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The Collectors Newsletter #282 December 2004

The Collectors Newsletter #282 December 2004


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In this issue, you will read about....
1. The Vanilla Soda & The Year 1904
2. eBay Sales Analysis
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 Vanilla Soda
Remember the soda fountains in the old drug stores? This was in the
summer of '44. I was 16. I had my first summer job as a soda 'jerk' at
Partridge Drug store in Barberton Ohio. One day there was a well
dressed man sitting at the fountain. Suit, tie the works. He ordered a
vanilla soda. I was pretty new on the job and I really wanted to impress
my customer. I put two big scoops of vanilla ice-cream and some vanilla
flavoring in a tall soda glass. Then I was to add the seltzer water. The
seltzer dispenser had two "speeds". For a coke or phosphate you pulled
the handle toward yourself just enough to get an even flow. When you
made a soda you pushed it away from yourself to give it some fizz. Well,
I pushed the handle too far! You guessed it, vanilla soda shot out onto
the man's suit. Boy, was I embarrassed. I don't remember what happened
afterwards. Maybe under hypnosis I could. I wonder if the man
remembers this earth shattering experience? I'll never forget. Alley, Texas

--Another Story--

The Year 1904
As 2004 comes to an end, I thought this was an appropriate email that
was forwarded by one of our readers. What was it like one hundred years
ago? What a difference a century makes! Here are some of the US
statistics for the year 1904:

The average life expectancy in the US was 47 years.

Only 14 percent of the homes in the US had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven

There were only 8,000 cars in the US, and only 144 miles
of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more
heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million
residents, California was only the 21st most populous state
in the Union.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

The average wage in the US was 22 cents an hour.

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500
and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about
$5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births in the US took place
at home.

Ninety percent of all US physicians had no college education.
Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were
condemned in the press and by the government as "substandard."

Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used borax
or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the
country for any reason.

The five leading causes of death in the US were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart
disease 5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico,
Hawaii, and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was 30!!!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
Two of 10 US adults couldn't read or write.
Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the
counter at corner drugstores. According to one pharmacist,
"Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind,
regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a
perfect guardian of health."

COKE's still included it's namesake, "cocaine".

Eighteen percent of households in the US had at least
one full-time servant or domestic.

There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire US.

And I forwarded this from someone else without typing it myself, and
sent it to you in a matter of seconds! Try to imagine what it may be
like in another 100 years......
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) eBay Sales Analysis
AuctionBytes.com is looking for ways eBay sellers improve sales. How do
you pick the best keywords for your listings? Do you test the best ending
times to close your auctions? Do you try to improve your sales by
reviewing past sales data? Send an email to data@auctionbytes.com
and your tips may be published!

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

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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.
My fiance's mother sewed a "mouse with a piece of cheese" pillow way
back when...and my fiance had it as a child..he named it MUSTARD ( we
don't know why). His brothers (being brothers) ripped to to shreds one
day when they were kids. This has scarred my boyfriend for life ! : ) I am
looking for an old stuffed pillow of a mouse with cheese from the 1970's
or even earlier. Can anyone help? I have NO PICTURE so I am
searching for this one by ESP! thanks ! If you have suggestion, send
email to: alannis34@hotmail.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

FISHER-PRICE TOYS-Dr. Doodle was the very first Fisher-Price toy. This
duck pull toy sold for just $3 when it was introduced in 1931. In the November
issue of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles newsletter, Ralph and Terry
Kovel report a Dr. Doodle sold for $2,200 at a recent auction of Fisher-Price
pull toys from the 1930s and '40s. The company is still in East Aurora, New
York, where it was founded in 1930. The following year it introduced its first
16 toys, including five wooden pull toys covered with lithographed-paper
designs. For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click

7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
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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.
The canned whipped cream stories reminded me of something that happened
30 years ago. We were traveling, two carloads, with a small group of friends.
We stopped in Flagstaff AZ in a small cafe, all of us around a big table, and
we all ordered comfort food, like hamburgers and fries. We passed the
ketchup bottle around. It came to my husband. He shook it vigorously. It
sprayed all over half of us, faces, hair, clothes (his were the worst, though).
My best friend had looked away from the table at something; when she turned
back, half of us were covered in ketchup--a scene she will never forget. My
husband, defensively, said, "Who didn't put the cap back on tight?" We all
said, "WHO shakes the ketchup bottle?!" We still laugh about that with
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: Horlick's Jar Screw Lid

WANTED: 1930s Carved Oak Dining Room Chair Sought

WANTED: WANTED: Clock movement

WANTED: WANTED--Clear glass dome top wire bail fruit jars

WANTED: Wanted to Buy: Old Ace Hippie Guitar Straps
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 Suzie P. requested a recipe for a "Penuche fudge"
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.
This has been handed down through at least three generations of
my family.


1 Box light brown sugar
1 Cup evaporated milk (not sweetened)
1 stick butter
1 tsp vanilla

Melt first three ingredients in sauce pan- not tefflon.
Bring to soft ball (240 degrees)
Remove from heat, drop in but do not stir, Vanilla
Let cool until fudge satins over on top.
Beat the pants off of it with hand mixer until fudge gets stiffer and
lightens in color. Poor into buttered square glass pan, pat down,
and score if desired. Let cool, then try to keep everyone from eating
it all at once! Hope this helps! Happy Holidays!


This is my Nanny's old time recipe for Penuche, a treat that I have
always dearly loved. Hope it is what your are dreaming of!

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2/3 of a cup of milk
2 Tablespoons corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Butter a loaf pan. Mix sugar, milk, corn syrup and salt. Cook stirring
constantly until 234 degrees on a candy thermometer, or to soft ball
stage. Remove from heat and add butter, cool until 120 degrees, or
the bottom of the pan is lukewarm to touch. Add vanilla. Beat on low
speed with mixer until thick and no longer glossy. Quickly stir in nuts
and fold into the pan. Cool until firm, and cut into squares. Make 1
pound Good luck to you and Happy Holidays to all! Cindy P. Indiana PA
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 sister-in-law decided to make a family recipe book after my brother
died. We are all contributing our favorites, including foods we remember
that our mother made. She died over thirty years ago and we can't find
recipes for some of them. In the fifties, one that we all loved was a yeast
cinnamon coffee cake. When the dough was in the pan, Mom stuck her
thumb into it and filled those holes with condensed milk and maybe sugar
and butter. We kids called them rotten spots. If anyone has such a
recipe, please let us know, so we can include it in our family book. We
would love to recapture this piece of family history. We lived in St. Henry,
Ohio - a German Catholic area. Thanks, so much. Nancy H. Indianapolis,
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.

Sam's Vintage Place
Hi, my store contains unique and varied Antiques, Collectibles and Vintage
Jewelry. There is glass, pottery, china, textiles, fashion accessories,
ethnographics, kitchen(sometimes the sink). You never know what you
might find! Come, relax and browse awhile.

Mem's Cupboard
New items arriving daily for your shopping pleasures. Receive 10% off
orders over $25 and 20% off orders over $50, come on in.

Poppa & Nana's Attic
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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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