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The Collectors Newsletter #866 -- September 2011
The Collectors Newsletter #866 -- September 2011
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2. This Week's Survey
3. Stories From our readers
4. This Week's Antique News
5. Your Classifieds
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7. Funny Old Stuff
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
9. A Vintage Recipe
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2. This Week's Survey
Every week we post a new survey question and the results from the previous week's survey. Survey questions are about anything related to antiques & collectibles. If you have a suggestion for a survey question, email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we might use it in the next newsletter.
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This week's survey question was submitted by a reader...
"There is a mantle clock that has been in our family for a number of generations. It has been handed down each generation to the oldest son of the oldest son. I know it was my great grandfather's, my grandfather's, my father's, my older brother's and, since he just passed away this year, to his son (my nephew). I was the executor of my parent's estate and made sure the clock went where it was supposed to go. I explained the process to my brother when he received it which fulfilled my obligation in the matter. The problem is that my nephew has no sons, only daughters. I think, rightfully, when he dies, it should be passed to my younger brother's grandson (the only male child that carries the family name). I'm not sure that my brother passed on the information because my niece mentioned the clock to me and was quite upset that it had gone to her brother since she is the oldest child. I explained about it having to go to a son so that it would stay with the family name. She was not happy and said she didn't know if her brother was aware of that or not but she wasn't going to be the one to tell him. Over the years, there have been many unhappy people over the passing down of the clock and it has caused a lot of family strife.
So, the question is: Do I mind my own business and just stay out of it all; it's not my problem, or do I approach my nephew about the matter. I don't want to cause a big blowup in the family, but I get a feeling that the clock will not be passed down as intended."
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We'll tabulate the results and comments and publish them in next week's newsletter.
The Last Survey Question Was....
"Christies is auctioning off personal handwritten letters from James Dean to his girlfriend Barbara Glenn. The letters are being sold by Barbara Glenn's son Keith Gordon. Do you think that personal letters written by celebrities should be auctioned off to the public?"
43.7% - said "Yes, they should be auctioned"
38.9% - said "No, they should not be auctioned"
17.4% - said "I have another idea..."
Here are some of the MANY written replies that were included with the results from our last survey
a) Why not? It isn't illegal as far as I know. Collecting celebrity memorabilia isn't of interest to me, but it is to some folks. And some celebrities actually make money on selling their things. I wish my personal letters could sell at auction.
b) No different than letters from Civil War soldiers-Presidents while in office-other politicians Etc. They were disposed by government or family's & JQ Public is interested in their feelings-historical contents etc.
c) James has been gone a long time..I don't think he will mind...now if the person were still alive that would be totally different and it would depend on the content of the letters..
d) They are private and should remain that way.
e) Letters are private communications between two parties. I have never felt it was appropriate to publish an exchange that was meant to be seen by one person only. We all have an expectation of privacy when we write to people and I think it would amount to the same as if someone taped and broadcast you private phone conversations. You would really not like that now would you?
f) If they are extremely personal, I would say no. It is one thing if a letter is of historical value, but this would be like invading someones intimate privacy. Is nothing sacred anymore?
g) We don't need to know "everything" about these celebrities. They do have private lives, we can at least give them that respect!! Just enjoying their talent is the coolest thing, not meddling in their business. Sharon Caulkins email@example.com
h) The son of the recipient is selling - he would not let them go if they damaged his mother in anyway (one would hope) It is great insight into the personality of a public figure and if someone buys them then they will have a chance to do what they wish with them.
i) I think that it is the right of the owner of the letter to do whatever they choose to do with the letter. Most of the time, letters are written to people we know and care about, so I doubt that a deceased celebrity's family is going to care that such a letter is sold. My guess is that such letters are kept within families until need outweighs sentiments. In the case of Keith Gordon, he is not James Dean's son, so he doesn't really care if the letters are kept in the family, and other people might be interested in having them...
j) Personally I don't care much, but it seems that a general principle has been established, for good or bad that celebrities have relinquished their right to privacy. Public figures are in the public domain. "Should" doesn't carry much weight, and I think personal lives will continue to be exposed in media and through sales too.
k) After reading the article about the letters being sold yesterday. I shredded all the letters my husband wrote to me before we were married. He too has passed but none of anyones business what he wrote to me years gone by. No celebrity but who cares.
l) IT DOESN'T MATTER HE IS DEAD!
m) Though James Dean's short celebrity was in my time and I was a fan, I think in current times the media way over idolize "celebrities"
n) No, I think they belong in a museum...or kept within the family. We fell heir to a large tobacco plantation..All the family history and many other antiques went to Museums in our area. Now our grandchildren will know about our history...S.H. Williamstown, WVA..
o) He was an icon of his times. He was interesting. It doesn't make any difference. If someone is a fan or a collector, they will want it. Lots of things of lessor interests are being auctioned off because of a name.
p) If the person who wrote the letters OR who the letters were written to are selling them, I have no problem with it. However, I don't think family members should be selling something so personal unless they are being directed to do so or had been directed to do so (like through a will or it had been previously discussed) by the owner.
q) In an ideal world, they should be kept in the family, and perhaps one day someone could write a book about their mother, grandmother or whomever, detailing their love affair. however, if the heirs have come on bad times, and this transaction would benefit them financially, it's really not much different than selling an heirloom for the same reason,as long as no one will be hurt by the sale.
r) The letters were sent to her. They are her personal property. They hold no information dangerous to society. He has been dead many years. And his celebrity is a superficial one. Absolutely, she she has the right to tear up, burn or, certainly, to sell the letters. And so do her heirs.
s) THEY WERE FOR HER EYES ONLY!
t) I think they would be better in a museum for all to enjoy....I can't see myself paying for them but would maybe think it cool to see them??
u) Why would her son want them. He has 3 choices, keep them stuck around forever, throw them away (which would be a shame) or sell them. If Barbara wanted them kept secret she should have destroyed them. Celebrities are created by the public, hence forth everything about them is coveted by the public.
v) If a true collector were to buy them, then at least they would be preserved and have meaning. To donate them to an organization or museum where they could be shared with everyone would be better. Unless of course the person selling them really needs the money.
w) You can't keep people from disposing of their belongings in the way they choose, and there may be no relationship at all between the present owner and the original owner. Auctioning isn't really the honorable thing to do for personal things, but if it is in existence, there is no way to know who may own it. We should all keep that in mind when writing letters, posing for photographs, etc. Who knows which of us might become famous?!
x) I love old handwritten letters and have found some at estate sales. Anything a celebrity does is always interesting to the public. S. Cirone PCB FL
3. Stories from our readers
We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find, unusual collections, bizarre collectibles even things that bug you. Anything and everything that is interesting that has to do with antiques & collectibles. We may publish it here. Send your story to Phil@tias.com
The story of the christening gown reminded me of a special one that I have carefully stored at my house. It was my Dad's, who was born in 1931. I don't know the story of the origination of the gown because my Dad's Mom died when he was 6 years old. I have a photo of him wearing the gown. I also found a photo of my Dad with his baby brother who was wearing the same gown. My Mom and Dad took a photo of me and my brother wearing the gown when we were each about 6 months old. My brother and I took photos of our children wearing the same gown--he had two kids and I also had two kids. Now we are taking pictures of my Dad's great-grandchildren wearing the same gown. My brother has had 5 grandchildren photos taken and I have had 4 (so far) grandchildren who have worn the gown for photos. The gown is now extremely thin and even torn in a place or too just because the delicate fabric has worn through. But the memories have been made. I treasure this gown and plan on the next generation also taking pictures wearing the same gown. Brenda from Texas
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1. Roberto Clemente Baseball Player and Humanitarian This Week at LiveAuctionTalk.com
2. Wormser Brothers bottle hits $18,480 at American Bottle Auctions
3. The Top Five best Beatles photographs - by Paul Fraser Collectibles
4. Two auctions packed with splendid art glass are planned by Woody Auction
5. GUITAR SALES MAKE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC AT RAGO AUCTIONS
6. Music and Concert Memorabilia at Auction Sept. 23 in NY
7. Movie Posters, Photographs & Memorabilia at Auction Sept. 23 in NY
8. William H. Bunch To Auction Collection Of Classic Cars, Estate Art, Antiques and Fine Jewelry, Oct
9. MYNOTERA OLD BOOKS now open in Corning, NY
10. Michael Karberg joins Morphy Auctions as Acquisitions Associate
11. HUNTING, FISHING & FIREARMS AUCTION
12. Enter the 3rd Antique Trader Favorite Finds Contest
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14. Extraordinary lifetime collection of weapons, militaria will be sold Oct. 8
15. EARHART COLLECTION EARNS $31,000 AT CLARS
16. Justin Bieber’s famous haircut acquired by British collectibles company
17. The Wikicollecting Top 10 Most Expensive Jimi Hendrix Memorabilia
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19. The Lauritzen Gardens Antique & Garden Show
20. Over 400 quality lots will change haands at Elite Decorative Arts, Sept. 24
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7, 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.
Out of the mouth of babes and pre-teens;
We were driving home to Connecticut after a visit to the Bronx Zoo on Saturday. Several times as we were headed out of the city my husband commented that he wasn’t sure which route to take, wasn’t sure if he had taken the correct exit, and so forth. After about 10 minutes of silence, our 11-year old son piped up from the back seat, “Dad, how much longer ‘till we get home now that we are on the right route?” My husband replied, “How do you know that we are on the right route?” My son’s factual response? “Because it we weren’t on the right route, you would have swore by now.” Priceless moments! J
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9. A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue Becky requested a recipe for "Beaver Tail". We received the following...
I was cleaning out some recipes I had saved the day Becky asked for this recipe and it was in the envelope. It is a traditional First Nations bread.
5 CUPS FLOUR
2 TABLESPOONS BAKING POWDER
1 CUP WATER (approx)
Mix flour and baking powder, gradually add water
and mix until dough forms a sticky ball.
Knead on a well floured surface until it no
longer sticks to your fingers.
Roll out a piece of Bannock as thinly as possible
until it is about the size of your hand..
Deep fry in oil until crispy.
Dust with sugar and cinnamon.
I received this recipe over 35 years ago from a dear friend who is now gone.
Sift: 2 cups flour
1 ½ Tbsp. sugar
½ tsp. salt
Cut in ½ cup butter
Add: ½ cup milk
1 egg yolk
1 pkg. dry yeast dissolved in ¼ cup warm water
Mix well. Cover and chill for 2 hour. Turn out on floured board and punch down. Knead once. Let rest 10 minutes. Roll to a 10 inch by 18 inch rectangle. Spread with 2 Tbsp. butter. Mix 2 cups plus 1 Tbsp sugar. Spread ¾ cup sugar on dough. Roll up jelly roll fashion from long side. Cut into 1 inch slices. Roll the slices out on the sugar. Brush sugared side of rolls with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 375 to 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until nicely browned. Watch carefully so they do not get too dark from all the sugar. Patricia S.
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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.
years ago, I had a recipe for stuffed acorn squash. It had onions, peppers, cheese and meat, sausage I think. It came in a sent of cards I received when I ordered the set. This was about 30 years ago. My husband asked for it, but I can't find it. If someone out there has a similar recipe, I would really be grateful. Thank you in advance, Cindy
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