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The Collectors Newsletter #832 -- September 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #832 -- September 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.
California Antique Phonograph Society
We are a group of collectors who share a passion for the preservation of antique phonographs and records.
The club meets on the third Sunday of the month at 2:00 PM in the Finkbiner Park Scout Hut on the corner of Dalton and Cullen Street in Glendora (click here for map). We do not meet in June due to Father's day and we do not meet in August due to the annual Show and Sale. At the meetings, members conduct presentations covering various topics relating to antique phonographs. Click on the presentation schedule button to see the interesting topics that will be covered in future meetings.
We also have a journal called "The Sound Box". Club members receive The Sound Box four times a year. The journal contains articles submitted by members relating to the hobby and information about upcoming events.
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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
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More Survey Answers To The Question....
1. What is the most unusual, weird, strange, single item in your collection and, where and how did you acquire it.
a) I collect telephones! that's weird in itself.
b) I bought a box of old photographs & found an old paper photo of surgery being done in a tent.
c) a stoneware "pig" (antique foot warmer/bed warmer) gift from friend.
d) I have an old headstone from 1862 that I found in our barn lot.
e) A bisque figure of a woman riding a pig.
f) While I was walking my dog, I spotted it sticking out of a trash barrel. Someone took an old wooden Hawaiian ukelele and made it into a walking cane. It is so well attached at the seams, you cannot easily see that the stick part is not carved along with the ukelele! It is signed and numbered by the artist too.
g) A folk-art child's highchair, legs & back made from stripped, smoothed & varnished tree branches - from a small local antique mall about 3 years ago
h)German WW II bayonet that an uncle brought back from Germany. Claimed he retrieved it from the body of a dead German Officer.
i) A human skull at an estate auction from a doctor. Came from a medical college as a teaching tool.
j) A large teapot that resembles Mae West. Found at an estate sale. Research has never revealed it's origin.
k) Half of the tail end of a lobster, obtained last week while visiting our first granddaughter in Florida.
l) An Iron Maiden.....it was a gift
m) a bedbug puffer with insecticide powder still in it, came in a box of misc at an auction. Might be useful again now that the bed bugs are back. :)
n) A set of Bakelite rectal dilators that I bought off of eBay! It's a set of four black Bakelite plugs from the age of quack science.
We'll post more survey answers in the next issue. Send them to Phil@TIAS.com
Last week a reader wrote in about selling & discarding old Bibles. We received the following replies.
Regarding the recent question about selling old bibles: I recently sold a similar item, a Dictionary of the Bible, dated 1759. I bought it at a flea market for $2 and sold it for about $75. I had only Volume I of a 2 volume set. To me, the primary interest was the age and very good condition of the book, and I doubt I'd be able to track down any previous owners. I'm not a religious person and if I found an interesting antiquarian bible I'd have no hesitation in selling it. However, speaking generally, bibles do not sell well unless they're very old, in good condition and have illustrations, preferably excellent engravings.
On a related note, I have in my possession Volume 1 of a 2 volume set of a first edition (1828) of Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language. I've tried in vain to find volume 2. Anyone know the whereabouts of such a volume? Diana C. - Santa Cruz, CA
Someone raised the question about finding and/or discarding old bibles.
If it is a Jewish prayerbook, bible, etc, and in too much disrepair to salvage, or missing pages, etc., it may be discarded, BUT in a proper way. One should take it to a local synagogue, Jewish Center, rabbi. My rabbi collects the books beyond use and takes them to the cemetery periodically; sometimes including it/them with the casket of the deceased for whom he is conducting a burial service. Barbara P, Rockville Centre, Long Island.
I collect Bibles. Mostly my family Bibles. Parents and grandparents and large family Bible.A lot of Ministers collect Bibles, especially various versions for reference purposes. and Greek and Hebrew ones.
Bibles that are in too poor shape to have cleaned and restored... the proper way to dispose of them is to burn them. Not in the trash or regular household garbage. They should be burned by themselves or possible with other paper or small pieces of wood. (Kindling type of wood) Make sure the entire Bible burns into ashes, do not leave unburned pages. If you want an exact procedure, contact a Catholic priest or other minister. Irene
To Anne Bragg, regarding the sale of old Bibles. Anne, I personally think it's wonderful to buy and preserve an old family Bible. I own a few - one is from 1827 and belonged to a young woman who wrote a profuse amount of notes inside the blank page in the front and back of the Bible. She mentions when Queen Victorian was born, when she assumed the throne. She made notes about various sermons that visiting ministers preached. Whenever possible - I do every thing I can to find a descendant of the original owner and return it. It's amazing how many times I've been successful in doing this - not only with Bibles but with autograph books, photo albums, and other documents. I frequently get out the one belonging to the young woman and read her notes. When you preserve any book, especially a family Bible - then you have a treasure. My young lady's Bible is about 3 1/4 in. thick and about 3 1/2 x 6 in size. The type is very tiny, as is her handwriting, but I love just holding this little Bible in my hands; knowing that she carried it to church with her over 183 years ago!!! What a treasure! I hate to even think about what would have happened to it if I had not bought it. It's like having a little piece of this young girl's life all these years later.
To answer the question about collecting Bibles. I collect them, I am not sure how many I have now. Around 30 I think. I am always looking for older Bibles. If people did not put them in flea markets and garage sales I would be most unhappy. I use the different ones for reference and research. I love finding new old ones to add to my collection.
Anne Bragg's question about selling bibles is interesting. I have often been aware of this subject but, it seems very silly. Where do bibles come from? Of course a printer/publisher and they were paid for producing, decorating and distributing those bibles. We pay who knows whom for new bibles there is no reason, in my opinion why they cannot be resold
We Christians consider them to contain the scared words of life but, the words are not lost when a bible is destroyed or sold only paper and ink. A bible that is so fragile that pages crumble is just like an American flag which is torn and tattered. Treat both with respect and destroy ceremoniously. Bob
A reply to Anne Bragg regarding selling of old Bibles:,there are many customs around the world, I am sure, that answer the disposal of old Bibles etc. Personally I think reverence should be observed. In Judaism there is a custom of taking old Bibles, prayer books, or any other unusable religious items , and burying them in a special site in a Jewish cemetery. Usually the items are gathered for a while , and every year or so, I guess depending on the size of the community, a burial takes place with the reverence of any other burial. Makes sense to me anyway. ARM in NC .
I have come upon several old Bibles, usually sold in box lots of old books at auction/estate sales. Personally, I believe they should be donated or given away rather than sold. This is what I do. If family names and birth/marriage/death dates are in them, I post them to Rootsweb. Jane
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13. 2011 Historic Stock Certificate Calendar
14. First-of-its-kind Buying Seminar to be held
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15. Contents of historic Conewago Manor Inn in
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16. Vintage Clothing & Accessories, Textile,
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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.
When my son was about 4 years old I was busy in the kitchen and noticed that he had gotten out my flour sifter. He took it out to the yard and brought it back full of dandelion blossoms. I asked him why and he said he wanted to "sift flowers." Robin
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?
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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 Pam requested recipes for "a rice dish around 1974 that was either uncle benís or some other brand,,,it had almonds in it and was made in the frying pan" we received the following...
(makes one 8-inch square pan)
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/8 tsp salt
4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 large eggs
1 cup superfine or bakers' sugar
2 tbsp all purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp finely grated lemon zest*
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice*
Preheat oven to 350F. Butter and line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper.
To make crust:
Combine flour, confectioners' sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Add butter and pulse until the mixture is pebbly. Press evenly into the bottom of your prepared pan. Bake until lightly golden, about 18-20 minutes. Set aside crust.
To make filling:
In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, flour and salt. Whisk in lemon zest and juice until well combined. Pour over crust (it's okay if crust is still hot). Bake until filling is just set, about 15 to 18 minutes. Cool completely before serving. Dust with confectioners' sugar if desired. - Carol Thomas ---Cullman,AL
From Ro in CT.
This recipe was given to me from a French pastry chef:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Mix as a pie crust. Press down into a 9x13 pan
Bake 350 for 20 minutes or until light brown
4 beaten eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
6 tablespoons flour
6 tablespoons lemon juice
grated zest from one lemon
Mix eggs & sugar. Add rest of ingredients. Pour over crust
Bake 350 25-30 minutes.
Cut as soon as out of oven. Cool & sprinkle with powdered sugar
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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.
Hi, Love your Collectors Newsletter. Get a bang out of the stories and odd recipes. Am looking for a fruit cake recipe (maybe it will show up by Christmastime?) that is more fruit than anything else. The "cake" part is like a little bowl of pancake mix when it's ready to be mixed with the fruit. It just barely covers the fruit and is more like glue holding the fruit together. The resulting cake is almost like a loaf of breakfast bar(s). It has citron, pecans (or almonds?), all sorts of candied cherries and pineapple and whatever. The original recipe was in Woman's Day or Family Circle sometime in the 60's. But if you have anything even similar, I'll be interested! Thank you. Linda Harris
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.
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