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The Collectors Newsletter #269 October 2004
The Collectors Newsletter #269 October 2004

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In this issue, over 317,000 collectors will read about....
1. The Sideboard & A tale for Halloween
2. Vintage Halloween Items
3. Your Classifieds
4. Managing your Collection (sponsors message)
5. Lost and Found
6. News 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

Meet me at Atlantique City
Starting this Thursday , we are running a special section in the
TIAS classifieds called "Atlantique City Show" It will feature merchants and
items from the floor of the Atlantique Show, which opens this Saturday and
runs thru Sunday. This will give you a chance to see some of the items that
are featured at the show, before it opens. Watch for this new section at:
http://www.tias.com/classifieds starting this Thursday October 14th. See
you at the show!

1) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your
story to newsletter@tias.com 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.
The sideboard
As a child I spent many weekends at my grandparent's farm. I always
admired the sideboard in the dining room. My grandfather had a coin
butler where he would empty his pockets. I knew that if I pushed a chair
up to the sideboard I could reach the roll of butter rum Lifesavers that
Grandpa always kept there. of all the neat items on that farm I imagined
that the sideboard would someday be mine.

After Grandpa passed away there was an auction at the farm which
neither one of my brothers or myself were aware and thus we did not
attend or get any heirlooms.

14 years later I walked into an antique store about 120 miles from my
home town and against the opposite wall was a sideboard that looked
just like Grandpa's. This was to be my first antique furniture purchase
and the beginning of a very expensive hobby. Anyway I asked the clerk
where she got it. She said that she couldn't remember but that she and
her roommate had used it in their home for years. That's when I found
out the her roommate was from my home town and that the roommate's
parent's farm shared a fence with my grandparents farm.

I was never able to confirm that the sideboard actually was THE
sideboard. But when my oldest brother walked into my house he stopped
dead in his tracks when he saw the sideboard and exclaimed that
Grandpa had one just like it. That was proof enough for me. I now have
those old memories and am making new ones for my family using that
sideboard. Thank you for letting me share my story. Diane in Kansas

-- Another Story--

A tale for Halloween
Thirty five years ago I was 15. While hiking in the hills of Kentucky, I
came across a huge, abandoned log cabin. In its attic I found many
antique papers, including an 1830 map of the state and a letter written
in January of 1836 by the man who used the map to explore the region.
I returned many times to this secret place, coming away with
newspapers from the Civil War, the casualty lists from Custer's Last
Stand and so on. But the most interesting item I brought away, was a
Civil War Hymn Book, with the name J. T. Thomas, the date
September 10, 1862 and the words "2nd Ky Calvary, CSA". I stuffed
it into my pocket and hurried from the cabin, cutting through a field of
tall grass. It was getting late and the light was almost gone, so I was
taking a shortcut. Then, Crack! I hit my shin on something hidden in
the waist high grass. When I finished hopping around in pain, I
looked down to see a rusted wrought iron fence, about two feet high,
hidden by the tall grass. Stepping carefully over it, I instantly knew I
was in a graveyard. Thinking that it was probably the cabin's family
plot, I knelt on one knee to read one of the many slanting tombstones
that stood among the waving grass in the near darkness. As I rubbed
at the inscription, looking for a name, I was suddenly terrified! There,
not four feet to the left, stood a marker that GLOWED a sickly yellow!
Aghast, I jumped up. The glow fell swaying at my feet, causing me to
stumble backward into yet another stone. Just before I panicked, I
realized that it was only my flashlight, clipped to my belt. It had fallen
across my lap as I knelt and turned on, aiming weakly at the tombstone.
Gamely, I unhooked it and with its quickly fading light, walked over to
the waist high monument. The dim light had shrunk to the size of my
fist as I stood in front of the stone. The light winked out just as I read
'J T Thomas, died September 13th, 1862'. Then I did panic. I had the
soldier's Hymn Book in my pocket! It was signed three days before his
death, as well. I dropped the flashlight right there, it's beam relighting
as it struck the ground. I ran in terror as a frightened teenage boy will,
dodging the other markers and vaulting the fence. I did not turn around
until I crested a hill tall enough to see the graveyard once again in the
distance. There was a tiny, pale yellow light winking on and off at me
through the waving grass. I touched the Hymn Book in my pocket with
a shudder and headed home. September 13th is my birthday, you see.
Don S.
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 newsletter@tias.com .

2) Vintage Halloween Items
here are a few interesting Halloween items for your viewing pleasure.

1) Vintage Halloween Tambourine - $95.00
For More Info - http://pages.tias.com/11862/PictPage/1922382758.html

For More Info - http://pages.tias.com/11925/PictPage/1922447335.html

3) Old Composition Halloween Witch - $94.50
For More Info - http://pages.tias.com/839/PictPage/1921913068.html

4) Vintage Handmade Copper Pumpkin - $66.00
For More Info - http://pages.tias.com/402/PictPage/1922066707.html

-HALLOWEEN - $49.95
For More Info - http://pages.tias.com/12052/PictPage/1922439676.html

6) vintage Halloween chicken mask - $48.00
For More Info - http://pages.tias.com/39/PictPage/1921393442.html

7) Halloween Postcard 1921 Boston Wolf & Co. - $45.00
For More Info - http://pages.tias.com/39/PictPage/1168250.html

8) L & E Serie 2231 German Halloween Postcard - $32.00
For More Info - http://pages.tias.com/39/PictPage/1341810.html

9) 1920s/1930s Bisque Black Cat - $75.00
For More Info - http://pages.tias.com/1340/PictPage/1921004374.html

For More Halloween related items, take a look at:

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: http://www.tias.com/classifieds

Here are today's classifieds......

What is your favorite Jenny or Josh color?

Roseville Silhouette window box planter 768-8

A History of 19th Century Foods with Recipes

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4) Managing your Collection (sponsors message)
Do you have a record of everything in your collection? Have you written
down all the stories about how you found each piece? It can actually be fun
to put an inventory list together if you have the right software. Don't put it off
anymore. Do it now....

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5) Lost and Found
We accept three 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
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.

3. If you have a friend or relative that has been lost for at least 10 years,
maybe our readers can help you.

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 in hand letter dated Jan. 11, 1863 from James Dill, a chaplain in the
Civil War to his wife. She has penned on the back "Your father's last letter
home written from the boat on which he went to Nashville." " Please preserve
for family". Somehow these letters got misplaced and they were in a desk
that I purchased in N.Y. state. I would love to return them to the family if
they are out there somewhere. jlitteer@sc.rr.com is my email address.
Thank you for your many services. I enjoy them tremendously.
Joyce Litteer
Looking for Person

I am trying to locate any member of the Roy and Lee Adams family in
Michigan. Roy was from Georgia and was my father's brother.

His dates of birth and death are: October 12, 1919 and November 29,
1983. If not mistaken, he met Lee and they married and lived in Warren
or Pontiac, MI. We believe Lee had been married before and had a
daughter by the name of Mary Rousey - who may or may not have gone
by Mary Adams. I believe the daughter married and may have had children.
I do not know Lee's maiden name or the name of her daughter's husband
or their children.

Roy and Lee have both passed away, and I am desperate to find any living
relatives. I am putting together our Adams/Carroll family genealogy and
want to share it with all surviving members. This report will have copies of
our grandparents, their children and grand children's photos and photos of
the old home place where we all enjoyed family dinners under the big oak
when Roy and Lee would come down from Michigan to visit. I know Roy
was in the war and I believe he worked in automotive plants in Michigan.

Any and all help would be appreciated. Please respond to Sondra at:
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 or person? Maybe we can
help. Send us info at newsletter@tias.com

Remember those Wacky Package cards made from 1967 to 1992 by Topps
Company that show imaginary brands like Cheapios cereal, Hawaiian Punks,
and Crust toothpaste? The October issue of Kovels on Antiques and
Collectibles newsletter reports that while the cards sell for as low as $1 each,
original artwork used by the company has sold for as high as $23,000 for a
single piece of work. For more information on Kovels' newsletter, click

7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
October 11, 2004 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
TIAS - http://www.tias.com/showcase
CollectorOnline - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=7
AntiqueArts - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=3
Earthling - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=6

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 newsletter@tias.com and we may run it in the next issue.
Back in the early 90's, my husband and I bought an old 90+ year old house,
and had started re-doing some of the rooms. At the time, our daughter, Leia,
was about 6 years old, and our son, Dustin, was around 5.

We were stripping off some very old wallpaper in one of the bedrooms, and
they were "helping" us. Dustin had wandered over to one of the windows,
and noticed that there were staples all around it on the wall. He studied them
for awhile, then said "So THAT'S how the put the wallpaper on!", and Leia,
being the know-it-all older sister, looked at him and said "Well, what do you
think they did--GLUED it on?" and shook her head, and walked away,
looking over at us like "Can you believe him?", and my husband and I both
just burst out laughing!

Once we were finally able to talk, we explained to her that yes, actually, they
DID glue it on--you should have seen the look on her face--it was priceless!
She's 21 years old now, and we have re-told this story so many times--she
even laughs now!! Tammy C.-- Piqua, Ohio
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.

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: Missing pieces of China "Celebrity of Hawaii"


WANTED: Missing pieces of China "Celebrity of Hawaii"

WANTED: NBA 1998 Barbie Dallas Mavericks

WANTED: Do You Have This Lid?

WANTED: Wanted -Lid to Watt Pottery 3-Leaf Apple Bean Pot

Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
290,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to: http://www.tiasExchange.com

10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Bill in NJ requested a recipe for "Brownie like Sweet
with chocolate & butterscotch morsels" Here are several 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.
Bill, My grandmother made these wonderful cookies she called "Hello
Dolly's." She lived in Moline, IL for all of her adult life with my grandfather,
my mother and my aunt. She passed away in the late 80's at age 84.

Hello Dolly's (from the kitchen of Hilda Koosman Gustafson)

1/4 lb butter
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup shredded, sweetened coconut flakes
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or butterscotch chips, or 1/2 cup
of each)
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Melt butter in a 9" x 9" pan. Sprinkle in graham cracker crumbs to form
a crust. Sprinkle remaining ingredients in the order mentioned above.
Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over all the ingredients and bake
at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Cool in refrigerator before cutting
into bars. Enjoy!! Lynne from CT

-- Another Recipe --

Here is a variation...
The recipe I have that sounds like the one that the reader wants has the
following ingredients and is called "Magic Cookie Bars":
1/2 cup(1 stick) of butter or margarine,melted
11/2 cups graham crackers crumbs
1 cup walnuts coarsely chopped
1 cup (6oz)semi-sweet chocolate morsels or Butterscotch morsels.I
use 1/2 cup of each
11/3 cups flaked coconut
1 1/3 Eagle Brand milk
Pour melted butter or margarine onto the bottom of a 13x9x2 inch pan.
Sprinkle chopped nuts evenly over crumbs.Scatter chips over nuts.Sprinkle
coconut evenly over morsels.Pour Eagle brand milk evenly over coconut.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Cool
in pan for 15 min .Cut into bars.Yummy! Ardith
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
look at: http://www.tias.com/cookbooks

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.
Years ago a close friend of the family made a cake for us. It was the best
cake I have ever tasted. It was called pecan pie pound cake. The lady refused to
share the recipe and I have searched everywhere for it and can't find it. Any
help would be appreciated. Thanks....Timothy
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:

12) New Online Merchants
These merchants just opened shop online. Stop by and check out their
fresh inventory.

Janet Aulidge
Welcome to Janet's. Our inventory includes Depression glass, Avon,
McCoy, kitchen collectibles, and many more items. Thank you

Salt and Peppers
This site is dedicated to Salt and Pepper Shakers for collectors world wide.
Please enjoy scrolling thru our collection.

Things Now & Then
We carry just about everything for your home and family, old and new,
unique gifts, sports, seasonal decor, vintage jewelry & more! We add
more wonderful items daily!

Inlet Antiques
Inlet Antiques is always on the lookout for great antiques and collectibles
from Murrells Inlet, S.C. and the world to you. Drop on in and feel free to
look around, your happiness is our top priority.

Auntie M
Specializing in Vintage Collectibles and Antiques.... Glassware, Italian Art
Glass, Collectible jewelry, costume and silver, silverplate novelties, vintage
dinnerware, cookbooks, art books, signed editions.

Silver Ghost Treasures
The Silver Ghost has docked an'shes brought about her treasures of
antiquities..Collectibles for all desires..Heirlooms..Plundered from attics and
basements..Rarities an Oddities.. So come aboard.. Avast! Thar'll be more
to come!

Calhoun Street Emporium
We are an antique and collectibles mall housed in the historic Leland
Building in Fort Wayne, Indiana. We have 36 dealers and two cats. We
sell antiques, collectibles, vintage clothes and jewelry and Mia Bella soy
Sell with us.
If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at
http://www.tiasexchange.com. If you have more than a few items to sell, open
your own store at TIAS. It's easy and fun. Over 170,000 customers visit us
on an average day. It costs you nothing to get started. Take a look at:

13) Helpful Resources:
1. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 300,000
antiques and collectibles. It can be found online at http://www.kovels.com

2. Looking for an expert to help you with repairs, or an appraisal?
Or just some help finding an auction house or a collectors club? Try this
free service at http://www.tias.com/stores/kovelsyellow/

3. Get an online appraisal
For just $9.95 from "What's It Worth To You?"
http://www.whatsitworthtoyou.com/tias.htm (Not affiliated with Kovels.com)

Thanks for reading. Feel free to forward this to a friend. To subscribe to this
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recipes from readers are not checked for accuracy. They may be edited
prior to publication. For questions or comments, you can reach us at
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