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The Collectors Newsletter #271 October 2004

The Collectors Newsletter #271 October 2004

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In this issue, you will read about....
1. The Mantle
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 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 Mantle
I purchased an older house - built in 1896 - in an historic district of
Independence Missouri, near Harry Truman's home. The house was
structurally sound, except the roof, but had been repossessed, and
needed a great deal of work. One of the more distressing points was
that the previous family, in financial difficulty, had ripped the fireplace
mantle out of the dining room wall to sell. Neighbors told me they had
tried to sell everything, the kitchen cabinets, doors, and of course, the
mantle. They had not been successful selling the doors, thank
goodness, and the opening of the fireplace still had the lovely old tile
and a beautiful cast iron insert. I planned to build a new mantle.
A few years later, the roof was complete, and all the hardwood floors
refinished, the ceilings and walls redone. Though all the holes and
cracks were patched and smoothed and painted, I still had not replaced
the mantle. In the fall, my sister and I went to a nearby antique store
for their fall auction. I was looking for another wardrobe, as my old
house has only two closets. My sister was looking around at the huge
cache of furniture, and suddenly came to me in great excitement, she
pulled me across the long room. "I have found your mantle!" she
said.... About seven feet tall, columns, and a beveled mirror, the mantle
she had found looked very similar to the one in my neighbor's home!
The stain on the wood was the same as the wood in my home, a dark
old "berry" type stain. The columns on the mantle matched the columns
in my entry way. I was thrilled. That week, I went home e and carefully
measured the space where the mantle should have been. I returned to
the antique store and measured the mantle. It was exactly the same
size. I had made several purchases from this dealer and asked her
where she had gotten this particular mantle. She said, "you know, we
purchase all of our furniture in Europe and ship it over for resale, but
this piece I bought locally." Then I was sure it really was the mantle
that belonged in my old house. After telling her my story, I made
another purchase, and was ever so pleased to bring that mantle back

Tell us you interesting old house stories. Haunted? Interesting finds
in the walls? How about the history of the house? Tell us about it.
Send email to newsletter@tias.com
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) 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
online at: http://www.factcheck.org/

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......

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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
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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.
Cookbook finds home
Thank you for posting my letter about the cookbook that I had bought at
a garage sale. Three very nice people wrote and gave me some leads.
Unfortunately, none of them worked out. I happened to be reading our
small. weekly. county newspaper, and the name Turnbull was noted in
an article. I looked up Turnbull in our phone book, and sure enough,
there were 3 listings. I called the first one, and she happened to be the
niece of the cookbook's author! She only lives 11 miles from me, and
had just started working at the doctor's office that I had retired from!
We met there today, and she has her family cookbook back! It turns
out that she is a cookbook collector too. We plan to meet at my house,
so we can compare books. The cookbook is back in the Turnbull family
and I have a new friend. Isn't life wonderful?
Looking for person
I am trying to track down my grandfather's long-lost brother. He left their
farming homestead almost 75 years ago, and no one has ever heard from
him again. His name is Alex or Alec (probably from Alexander) Kucherhan.
He was born in the Ukraine in probably around 1905 to 1912 (somewhere
around there).

As the story goes, my great-grandfather had a homestead around
Wynyard, Saskatchewan. Alex was his son from his first marriage (my
great-grandfather had remarried and had had other children). Alex must
have been around 14 or 15 when he became involved in a business
transaction with my great-grandfather. Apparently, they had purchased
new farming equipment. The equipment was bought on loan and
unfortunately, times became tough and they lost their homestead. For
some reason, Alex left after that and no one has ever heard from him again.

He may have immigrated to the U.S. or settled in another area in Canada.
My grandfather has attempted to locate him over the years, but has had
no success. My grandfather is now 89 and this still remains an "unsettled"
part of his life.

If anyone has any information on Alex's whereabouts or his family's
whereabouts please email me at ac_heyer@yahoo.com . Thank you.
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

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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 newsletter@tias.com and we may run it in the next issue.
My daughter, when she was about 13 years old, decided to greet us with
a meal when we came home from work. I don't remember most of the meal
but she fixed biscuits for us. The recipe was one that I found in Better
Homes and Gardens magazine in the early 60's and is a never fail recipe
and I had used it for years. Anyway, when we sat down I was so proud
of her as the biscuits were lovely to look at and I thought she had a real
touch as they raised even higher than mine usually did. When we went
to eat them, they tasted horrible, but we tried valiantly to eat at least one
each. Finally, she was spitting and sputtering, almost in tears, what did
I do wrong, she asked. We discussed the recipe and she had put in
TABLESPOONS of baking powder instead of TEASPOONS!! Now we
always laugh when she makes very good biscuits and remember the first
ones she ever made!....Mary
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 To Buy: Old Guitars and Amplifiers



Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
319,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to: http://www.tiasExchange.com

10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Jane S. requested a recipe for "Chicken made with Campbells
soup" 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.
Jane, Could you be thinking of “Chicken Crunch”? I have an old copy of
“Campbell’s 100 Best Recipes” with this recipe:
Chicken Crunch

1 can (10 ½ oz.) condensed 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
cream of chicken, mushroom, 2 pounds chicken parts
or golden mushroom soup** 1 cup finely crushed packaged
¾ cup milk herb seasoned stuffing mix
1 tablespoon finely chopped 2 tablespoons melted butter or
0nion margarine

Mix 1/3 cup soup, ¼ cup milk, onion, and parsley. Dip chicken in soup mixture;
Then roll in stuffing. Place in shallow baking dish (12x8x2 inches). Drizzle butter
on chicken. Bake at 400 deg. F. for 1 hour or until tender. Meanwhile, combine
remaining soup and milk. Heat; stir now and then. Serve over chicken. 4 servings.
**When using golden mushroom soup, substitute water for milk.

I’ve had my copy – Reddish-brown Hardcover, c. 8”x8 ½”, 160 pages – since the
70’s. Oddly enough, it has no copyright date! However, in her Introduction, Carolyn
Campbell says that in preparation for Campbell’s 100th Anniversary, they decided to
“pass along in one volume a collection of “100 Best Recipes” using condensed soups.”
She adds that the selection process was so difficult that they ended up adding another
“equally appealing” 157 recipes, but they did mark the “100 Best” with a star. This
one has that star.

Find a copy if you can! It’s great for quick nostalgic meals: Tetrazzinis, Curry, and
much more! Meanwhile, if this isn’t what you remember, I’m sure the folks at
Campbell’s can - would be happy to! – come up with the right one...Regards,
Betty G. Felton, CA
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.
When I was a child my great aunt made a couple of dishes' that many people
gasp at the thought of when I mention them, and/or explain what they were.
Unfortunately after her death her house burned down and all the old recipes'
were lost forever. I saw them, but I never saw her use them anyway. One of
the dishes' she made was tripe (The lining of the stomach. usually from cattle).
Somehow she cooked it just right, tender and very tasty, I remember a
vinegary taste (?). My mom has no idea how to cook it, she hates' it, in fact
she hated it so much that she told me she used to cry when she knew that
was what her mama was making for dinner. I've tried but cannot seem to
re-capture either the taste or texture my Aunt could. I also remember going
with her to the slaughterhouse, maybe the fact that the tripe I've tried to cook
comes' from a can has something to do with it. Anyway, if anyone can help
me I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!! Lesia P.
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.

Debbie's Gift Shop
Your best location for vintage purses, including designers such as Whiting
and Davis, La Regale, Coach and more. We can provide you with a
wonderful gift and greeting card for any occasion. There's something for

A Bientot
We feature Limoges Porcelain, English Bone China and Ironstone,
German, Prussian and Austrian Porcelain. Free Shipping on all items
inside the US and Canada!

AJ's Vintage Treasures
We specialize in American glass - Cambridge, Duncan & Miller, Fostoria
and more. When possible, we give a little piece of history with the treasures
we sell. Come in and look around, you might find just what you've been
looking for.

Sweet Memories
Sweet Memories would love to have you stop in and browse. We offer a
variety of items mainly in kitchenware, dinnerware, tableware, cookie
jars, glassware and home decor. Our items are well cared for and ready
for use or display.
Sell with us
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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
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3. Get an online appraisal
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Thanks for reading. Feel free to forward this to a friend. To subscribe to this
newsletter go to: http://www.tias.com/subscribe Please note that stories and
recipes from readers are not checked for accuracy. They may be edited
prior to publication. For questions or comments, you can reach us at
newsletter@TIAS.com ©1995-2004 TIAS.com Inc.

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