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The Collectors Newsletter #279 November 2004
The Collectors Newsletter #279 November 2004


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In this issue, you will read about....
1. THe Varsity Letter & The Rocking Chair
2. Safe online shopping & Fun Holiday Gift Ideas
3. Your Classifieds
4. The Perfect Holiday Gift (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

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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 Varsity Letter
Sirs. I was on the track field back when I was a junior..a senior boy
approaches me and says,Nino,Im about to graduate soon and I have
nothing..no letter of any sort! So he went out for track..the mile..both
coaches watched him and shook their head,,nothing..any nothing he had
...all third place finishes..but he earned enough to get that letter..all I did
was encourage him. 5 years ago his mom died and at the funeral I felt a
tap on my shoulder.."Mr.Trackman" it was he..I had not seen him in
almost 50 years..we chattered and then he ambled away..His wife then
informed me that after graduating that year he went to Korea and on a
patrol walked over a land mine severely injuring both legs. I want you to
know Nino he treasures that track letter more then anything. Last month
he died and at the funeral was a vast throng of wounded vets and little kids
that he gave encouragement to...nothing else was exhibited but....an old
High School varsity letter , a track letter...His wife informed me that in his
last will and testament he had requested that " please dont exhibit my
bronze star nor purple heart..just my track letter!"..and so I like to think
that our lives do touch and interwind with each other and a simple bit of
encouragement to another human being..in this case gave him the ability
to focus and overcome tremendous odds.....and at a recent boy scout
pilgrimage I ended with "imagine what an even greater nation we would
have if each and everyone of you were to perform one good deed each
and every day...!!!!!!! Nino

--Another Story--

The Rocking Chair
The story of the Pillow just confirms what I've been feeling all along.
People who love us and are now gone, somehow are watching over us and
get messages to us - even people we didn't know but feel some connection
to. Years ago, my grandmother and grandfather lived behind my
parents in a small one bedroom house. My grandfather had a wonderful
mission style rocking chair that he always sat in and I loved to sit on his
lap. He passed away and about 5 years later, my grandmother passed
away. At that point, my son and I really needed a place to live and so we
moved into the little house behind my parents. Most of the furniture in the
house was my grandmother's, including the rocking chair. My son slept in
the bedroom and I slept on the couch in the living room. One night I woke
up and saw my grandfather sitting in the chair, smiling at me, as if to
say, everything will be alright and you are safe. I've now moved on and
all my children are grown. The rocking chair is in my parent's home but
every time I go to visit, that's where I sit and all my worries just ease
away, just as if my grandfather is holding me on his lap like he did when I
was a little girl. Everyone in the family knows that will be my chair
one day - my grandfather said so! I think that's why I collect things -
they are things that usually speak to me and give me comfort - someone
wants me to take them home. Yes, I may be crazy, but I'm glad I'm this
kind of crazy! Sheryl
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) Safe online shopping & Fun Holiday Gift Ideas
Since 1995 TIAS merchants have offered safe online shopping. All TIAS
merchants have a 7 day return policy on all of your online purchases, so
shop with confidence at TIAS.com this Holiday season.

We have a fun tool that allows you to shop just for antiques and collectibles
in the $25 to $50 range. Every page is different and there are thousands of
fascinating items to look at. Give a unique and wonderful gift this year.
Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/gifts.fcgi?rn=3

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......

Black Antique Telephones with modern modular jack

Russian porcelain, gifts - directly from St.Petersburg!


Vintage 1940s Coro Cockatoo Duette Brooch

DODDZ Angel Pin, 1968, R/S, Book Piece,Nice!

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Russian Lustreware & Porcelain Figurine
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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 seek revival memorabilia or news articles on a Pentecostal tent preacher
who was my great aunt. According to my mother (who hated admitting
connection to her), she 'preached all over the place' in the 1920's and 30's.
I have discovered the following credentials on Nettie Farris:

Mrs. Nettie B. Farris was admitted into the Virginia Conference of the PHC
in 1925 as a Licensed Minister. At the time her address was recorded as
Alco, W. VA.

In 1929, Mrs. F. J. Farris of Rock, W. VA, was admitted into the Virginia
Conference of the PHC in Organ Cave, VA (this is where the session was
held) as an Ordained Minister.

Any information or items citing my great aunt would be greatly appreciated.
Barbara Grigg... rbgrigg@westvirginia.com
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

COIN SILVER-If you're rummaging around at a house sale and find a silver
piece marked "coin," don't discard it because it isn't sterling. According to
Ralph and Terry Kovel in the November issue of Kovels on Antiques and
Collectibles newsletter, coin silver can be every bit as valuable as
sterling-perhaps even more so. From the 1830s to the 1860s, many
silversmiths melted down coins to obtain silver to make their hollwware and
flatware. They marked these products "coin," "pure coin," "dollar," "standard,"
"premium," "C," or "D". For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click

7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
November 26, 2004 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
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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.
My wife and I have 18 grandchildren and step-grandchildren. I always kid
one of them about my beautiful brown hair (it's white). One evening I had to
take this particular grandchild to the emergency room. On the way back, I
said to her, "Look at my beautiful brown hair". She said "Papaw, your hair
is white. I said "yes it is, but someday you'll have white hair too". Her reply
was, "No sir, 'cause I ain't havin' no husband".
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: Wanted to Buy: Old Ace Hippie Guitar Straps

Wanted To Buy: Old Guitars, Amplifiers and Saxophones

WANTED: old Reed & Barton stainless flatware 'Colonial Forge'


WANTED: Encaustic Jet ware

Wanted Colored Greentown Glass

WANTED: Wanted - Round Milk Bottles from All 50 States
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 L. Vaughn requested a recipe for a "Mocha Nut
Butterball Cookies" 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.
L. Vaughn requested a recipe for Mocha Nut Butterball Cookies from
about 40 years ago. Each Christmas my mother made these Mocha Nut
Balls, and that was around 40 years ago - I think this is what you are
looking for. These cookies were absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

1 c. soft butter
1/2 c. granulated sugar
2 t. vanilla
2 t. instant coffee powder
1/4 c. cocoa
1 3/4 c. sifted flour (+1 extra T. if no nuts are added)
1/2 t. salt
2 c. shopped pecans or walnuts, optional
Confectioners' sugar

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add coffee, cocoa,
flour and salt bit by bit, then the nuts. Form into 1" balls. Bake at 325
degrees about 15 minutes. Cool and roll in confectioners' sugar. Cool
more and store in covered containers. Beverly in NY
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.
My Aunt Billie asked me a while back if I had a cookbook with a Chili
Recipe that was made with Beef Suet. I told her I have a Household
Searchlight Recipe Book (1931) and I had seen the recipe but had not
tried it. She said my Grandma used to make this Chili and it was the
best she ever tasted. I have recently moved and still have boxes and
boxes that are sitting unpacked (my Household Searchlight is in one
of them). Since the holidays are coming up, I doubt I will have a chance
to find my cookbook anytime soon. Does anyone out there have the
Household Searchlight Recipe Book I'm talking about, and if you do,
could you lend me the recipe to pass on to my Aunt Billie? It would
make a great Christmas Present for her. Thanks....Jacque B.
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 for Holiday shoppers.

The Purple Iris
We have fine glass to everyday vintage collectibles kitchenwares. There
are household items, dolls, figurines, games, movies, advertising items and
much much more. We will consider layaway with purchase over 100.00
(not including S&H) Specifics can be discussed.

Fort Logan Antiques & Collectibles
Storefront serves Central Texas and has a full range of collectibles on its
shelves consisting of Murano and other hand blown art glass, vintage jewelry,
music collectibles, pottery, oil paintings, prints, figurines, as well as thousands
of collectible and rare books.
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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?
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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
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