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The Collectors Newsletter #292 January 2005

The Collectors Newsletter #292 January 2005

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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Seldom Used" words 2
2. Collector's Corner: Black Memorabilia
3. Your Classifieds
4. What you need for your collection. (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.
"Seldom Used" words 2
Readers keep sending in comments on seldom used "vintage" words.
Here is another fresh batch. Also, be sure to check out the
"slumgullion" submissions in the recipe section...interesting.
There are words I'm glad are gone for their use is gone also. I
remember learning to write with an ink pen when I was in the fourth
grade. By pen, I mean, we used a black wooden pen holder, pushed
in a metal pen nib and dipped it into those infamous ink wells that
resided in the little hole at the corner of our desks. Everyone had their
own little ink blotter for the excess ink, of which there was...excess.
Those nibs scratched and spit and sprayed all over the paper, the desk,
and my dress. My fingers were permanently stained until the sixth
grade. There was even a little pitcher of black ink with a long, thin spout
for refilling those tiny, tiny, ink wells. I dreaded the day my well went
dry and I had to ask for the ink can. I can't imagine why anyone in their
right mind would think that fourth graders and indelible black ink was a
viable combination. There were many accidents, many a stained dress
and shirt, many a wailing mother on laundry day. Some things do
change for the better. And ballpoint pens were certainly welcomed by
me. Love your newsletter and look forward to it. Bonnie B.

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now u don't hear that word alot anymore. I used to say it alot growing
up in a small town and I sometimes still do. there are alot of people
that "try" to say that ain't isn't a word. well here is the verse they use to
say, "aint a word, and its not in the dictionary",well I hate to prove that
they are wrong but if u look it up in the old dictionary its in there. I
have one thats dated 1945 and its in there. Its a webster's New
Collegiate Dictionary. thank you. lori MN.
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 .

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2) Collector's Corner: Black Memorabilia
Black Memorabilia, or African Americana, is a collecting category that
has come into its own in the past 30 years or so. Ranging from cultural
artifacts like quilts and pottery to derogatory advertising art, the field
is both fascinating and controversial. Michele Alice examines the
factors that make this a hot market and lists resources to learn more.

For more examples of Black Memorabilia, take a look at:

3) Your Classifieds...
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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
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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 have a partial tin type picture album that was in a a trunk my husband
bought at a farm auction near Scio, OR about 1959. One of the contents
was Charles Livenspire and C>A> Kellogg wedding Certificate date
February 10, 1863. From some of the papers in trunk I believe the
owner was Franklin Livenspire's daughter Ella or Ellen. Mary E Teem
contact at Maryella158@cs.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

TIPS FROM THE KOVELS-In a recent issue of Kovels on Antiques and
Collectibles newsletter, Ralph and Terry Kovel offer this tip: If there are
raised applied decorations on your art glass, be careful when cleaning it.
Gold or silver accents, painted enamel decoration, and beads must be
kept in fine condition to maintain the value.

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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.
In our area, which is Cedar Springs Michigan, we have
an old bridge that has the arched top. We still drive
over it now and then when taking the "back" way to
town. My daughter was about 10 years old at the time
this happened. We would always honk the horn when we
went under the bridge, and the kids would roll their
windows down and listen to it echo, up and down the
river. One day, during the winter, we were driving
under the bridge and Hollie asked me to honk the horn.
Unknown to her, my horn had stopped working. I hit the
horn as hard as I could, and nothing happened. I told
her that it was so cold, the honk froze, and we could
drive under the bridge again come spring, and she
could listen to all the frozen honks thawing out and
echoing up and down the river. She looked at me with
innocence and said "Really dad?" My wife gave me that
"look" and I had to laugh, and then Hollie realized I
was kidding her, and she said "Daaaad! UN-UH!" We
still laugh to this day about that. Now she is a
beautiful 20 year old young lady, with her fathers
sense of humor. Thanks for letting me share. Joe W
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: Vintage 1950s Prom Dresses

Wanted: Round Milk Bottle Bottles from all 50 states

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10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Tami B. requested a recipe for "slum gullion"
We had a huge number of responses to that request. If you
have a variation of this recipe that you would like to share
with our readers, please post it to:
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
As for "slumgullion"...I think it is one word and my research shows
that it comes from 2 words.....slime (slum) and cesspool (gullion)
and typically refers to a watery stew or drink made with leftovers
not quite bad enough to be fed to the hogs.

There is also a report the word appears in "Treasure Island" but
having read it over 50 years ago I simply don't recall. Jane K.

--Another Response--

My mom (b. 1906) also made this and called it slum gullion too. I
still make it, using about a pound of ground beef, a can of tomato
soup or some spaghetti sauce, green pepper - minced, and I use
a little onion powder usually instead of chili powder. I have no clue
as to where the name comes from, but my mom was originally from
Schuylkill Co. PA, and then from Montgomery Co., PA. in the 1940s.
Dianne, Montgomery Co., PA

--Another Response--

"Slum gullion" or "slumgullion" or just "slum", is a term from the
California gold rush. It meant the mud left in the sluice when
panning for gold, and the miners also used it to refer to a thin,
watery stew or soup made from leftovers. The term first appeared in
print in 1850. Every recipe for slumgullion that I found had different
ingredients, which is logical since it was originally made from leftovers.

--Another Response--

Slum Gullion is all the name we ever used. I think that the name
came from the Hobos that rode the rails (rode in box cars that were
empty going some where on the rail road). They had to eat what
they could get and learned to cook in a pot on an open fire. They
would work at a job at a house or store for a day for some food or
some times a little cash, 25-50 cents. Slum Gullion was fairly easy
to get the ingredients and could be cooked over an open fire.
By-the-way there was big difference between a Hobo and a Bum.
A Hobo was willing, even eager to work to get food, but a Bum
wasn't. Gene B

--Another Response--

According to "Uncle Phaedrus -- Finder of Lost Recipes" on the
website www.hungrybrowser.com :

"Slum gullion" or "slumgullion" or just "slum", is a term from the
California gold rush. It meant the mud left in the sluice when panning
for gold, and the miners also used it to refer to a thin, watery stew or
soup made from leftovers. The term first appeared in print in 1850.
Every recipe for slumgullion that I found had different ingredients,
which is logical since it was originally made from leftovers."

I found a whole bunch of slum gullion recipes by doing a web search,
and they did indeed ALL have different ingredients! (Most of them
included some kind of ground meat and tomatoes or tomato sauce,
but otherwise they varied wildly). I also found a website that claimed
the original recipe came from the slums of London and later the name
was changed to "Mulligan Stew," and another lady who claimed that
the recipe was handed down through generations of her Irish
grandmothers! Hm...there's a "Slumgullin Pass" in Colorado, a book
named "Slumgullion Stew" by Edward Abbey, and even a band named
Slum Gullion! Amazing, since I'd never ever heard of this it until Tami
posted her question.

I love this newsletter, and I hope this helps answer Tami's question
about where the recipe's name comes from! Kate M.
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 ex-husband's grandmother used to make a cabbage dish, for all the
family get togethers, that I dearly loved. I have asked my ex-mom-in-law
for the recipe but she does not have it. It was sort of a casserole type
dish with cooked cabbage in a creamy type sauce, and a cracker
crumb top. I have looked for years for a similar recipe, I have even
inherited all of my mom's and grandmothers recipes and cook books
(lots of local organization and church cookbooks) from central Indiana.
I have millions of old cookie recipes if anyone is looking, I will be glad
to help. Thanks Susie
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:

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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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