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The Collectors Newsletter #226 March 2004
The Collectors Newsletter #226 March 2004

1) Stories from our readers
After you read these stories, tell us if you have had any experiences
with precious things that may not seem so important to everyone else.
Send them to newsletter@tias.com and we may publish it here . We
also want to hear any other interesting or unusual stories you would
like to share with us that are related to collecting or anything vintage.
The scent
When I was a little girl my mother had a waterfall bedroom set with the
vanity. She had a led crystal perfume bottle with a large stopper. I
would sit on my throne (the vanity with everything removed) and dab
perfume on while I played princess. A year after she died my husband
and I were in an antique store when I saw a perfume bottle just like
Momís. When we cleaned out the house my perfume bottle was not
among her things. I picked up the bottle, took out the stopper and
smelled the sweet scent of perfume. This of course made me get misty
eyed. My husband insisted I buy the bottle (even at the cost of $55).
I took the bottle home and unwrapped it, there was no perfume smell
at all in the bottle. I think I experience a special memory in the store
which made me buy that wonderful bottle. The bottle is now in my
china closet and whenever I want to play princess again, I open the
door and dab on my imaginary perfume. Memories are wonderful
things and antique stores are great places for experiences like this.
Thanks for letting me share this with you....Yvonne W

-- Another Story--

The Letter
My sister died almost two years ago and my brother-in-law just died
last Thursday. His children, while sorting through their things, found
a large box of recipes my sister had collected. They asked if I would
like to look through them before they were given to another member of
the family. I said yes and, while looking through them, I found a
letter to my sister and brother-in-law from my daughter (who died in
1974 at age 10, ) asking them to come visit her (she was in the hospital
at the time). I treasure that letter. I also found other things
(newspaper clippings, report cards, graduation programs, and some songs
my sister had written) that others in the family treasure mixed in with
those recipes. It just goes to show that you should really sort boxes
of papers that look like they are worth nothing before you discard
them-especially if the deceased was a pack rat like most in our family
are. Ruth

--Another Story--

The Blanket
Last week our Olds Cierra, whose head gasket has been slowly leaking,
started to "knock",indicating its demise was certain. My husband began
to empty the "nooks and crannies" - trunk, backseat, under the seats,
etc.,etc.and proudly announced his boxful of "FINDS"!!---state maps, a
dozen or so pens and pencils, various expired coupons, a few pennies
AND an old blanket. He asked when had WE put it in the trunk!! I did
not recognize it; but much to my surprise and judging from the color
(Army green), realized it was very old and definitely 100% wool. It had
a very small sewn-on identifying tag in a lower corner barely readable
"Chatham Mf.Co." and dated "4-16-1942". Other numbers on the tag
made little sense. I went on-line and found it to be what I suspected:
US Army issue blanket from WWII made by Chatham Mfg.Co. Where
did it come from? The original owner of the Olds Cierra was my
husband's as well as our son's Godfather, who served in WWII. Our
son had received the car when Uncle had passed away several years
ago and we in turn had purchased the vehicle from him. Our son will
Cherish the blanket!... Theresa
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We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like
your best find, unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything
and everything that is interesting that has to do with collecting.
We may publish it here. Send your story to newsletter@tias.com .

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2)Lost and Found
We accept two types of Lost and found submission for publication
in this newsletter.

1. You have a vintage item in hand and you are trying to find
relatives of the original owner(s). This could be an old photo album,
baby book, diploma, Family Bible, or other vintage items that can be
linked to a specific person or family.

2. You are looking for a fairly common vintage item that has deep
personal meaning for you or someone you know. I'm sorry, but we
do not post requests for "one of a kind items" that have been lost
or stolen.

Remember to include as many details about the item(s) as you can.
For your story to run in this section, you must include your email
address and allow us to publish it. If this service helps you eventually
track down the relatives or find an item, please tell us about it in a
follow-up story.

Item looking for a home..
I just love your newsletters! I learn something new in each one! I was
cleaning out a closet and found an old college memory book. It's
suede leather cover and called " School Girl Days". It's dated
1910-11 from Valley City, North Dakota. This is when the collage
was called V.C. Normal School. It belonged to Caroline J. Evingson.
It's full of old photos of her and friends doing college things. She
also wrote like a diary the different dances and fun things she did
with her friends. It's really fun to read what her friends wrote about
her. I'd love to get this to any family members. My e-mail address is
debrarei@msn.com. Thanks and I'll let you know if I find out anything!
Deb. R.
How about you? Do you have some special vintage item that is in need
of its owner or are you looking for a special item? Maybe we can help.
Send us info at newsletter@tias.com

3) Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous stories and
jokes that are sent in by readers. If you have a submission you
would like to share, please send it to newsletter@tias.com and
we may run it in the next issue.
Recently, I decided to clean out our big bedroom 'walk-in' closet. It's the
one place that seems to 'attract' everything! I thought I'd bring every last
item from that closet right out into the living room and sort it from there.
That way, I knew I'd get it sorted, put away or thrown out!

My six-year-old grandson came for a visit that evening and I was still
sorting things out. He would ask if I was keeping this or throwing out that.
I told him that if I thought we'd REALLY use something, I'd keep it,
otherwise, it would be given away or tossed out. Then my husband would
come in and I'd hold up something and ask him, "Are you REALLY going
to wear this ever again?" or "Do you REALLY think we'll use this anymore?"
Sometimes, I'd just roll my eyes and wink at my grandson when his Papa
would say, "Now, don't get rid of that!"

Well, after a while my grandson came across a rather large box and
wanted to open it. "Sure", I told him. He took the lid off and asked if he
could take the 'thing' out. His big blue eyes grew even bigger when he
slid the old shiny black 33rpm album out of its' cover. He asked if that's
what was in all of those 'flat boxes'. When I told him yes and that I had
MORE boxes full of those 'things', he raised his eyebrows, wrinkled up
his little nose and asked me, "Granny, do you REALLY think these cd's
will still fit into your cd player?!"

I thought this was such a sweet story and I just wanted to share it with
others. Thank you, Patricia Z.
Do you have a funny story or joke you would like to share?
Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to
newsletter@tias.com and we may publish it here.

4) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue "Aretta B." requested a recipe for "Lemon Pie". Here is
one of the recipes that was sent to us in response to the request. If
you have another version of this recipe and would like to share with
our readers, please post it to:
Be sure to check out this weeks request, below.
Dear Tias, I forgot a part about the egg yolks in the previous email, here
is revised version. My grandmother Rosa Kampe used to make a delightful
Lemon Meringue Pie, it was my dad's favorite. Family legend has it that
she made a pie every day! Not the same kind of course, but what a treat!
I make one for him every time I go to see him. It seems as though she
is with me every time I bake one, so she would be thrilled to know I am
letting others share the joy! Here goes: 1 deep dish baked pie crust
(crust baked at 450 for approximately 10 minutes), this can be homemade
or not-the real shining star of this recipe is the filling and meringue; keep
oven on temperature of 450 degrees for browning meringue tips;4 eggs,
separated into whites and yolks; 3/4 cup s sugar; juice of three lemons,
and outside rind grated of two, not including pith(the white part);2 cups
water hot enough to melt two tablespoons of butter(I always use the real
thing);1/2 cup cold water with 4 tblsp. cornstarch dissolved in it (will be
murky white) sugar to taste for meringue(I use about 1 tsp) 1 tsp cream
of tartar (I do not always use this, don't even know what it does!). In
saucepan, melt butter into hot water. Add sugar, lemon juice and rind, and
egg yolks cooking over medium heat. When sugar melts, add cornstarch
mixture, stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat, cool slightly
(maybe up to five minutes, do not fear if it is a little longer, but do not wait
too long!), stirring two or three times to prevent skin from forming on top,
and while cooling, prepare the meringue by whipping whites just until
peaks form(if you beat too long, meringue will not be delicate)
adding sugar to taste and cream of tartar(we prefer ours not too sweet,
maybe 1 tsp sugar)pour into prepared pie crust. Carefully top with
meringue swirling with tip of knife or back of spoon, creating tips
necessary for browning. Put into oven for just a minute or two, or until
tips brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE, or the meringue will be tough and
hard to cut. This sounds really hard but when you actually do it, you will
understand the term "easy as pie"! Enjoy! Karen (Kampe) Brideweser
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5) A vintage recipe request
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 the geographical region where you had this recipe.
Hi, I grew up in southeast Texas. My neighbor (whom we called Grandma
Murphy) always made a wonderful pie from almost ripe tomatoes. It wasn't
extremely sweet but very tasty. No one seems to have this recipe.
Hopefully one of your readers will have one. Thanks, E. Scarborough
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it
to recipes@tias.com .If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
recipes@tias.com and we might just publish it here.

Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section
online at: http://www.tias.com/kitchen

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