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The Collectors Newsletter #294 January 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #294 January 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. A nice selection of different tidbits...
2. Collector's Corner: Interesting reading on GI JOE
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.
Quite a few more comments came in regarding the early troubles
and tribulations with pens.
I, too, went to school in the day of old-fashioned desks with ink wells
and ink pens. We were also taught the Palmer Method of hand writing
which is very legible, but I don't think it is taught anymore. I will never
forget the day the boy sitting behind me dipped a lock of my blond
hair in his ink well. Needless to say, I was mortified when I discovered
it. Can you believe that he was the Presbyterian minister's son? McC.
Re the sleeve covers: They were not too popular in Montreal, but my
father always used a pocket protector against the dreaded flow of
ballpoint ink. Does anyone remember the ink cartridges that first came
out to replace the fountain pen. I have my Waterman pen from high
school, but I do not think cartridges are available anymore. Chris
Bremner, Ontario Canada
--Another comment on unused words--
Can you stand just one more about unused words? Going back to
ain't. We always said 'Ain't ain't in the dictionary, and you ain't supposed
to use ain't.' J. H. Prescott, Az.
--Don't Smoke --
When my son was 4 years old, he lost his father from cancer. I smoked
at that time. I had a carton of Marlboro's, there where 5 packs left. They
disappeared, I asked Michael where they were. His reply was "Mom if you
keep smoking you will wake up one morning and find yourself dead".
Since we had lost his father, it hit me how much he worried about me.
There was only the 2 of us. Mother and son. I stopped smoking and
haven't smoked since.
In our guest bedroom about 2 years later. I pulled the bed out and took
off the mattress. I was completely going over and under everything.
Between the mattress and box springs I found the 5 packs of Marlboro's
still in the folded carton. That was 36 years ago, I still have those packs.
Its a constant reminder to me of how children pay attention to everything.
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) The collectors Corner
In today's Collector's Corner column, Michele Alice takes a look at the
granddaddy of action figures, GI Joe. Introduced in 1964, these toys are
popular with collectors. Find out what to look for and resources to learn more.
For more examples of GI Joe, 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:
Trifari, Boucher Har, Robert,Caviness and lots more
WWII Painted Celluloid 'Son' Pendant Locket Brooch
Visit Pizazz for Vintage Compacts and Costume Jewelry
Scandinavian and British Pottery from V For Vintage
Haviland LIMOGES Snipe GAME PLATE Ca.1905
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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 have a Purple Heart in my possession with the name PFC. Reece E Sharp,
USMCR on it. I have spent several years trying to locate any family members
that might remain as I feel this medal belongs only to his family. The medal
was mailed to a Mrs. Lucy L. Sharp at a R.R. address in Oklahoma City in
January of 1945. I tried to use the power of the media in my endeavor
however, the news story was only aired in the Sherman/Denison, TX and
Ardmore, OK viewing area so it did little good.
Any information would be most graciously appreciated as being a veteran
myself, this has been an important mission for me. My email address is
Lock_Doc@verizon.net Sincerely, Linda Halliburton
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 email@example.com
6) TIPS FROM THE KOVELS-In the January issue of Kovels on Antiques
and Collectibles newsletter, Ralph and Terry Kovel offer this tip: There are
silver polishes that are made to be rubbed on, allowed to dry, then rubbed
off. No water is used. This is the type of polish to use with pieces that
should not have too much contact with water, including pieces that have
wooden or ivory handles or insulators.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
January 21, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
One year on our family vacation, we headed to the coast of Northern
California. We had been there several times but our two young daughters
had never seen The Giant Redwoods of the North Coast. Many of these
absolutely amazing trees are the oldest living things on earth, living
literally thousands of years.
We turned away from the busy Highway 101 that most people use to whiz
through this incredible place on earth, to a road appropriately named
Avenue of The Giants.
As we very slowly drove by these huge towering figures, the four of us
ooing and aahing, my youngest daughter then about ten said......
"But why are they planted so close together?"
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 email@example.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 To Buy: Old Guitars and Amplifiers
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 Bill requested a recipe for "meringue cookies"
We got some wonderful 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.
MERINGUE COOKIES - AKA -(FORGOTTEN COOKIES)
HEAT OVEN TO 350 DEGREES .........
2 egg whites + 2/3 c. sugar..........beat until stiff peaks appear
Stir in a drop or two of vanilla
add : 1 c. chocolate chips, + 1 c. chopped pecans (optional)
Method: drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet ( foil lined if desired )
place in oven.
Important........ IMMEDIATELY -- TURN OFF OVEN
Let set in oven over night, or at least 8 hrs.
The cookies bake with retained heat. YUMMY, AND CRACKLY
I make these cookies by the bushel, literally, every holiday season. My
now grown kids and almost grown grandkids expect them and they aren't
disappointed. They are easy to make, store well and taste fantastic.
Like the Lays potato chip commercial, 'you can't eat just one'.
I used to use egg whites, but it took too many and they didn't keep as well,
now I use meringue powder.
4 tablespoons meringue powder (there are many varieties on the market,
they all work the same)
One cup cold water
1-1/2 cups + 8 teaspoons of granulated sugar, divided
1 teaspoon flavoring, (optional) I use vanilla *
In a large mixing bowl (and I do mean large), combine water, meringue
powder and 3/4 cup plus 4 teaspoons of sugar.
Whip at high speed till the sugar is dissolved.(This may take a while)
Gradually add the remaining sugar and the flavoring and continue whipping
till that sugar is dissolved and the mixture pulls strong, but not dry peaks.
You may spoon out very small mounds of meringue on parchment covered
cookie sheets or place mixture in a bag with a large star tip and pipe
wreathes and other designs. I then sprinkle on decorations or red hot's.
Place in pre-heated oven and bake for about 20 minutes or till they just
start to turn a slight shade darker, this is not very dark, just kind of shaded.
Remove from oven, remove cookie covered parchment sheets from hot
baking sheets and let cool.
When completely cool, layer in a large air tight container (I put wax paper
between layers) Store in a cool dry place.
This recipe makes just oodles and oodles of cookies. To be honest, they
get eaten too fast to keep count of, but the recipe may be halved or even
quartered, if it is too much as it is. If the mixture gets soft while waiting to
be baked, just whip it up again.
We like the taste of cinnamon and you can use cinnamon oil to flavor
these cookies, but you only use a few drops, very sparingly, taste as you
flavor to be sure. Don't worry, there is nothing RAW in this recipe. Put
the oil in after the mixture is whipped up pretty good, then continue
whipping till fully expanded.
I have tried several different versions of meringue cookies over the years,
40 years to be exact, and this one not only tastes and keeps the best, it is
the easiest. Hope you like it. ---- Karen ...firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
I'm trying to locate a recipe for Pear Conserves. The one I had used
(and lost) included both black and golden raisins plus walnuts. It may of
come from a canning book called "Putting Food By", but I can't find that
book either. Sure would like to try this again, it was wonderful! Joni
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.
Offering a wide range of unique, high quality vintage and antique
collectibles. Specializing in antique costume jewelry, vintage costume
jewelry, vintage hatpins, vintage hats, vintage gloves, and many other
fine vintage accessories.
Jessie's Vintage Boutique
Visit my boutique for fashions spanning the last 100 yrs. and linens from
vintage to shabby chic. Also a stunning collection of jewelry, vanity items,
vintage fabrics, sewing items, and anything which catches my eye.
Wicked Good Emporium
Offering a selection ranging from vintage & antique linens, clothing and
haberdashery to vintage police & fire memorabilia. Most items are from
Maine estates & sales or our own personal collections, fresh items
For more new online shops, take a look at:
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop.
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
2. Looking for an expert to help you with repairs, or an appraisal?
Or just some help finding an auction house or a collectors club? Try this
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