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The Collectors Newsletter #782 -- March 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #782 -- March 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.
American Match cover Collecting Club
The American Match cover Collecting Club was conceived in 1986 by Bill Retskin, and dedicated to older match covers and match books. A publication, The Front Striker Bulletin, was started in August 1986, and ran for 57 quarterly issues, reaching, at its peak, an active membership of over 900 collectors. In 2001 the bulletin became an on-line entity. As an ever changing medium (with articles, features, store items, auctions and services being added all the time), the InterNet became the ideal platform for this club. Thank you for visiting this WebSite. We look forward to your input.
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2) We want your stories. 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
My mother's hair. When my mother was 18 (about 1927), she left her small, Southern, country home and began nurses' training in a town about 40 miles away. She had never been allowed to have her long brown hair cut, as my grandfather wanted her to keep it. So, while her three sisters had cute, short hair, my mother obeyed her father and left her below-the-waist hair intact. I have a special framed photograph of my petite little mother at 17, seated on a stool with her lovely wavy hair. When she arrived at nurses' training, she was required to wear short hair. I think she was glad to let it go, but, nevertheless, she kept the sheared tresses. In the 40's she used the hair to create a wig for my dad to wear in a"womanless wedding" fundraiser. Then she carefully packed away her tresses, and they remained in her trunk until Mother died in 2000 at 91 years of age. My sisters and I found the hair, but didnt know what to do with it. I found places on the web where I could have hair keepsake jewelry made in the fashion of old mourning jewelry, but the prices were too high to have three pieces made. . . or even one. I am 68, and I still have the hair. It does not look perfect and shiny now; I guess it has been packed away too long, but there is no damage from insects. Now, my question is this: does anyone have any ideas for using some of this hair? (My daughter is NOT interested; in fact, she finds the whole idea "gross.") I can't afford to have it done by experts who, several years ago, were asking upwards of $600 for one pin or necklace drop. I just can't bring myself to toss it out! Any practical ideas would be welcome...Joyce
I wasn't going to send this story, but changed my mind after the finger in the bottle showed up. What I had was not a collection as such, but something strange that I kept for a while. I had rented a condo in FL for a month the winter after all the hurricanes had hit close together. Beautiful little place that had been the home of a lady who had passed. It had some water damage that workers were coming in to fix the day after I arrived. All was taken care of, they search around for any signs of mold. A day or two my daughter arrived for a short visit, and sat in a chair I'd not yet used, by the drapes over the sliding door. The sun came in one day, and she needed to close the curtains. I heard a shriek while I was in the kitchen, and ran in to find her staring at a mummified gecko that had fallen from the fold of the drape. It had obviously been there for a while, probably hiding there from the storms. I took it home and put it in a small box in my
fridge where it rested for a number of years, planning to list it on Ebay as an unusual item. Never got around to doing that, and when I moved last fall it was lost in the shuffle. He now belongs to the ages
I’ll add to the list of unusual collectibles….I hadn’t remembered this until I read Judy’s great story about antique toilet paper. I’m curious….is it rough like today’s industrial brown paper towel rolls?? Anyhow, we have a most unusual item in our family’s many “heirlooms.” My Dad was an only child, born to 40+ year old parents, in the 1930’s. When my Dad was about 5 years old, he used a cuss/curse word. No-one remembers what exactly he said but my rather formal New England grandmother proceeded to wash his mouth out with a bar of soap. She felt so guilty afterwards that she saved the bar of soap, complete with teeth impressions!!! Yes, we still hold on to this now 70+ year old bar of soap. It’s just one of those things, ridiculous as it may be, no-one is willing to throw out!...Rebecca
As far as the eBay dialog goes, my husband and I joined eBay the first year…..1996 as I recall? We had a 4 letter password for years! Those were the days….I can’t begin to list the scores of amazing treasures I purchased the first several years!! The law of supply and demand….these days I appreciate finding great prices on items that are in high supply but it has been several years since I have found a treasure. I miss that excitement of the search and the thrill of a great bargain….they just aren’t out there anymore. Great for sellers, not so great for those of us who can no longer afford to bid against a dozen or more other bidders. Also, in the early years, everyone was friendly and personal and very trusting. Sure, I lost $35 dollars in the first 5 years due to fraud- purchases never sent- (back when there was a $25 deductible on claims) but the treasures I obtained far outweighed that amount! We sold for a couple of years but never to make a profit, more as an alternative to consignment and tag sales. (I believe “tag sale” is an old New England term for yard sale.) I don’t hear it used often but I still use it and sometimes get odd looks when I do….Rebecca
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3) Antique News
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1. Estate of Virginia Sykes to be sold in Mississippi
2. 2010 American Art Pottery Association Show & Sale
3. Toyota - Daryle Lambert's Antiques and Collectibles
Blog - There is money here
4. Fine Art from iGavel Associates, Estates and Other
Owners, Live on iGavelAuctions.com until March 23
5. Artfact Live! Presents Spring Collectibles from Eldred's
6. Fine Antiques & Collectibles from J Levine Auction
& Appraisal LLC
7. Antique & Decorative Art from John Moran Auctioneers
8. Antiques from Clements Antiques of Tennessee
9. Antique Doll Auction from Dennis Auction Service
10. Ships, Shakers, and Guns, Oh My! Garth's March
Americana Sale is Ship Shape.
11. Antiques, Fine Art, Jewelry & Decorative Art from
12. Stanley Gibbons Secure the Future of Frank Godden
13. Xcntric Estate Sales Presents a Mount Greenwood
14. Three Detective Comics from the '30s sell for $77,790
15. February Auction Results Roundup
16. Academy Award winner's outfits for sale in California
17. Kovels' Top Collectors' Searches For February 2010
18. Skinner Auctions 20th Century Design, from Tiffany
Studios to George Nakashima
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4) Your Classifieds...
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Antique Carved Giltwood Chippendale Cartel Clock c.1760
US Glass Delaware Tankard Jug Green with Gold Gilt
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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.
I enjoy all your humor items, but it's not only the grandchildren who have funny stories. Last weekend, my wife and I were doing some chores and she asked me where something was. I told her "It's on the cedar chest". She stopped dead in her tracks, gave me a long look and said "What did you say?" I carefully repeated, "It's on the cedar chest", at which point, she cracked up, and between chuckles, told me she thought I had said "I want to see your chest"! Thanks, Ross
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7) Wanted ads. Can you help?
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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 Karen C. requested a recipe for "Kresge’s Fruit Cake". We received the following...
This vintage recipe card was distributed by S. S. Kresge Company which later changed its name to Kmart (in 1977). There are two fruit cake recipes on either side, one for Light and one for Dark. The light version is typed below along with a scanned copy (the dark version will be on its own page).
Holiday Fruit Cake (Light) Vintage Recipe Card
SUGGESTED RECIPE FOR
Holiday Fruit Cake (Light)
2/3 Cup Butter or Shortening
2/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Cup Water or Fruit Juice
1/4 Cup Honey
2 Cups Sifted Flour
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
1 tsp. Baking Powder
2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
2 Lb. Kresge Extra Fancy Mix
1 Cup Raisins
1/2 Cup Pecans or Almonds
1 Cup Sifted Flour
Cream Butter and Sugar well. Add Eggs and mix together. Add Water (or Fruit Juice) and Honey, mixing well. Sift dry ingredients and add to above. Mix well.
Mix one cup of sifted Flour with the Fruit and Nuts and add to batter.
Line two greased 3½ x 7½” loaf pans with waxed paper, allowing 1/2 inch to extend above all sides of pan. Pour batter into pans–do not flatten. Bake at 275° Fahrenheit for 1½ to 2 hours.
Place pan containing 2 cups water on bottom shelf while baking. Cakes baked with water have greater volume, moist texture and a smooth, shiny glaze. If decoration of nuts and cherries is used, place on cake at end of 2 hours. Store in a covered container in a cool place. This recipe makes about 4½ pounds.
Compliments of S. S. KRESGE COMPANY
SUGGESTED RECIPE FOR
Holiday Fruit Cake (Dark)
20 Oz. Kresge Extra Fancy Mix
8 Oz. Candied Cherries
6 Oz. Pitted Dates
4 Oz. Raisins
4 Oz. Walnut Meats
4 Oz. Pecan Meats
1/4 Cup Sifted Flour
1 Cup Shortening
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Honey
5 well beaten Eggs
1 1/2 Cups Sifted Flour
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. All Spice
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
1/2 tsp. Cloves
1/4 Cup Orange or Grape juice
Halve Cherries, Nut Meats and Dates. Dredge fruits and nuts in 1/4 cup of Flour.
Cream Shortening and Sugar; add Honey and Eggs and beat well. Sift second amount of Flour with dry ingredients and add alternately with fruit juice to creamed mixture. Beat thoroughly. Pour batter over floured fruits and mix well.
Line two greased 3½x7½” loaf pans with waxed paper, allowing 1/2 inch to extend above all sides of pan. Pour batter into pans–do not flatten. Bake in slow oven (250°) approx. 3 hours.
Place pan containing 2 cups water on bottom shelf while baking. Cakes baked with water have greater volume, moist texture and a smooth, shiny glaze. If decoration of nuts and cherries is used, place on cake at end of 2 hours. Store in a covered container in a cool place. This recipe makes about 5 pounds.
Compliments of S. S. KRESGE COMPANY
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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 am looking for a hamburger recipe that was used in the J. J. Newberry store in East Chicago, Indiana (the Indiana Harbor side), in the 1940's - 1950's. This hamburger was not a patty shape, rather like a sloppy joe, with a unique flavor, which was developed by the Manager of the Lunch Counter.
This lady had a somewhat brusque demeanor, and even in my teens, I was reluctant to approach her.
I've tried various recipes, and even that in a can(!); but have not been able to duplicate it,
If anyone from "the Habor" has Lillian's recipe, I'd be most grateful. Thanks, Gloria Torgerson Wade
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.
Bullseye Collectibles and Antiques
Bullseye Collectibles and Antiques welcomes you to our store. We appreciate your business and look forward to years of quality customer service. We have been in business for 18 years and offer a variety of merchandise. Check back often!
Autographs and More
Our autographs range from history to silent films with current entertainers and sports figures included. True authenticity can only be guaranteed if obtained in person, we will always stand behind any sale. Purchase with confidence. Inventory Changes Frequently - Visit Often!
Specializing in postcards, vintage toys and the simply must have items!
Glad to meet you here at Auntie G's! We offer 'original owner' items acquired over time. Starting with Avon Glass Decanters and Salt and Pepper Shakers, we'll be be adding more items and hope you visit us often!
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12) Helpful Resources:
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