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The Collectors Newsletter #284 December 2004

The Collectors Newsletter #284 December 2004


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In this issue, you will read about....
1. The Table
2. Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas
3. Your Classifieds
4. Software For Collectors. The Perfect 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 this story, 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.
When I was growing up in the 50's, my mother, sister,
and I, lived in Mason City, Iowa with my Grandmother
Caldwell. She had a tiny house where she had lived
since her marriage, without more than the bare
necessities. In the living room there was one piece
that even as a child I thought very beautiful, a
round, pedestal lamp table made out of walnut. I did
not even know until decades later that it was a
tilt-top tea table, I only admired it. It had been
made for her in the midst of the Depression by a
teenager whom she had befriended. He worked as a
helper with my Grandfather, as a bread deliveryman. My
Grandfather would often bring him home to supper as he
was motherless and his father an alcoholic (or so the
story goes). My Grandmother would mend his clothes and
generally make him welcome, even when she was not sure
how the mortgage would be paid that month and she had
three children of her own to feed. He must have been
grateful because he made this little table in shop
class and gave it to her where it had the place of
honor for fifty years until her death at age eighty. I
lived at a distance, so had to return home quickly
after her funeral. Nothing so surely brought the fact
of her death and absence so bitterly home, as loading
this little table into the car for the trip home. I
love this simple little table and I believe that my
love of Queen Anne furniture began with it. But I love
more what it says about my Grandmother and her
character and kindness. Today, it also has the place
of honor in my living room. Yet, that day, or any day
after, I would have cheerfully chopped it into
kindling for a little more time with her. ...Laura
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) Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas
Ok, you're getting desperate for Holiday gift ideas. We've got some
great gift ideas for you. Take a look at:

3) Your Classifieds...
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 240,000
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 sister and I bought a collection of books and this New Testament (Red
Letter Edition) was in it. Handwritten in the front cover is Edna Elaine Wains,
2405 N. Main St, Lindlayor Tindlay, Ohio. It was received Dec. 25, 1945
from Mother. If anyone knows this person and wants this Bible please
e mail me at sowegafarmgirl@aol.com. And I will be happy to send it to
you. My name is Mary Jo Shiver, Perry, GA.
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.
Ok, here is the scene, you're sitting in a chair on a stage infront of the
entire elementary school for an awards presentation. The principal is standing
at the podium, with you and several other students sitting in chairs on either
side of him. Just as everyone comes to a hush, you scoot your chair back
about 6 inches. The legs rubbing along the floor make a very loud sound
that sounds exactly like someone passing gas. The entire school erupts
into laughter. I childhood memory is born. True story..
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: Vintage Canister

WANTED: Horlick's Jar Screw Lid

WANTED: 1930s Carved Oak Dining Room Chair Sought

WANTED: WANTED: Clock movement
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 a reader requested a recipe for a "Snowball Pudding"
We did not get any responses, WHich is quite rare.
Here is an additional response to last weeks request for a "Penuche
Fudge" recipe. 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 found this in an old cook book : Southern version, from the influence of
many years spent in Atlanta, is called Penuche, a delicious, glistening
concoction of brown sugar, vanilla, and nuts. . Hope this is what you are
looking for...we used to make this candy but we used white sugar instead
of the brown sugar and it made a delicious candy..we always used the
canned milk so it was creamy in texture..EMK...Texas

Penuche Fudge
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup water (or milk, cream, or evaporated milk if desired)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup nutmeats

Slowly stir over low heat until brown sugar is dissolved. Boil brown sugar,
water, and salt quickly without stirring to the "soft-ball stage"
(238 degrees). Add butter. Place saucepan containing the candy in cold
water. When the bottom of the saucepan is cool, begin to beat the candy
until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and nutmeats. Drop candy from
spoon on oiled wax paper or into oiled pan and cut into squares.
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.
I really appreciate this feature in your newsletter. There are so many
great recipes turning up there. But I lost a recipe and it's driving me
wacky to think it got lost. When we were first married 35 years ago I
had a fruit cake recipe from a magazine (I think a Woman's Day,
probably in the late '60s) that had pounds of fruit and nuts, mostly
cherries & citron, and I believe, pecans. It was a surprising thing to
make as there was only a very little actual batter holding this concoction
together. Even so, the baking time was substantial. It was like eating
a dried fruit candy bar! Sure would like to have that recipe again.
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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This is truly an admiration for the craftsmanship of the early masters
of pottery and glass, which is unsurpassed. Look for Depression glass,
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Franciscan, Pfaltzgraff, collectible dolls and toys. Come on in!
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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

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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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