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The Collectors Newsletter #283

The Collectors Newsletter #283 December 2004


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In this issue, you will read about....
1. The Book & Rummaging
2. Some great affordable 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.

While antiquing a few months ago he happened upon an Estate sale at
a big, old house. The first thing he saw in the house was an old book
sitting on the dining room table. It was a copy of Jules Verne's From the
Earth to the Moon published in 1874. Because of some damage to the
spine cover, (which turned out to be fairly easy to repair), the seller
wanted only $4.00 for the book. My husband collects old books but only
about travel and Baltimore. He really didn't know if this book was valuable
or not, but bought it on the chance that it might be. When he got home
and went on the internet he found that this was the first American edition
of the Verne novel. He consigned the book to an auction house in San
Francisco where the book sold for $575. This was the first time my
husband had ever been to an estate sale, and now he's not sure if he
should go to any more because he is sure he'll never have the same
luck again!...Barbara G.

--Another Story--

I am 49 years old, and have many memories of my mother and her
sisters, my aunts, doing "old houses", that meant, back in the 50's
and 60's, curiously rummaging around in stuff that was abandoned,
nobody wanted.. we, as young children, were taught to respect the
areas we were "rummaging" through, somewhat revered in a way, that
there was a place where someone once lived, they moved, left stuff,
sometimes, the houses were intact, sometimes not, just rubble, there
was the occasional "hobo" resident, i remember those times, of my
mom & aunts giving food to these resident hosts, while we rummaged.
one day, Mama & Aunt Jean decided to go to the big house south of
town that had been abandoned three years or more ago, that was
about 1964. Aunt Jean spied a box up on top of a cupboard, she
reached for it, and stepped on a floor board in the kitchen, and fell
through, and commenced to bleeding heavily, Mama called to us kids
for help, we came running, and all of the kids saw a man gently lifting
Aunt Jean from the rubble floor. he sat her down, us kids ran up and
said, what, what, mama said nothing, she stood in silence. Aunt Jean
said ok, kid's let's go home now, she was unbruised, and nothing was
wrong. They said no man was there. Then, when we were wading
through the rubble ton the way to get to the car, Mama and Aunt Jean
stopped abruptly (me, my cousins David & Terri all saw this ) there
was a very old photo album on the ground, Mama picked it up, and we
kept going . When we got home, after supper, Aunt Jean went and got
the album. We all gathered round and looked at it. There were old
pictures, and writings. There were pictures of my mothers great
grandfather, his parents, pets, house, and a lot of other pictures. Then
there was one picture of the "hobo" gent which some of us saw that
day.. Mama & Aunt Jean never mentioned anything about all this, but
we heard them talking about it through the years., and us kids all grew
up, and still mention this memory when we all get together. two friends
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) Some great affordable Gift ideas
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great gift ideas for the Holidays. 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

A History of 19th Century Foods with Recipes

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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.
Being the ripe old age of ten when my first niece was born and fifteen
when the second niece came along in 1973, I was enlisted to do lots of
babysitting, a chore I never balked about because I loved playing with my
nieces. My youngest niece was a tough one and when she wanted
something we all ran to keep her quiet and did her bidding...to a certain
extent. The one thing I truly remember though is how much she loved
being read to. Last night at a dinner with my daughter, my sister, and
my niece the conversation came around to some of the old books she
had enjoyed. My sister had lent some of the favorites out and used
others for her youngest son and now her grandchildren. We talked
about one of the old favorites that was lent out and never returned by
who knows who. My sister has tried to replace it and I believe has
even called the publisher to see if it was still in print, all to no avail. My
niece has been suffering from some health and personal problems lately.
I thought it might lift her spirits if I could find this book and make a present
of it to her so she can share a piece of her childhood with her two nieces.
The name of the book is Francis Face maker and I believe my sister said
the publisher was Scholastic. If anyone has any leads I could follow on
this book, I would greatly appreciate it....Send email to
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

SANTA CANDY CONTAINERS-Santa candy containers date back to the
19th century and are still being made. Often they were used as tree or
table decorations long after the candy they held was gone, and then were
passed down in the family from generation to generation. According to
Ralph and Terry Kovel in the November issue of "Kovels on Antiques and
Collectibles" newsletter, most valuable are the 19th- and early 20th-century
Santas made in Germany, often of papier-mâché with cloth or crepe paper
clothing and cotton batting or fur beards. An unusually large 35-inch-high
German Santa sold for $13,800 at a recent auction. A recent 13-inch Santa
container brought $115. So if you have a box of old Christmas decorations,
unpack it carefully. You might find a treasure.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click

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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.
Can you all stand one more story about whipped cream? One of my
long-ago memories from my childhood was being at my grandparents'
home in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. The dining room
was crowded with family and guests all dressed in their finest. My
mother had shopped and shopped for just the right dress for the occasion.
As dessert was served, my grandmother stood at the table to put the
finishing touch on it with a dab of whipping cream. As she shook the can,
it exploded. Totally flustered, my grandmother starting screaming and
shooting whipping cream everywhere. Guests started diving from their
chairs to seek cover under the table. In the end, the walls, draperies and
many of the guests had been covered in whipping cream. The whipping
cream company ultimately paid to have the dining room walls
re-wallpapered and dresses dry cleaned. However, my mother said her
dress was never the same. I don't believe she ever wore it again. We
still remember and laugh about that story even though it's been probably
46 years ago! Diane
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 Nancy H. requested a recipe for a "yeast cinnamon
coffee cake" 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 wonder if the coffee cake the reader described might be what the
Moravians call "sugar cake." It is a raised dough coffee cake that has
little heaps of brown sugar and butter inserted just before baking. Try
using a search engine for the Moravian church and their customs. I'm
visiting my mother right now in Winston-Salem, NC, and will be having
some of that yummy sugar cake tomorrow at a Moravian-sponsored
"candle tea" tomorrow afternoon! Carol N.
1 package dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 cup hot, unseasoned mashed potatoes
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten
5-6 cups sifted flour
Brown sugar
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Mix together mashed potatoes, sugar,
shortening, butter, and salt in a large bowl. Add yeast mixture and stir
until blended. Cover mixing bowl and set aside to rise in a warm
place until spongy. Stir in eggs and enough sifted flour to make a
soft dough. Shape dough into a ball and place in a greased bowl,
turning to grease top. Cover and allow to rise until double in bulk--
about 2 hours.

Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead 5 minutes or
until smooth and elastic. Divide dough in half and spread out evenly
in 2 greased baking pans, 13x9x2". Set aside to rise again. When
double in bulk, use your fingers to make holes 1 1/2" to 2" apart all
over the dough. Fill holes with brown sugar and generous pieces of
butter. Sprinkle cinnamon over entire cake. Bake in a preheated
375-degree oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Because of
the size of the cake, it is usually cut in halves to wrap for giving.
Cakes can be frozen and reheated for serving. Makes 2 cakes,
each 13x9".
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.
Every Christmas my grandmother would make a "Snowball Pudding."
I remember it included lemon-lime gelatin, and had a lemon-lime sauce
that was served over it. Both the "pudding" and sauce were light green
in color. Grandma always said she got the recipe from her Norweigian
mother, and she refused to pass down the recipe. She made this dish
once a year from memory, and took the recipe to her grave. Although
I never cared for the dish, my mother would love to make this dessert
for my stepfather. Does anyone have any ideas? I appreciate any
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.

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items added daily, so check with us often.

Kitchen collectibles, glass, porcelain and household antiques,
meticulously picked for their high quality, pristine condition and
affordability. Allowing everyone to enjoy this colorful and elegant
collection of nostalgic items from all our pasts.

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13) Helpful Resources:
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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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