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The Collectors Newsletter #329 May 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #329 May 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "The Painting" & "The Flag"
2. Send A Friend A Vintage Card
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 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.
This is not a story of good fortune but rather a lesson in art. I had an oil
painting that was small and looked like an amateur had been practicing.
I thought, well, the frame is nice. So I separated it to sell at my yard sale.
The painting went for a quarter but I sold that frame for a dollar. A man
asked later on if there was any art work. I told him I'd already sold what
I had. He asked who the artist was. I 'd remembered bgrimm . " P grim,
could it have been?",he asked. Yes, it was a Paul Grimm and he offered
$350.00 if I could ever get it back. I refused to tell him what I sold it for,
but he knew it was less than a dollar. Now I know,,,, I'm no art critic!
-- Another Story --
I attended a large estate auction for a very politically active Democrat
in MO before and during WWII--the deceased gentleman was a
boyhood friend of Harry Truman. I waited to buy a lovely old lace
tablecloth for two hours while the auctioneer sold VERY expensive and
extensive political memorabilia such as signed pictures and objects from
FDR, Truman, Cordell Hull--the Sec of State, Winston Churchill, and
many other political figures of the time--too expensive for my bidding. I
won the tablecloth which was in a small flat box wrapped in tissue for a
bid of $12.00. The auctioneer held up the box, flipped through it and
called out, "Old lace tablecloth and heavy towel!" To my profound
astonishment, when I emptied the box in the car on the way home from
the sale, the heavy old towel was a wool, hand embroidered flag which
research proved to be a presentation flag from the Secretary of State
Cordell Hull, given shortly after Pearl Harbor to this man. This flag sold
for around $596.00 at auction. Now that is really seeing stars!
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
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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 am trying to find relatives of Ray & Pat Frampton. They were old family
friends of my Grandmother's and when Pat passed away, Ray came to
live with my Mother and step-Father, Louis & Rubye Manhoff (nee:Flowers).
While going through my Mother's things, when she passed away, I
discovered quite a few Frampton family photos and two scrap books with
newspaper articles written by Pat Frampton, photos of Pat as a young
model and newspaper clippings of Ray and his work and other things of
interest to the Frampton family. I thought it would be nice to give these
items to the Frampton family. I know Ray had a brother named Merle
Frampton who lived in or near Tucson, AZ. I believe Merle had a son
named Scott, who also lived in the Tucson area. I found some phone
numbers, however, they were no longer in service. If anyone has any
information on the Frampton family, please contact me at the following
e-mail address: 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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
One of my brother's goals in life was to wear a three
piece suit like the ones our grandfather always wore.
So elegant with a lovely watch,chain and fob across
the waistcoat. Dave finally got it all together...all
except for the actual watch. Not to be defeated, he
put a compass on the chain,tucked it in the watch
pocket and went into town. All went smoothly until
someone asked him for the time. "I have no idea what
time it is,"Dave replied smoothly as he pulled out his
"watch"," but I can tell you you're headed due South!"...Cindy
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.
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10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Jan M. in New Zealand requested a recipe for "Pie
Melons". We are not exactly sure what those are.We had several
responses, here are two of them. 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.
No one here in the States was quite sure of what to make of this request.
Some suspected pumpkin? as the "melon" in question.
I assume that a pie melon must be pumpkin as i can think of nothing
else that would correspond. I usually use about 2 cups of cooked
pumpkin put thru the blender to make it smooth and stringless. Then
i take about 2 cups of milk ( i like carnation best but any canned
milk will do unless u have whole milk), 2eggs,approx 1 cup of white
sugar or to taste, 1/4 tsp of the following: ginger, cinnamon and
nutmeg or use pumpkin pie spice. Place mixture into an unbaked pie
shell and bake at 450F for first half hour and then reduce heat to 350
,A knife when inserted should come out clean. I hope you enjoy this.
sometimes i use about 1/4 cup of molasses for color and flavor-i
actually li ke it best with this added....Francis & Joyce
-- Another Possibility --
Melon pie recipe, with cantaloupe, butter, a graham cracker crust,
and meringue topping.
* 1 medium cantaloupe, peeled, seeded and cut up
* 1 cup sugar
* 3 tablespoons cornstarch
* 3 egg yolks
* 4 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
* Dash of salt
* 1 large (10-inch) graham cracker pie shell
* For meringue:
* 3 egg whites
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
In a blender or food processor, process cantaloupe pieces until smooth
(you will have about 2 to 2 1/2 cups of pureé melon). Pour cantaloupe
into a mixing bowl; add sugar, cornstarch, egg yolks, salt, vanilla and
melted butter or margarine.
Mix with an electric mixer until well blended. Pour into pie shell and
place on a baking sheet to catch spillovers; bake at 350 degrees for
about 45 minutes or until knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Top with an even layer of meringue; bake for another 15 minutes.
Meringue: Beat egg whites until soft peaks begin to form; gradually
add sugar then vanilla.
Note: The egg whites should be fully cooked if the meringue layer is
evenly spread (not piled high) and cooked for 15 minutes at 350°.
Alternatively, you can use powdered egg whites or serve untopped pie
with sweetened whipped cream.... Thomas & Mary
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.
HI, I HOPE SOMEONE CAN HELP ME FIND THIS GREAT CAJUN
TEA COOKIE RECIPE. IT COMES FROM SOUTH LOUISIANA
AND IS A SOFT COOKIE. ALSO IT WAS USED TO MAKE
DELICIOUS SMALL TARTS USED FOR THE CRUST. THE CRUST
COMES OUT THICK AND SOFT. VERY GOOD!! IF ANY ONE
CAN HELP I SURELY WOULD APPRECIATE IT THANKS, DARLENE.
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:
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