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The Collectors Newsletter #293 January 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #293 January 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Throw it out" and "The decline of society.."
2. Collector's Corner: Matchcovering Collectors
3. Your Classifieds
4. Improve 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
NEW series on PBS (sponsors message)
Antiques Roadshow FYI
starts 1/19 @ 8pm
Sneak preview at
1) After you read this story, tell us your interesting story. Send your
story to email@example.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.
Throw it out..
In 1977 I still used an old Maytag wringer washer, which I kept outside
for use in the summer. I was pregnant with our second child and my 3
year old was "helping" me wash some clothes. I came to a pair of my
husbands socks and noticed a hole in the heel. I tossed it in the basket
and said we were going to have to throw that one away and get Daddy
some new ones. As I continued to wring out the clothes I noticed my
daughter kept picking up the old sock and then looking at me. After a
few times of doing this she came up to me and asked," Mommy, does
you has to throw away the old kids when you get new ones?"
I thought I was going to cry forever that day. She is now 32 and we
remind her of that day often! Deb
The decline of our society...
Bonnie B's memories of her school day experience with the ink pens and
ink wells was interesting to me because I think I can mark the decline of
our society almost to the day into the disposable society of today when
we are in too big a hurry to appreciate fine penmanship and beautiful
calligraphy, in too big a hurry to value and take care of a fine ink pen
and in too big a hurry to enjoy some of the other sweeter aspects of a
time when the pace of life moved much slower. That was the day the
first ball point pen came onto the market. They are the bane of my
existence. The most aggravating thing about them is they are not ready
to write when I am. You are four words into the sentence before the
thing takes a notion to function. I will take a finely balanced fountain pen
or a lead pencil any day. ~Bette b.
--Another comment on pre ballpoint pens--
To protect my sleeve, I wore a plastic cuff on my pen hand. Who
remembers those? Sally
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
It's no hassle to ship large antique and fragile collectibles.
Check out the new Web site at Craters and Freighters. Get your questions
about shipping answered. They have an entire new section dedicated to
antiques and collectibles now. Take a look online at:
2) Collector's Corner: Matchcovering Collectors
Michele Alice sheds light on a popular area of collecting. Phillumeny is the
field of collecting all things having to do with matches, including matchbook
covers. Learn more about this hot collecting field in today's Collector's Corner column.
For more examples of Matchbooks, 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:
Visit Pizazz for Vintage Compacts and Costume Jewelry
Scandinavian and British Pottery from V For Vintage
Haviland LIMOGES Snipe GAME PLATE Ca.1905
Want to know what our advertisers think? Check out the testimonials at:
4) Improve your collection (sponsors message)
In many cases you can actually increase the value of your collection, by
keeping accurate records on the history of each piece. Accurate records can
help contribute to the overall value. There are many way to do this. The easiest is
to get yourself some collection management software from Collectify. Collectify
is the only collection management software recommended by Sothebys to
their clients. It works with EVERY type of antique or collectible.
Order a Free 30 day trial version of Collectify or you can even download
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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
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 am a fourth generation Waitt. The only family history I know is that Waitt
had a cigar factory. There is a building in the north end of Boston with a
Waitt and Bond cigar name. My family was disowned because Waitt
married an Irish catholic. I also know that a relative, Carolyn Waitt owned
a very successful stationary store on the Boston common. She lost
everything she owned while being involved with a man named Dick Darby
I lost my parents in a fire. I was so young that I had never heard the
whole history of the Waitt Family. I always figured there was plenty of time
to find out. Thanks for any help you can give. Glenna Waitt
Please contact Glenna at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
6) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
The all-new KOVELS' DEPRESSION GLASS & DINNERWARE PRICE
LIST, 8th edition, is now in your local bookstore. This book is a MUST
for beginners and experienced collectors of Depression glass, ceramic,
and plastic tableware of the 1920s - 1980s. It's filled with more information
a.. More than 8,000 actual current prices of your favorite dishes
b.. Factory histories, makers, and marks
c.. More than 250 Depression glass patterns, with photos, line drawings,
and cross-references to patterns known by multiple names
d.. Over 450 pottery and porcelain dinnerware patterns from the 1920s
to the '80s, with an index of pattern names
e.. 16-page color report tracing the history of 20th-century tableware
f.. Plastic dinnerware prices-including patterns by Russel Wright
g.. Lists of clubs and publications for collectors
SPECIAL AUTOGRAPHED-COPY OFFER! Order your copy through the
Kovels' website, online at:
and the Kovels will send you the book with a special bookplate autographed by Ralph and Terry Kovel.
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
January 18, 2005 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
When my son Bruce was in about the second grade, he came home
one day and asked me "Mom, what are headlights?" I said "Bruce, you
know what headlights are, they're on the car"
"no,no, he said, "headlights!!" Well, after going back and forth for
awhile and me insisting he knew what they were,and he growing more
frustrated, I said,Just what was the teacher talking about when she
With all seriousness he said. Well, she was going thru everyone's hair
and she said she was looking for "headlights"
So after I could quit laughing I explained that she was looking for
"head lice" a term he had never heard. ...Gloria
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Wanted To Buy: Old Guitars and Amplifiers
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
240,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to:
10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Susie requested a recipe for a "cabbage casserole"
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.
Came across this recipe in an old cookbook. It is supposed to have
come from Mrs. Ed. T. Breathitt, Wife of the former Governor of
--Fresh Cabbage-Cracker Pie--
20 soda crackers 1/4 tsp. celery seed
1 quart cabbage, finely shredded 1/4 tsp. Pepper
1 1/2 cup milk 1/4 c. butter or margarine
1/2 tsp. salt
Coarsely crumble crackers; sprinkle half over bottom of a well-greased
pie plate. Fill with cabbage. Top with remaining crackers. Pour milk
mixed with seasonings over cabbage; dot with butter. Bake at
350-degrees for 40 to 50 minutes. Yield: 6 servings..Peg
-- Another Version--
This recipe from Iowa might be similar to the one that Susie is looking
for; it is always a hit when I prepare it for a pot-luck meal. D. Ray
Fuller Jr., Dallas, TX
Parboil 1 cut-up medium head of cabbage until barely tender.
Remove from heat and drain. Saute' 1 green pepper (chopped) and
1 medium onion (chopped) in 1/4 cup butter until soft. Mix together
the cabbage, green pepper/onion mixture, 1 (4 oz.) can mushrooms,
1/4 lb. grated cheddar cheese (sharp), 1 can cream of mushroom
soup (undiluted), a few dashes of Tabasco, 2 teaspoons
Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to taste.
Place in a 1 1/2 or 2 qt. casserole and top with crumbled saltine
crackers if desired. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Serves 6 - 8 . D. Ray
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
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 geographical region where
you had this recipe.
As a kid I LOVED baked meringue cookies. I'm looking for the best
recipe for these tasty cookies. There are hundreds on the Web, but
which of them is the best one. Send me your opinion of the best
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org 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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On the shelf, ready for shipment, are premium decorated porcelain and
hand-painted items ready for your gift giving, company/school awards,
appreciations, gift basket items or fund raising. Be sure to visit our site
often for new collectibles.
From An Antique Land
From An Antique Land come the unusual, the vintage, and indeed, the
antique: vintage and antique jewelry, 19th and 20th century pottery, fine
art, vintage ephemera, and much more, all carefully picked and precisely
Aunt Eeks Estate
We have an eclectic array of Asian, American and European Antiques,
Collectibles, Ephemera, Photographica, Breweriana, Music, Toys, Dolls,
Kitchenware, China, Dinnerware, Christmas, Books, Magazines, and
lots more! The family estate started this business, and we love what we
CLEAN SWEEP CONSIGNMENT CENTER
My store is in Plymouth WI in the heart of the old down town. I have a
wide variety of item that come into my shop from many different places.
Items change very frequently and one can never guess what will come
through the door. My inventory includes antiques, collectibles, jewelry,
and misc. items.
For more new online shops, take a look at:
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If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at
If you have more than a few items to sell,
open your own store at TIAS. It's easy and fun. Over 200,000 customers
visit us on an average day. It costs you nothing to get started. Take a
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
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