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The Collectors Newsletter #265 September 2004
The Collectors Newsletter #265 September 2004
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In this issue.....
1. The Bottle
2. Fulper Pottery
3. Your Classifieds
4. Managing your Collection (sponsors message)
5. Lost and Found
6. A NEW book from the Kovels
7. Newly listed items
8. Funny Old Stuff
9. Wanted ads. Can you help?
10. A Vintage Recipe
11. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
12. New Online Merchants
13. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your
story to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may publish it here . We want to
hear any interesting or unusual stories you would like to share with us
that are related to collecting or anything vintage.
I really enjoy your newsletter and after reading about the lost and found ads
they "jarred" my memory of a story. I sell stuff on e-bay. I have sold a lot of
things from collectables to attic and basement cleanout stuff. Well my mother
gave me a whole box of old mason jars and milk bottles. She said that my
grandfather had them in his basement and when he died she cleaned out the
cellar and has stored them in her cellar for years ~ 20 years. Well he lived
in Trenton, NJ an immigrant from Italy back in the 1920's and came here via
Ellis Island, NYC. He being a boy/teenager was not listed by name on the ships
manifest but his mother was. They moved to a predominantly Italian
neighborhood in Trenton called Chambersburg. When he became of working
age he worked in the factory, Roebling Steel, as an Iron rope puller, until he
retired. He and my grandmother were not wealthy but they made a nice home
for themselves in Trenton. Back when he was alive there were milk men, and
ice men, and meat men. All delivering their products door to door. Hence the
stash of milk bottles in the basement. He kept everything it seemed and milk
jugs were just one of the piles. You just never know when you might need a
milk jug. Well now 60 years later they were listed on e-bay. One of the jugs
that I listed out of the 5 seemed to be getting a lot of attention. A mint condition
"Kopek's Dairy" bottle. It had a lot of bidders and a real bidding war was on.
One individual was a dealer, obvious from his feedback, and one was just a
buyer of this and that for personal use. The milk jug dealer was raising the bid
and the guy was matching it, I was amazed as this one jug went from a dollar
to twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, sixty, when is it going to end?? Finally the closing
bid was 76.50. Oh my goodness, that is a lot of money for a milk jug. I
immediately called my mother and said that we hit pay dirt. That is amazing,
almost to good to be true. Well, it gets better. I contacted the high bidder and
told him what his total would be for shipping, and to please forward me his
address. Well he requested to pick it up, if possible. He noticed that I live in
Trenton, and his mother lived in the next town of Ewing, NJ. He lived in NY
and goes to see his elderly, now in her late 70's or 80's, mother when ever
he can. He said that he would be down on the next weekend and if he could
pick up the bottle, he would feel better than to ship it. I was hesitant to comply
because you never know what kind of people your dealing with and I was
slightly frightened. This all changed with his story. The bottle he won was for
his mothers birthday, next week. The bottle was from her fathers dairy which
was on Centre Street, Trenton, NJ. (around the block from where I live now).
She has been looking for one of those bottles for years and years, and has
never found one again. When he saw the bottle on e-bay he had to have it for
his mother. She constantly talked of working at the dairy as a child and has
fond memories of the experience. She said she cleaned out hundreds even
thousands of milk bottles, and never thought that she would want one in the
future, or even that she would never see one again. There were so many
\bottles back then, but that was 60 or so years ago. I called my mother
immediately after hearing his story. I told her that I could not let the man pay
me for this bottle, as I don't feel that it is mine, or hers. I felt it found its way
back to who really wanted it, and thank God it was not the dealer who won
the bid. The gentleman came to my job (in ewing at the time, and right near
his mothers house) to pick up the bottle all ready to pay me for the item 76.50.
I showed him the bottle, and he then offered me the money. I told him no, I
don't want your money. He insisted, and I insisted back. I told him that I did
not feel right taking his money, that the bottle "belonged" to his mother. I told
him if you want, just pay my listing fees for e-bay, and we are even. We
settled on $5.00. He was in tears, and he left with his find. He went to his
mothers house and I then promptly received a call from her. She was ecstatic
to receive a piece of her past and was thanking me profusely for my
kindness. She offered to make me lunch to repay me, but I regretfully never
did make it to lunch. I did receive several e-mails stating to me that my name
is mentioned during gatherings as the nice girl who did not take any money
for the "Kopek's Dairy" bottle on e-bay. Sometimes making money is good,
but making someone's day is better. I know she appreciates the bottle and
it means more to her than that 76.50 could ever mean to me.....Deborah C.
Comments, thoughts? Post them online at:
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 email@example.com .
2) Fulper Pottery
was produced in two different locations in New Jersey, between 1860 and
1955. Their pottery styles range from a primitive appearance to being quite
"modern" in design. Here are some interesting examples.
Fulper hand thrown Colonial ware - $425.00
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Fulper olive flambe handled vase c1920 - $395.00
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FULPER VASE WITH TWO HANDLES - $292.00
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Fulper Ink Mark Native Banding Planter Vase - $229.99
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Fulper Blended Ringed Pitcher - $135.00
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Fulper Crystaline Glaze Pottery Pitcher - $125.00
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Fulper Pottery 10.5" Brown/Lavender Jug W/Cap - $125.00
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3) Your Classifieds...
Are you looking for a special collectible for your collection? Do you
have antiques or collectibles you are just itching to sell? A simple
classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 300,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
to help you out. Place your ad today at:
Here are today's classifieds......
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4) Managing your Collection (sponsors message)
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5) Lost and Found
We accept two types of Lost and found submissions for publication in this
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
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.
I have been searching for the classic Jim Henson Christmas special titled
"Muppet Family Christmas" for years now with no luck. You see, it seems
that the version that is out on vhs video is NOT the complete version that
was aired on television several (about 14-15 ) years ago. The vhs version
has had many scenes cut away. According to Jim Henson's son, who was
ever so polite to write me directly, the scenes were cut due to owner's/artist
rights. The correct version has certain scenes that are obviously missing
such as when Fozzie Bear is outside creating the snowman and he comes
to life, when Bert & Ernie show all the family movies of the Muppet Babies,
and so on. I did have the full version that I taped from the television airing
originally but I recorded over it by accident. I understand that auction sites
can not list a copy that was taped from the television set but if anyone out
there has this classic gem on tape I would be happy to purchase it from
you and ever so grateful as this movie has deep sentimental meaning to
myself and my children. Thanks so much for your time ~ Mitzi. Please
email her directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
6) Editors note - I just got a preview copy of Kovels' American Antiques
1750 -1900. It is absolutely beautiful. It is full of information and the layout
is packed with wonderful color photos. The Kovels have really outdone
themselves this time. This is a "must have" edition for your reference library.
Stop by your local bookstore and take a look for yourself, or here is an
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All in color with more than 400 full-color photos. Everything the American
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7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
September 28, 2004 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
8) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
My sister-in-law served a scrumptious dessert and my children begged me
to get the recipe. "Oh, it's so easy," she said. You make a white box cake
mix, poke holes in it with a fork, and also prepare a box of jello. Don't
refrigerate the jello. Just pour it right into the holes in the cake...That's it!"
Well, I followed her directions but my cake turned out terrible. I could have
bounced it. My snickering kids referred to it as "Mom's Whale Blubber
Cake".Soon enough sis-in-law called to see how the cake turned out. It
was awful, " I said, "plus how come you didn't tell me it would take so long
to make...I don't have a lot of time with 6 kids running around. "It is so easy",
she replied,"I don't understand what took so long"... "Oh, right, I said, "every
time I poked the holes in that cake, I would start to pour in the jello and the
holes started closing up. It took over half an hour to get the jello into it." By
now she was convulsing with laughter..."Oh no" she said..."Didn't I tell you
you were supposed to BAKE it first!".....Ann
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 email@example.com and we may
publish it here.
9) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can
you help someone out? To place an ad of your own take a look at:
WANTED: Wanted -Lid to Watt Pottery 3-Leaf Apple Bean Pot
WANTED: COLLECTOR PAYING GOOD MONEY FOR SIGNED AMER. PAINTINGS
WANTED: Scammell's Trenton China
WANTED: GOLD KEY PINS
WANTED: Lids to Franciscan Apple and Desert Rose
WANTED: Stainless flatware 'Colonial Forge' by Reed & Barton
Wanted American Painted Signed "Puls"
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10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Regina requested a recipe for "cookie called Kolacky"
Here is one of the responses. If you have a variation of this
recipe that you would like to share with our readers, please post it to:
Be sure to check out this weeks recipe request, below.
Kolacky's are Slavish and there is actually a Recipe Book that is
nothing but Slovak cooking.
My husbands parents were of that decent and we make these every
year at Christmas time along with several other yummy item form this
cookbook. I have one of their cookbook, it is wonderful. The title of it
is 60th. Anniversary Slovak-American Cook Book 1892-1952. The
shape that we make these is a 2 1/2 x2 1/2 inch square then we place
the nut mixture in the middle and then bring each corner up to the
center and only pinch the tips allowing it to lay back down so you
still have a square with a little filling showing . You can also fill these
with an apricot or prune mixture.
Kolacky (Slovak Nut Rolls)
1 lb. flour
1 tsp. salt
2 T. sugar
4 egg yolks, unbeaten
2 cakes of yeast dissolved in one cup lukewarm milk
Sift flour, salt and sugar. Add yolks and dissolved yeast. Mix well.
1 lb. sifted flour
1 lb. butter
Work butter into flour and mix well. Combine both doughs and mix
well. Let rise 2 hours in covered bowl. Punch down, cover and let
rise again for 2 hours. Punch dough. Roll out on powdered sugared
board (counter) about 1/4 inch thick. Cut in desired shapes and fill
with your favorite nut filling:
1 1/2 lbs. walnuts, ground (I use a meat grinder)
8 egg whites
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
Place on ungreased cookie sheet about one inch apart. Brush with
beaten egg yolk. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Yield about
120 golden brown nut rolls.
I hope that you love these as much as we do. Happy baking,
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
11) 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 the geographical region where
you had this recipe.
I am looking for a recipe. Hoping you could help me. My husbands
grandmother used to make a Chekozlovakian pastry called "padohe"
(unsure of the spelling). It was a pastry filled, (I believe with cottage
cheese). I was wondering if anyone might have the recipe so I could
make it and surprise him sometime in the near future. Thank you,
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:
12) New Online Merchants
These merchants just opened shop online. Stop by and check out their
George and Delores Antiques
Welcome to our shop. We are re-entering the antique business after a
long absence. Our inventory includes Frankoma, Fenton, Shawnee, Royal
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We have a little of everything at Connie's Collectibles; vintage buttons,
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