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The Collectors Newsletter #320 April 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #320 April 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. The Bottle
2. Finding Families
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
Ten Years Online
After 10 years selling online, you can trust TIAS.com for the best
in antiques and collectibles. Looking for a special gift? Our merchants
have items in every price range. With over 560,000 items for sale
online, why shop anywhere else? Stop by today and see the latest
listed merchandise 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.
I enjoy your newsletter and am always fascinated by the
stories. After I got out of the Army in 1972, I returned to my Alma
Mater Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield, MO. SMS had
become SMSU and I was there using my GI bill benefit to work on my
Masters Degree. We bought our first home after being married 10
years. Both my wife and I enjoyed antiques and some of our early
Salvation Army belongings were reaching antique status. We loved
going to auctions and undoubtedly decreased the value of some of our
finds by refinishing them. An auctioneer that knew us well got us on
opposite sides of a crowd and had a great time getting opposing
bids from each of us. After a great laugh we started over and got what
ever it was we were bidding on. One of our favorite finds was a soda
pop bottle which had been produced for my great , great grandfather
W.C. Farmer. On the bottle was a statement,“Property of W.C. Farmer
W.C. was in the soft drink bottling business and had had bottling
plants in several locations. Collins, Missouri was one of them. Collins
is 13 miles south of where I was raised, Osceola, Missouri. He had
operations in Osceola and Springfield that had been used for bottling.
I got a call from my Dad one evening and he gave me
the name of a woman, in Springfield. She had sent a post card to
W.C. Farmer Collins, MO, telling him she had been digging in her
flower bed and unearthed a bottle which was his property. The Post
Master in Collins knew my father and brought the card to him. As I
said he called me and I in turn called the lady. She was a bit
flustered and told me she never thought she would hear anything back.
I told her that my son William C. Farmer was the only living W.C.
Farmer and he was the IVth. None of them had the same middle
name. She told me she had given the bottle to her daughter who was
a bottle collector. I thanked her for having enough interest to send the
post card and assured her I didn’t want to cause a family fight. She
told me she would call back. In about an hour she called and I went
to her home and picked up the bottle. She assured me that it had
caused no trouble and that it was clearly marked the property of W.C.
Farmer and it should go to his great great great grandson. It is proudly
displayed along with some whiskey jugs from W.C.’s saloon days.
The jugs say” Take me to Farmers Exchange for a fine old Rye or
Bourbon. That was better than the 2 cents I cashed pop bottles in for
in my youth. William F.
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
2) Finding Families
In this section, once a week, we are going to try to assist LT Robert V.
Sanchez of the Navy's POW/MIA Branch to track down missing
families of deceased military personnel. Read the story and if you can
help, give him a call or drop him an email.
Looking For Family
Just wanted to give a quick update on the last "Looking for family" story:
I only gave you information on one of the passengers in the aircraft
but received information on both...THANK YOU!! I have a few leads
I am working on thanks to your readers but am still searching for
both families. Any other information would be appreciated.
Specific thanks to:
The information for ENS McFarland is:
Name: Matthew Richard McFarland
Address at the time of the incident:
Mother: Catherine Grace McFarland (maiden: O' Reilly)
Father: Hugh Joseph McFarland
Birthplace: Cleveland, OH
Birthdate: 1 Apr 1922
Thanks for all the help!!
If you have any information on the location of any family members of
Jess Raymond Battenfield, please contact
LT Robert V. Sanchez
POW/MIABr, CasAsstDiv, NavPersCom (PERS-624)
Phone: 901-874-2666, DSN 882
Fax: 901-874-6654, DSN 882
Toll free: 800-443-9298
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:
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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 of your collection. There are many
ways 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
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Order a free 30 day trial version of Collectify or you can even download
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5) Lost and Found
We have a new email address for lost and found comments and requests!
Send them to -- LostAndFound@tias.com
We accept two 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.
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.
Looking For Item
I am now 47 yrs. old. When I was born (1957), my mother was reading
a book that had the heroine by the name "Susan Dawn". Therefore, that's
what she named me. I have been looking for a copy of this book. She
does not remember the title of the book either. She has recently passed
away and it would mean so much to me if I could find a copy of this book,
or perhaps someone knows the title of the book. Please let me know if you
can help me. Thanks, Susan D.-- Sdparise@aol.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 LostAndFound@tias.com
6) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
A NEW BOOK FROM THE KOVELS
Don't ever throw anything away! A Burger King cardboard milkshake lid
from the fast-food chain's early years costs $12 today, and a 1960s plastic
Mr. Peanuts charm bracelet sells for $30. Would you believe a Clipper
beer can from the 1940s can sell for more than $19,000? Gosh-you might
find one of those in your Grandpa's garage!
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Reference, $16.00, $23.00 CAN) features thousands of collectibles from
the last 150 years of American advertising, packaging, and product
promotions. This comprehensive price guide, listing current prices for
more than 10,000 items, goes beyond the classic signs we have come to
think of as antique advertising and includes a wide variety of memorabilia
from tin boxes and ashtrays to beer cans and toys.
Special features include:
· Actual prices of more than 10,000 collectibles, and each price is
reviewed for accuracy
· More than 200 categories, organized by brand name (Burger King,
Wheaties), company name (Gillette, Wrigley), product (tobacco, beer),
item (jar, label, premium), etc.
· Company histories
· More than 350 photographs, logos and trademarks
· 16-page color insert showcasing unusual collectibles
· Lists of clubs, publications, and museums, plus a bibliography
· Comprehensive index with extensive cross-references
SPECIAL OFFER- Order your copy online and the Kovels will send you
an autographed copy.
for more information and to order- click here:
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
April 26, 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 comments 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.
That was a good one about the Woo-Den Eggs and the HIC drinks.
Here's my version of attempting to figure out someone's reference.
It was the late 1960s and my younger sister and I were on the back of a
parked pick-up truck, shoveling oats for storage. Our Uncle Dean was
helping us by carrying the bushel basket oats into a grainery. The work
was being done next to a dirt road that was frequently traveled by the local
neighbors and farms, most of whom drove Chevrolets and Fords. On one
particular summer day, someone drives by in a different looking vehicle
and all work stops while we watch the person drive by. "That must be one
of those T-O-T-As" my uncle says. My younger sister and I, well
acquainted with all the television commercials, look at each other and, for
those of you who remember, sing "Toy-o-ta," just like on TV. Little did we
know that in later years, we would both own and drive a T-O-T-A.
Kay S. in Altoona
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 To Buy: Old Guitars and Amplifiers
WANTED: Tiffany & Co. China
WANTED: WANTED: WANTED OLD FISHING LURES
WANTED: Pre-1950s Quality Costume Jewelry
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 Marna F. requested a recipe for "Fluffy chocolate
chip cookies" 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.
For the person who wanted a chocolate chip cookie recipe that might
have been made with Bisquick, here's a very easy one that may suit.
Just leave out the nuts to duplicate Grandma's recipe.
* 1/4 cup butter, softened
* 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
* 1 egg
* 1 1/3 cup Bisquick
* 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
* 1 package (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, or 1 cup other
chopped sweet or semisweet chocolate
Mix butter, sugar, and egg. Stir in Bisquick, chopped nuts, and
chocolate chips or chunks. Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart on
ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375° for about 10 minutes, until
lightly browned. Makes about 3 dozen chocolate chip cookies.
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.
Hello: Many more years ago than I care to admit a gentleman came
down our city streets with a horse drawn wagon selling-- Hot Cream
Waffles. These were very tasty with powdered sugar on them. Mother
would buy them for my lunch--they were delicious!!!. I believe them
to be of Greek origin. I would like the recipe for the batter to make
some and revive my childhood memories. Any help will be appreciated.
Tnx Very Much...Herb
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
This is a very eclectic assortment of Collectibles and we add regularly.
Don buys, I sell and Murpheybird oversees the business.
J. A. Cameron Gallery
Seller of original and limited edition fine art, antiques and collectibles.
Specialties include pottery, glass, coins, fine and costume jewelry and
many other areas. Always happy to answer questions.
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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3. Get an online appraisal
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(Not affiliated with Kovels.com)
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