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The Collectors Newsletter #299 February 2005

The Collectors Newsletter #299 February 2005

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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Found Mail" & "Found Money"
2. Collector's Corner: Zippo Cigarette Lighters
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)
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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.
Found mail
The story about the money packed with the old quilt pieces reminded
me of an experience I had about 15 years ago.

I sell real estate and had been hired to sell the home of the 90 year
old deceased father of a client.The father had been buying magazines
for years and years because he had believed the constant barrage of
letters that he was close to winning a fortune from a very well known
magazine contest. He thought he had not made much money in his life
and had become convinced that entering the contests was the only
way he was going to be able to leave anything to his children and
grand children. So he bought more and more magazine subscriptions.
But he never even read them. He just made piles on every surface in
his house and finally on all the floors and when he had a large enough
pile he would tie them up with string.

His family could not get him to throw them away.

Before we made the home available for sale, his family hired a
dumpster and started throwing the packages of magazines out a
window into the dumpster. They had almost finished the first floor when
one of the packages broke and fell all over the ground. They noticed
some letters and non- magazine mail in the pile. So they opened them
and lo and behold, not only had he not read the magazines but he had
not read any of his mail for many years. In that package they found
stock certificates from old stocks that had split.So they had to stop
throwing the magazines out, get in the dumpster and go through
everything. By the time they finished, they had discovered thousands
of dollars of stock dividends, certificates and other investment payments
that well answered the father's wish to leave his family an inheritance.

-- Another Story --

When we were in graduate school in Texas, a friend's mother sent her
a an old coat she had bought at a Salvation Army store in New York.
On the first cold day of winter, my friend put the coat on and found a
sock pinned to the inside of one of the sleeves. Inside the sock was
$220 in twenties. Needless to say that was a quite a windfall. We
speculated who might have put it there and when. Toni L. Austin, TX
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: Zippo Cigarette Lighters
Cigarettes may be out of fashion, but cigarette lighters remain a classic
with collectors. Michele Alice leads an enlightened discussion of the
Zippo lighter in today's Collector's Corner column.

Take a look at these examples of Zippo at: http://tinyurl.com/6zwnu

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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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 Sotheby's 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
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.
Growing up, my daughter had a stuffed lamb which I believe was sold under
the Gerber name. This Lamb was about 12" high and stood upright on two
legs. It had blue jeans overalls for a body. This Lamb was my daughter's
best friend and went everywhere with her, even on many out of State
Journeys and even into Canada. She weathered all of these trips safely,
until one fateful trip to the local Mall, where Lamby Pie got lost. If anyone
knows were I could find Lamby Pie, I would be forever grateful. My
daughter is now 25 years old, and still misses her friend. Greg
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

Some giftware catalogs are marketing "exacting reproductions" of Roseville
pottery. In the February issue of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles
newsletter, Ralph and Terry Kovel alert readers, saying buyers shouldn't
be fooled. The glaze is thick and solid-colored, not the see-through colors
used by Roseville. For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click...

7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
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Earthling - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=6

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.
When my daughter, Rachel was 7 or 8, she asked how the windshield
wipers knew when it was time to wipe the raindrops off. I had them set to
"intermittent", but I told her that there was a sensor in the glass and it
cleared the windshield when there were 150 drops. She actually tried to
count them, and informed me that there weren't nearly that many, and it
must be broken! Debby K.- Hanford. CA
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: Round Milk Bottle (s) 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: http://www.tiasExchange.com

10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Greg B. requested a recipe for a "cookie
called lemon crackers ". Here is one of the 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.
Lemon Sweet Crackers

Fragile, light, tender lemon cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt 1 egg white
1 1/2 tsp. Bakers' Ammonia 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup shortening 2 1/4 tsp. lemon extract

Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare baking sheet(s) by greasing or
by lining with Kitchen Parchment. Thoroughly combine the flour,
salt & Bakers' Ammonia. Set aside. Cream shortening & sugar
well. Add egg white & beat until light. Add flour mixture to shortening
mixture alternately with milk. Add lemon extract. Roll out & cut into 3"
squares. Bake about 8 mins. Yield: 6 dozen thin cookies
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 geographical region where
you had this recipe.
Back in the late 60's when I was in junior high in East Detroit Michigan,
my Home Economics teacher had us make a coffeecake called Cowboy
Coffeecake. It was so yummy. Through the years the recipe has been
lost. If anyone out there has it and could send it along it would be
greatly appreciated. It has been over 30 years and for some reason I
have been very hungry for it. Thanks, Sandra H.
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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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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