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The Collectors Newsletter #933--July 10th, 2013
The Collectors Newsletter #933--July 10th, 2013
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3. This Week's Stories
4. This Week's Antique News
5. Your Classifieds
6. Newly listed items
7. Funny Old Stuff
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
9. A Vintage Recipe
10. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
11. New On line Merchants
12. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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3. This Week's Stories
Every week we post stories and comments from our readers. Send your story to phil@Bignews.biz and I'll publish it in an upcoming newsletter. Did you know that you don't have to have a facebook account to use the links to see the various photos that we mention below? Just copy and paste the link into your browser. However, if you do have a facebook account please "Like" us!
Hello, I am a brand new member of The Collector Newsletter and I am already enjoying reading through the pages. Since you have invited members to tell a bit about themselves...I am happy to take advantage of that offer. I have experienced many fun hobbies in my 82 years of a long life ( rag doll/ art doll designer and creator of national figurine line) ...however, my latest has been the most enjoyable. That is being a maker of vintage style mannequin heads. The part I love the most is the number of interesting people I have met. Among my customers are vintage clothing shops, antique shops, jewelry makers, milliners, art directors from at least four Hollywood movie sets, photographers, interior decorators and last but not least...plain ole folks who simply want to display a favorite hat they love. Customers become friends as they share their plans for their mannequin purchases. Many send pictures of their artistic creations...which I appreciate much. My heads are cast in a Resin Porcelain mixture in North Carolina, USA... hand painted, cured and signed and packed in styrofoam for safe arrival to their new homes. A "one man operation", I have a selection of over 21 different mannequin models and I go to great lengths to mimic the exact image of the rare original antiques in my personal collection. When a customer has their heart set on an original antique manneqin head...I make an effort to discourage such a purchase. An original is VERY expensive and always delicate and most often has flaws or cracks which distract from your display. Customers may be tempted to touch or pick up your original and that is a disaster waiting to happen...so I usually convince them to go with a reproduction mannequin head which mimics an original. One of the problems I would like to voice before I close is: when customers make a purchase...most of them do not share their sources. Most customers do not want anyone else to have a head like they have....so they do not tell anyone where they purchased it.
I stress the fact that the way each person dresses the same head will give it a completely different look. That there is a knack to dressing a mannequin head and the "look" you give her will be your own. More importantly, the small business you purchase from may soon become a "NO" business, if customers do not share their source.... since most small businesses can not afford to advertise and depend on "word of mouth" advertising to promote their growth. Thank you...I appreciate this opportunity to tell you a bit about my Crunkleton Mannequin Company .
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For next week's issue: Last week's question seemed to be popular so we will continue it next week: Thinking back to your childhood, is there something special that brings back those warm and fuzzy feelings, that you would love to have again? It could be a toy, a piece of furniture, a favorite book or even a car! Tell us what it is and why it brings back such wonderful memories.
Send an email with your response to Phil@BigNews.biz Your feedback helps us to keep the newsletter interesting :)
And thanks to those of you who have been responding! We really enjoy, and appreciate, the feedback!
Last week we asked: Thinking back to your childhood, is there something special that brings back those warm and fuzzy feelings, that you would love to have again? It could be a toy, a piece of furniture, a favorite book or even a car! Tell us what it is and why it brings back such wonderful memories.
We received the following in response to last week's topic:
"Hi Phil, In response to last week's topic about something from my childhood bringing back special memories that I wish I still had, I had a "Newborn Thumbelina" doll that I adored. I must have been about 5 or 6 years old. I can still hear the little jingle that would play every time the commercial came on the television. "Newborn Thumbelina, you've never seen a doll like newborn Thumbelina" . You would pull the string in her back and she would, ever so slowly, squirm. Oh, how I wanted that doll! Money was tight for my family but my mother bought her for me, and I don't think I ever went anywhere without her. I think I truly believed that she was a real baby. Maria S."
"My grandparents had a farmhouse with a wraparound porch when I was a little girl. They had horses too but I couldn't go near them because I was so allergic to them. I'd spend many a summer at that farm but I was sad, not being able to ride a horse when my siblings were out riding. My grandparents bought me one of those rocking horses that was on springs and I would "ride" that thing forever. I even had a cowboy hat that I would only wear when riding "Bucky". Such a great memory! I'd love to say that I wish I had it again but I'd probably break it if I sat on it :) thanks for bringing the memory of it back for me! Peggy K."
"Hi, for your recent topic of the week about not having something from your childhood that brings back good memories: I remember the first tool box my grandfather gave me. It had a child sized hammer, saw, screwdriver, pliers etc and I wanted to build things just like my Dad and grandpa. In the beginning they would give me pieces of wood to nail together but slowly I tried my hand at birdhouses and other small things. My father and grandfather gave me such encouragemnt and taught me how to get better and better, without ever criticizing my mistakes. I don't know what happened to that tool box, and I woudl love to have it again, just to see how small those tools were. It probably was replaced by bigger tools, but it brings me back to a simpler time, with two men who aren't with us any more. Steve J."
If you have an opinion, or a story, in reference to any of the above topic, or any of our recent topics, we'd love to hear from you! Please send it to: Phil@BigNews.biz and maybe we will run it in an upcoming newsletter.
A request for identification:
"Hi Phil, I called and spoke to someone about this little dollhouse that I have. I am desperately looking for any info that I can get on it, including its value. I was told to take a lot of photos, and give as much information as possible with the hopes that some of your readers can help me to identify it. So here are the photos and what I know. I am pretty sure that it was bought in Germany in the 60's or early 70's. It has absolutely no markings on it. It does appear to be hand painted. The overall size of the "house" is 19" wide, 11" deep and 6" high. The clock is 7 1/2" high and still works if you use the key to wind it up. The bed is 4 1/2" high, 5 1/2" long and 3 1/2" wide. the cradle is 2 1/2" long and the wardrobe is 4 1/2" high. Does anyone have any idea what the item with the yellowish/orange round thing on top on the left side of the overall photo is? There was once a bench that would go with the table, but it broke and I can't seem to find it. If anyone can help me with additional information I'd be so appreciative! Thank you, Doris W." Doris has sent us many photos of the dollhouse and all of its furniture that you can see here:
Do you have an item in your collection that you need help identifying or just would like to share with our readers? Drop me an email with a photo attached and we'll include it in our newsletter and on our Facebook page. Send them to me at phil@Bignews.biz
We have even more interesting items that need to be identified. They will be posted in our next newsletter and on facebook within the upcoming weeks.
4. This week's Antique News
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1. ‘Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk!’ Largest group of Three Stooges posters, lobby cards offered at Heritage Auctions
2. Heritage Auctions’ Comic and Comic Art Auction Aug. 1-3.
3. Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors 2013 Show & Sale!
4. Sin City Pickers Mall Las Vegas: Source for Trade Show Exhibit Designers
5. Asian Art, Continental and American Decorative Arts Keep Bidding Hot at Garth's This Summer
6. St. Drake's Plantation bitters bottle realizes $37,950 at American Bottle Auctions' sale #58
7. MAJOR ORCHESTRION AND MECHANICAL MUSIC COLLECTION WILL BE OFFERED AT CLARS IN JULY 2013
8. Pinning Got You Hooked? Us too!
9. Chinese antiques will headline Converse two-session Internet-only auction Saturday, July 20
10. 18th century Chinese jade censer is the expected top lot at Crescent City's July 13-14 auction
11. McColl-Frontenac petroliana sign fetches $11,550 at Matthews Auctions' Check the Oil event, June 22
12. Skinner Auction to Feature Important European and Continental Collections
13. Pair of Gatling Guns brings $406,300 at Heritage Auctions’ $3.475+ Million Civil War, Arms & Armor event
14. Pair of Peanuts Sunday comic strips by Schulz fetch a combined $78,200 at Philip Weiss Auctions
15. Color litho of Napoleon by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec to headline Elite auction, July 13th in Florida
16. Rago Auctions to Handle Collection of Renowned Dealer/Auctioneer Tony Tenaglia
17. Oil painting by Haddon "Sunny" Sundblom will headline Ahlers & Ogletree's Aug. 4 auction in Atlanta
18. Paul Evans Sells for $187,500; Frederick Rhead Bowl Sells for $55,000 in RAGO’S $4.5 Million Dollar
19. Trove of antiqes and collectibles packed away for 30+ years will be sold July 11-14 in Zebulon, Ga.
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news about antiques & collectibles now at:
5. Your Classifieds...
Brand New, Never Used Items at Dinnerware Replacements
Time Was Antiques English Royalty Items Specialists
Limited Edition "Operation Iraqi Freedom" Stein
Time Was Antiques English Royalty Items Specialists
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6. Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Wednesday July 10th, 2013. Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
7. Funny Old Stuff
"A few months ago I needed to talk to my youngest daughter. She went to one church and I went to another. Thinking she would be out of church by the time I called her, I used my cell. She had a problem with her cell as it seemed to have holes where the call wouldn't go through. Anyway, I was lucky as my call did but..they were running late that day and were standing for the last hymn and all of a sudden she was reaching for her purse. My son in law wondered what was going on...her phone was ringing and it was playing the theme from the Adams Family. Thankfully it was not heard over the music. Abby"
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? These stories can bring a smile to someone's face and in this day and age, can't we all use a smile? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.com and we may publish it here.
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
WANTED: Woman's Home Companion - December 1914
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over 16,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to:
9. A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
Last week Sue asked: "Hi Phil, Since it's summer I thought I would ask if any of your readers have a really good cold soup recipe. When I was growing up in the midwest, without air-conditioning, there were many hot nights that my mother would make a cold soup for dinner. She didn't have one particular soup that she made. Mostly, I think she'd go out into the garden and see what was ripe, or what herbs needed picking, and just throw them together and make a delicious soup. I'm not as creative as she was so that's why I thought I'd ask if there were some good cold soups that I could make for my husband and kids on a hot summer night. Thanks, Sue V."
Hi Phil, Maybe Sue, who was looking for a cold soup recipe, could use this one. I've been making this cucumber soup in the summertime for so long now, that I don't even remember where I got the recipe from. I serve it cold in the summer and hot in the winter. I grow cucumbers in my garden, so it's a good way for me to use those extra cukes up and my family loves the soup year round. Sally L.
2 cucumbers (chopped)
2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
2 tablespoons margarine
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
4 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon farina
salt to taste
1/8 tablespoon dried dill
1/2 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Peel, seed, and chop 2 cucumbers. Chop the green onions and cook in the margarine until soft. Add the chopped cucumbers and the red wine vinegar. Pour in the broth, and stir in the farina. you can add salt, depending upon your taste. Then add dill. Let the soup simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the cucumbers are soft. Put the soup into a blender, and puree it. Pour the puree into a bowl, and whisk in the sour cream. Taste the soup for seasoning. Fill each bowl with soup and garnish with cucumber slices and chopped parsley.
10. A vintage recipe request from a reader:
"I've lived in California for my whole life and I think we have always had lemon trees nearby. Thinking back to my childhood, I know that my mom would make us fresh squeezed lemonade and a bunch of other lemony dishes but I'm not too great in the kitchen and I have a hard time coming up with ideas. I do go on the internet looking for recipes but I thought I'd ask your readers for ideas since I now have a lemon tree growing right outside my door and I end up with so many lemons that I don't know what to do with them all! I don't care the recipes are for an appetizer, main dish, dessert or a drink, I'll take any! Thanks so much! Sierra T."
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 tasted the recipe.
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.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
11. New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants that just opened a store at TIAS.com .....
MELODY MEADOW MUSIC BOXES
We are the largest dealer in the World of Animated Enesco Music Boxes We also have a very large selection of vintage music boxes. We do music box repair.
DIANA'S CHIC BOUTIQUE
Diana's Chic Boutique is the best place to find, high end designer vintage jewelry, handbags, clothing, and accessories, carefully selected for you!
AMERICAN PATTERN GLASS
Welcome to the site of American Pattern Glass also called EAPG. I have specialized in Pattern Glass for over 30 years. Long time collectors and those just curious are welcome. Please step into my store.
Y KNOTT GIFTS GALORE & MORE
Welcome to my store, have a look and if you have any questions, please ask. All of my items are what I consider "Past Perfect".
BOOKS GALORE COLLECTOR RECYCLED & MORE
Welcome to our new bookstore. We have been in mail order book business since 1993 and have many satisfied customers. We specialize in collectible books on many topics. We guarantee your satisfaction with a 7-day money back guarantee.
12. Helpful Resources:
a) Find an antiques or collectibles club. Nearly 2000 different clubs listed. Take a look at:
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