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The Collectors Newsletter #271 October 2004
The Collectors Newsletter #271 October 2004
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In this issue, over 319,000 collectors will read about....
2. Get Ready to VOTE
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.
(Editors note: Don't ever touch vintage found munitions. They are dangerous.
Call local law enforcement or military personnel to dispose of live munitions.)
It seems that all my life I've been a collector. Old books, newspapers,
militaria and objects dug up with my Dad's metal detector. I still have a
hollow, ten-inch tall, cast iron "bomb" that we dug up on a beach in South
Carolina that was a WW II bombing range.
While I was stationed in Korea in 1974, I was a broadcaster at AFKN,
the American Forces Korea Network. Assigned to the television
department at our studio in Youngsan compound, I had a commanding
view of the entire ancient installation from "AFKN Hill", the base's
highest point. The Japanese, having occupied Korea in 1910, built the
war-torn compound decades before we moved in at the close of WWII.
We simply put our broadcasting facility in the most logical place,
patched the holes in the other buildings and set up shop. We never had
to re-conquer Korea when we defeated the Japanese. Hiroshima and
Nagasaki saw to that. They simply stacked their arms, doused them
with gasoline and left the country with the flick of a match. Little did I
know that one day I would learn exactly how big that "stack" was.
The AFKN studio building was about the size of a small supermarket in
those days as it sat on the beautifully manicured, tree lined hill. The
studio was placed offset on the hilltop to provide a level place for parking.
This made for a slight split-level kind of situation if you walked around
behind the place. There was a back door to the Television Production
Studio where the crew would step out and be on a four foot wide cement
ledge that ranged from two feet off the ground at one end to about eight
feet at the other. Surrounded in a canopy of trees, it was a favorite spot
for us GI's to sit and eat our lunch between "takes".
One day I went out there to take a break from the hot camera lights.
We had just finished recording (in black in white back then) "Jingle's
Toy Shop", a Bozo the Clown type of show. It was performed live by a
made-up Air Force Sergeant for the dependent children who lived on
the base. Kids running everywhere, hot lights and my ancient, heavy
1950's vintage TV camera added up to a well deserved break. But this
day I saw something unexpected out that back door.
A dozen Korean laborers were digging a ditch, about four feet deep, the
length of the ledge. Knowing there were plans to replace the aged septic
system the building used, I was not really surprised. One of them grinned
up a gold-toothed smile and asked me for a cigarette. Crushed to
discover that I didn't smoke, he returned to his task. Then "clank!". His
shovel hit something. Cursing, he pulled out what appeared to be a twisted
piece of rusted pipe about four feet long. He threw it aside, where it
landed in a pile of other rusted twisted pipes that had accumulated there.
Now this was indeed curious. From the ledge, I couldn't make out too
much detail, but they had amassed quite a pile of the rust-orange scrap
metal. Then it happened.
One of the workers further down the ditch began yelling excitedly. The
others scrambled out to join him. Me, I only had to walk further along the
ledge and look down. There in his trembling hands was a bent, rusted
honest-to-God Samurai Sword! Another frenzied man pulled out an
Arisaka rifle bayonet, its scabbard rusted tightly to the blade. Three
workers grunted a rusted-solid Nambu heavy machine gun, complete with
tripod out of the muck. One of the less-bent "rusty pipes" was handed up
to me. It was the remains of a late model Arisaka rifle! Its wooden stock
was burnt charcoal and crumbled to the touch. In an instant, I was in the
ditch. After a few seconds scraping with the rifle barrel, I came up with
a Nambu officer's pistol frame. I gleefully shoved it into my belt and kept
digging. Next came my most important find.
Are any of you a fan of Vicks? You know, the small cobalt blue jar of
ointment you rub on your chest to relieve stuffiness? Well I am. And now,
at the bottom of the trench was what looked like a rust-colored, mud-
encrusted Vicks jar. Curious, I picked it up and began to rub it off with
my fingers, looking for the screw top. Instead, when the mud fell away, I
beheld a one-inch stem with a pull-ring sticking out of the side of it. In
horror, I realized I was holding a live Japanese hand grenade! Japanese
hand grenades are filled with picric acid, an explosive known to go off on
the shelf! I climbed very carefully out of the ditch and gingerly set the death
cylinder on the ground. There was this silvery gray stuff oozing from a hole
in its crumbling side. I wiped my hands on my fatigue pants. It smelled like
kerosene. I ran for the doorway shouting the alarm.
The South Korean Army soon arrived in droves and excavated out and
confiscated what they could of the abandoned arms cache. They even took
the pistol frame I had tucked in my belt Only about 10% was probably
recovered. They couldn't do much more. There were half a dozen buildings
in the AFKN complex. We're talking acreage here. The entirety of AFKN
HILL was an arms pile! So strict were they about seizing every little bit that
the only successful relic brought home was a bayonet that was framed and
mailed home! Today I own two Arisaka rifles AND a Nambu pistol. Just
don't try to get ammunition for it! But no, I haven't bothered to collect any
more Japanese hand grenades! Don S.
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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 email@example.com .
2) Get Ready to VOTE
It looks like it is going to be a very close presidential election here in the U.S.
Voting has already started in Florida. Be sure to take the time to vote for your
candidate on election day. Remind your friends and family to vote as well.
Are you a bit confused by all of the presidential election hype? Get the facts
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
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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
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'm anxious to get some information about a person named Jonathan
George. He was born in 1836, married Mary Ann Harness and moved with
his family, to Indepence Mo. in the 1870's. He was the town jeweler and
remained there until his death in 1907. I can find his wife's ancestry, but
Jonathan's is a complete mystery. It's as though he never existed. We
would greatly appreciate hearing from anyone who might shed some light
on the backgound of our grandfather.....Iola...email , 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 or person? Maybe we can
help. Send us info at email@example.com
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in America. The October issue of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles newsletter
reports that Halloween parties, decorations, and costumes became widespread
about 1900. Halloween collectibles from the early 20th century are the most
expensive, but almost any unusual design has value. So when you're going to
an estate sale or a resale shop, Ralph and Terry Kovel encourage you to keep
an eye out for black cats, ghosts, witches, and pumpkins. For more information
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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.
Shortly after my brother and new sister-in-law returned from their
honeymoon, she was determined to surprise him by cooking one of his favorite
meals. Not being too familiar with cooking or the kitchen in general, she
decided on something simple: stuffed peppers. "How hard could that be?" she
said as she studied the list of ingredients she had hastily jotted down from my
grandmother's recipe. She proceeded to wash and prepare the peppers. At
least she knew enough to remove the inside seeds etc. of the pepper. What she
didn't realize was that you only need to cut open one end of the pepper to do
this. It became clear once she had mixed the ingredients and tried to stuff the
peppers that she had done something wrong. Time was closing in and she had
promised her new husband a home cooked dinner. In a panic, she began
scotch taping the bottoms back onto the peppers and hurriedly stuffed them and
put them in the oven. When he got home he wolfed down the peppers barely
noticing the sticky tape residue. I don't know how she kept a straight face that
night or avoided telling him the truth for all these years. As for the rest of the
family, we kept her secret to this day, but whenever stuffed peppers come up in
conversation, the whole family convulses with laughter and my brother sits there
- still clueless! Next time, I'll write about how long it took her to clean the beef
stew off the ceiling after she used her new pressure cooker for the first time
... Maureen ;o)
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.
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10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue J. Jackson requested a recipe for "chess pie"
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.
I believe this might be the chess pie recipe your subscriber once ate
in KY. Carolyn Parkman
CHESS PIE - 8 SERVINGS PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 DEGREES
3 eggs 1 teaspoon vinegar
1 1/2 cups sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cornmeal Salt to taste
1/4 cup melted margarine 1 unbaked pie shell
5 tablespoons milk
Combine eggs, sugar, cornmeal, margarine, milk, vinegar, vanilla, and
salt in bowl; mix well. Spoon into pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 30
minutes or until set. I believe this is the original southern chess pie
recipe. I have been told that the name came from the cook being asked
what kind of pie it was, and she replied "jes pie". It is almost like a
buttermilk pie, but the cornmeal gives it an added texture. I no longer
make pies, but at one time it was a favorite of mine. ...Georgia native
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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.
Many years ago when I was still a young bride, there was a chicken
recipe by Campbell Soup advertised in magazines. It used golden
mushroom soup in which the chicken pieces were dipped, and the rest
of the soup was poured over the chicken and made a gravy. I loved
that particular recipe and have been unable to find it since. 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.
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