooking barley
Use the ground chicken and mix with salt and pepper to taste, one egg, 1/3-1/2 cup bread crumbs (or oats, crackers, anything to help bind) and 1/3-1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Roll into the desired size meatball you prefer. Brown in skillet until browned all around. You may use any oil or mix with a little butter. Do not need much to brown these. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
I always use the stock pot I'm planning to have the soup cook in, even to saute and brown the meatballs.
Using the same pot you cooked the meatballs in, add a small amount of butter or olive oil, saute the onion, celery and carrots until tender. Add the garlic and chicken stock and bring to a rolling boil. Drop in the barley and meatballs, reduce heat to mild bubbling boil. Everything is usually done when the barley is finished cooking. You can cook longer to have that home-cooked taste but be sure to keep check on the stock so it doesn't get too dry. Add a little broth or water if necessary.
This dish can be changed in a variety of ways: make the meatballs with Italian seasonings and use tomatoes in the stock; season them Mexican style and add a can of beans and/or corn to the stock--float tortilla strips in broth. If you want or need to thicken the stock, use a little flour when sauteing the vegetables--works great! Fresh herbs, mushrooms and a good crusty bread are wonderful additions. Add your favorite vegetables and make it your own dish--anything goes! Thanks so much! Ginny in TN
Being from the Upper South means we love to cook and we love to eat! One of our favorite meals for a cold winter evening is Lentil Soup. My oldest son, now resides in Upstate New York. He frequently calls for a favorite soup recipe and just like you Phil, he thinks there's nothing better! I hope you enjoy this on a cold winter's night....Patty in Western Kentucky.
Here is my version:
1 lb dried lentils
1 cup diced onion (medium onion)
1 cup sliced celery
2 quarts organic broth (use chicken, beef, veggie or any combination )
1 very large potato, peeled & diced
1 cup carrots (fresh or frozen, sliced, diced, or shredded
1/2 cup Quick Cooking Barley
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Black Pepper
1/4 tsp Poultry Seasoning
1 can great northern beans
1 can kidney beans
Place lentils in a sauce pan and cover with water twice the level of the lentils (1 ½ to 2 quarts). Bring to a boil, then turn down to simmer with lid on the pan. Check after about 15 minutes to make sure they still have liquid in them. If not, add a little more water. These need to simmer for 30 to 35 minutes.
Saute onions and celery until tender, set aside.
Now, using a large stock pot, pour in the broth, diced potatoes, carrots, and quick cooking barley… Add salt, pepper, poultry seasoning and cook until tender. As soon as the potatoes and carrots are tender…Add canned beans, onions, celery and cooked lentils into the soup pot. Stir occasionally to ensure the soup isn’t sticking to the bottom of the pot. Simmer the entire mixture for about 30 minutes. You may want to add more water and seasonings to taste. You could also add any leftover meat (diced ham, shredded chicken, etc.)
NOTE: Sometimes I add a quart of home canned tomatoes for an additional veggie. This is excellent served with cornbread muffins.
1 Can organic black beans, rinsed & drained
1 Can organic red beans, rinsed & drained
1 Can Rotel brand tomatoes with chilies, un-drained
1 Cup frozen organic corn kernels
½ Cup organic mild salsa
1 Tbsp. Ground cumin
2 Tsp. chili powder
1 Cup diced organic red or green pepper
Combine all ingredients; simmer 20 – 30 minutes stovetop for a quick meal.
Flavors blend better made in the crock-pot: 4 hrs on high or 8 hrs on low.
Garnish with shredded raw milk organic cheese, diced red onion, fresh cilantro leaves, organic plain Greek yogurt (in place of sour cream).
Yield: 4 servings of approximately 1 ½ cup each.
Recipe adapted from Weight Watchers Quick & Healthy cookbook....Kathy
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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.
I'm looking for a recipe for Irish Coffee Pudding I had it once many years ago and would like to try it again. Vic
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.
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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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