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The Collectors Newsletter #324 May 2005

The Collectors Newsletter #324 May 2005

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In this issue, you will read about....
1. An Autograph
2. More Serendipity
3. Your Classifieds
4. Your collection could be worth more if....
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

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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.

An Autograph
My name is Michael Ragsdale and I an am in-person collector of New
York City area event specific autographs -- and it took me over
three and one half years to get what is now one of my favorite 9/11
Aftermath Autograph acquisitions. I have over 130 in my on-going

I do public and private event video in New York City. On October
18, 2001 I was on the LIVE C-SPAN video crew which covered Vice
President Cheney's first post-9/11 speech when he appeared at the
56th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner held at the
Waldorf-Astoria Grand Ballroom.

Many of you may remember it was that day when Cheney came out of
hiding; visited the WTC destruction; and later appeared at this
Archdiocese of New York sponsored fundraiser.

You may also recall how he joked about his unknown whereabouts with,
"There's been a good deal of speculation about [my] whereabouts in
recent days. I might as well address the rumors right here tonight.
We [Lynne and I] have not actually been living in a cave. And, no,
I did not sneak out for cosmetic surgery... Although I'm not
prepared to rule that out as an option. Others were willing to bet that I'd
been sent on some kind of a secret mission, an air raid over
Afghanistan. That's not true either. But I think I know how the
rumor got started. At the White House, Karl Rove was overheard to
say, "We're sending Cheney to the Al Smith Dinner... and he's going
to bomb." He got alot of laughter for his jokes.

At this undoubtedly historic event, Cheney then got serious and told
those both in attendance and whom were watching it on television
that Bush and friends would be entering the U.S. into a permanent
war when he said, "September 11 was a day like no other we have
ever experienced, requiring a war like no other we have ever waged.
It began the hour we were attacked."

By the end of this year, perhaps 2000 plus U.S. military men and
women will have lost there lives IN IRAQ. Who would have guessed.

The evening also featured the amazing singing of Irish Tenor,
Ronan Tynan, whom at the beginning of the program sang, "God
Bless America" and "Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears." Hundreds of people
at the dinner and perhaps hundreds of thousands more watching him on
television got choked up. I know I did.

Anyway, a few weeks ago I found out Ronan Tyan would be signing his
new CD at a bookstore in Manhattan. And two Fridays ago, while
thirty or more people stood in a line to briefly talk with, take
a picture with and get a CD signed, I stood in line with one of the
historic October 18, 2001 Alfred E. Smith Dinner programs.

I was excited; I even told folks in line in front of and behind me
and they became excited for me.

As I took my last step to the table where Mr. Tynan was sitting, I
held the program in front of him and explained how I was a part of
the C-SPAN video crew when he sang at the Alfred E. Smith Dinner in
October 2001, and how when he sang "God Bless America" and "Isle of
Hope, Isle of Tears" he made me cry. He stated he remembered it.

I then placed the program in front of him and asked if he
would be willing to autograph it for me.

Without any hesitation, he signed it. I then introduced my self to
him; we shook hands; and very proudly, with program in hand I moved
on. I showed others his signature and then left the bookstore.

Michael Ragsdale
Columbia University AV.
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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

2) More Serendipity
I am an avid yard seller, always looking for something from my hometown,
recently I attended one and found a clock from a local optometrist. I listed it on
ebay and within 48 hours I received a phone call telling me that the good Dr.
would like to have it. I ask his address and went to see him. This good Dr.
was, as he told me 89 1/2 years young. He was very spry and of excellent
mind. He told me that there were 4 of these clocks made to order by his
father who was a jeweler here in town. They were given out as advertisement
promo. He and his wife (who is now deceased) had looked a lifetime for one
of these clocks. After a very good talk we agreed it should come home to him.
I am very glad to see this clock come home to the son of the original owner.
It truly made my day....Karen

How about you? Tell us your story of serendipity. How a lost item somehow
found it's way back to the owner after many years. Send it to
newsletter@tias.com and we may publish it here.

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 235,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
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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
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.

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 MIA bracelet that I would like to give to the family of William
Copley missing in action in Viet Nam. I do not have any more information
on his hometown or family. The bracelet might bring some comfort to his
family. M.A.Mason please contact... jmason2@maine.rr.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

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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 newsletter@tias.com and we may run it in the next issue.
The story about Trinity reminded me of a similar incident with my first
granddaughter, Amanda. She was also about two years old when she was
being taught to say "excuse me" when appropriate. They were at our
house one day and Amanda interrupted a conversation. Her mother told
her: "Say excuse me", to which she replied: "Why? I didn't toot" Phyllis
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: We buy antique/vintage fishing lures/reels/rods

Wanted To Buy: Old Guitars and Amplifiers

WANTED: Tiffany & Co. China

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 Kenneth requested a recipe for "Rock Candy"
Here are several 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.
When we were kids, we would make rock candy on winter days.
Mom would start some water boiling on the stove, and we would dissolve
sugar in the water until it wouldn't dissolve any more. Sometimes we
would add a drop or two of food coloring. The hot sugar water was
poured into a tall clear glass. A string was suspended from a pencil
across the top of the glass and weighted to hang to the bottom of the
glass. As the super-saturated sugar water cooled, the sugar would
crystallize onto the string. LuAnn Hildebrand Red Lion, PA

-- Another Version --

When I was growing up in Michigan in the 60's, we
always made rock candy to give for little holiday
gifts. You need to find the flavoring oils, sold in
one and two dram sizes, in candy making shops or on
the internet. Flavoring extracts just aren't strong
enough for this candy.

Begin by making a thick bed of confectioner's sugar in
a large cookie sheet that has edges. This is where you
will pour the candy to cut and cool. Then mix the
following ingredients in a non-ceramic pan.

3 3/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups light Karo syrup
1 cup water

Heat, stirring almost constantly, to 310 degrees on a
candy thermometer.

Remove from heat and mix in

one dram of flavoring (We use Lorann Oils, made in MI)
food coloring, each batch a different color

Pour the lava-like candy onto the prepared cookie
sheet, spreading it out as you pour. As the edges
start to cool enough to handle, snip bite sized pieces
off with scissors and put the pieces onto another
cookie sheet covered with confectioners sugar. It is
helpful to have a couple of helpers to cut or the
candy will cool too quickly for one person to cut.

Once the whole batch has been cut and cooled, put the
pieces in a large bowl. Make several batches and mix
the colors for your final presentation.

It is nice to gather a few family members or friends
together to have a candy making party, and then
everyone can take home some of the product. If you are
only making it for you own family, you probably won't
make more than one or two batches.

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 early 60's an elderly lady would make a home made creamy
cheesecake with a graham cracker crust and a cherry pie filling type
topping. It was the most wonderful cheesecake I had ever tasted in all
of my 8 years of life. I would get to have this treat a few times a year
through church bake sales. A few years of sinful delight went by and
with age I became intelligent enough to ask what ingredients went into
the delightful cheesecake that the congregation arose at the crack of
dawn to wait in line in order to purchase a slice. (not unlike what most of
do for a house or garage sale) She leaned over the table and said that
was her secret and that that was what made her famous, but she said "I
have seen how much you enjoyed it over the years and I will tell you
something if you promise never to tell. (I did and never have until now.)
There are marshmallows in it. Now I must tell you there was not any
evidence of them so they must have been melted. I am breaking my
promise now because I give up. I have looked through so many recipe
books looking for any recipe on cheesecake with melted marshmallows
never to have found one. She has long passed away and I would like
to think she wouldn't mind me asking for help to find this ambrosia.
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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13) Helpful Resources:
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Thanks for reading. Feel free to forward this to a friend. To subscribe to this
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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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