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The Collectors Newsletter #326 May 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #326 May 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. This Little Piggy
2. Collector's Corner: S&H Green Stamps
3. Your Classifieds
4. Increase the value of 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
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1) After you read this story, tell us your interesting story. Send your
story to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
This little Piggy
This is one of those "yeah, right" stories, and if anyone told it to me, I would
certainly be skeptical!
My mother had a flowered china piggy bank since before I was born -- I was
born in October 1952. It was a soft white with embossed yellow daisies on
one side, and a sweet, mischievous expression on its face. Whenever my
grandparents would come to visit, my grandfather would give my 2 brothers
and me some coins, usually half dollars or silver dollars, to "feed the piggy."
I do not remember ever NOT doing it, so he probably started the game when
my older brother was just a baby, and it continued until his death in 1966.
Flash forward to 1971, when my oldest son was born. Mom gave me the pig,
and he stood on my dresser for years. During a move in 1994, he was
somehow lost, along with some other assorted items. About 3 years ago, I
saw on online auction a pig just like mine. It was described as Hull china,
and dated around 1948. Of course I bid, and was lucky enough to bid.
When my piggy arrived from the seller, I examined it closely. Below one
flower were 2 smudges under the glaze. The very tip of its left ear was
chipped, and there was a small repair on the right rear leg. I almost fainted
-- it was MY lost piggy! He is back on my dresser again, and the first one of
my kids to make me a grandmother will get to keep him, and I will help my
grandkids feed him.
I contacted the seller, who told me she had bought him at a flea market in
the Pocono, PA, area. I asked if she had other items, and was able to
recover 2 Shawnee mini animals. I hope whoever has the rest of my lost
items is taking good care of them! Carolyn B. Whitestone, NY
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 email@example.com
2) Collector's Corner: S&H Green Stamps
Collector's Corner columnist Michele Alice discusses S&H Green
Stamps and updates us on their value.
Here are some examples
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
to help you out. Place your ad today at:
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4) Increase the value of your collection. (Sponsors message)
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keeping accurate records on the history of each piece. Accurate records
can help contribute to the overall value of your collection. There are many
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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.
his book is not really that old, but it means a lot to me. Maybe this is one
of them stories you always share in the number one spot...
As a little kid, 1974, I had this book I loved about a magic dog that would
make things happen. Each page had a hologram and when the dog did
his magic you would tilt the book and the hologram would change.
Example: the dog would make the hot dogs on the table end up in his
mouth, or he would go to the moon...and so on.
Funny thing about this book is when I was 3 my family moved back to
California, this is were I was born, and somehow the book was lost in the
move. We lived out there for eight months but our house here in FL never
sold. Things were not working out for my brother, then 16 or so. He was
getting involved in the wrong crowds and getting in trouble. So my family
moved back to our old house here in FL. It was great to be back home!
Having moved to FL at 6 months old, FL was my home state! I remember
a warm feeling and a strong happiness being back. To make things better
we were unpacking and my mom found my book about the magic dog in
my closet on the top shelf! I could not have asked for a happier thing!
In my 30's now and having a boy of my own who is almost 2 I know he
would love this book just as much as me. He is always asking me to read
him books. He gets so excited when he sees a fish or bird or any other
animal and almost always names the animal. One of his favorites is "puppy"
even when it is a big dog...lol
Maybe someone knows what the name of this book is? I wish I could give
more information. FL Bill email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Who was that Masked Man? In the May issue of KOVELS ON ANTIQUES
AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, Ralph and Terry Kovel report that the
Lone Ranger rides again in the hearts of his fans. And the older he gets,
the pricier his memorabilia. Close to 50 vintage Masked Man collectibles
auctioned recently with prices topping out at $2,000 for a rare 1942 Kix
cereal premium Lone Ranger meteorite ring. Collectors look for Lone
Ranger toys, coloring books, novels, model kits, photos, cards, badges,
games, dolls, wallets, jewelry, holsters, lunch boxes, watches and costumes.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
May 20, 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.
My sisters and I grew up spending summers at Catawba Island, Ohio on Lake
Erie. Mom tells the story that one day she and Dad told us we were going
on a ferry to see Perry's Monument at Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island. My
sister, Barb, around 6 years old at the time, told Mom she could not figure
out how all of us could fit on a fairy. Nearly 50 years later, we still
laugh at the image.
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: Nadal Gres Gold Egyptian Girl Figurines
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:
10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Brenda requested a recipe for "Forgotten Cake"
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.
Forgotten Cake Recipe #1
6 egg whites
1/2 tsp (2 ml) cream of tartar
1 1/2 cups (375 ml) sugar
1/4 tsp (1 ml) salt
1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract
Add the cream of tartar to the egg whites and beat until stiff. Add
the sugar one tablespoon (15 ml) at a time as you continue beating the
egg whites. Beat in the salt and the vanilla. Spoon the mixture into
a buttered 6 x 8 inch (15 x 20 cm) pan and place in a preheated 450F
(230C) oven and immediately turn off the heat. Tip: You may want to
make shallow indentations, or wells, in the surface of the meringue to
hold the topping when you serve it. Leave the cake in the oven
overnight or until the oven has completely cooled. Serve with your
choice of ice cream, berries, and/or whipped cream. Serves 4 to 6.
-- Another Recipe --
Recipe: "The Forgotten Angel Cake"
This "heavenly dessert" is light and delicious.
9 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon salt (or less)
1-1/3 tsp. vanilla
1/4 heaping tsp. Cream of Tartar
2 cups sugar (or 1-3/4 cups)
One package thawed frozen red raspberries or strawberries
9" Angel Food Cake pan, buttered, w/removable center
In large mixing bowl beat egg whites on high.
Slowly add sugar, vanilla, salt and Cream of Tartar.
Beat until "pretty stiff" (about 10 minutes).
Scoop gently into the buttered pan -- do NOT drop in.
Put into a preheated 450 degree oven, then TURN THE OVEN
Leave the Forgotten Angel Cake inside the cooling oven - 6 to
Do not open the oven door until you take out the cake.
Loosen the meringue around the side with wet knife or spatula.
Do the same with center and bottom.
Frost heavily with Cool Whip.
Refrigerate uncovered until ready to serve.
Serve with thawed berries and juices poured over top or in a
dish served on the side.
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.
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
Treasure Ship Antiques
Welcome to Treasure Ship Antiques. Our Treasure Ship or Takara-bune
is laden with Japanese and Chinese bronzes, porcelain, jade, stone
carvings, woodblock prints, cloisonné, champlevé, scroll paintings, and
other oriental and western antiques and collectibles. Welcome aboard.
A Plus Antiques and Collectibles
We feature a 30 year accumulation of wonderful, hand selected antiques
and collectibles. We have extensive collections of Vintage Disneyana,
Salt and Pepper Shakers, Vintage Cookie Jars, Vintage Cook Books
PLUS varied Vintage Memorabilia. We'll be adding merchandise daily.
Four Paws Design
Four Paws Design is dedicated to offering unique and personalized gifts
for over 100 purebred dog & cat breeds. Items include vintage figurines,
antique advertising prints, teapots, tea tins, writing pens, greeting cards,
clothing, and high-quality shampoos and sprays.
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop.
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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
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Or just some help finding an auction house or a collectors club? Try this
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