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The Collectors Newsletter #321 May 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #321 May 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Prohibition" and "The Photo"
2. Another New service for 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
We want to hear news about your Antiques & Collectibles Business.
Post your press releases about Auctions, Estate Sales, Antique
Shops, Online Antique Sales, Antique Shows, new books and other
newsworthy information related to the antiques and collectibles trade.
This is a new service and costs you nothing. So stop by and give it a try
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.
My aunt recently asked me to help her go through the belongings that she
inherited from her cousin Virginia, who had recently passed away.
Virginia came from a very wealthy family and was living in a huge penthouse
on Lake Michigan (The Powhatan Building) which is a landmark building.
Her father was an original resident in 1927 and was a top executive of
Bendix Corporation. My Aunt Peggy told me that she had heard stories
(when she was a little girl) from her uncle, that during Prohibition (started
by the Volstead Act in 1919, through 1933) he had installed a false wall
in one of the closets to stash his liquor. Sure enough, I pulled on one
closet wall and the false panel popped open. Inside, I found over a dozen
bottles of unopened liquor...all with original seals and labels intact. There
was a good quarter inch of dust on all of them, but generally all were in
near perfect condition. My aunt gave them to me, which I carefully
removed and packed up so not to damage the fragile labels and seals.
Brands discovered include; Johnny Walker Black Label, Grant's Scotch
, Whiteley's Kings Ransom Scotch Whiskey, Guildford Dry Gin, plus
many more brands (most still in their original boxes). From Bob O'Neill at:
-- Another Story --
Hello, On a visit to White Cow Antiques in Eau Claire, I spotted this picture
of an army platoon. As I started to look over the soldiers, one looked very
familiar. I looked closer and it was my father. He was the Sergeant Major
for a platoon of 80 men and there he was in the center of the picture. Now
this is very interesting since this was a picture taken in France in World
War I. My father was out of Boston, so it is interesting that this picture
would get to Eau Claire, WI. When I realized it was him, I started
screaming. I'm sure everyone thought that I had seen a mouse. Of course,
I bought the picture. When I got home I found the information from his
army days to find out that it was indeed the same time, place and platoon
that he was in charge of. I took the picture to the family reunion. I am the
youngest out of ten children. They were all amazed that I found this
picture and would all like copies of it. That was a fun find and I would have
paid most any price for this heirloom. Cheryl D.
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) Another New service for Collectors
Here is something interesting. An online price guide with millions of items
listed. It's called PriceMiner. It has some really interesting features and
includes prices and photos from the inventory at TIAS, GoAntiques and
eBay. Give it a try today 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:
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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
antique or collectible.
Order a free 30 day trial version of Collectify or you can even download
it from the Web. If you decide to keep it, as a newsletter reader you can
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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.
I was born in 1956 and from early childhood I had a large hard cover fairy
tale book with exquisite full page drawings of the characters in each of the
stories. The front cover was a purplish-grey rendering of Thumbelina in her
nest, I think. I remember the eyes of all the characters throughout the
book were hypnotic. I kept this book until I was in college in 1974. When
I moved it was lost in a box of my things that were left behind. My name,
Erika, was written inside one of the covers, and I believe it was misspelled,
or one of the letters were turned the wrong way, as I had written my name
in it as a small child. I don't expect to ever see that particular book again
but would love to replace it with a like edition. If anyone knows of this book,
what it was titled, or where I can find a duplicate I would be grateful for this
information. There is someone I would very much like to share this book
with now. Thank y ou for your time and you may contact me at:
-- Another Story --
I have an old Stevens family Bible in my possession I would like to see
returned back to the proper family. The genealogy dates go back into the
1700's. . If you can help, please contact Ray 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 LostAndFound@tias.com
6) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
Roman numerals on clocks -
We learned in school that the Roman numeral representing 4 was IV. But
historians say the ancient Romans probably used IIII most of the time.
According to the May issue of KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES
newsletter, early grandfather clocks used the Roman numeral IIII, not IV,
because clockmakers thought the four I's looked better on a clock face. It
balanced the VIII (8) used opposite it. Later clocks used both styles.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click:
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
May 03, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
We were going to sunrise services one Easter. I was driving with my older
son on the passenger side and my husband and younger son in the back
seat. I had it drilled into me not to swerve for animals on the road. Out
bounced a bunny and there was an audible thunk when I hit it. My
husband asked what made the noise? I was feeling bad enough when
my older son replied, "Mom just hit the Easter rabbit." Donna S., Wisconsin
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: We buy antique/vintage fishing lures/reels/rods
Wanted To Buy: Old Guitars and Amplifiers
WANTED: Tiffany & Co. China
WANTED: WANTED: WANTED OLD FISHING LURES
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 Herb requested a recipe for "Hot Cream Waffles"
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.
Sweet Cream Waffles recipe by CoffeeMom
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
3 eggs, separated
1 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1. In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and.
3. Stir until blended.
4. In a medium bowl, place the egg yolks, cream, and butter.
5. Whisk until well mixed.
6. Stir the dry ingredients into the cream mixture.
7. Whisk until well mixed and smooth.
8. Heat the waffle iron.
9. Brush lightly with butter if not nonstick.
10. Beat the egg whites until stiff, then fold them gently into the batter.
11. Cook until waffles are golden, about 5 minutes.
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.
My daughter-in-law is trying to start up a home business making
decorated cakes. She feels strongly that the cakes should all be "from
scratch," not a box, and has been trying to find the perfect vanilla
cake and perfect chocolate cake recipes. She feels the ones she's tried
so far are too dense, so if anyone can come up with a lighter-textured
cake recipe - but one that will hold up under fancy frosting decorations
- we'd appreciate it. One of my friends suggested using carbonated water
instead of tap water in a basic cake recipe as one way to lighten it up.
I have a collection of "church lady" recipe books from the 1930s and
1940s, but recently moved and haven't found them yet. I'm thinking
they'd be a good source of cake recipes from the good old days.
Nancy B. -- Alexandria, Va.
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
email@example.com 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
CHERISHED HEARTS TREASURES AND GIFTS
Welcome to our store, we offer complete lines of merchandise in
nostalgic reproductions and enamelware. I also have many small
collectibles including jewelry, glass, books, and more.
Union Bay Antiques
Union Bay Antiques is located in Seattle Washington, We have been in
business for many years offering estate and consignment items.
Collectible Memories of Ode England
It's always nice to collect memories but sometimes it's nice to be able
to touch, feel or hold. Collectible Memories are important. If you like
English collectibles click here. Or perhaps you have a memory you
are unable to find.
Timeless Treasures.....you're one stop shop to "Fabulous Finds" for
everyone... Come on in.....we've searched near & far to bring you
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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
free service at
3. Looking for prices for antiques and collectibles?
PriceMiner.com has millions of them. Most items listed include color photos
as well. Sign up today at:
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4. Get an online appraisal
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