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The Collectors Newsletter #337 June 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #337 June 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "More Traps" & "The Box"
2. Today's Headlines from News-Antique.com
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.
Your story of the woman who bought an animal trapping cage with an
opossum already in it, at a yard sale, was very interesting. She bought
the cage, and a few miles down the road let the creature go unharmed.
Just recently a business man, discovered his home had been invaded
by a family of squirrels. He inquired, at a huge Pet Store, what to do
to get rid of them. He did not wish to hurt the animals. The Pet Store
owner suggested purchasing a Hav-a-heart trap and relocating the
squirrels. He began by setting the trap in the attic. As the animals were
being caught, he would take them one at a time to a park a few miles
away. Over a period of a month, the whole family was safely relocated.
He had let the last of six squirrels go, when a man dressed in a Parks
uniform approached. The conversation was casual, and names were
exchanged, as they walked back to his car and placed the cage in the
Two weeks later, he receives a summons in the mail to report to court.
The charge is illegally transporting wild animals without a license. He is
fined $500.00. In addition, he had to hire a contractor to discover how
the squirrels were getting in. Pay for the repairs to the house, inside
and out, as a two man cleanup crew was called in. Several pieces of
luggage fell prey to the rodent's teeth, as well as other prized possessions
were chosen for nesting material. ~Dr.John~
-- Another Story --
Although I rarely search yard sales for items to sell,I buy from dealers
that do so. I went to the local flea market one Saturday as I do every
Saturday. One dealer had set aside a box of items for me. He told me to go
through a small box as it was filled with "new" items he had purchased at a
yard sale. I found some nice 19th century items inside including Civil War
era bleeders and straight razors. I paid for the items as the dealer moved
the box from the table and placed it on his chair. As an afterthought,he
said "What do you think of that box?" speaking of the box I had just gone
through thoroughly. He closed the lid and it was marked "USLSS Powder".
He asked me if I knew anything about it and I told him I did not.
He told me that the seller at the yard sale gave him the box to carry
home his purchases. I asked him if it was for sale and he said that he
wanted to see if his wife wanted it first. I said "okay" and forgot about it.
About a month later,at the same flea market, I was in a back room when I
spotted the box at the bottom of a big pile of cardboard boxes. I asked the
dealer if the box was now for sale and he said "Why sure! Would you give
me $30 for it?". I bought it, listed it on eBay, and was instantly surprised as
the bids started to climb to over $200 the first day. I then decided to see
if I could identify the box. I traced it to the United States Life Saving
Service, the predecessor of today's Coast Guard. The box was used to
store powder for signal flares.I added this information to the description and
the price continued to climb. At sale's end it realized $1265. And to think
the original owner gave it away without any idea. Gary G. in Ohio
HEY! Send us your "Yard Sale-ing" story. We've got some great ones
but we want to hear yours too!
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) Today's Headlines from News-Antique.com
-- 200+ Barbie Dolls at Auction --
-- New Map to North West Antique Shops --
-- Paper and Ephemera Auction --
-- European Antiques Tour --
-- Reference for "Merchant Coins" --
-- Rare Bust at Sotheby's --
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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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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.
In response to the comments added into the early edition of Uncle Tom's
Cabin by a Rev. Samuels in the 1800's, (collectors newsletter #336 can be
read online at
a reader wrote in "Reverend
Samuels was a Methodist, and was associated with Rutherford College in
Brevard N.C. near Ashville. He later was transferred North to a congregation
in Du Piere, Wi. He is related to my wife's family. For more info contact:
Gregory Brooks at email@example.com
I am looking for a rubber doll - Peter Pan - about 9 inches tall, molded
rubber, hat, shoes and suit are green (painted on). I had one as a small
child and it was stolen from an apartment I lived in as an adult. My mom
frequently talked about me and this doll and she passed away last year. I'd
like to have this doll again. Can anyone help? thanks in advance,
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.
David Austin's story of his wedding reminded me of my own. 13 and a half
years ago, when my sons were ages 9, 12 and 15, I married a wonderful man
who had no children. (As he works in a grade school, he's had plenty of
experience with them, though!) Bless his heart, when he asked me to marry
him, he also took the boys, one by one, and asked them for my hand in
marriage. They obviously said yes. When the big day came, the 3 boys
walked me down the aisle together, and when it came time to to answer,
"Who gives this woman?", they all three answered, "We do." After we were
pronounced husband and wife, the 3 boys looked at my new husband and said,
"Now, she's your problem!" . . . . . . Debbie Nevills -- Gresham, Oregon
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: Your old Barbie /s 1958-1967 also 1988 Holiday Barbie
WANTED: AUTHENTIC TIFFANY LAMPS & PAINTINGS WANTED BY COLLECTOR
WANTED: Pre 1960 Sports Cards and Memorabilia
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WANTED: Wanted Antique/Vintage Knuckledusters
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 Dick requested a recipe for "fruit bars".
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.
This is a professional bakery formula, which I use in my home-based baking
business...thus the scaled, weighted, rather than measured amounts, but
these turn out EXACTLY as any small bakery, from years ago, would have been
making. They're wonderful! I hope your reader can make, and enjoy
them....I'd had this posted to an online baking group I belong to, in answer
to a similar request from another member. I normally make 1/2 the formula
listed....shown as the first notation, under the title. They are absolutely
scrumptious! Very truly yours, Laura Fisher, Bedford, VA
Fruit Bar Cookies---for a Crowd! Full batch, half batch, quarter batch, you
FRUIT BAR COOKIES-Yield about 200 1-1/2 inch by 3-1/2 inch bars
Simply halve, or quarter all amounts to provide a lesser amount of
dough...2.0 flour, 1.0 sugar, 1/2 oz salt, 1/2 oz baking soda, 1/2 oz
cinnamon, 1/4 oz ginger, 12 oz shortening, 12 oz eggs, 12 oz molasses,
1.5 fruit/nuts...and so on!
Ingredients Pounds Ounces
Bread flour 4 0
Sugar, granulated 2 0
Salt 0 1
Baking soda 0 1
Cinnamon 0 1
Ginger 0 0-1/2
Shortening 1 8
Eggs 1 8
Molasses 1 8
Raisins/mixed fruits/nuts 2 10
extra eggs, for egg wash
* NOTE: Other fruits such as coconut, chopped dates, fruit cake mix, etc.
can be used also.
MIXING PROCEDURE: Use the One-Stage Method of Mixing described
Place all ingredients in mixer bowl, and combine thoroughly,on slow speed,
until a smooth dough is achieved. Scale dough out into 1 lb pieces,if using
half sheet pans, roll into cylinders, about 1.5" in diameter, approximately
as long as your baking pan, then transfer cylinders to greased, or parchment
lined sheet pans. Allow at least 2-3 inches between each log, as they will
spread just a bit. Flatten each dough cylinder slightly with hands. If you
want them to have a shiny appearance, brush them with an eggwash.
Bake at 375F, for about 10-12 minutes. They're done when the tops spring
back just slightly,but still a teensy bit soft, and the top is shiny, but
dry. Be careful not to overbake them, or they won't be moist. They can be
iced, while warm, with a sweet-roll(fondant-type) icing, or left uniced.
Cut them with a dough knife, while still hot, into pieces. Remove to rack to
The bread flour provides a dough that will not spread as much, as does the
shortening, you could use 1/2 shortening, 1/2 butter, for additional flavor,
but because the dough is spicy, it's probably overkill, and is not
The fruit blends better, if soaked first, with either hot water, or fruit
juice, and then made into a paste in the f/p, along with the nuts, if you're
These come out REALLY good! And you can do all sorts of variations on a
theme here, so have fun creating!
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.
Cherry or peach cobler. When I was a kid I remember my mom would
make a peach cobler from the peaches on our trees. For the topping
she would somehow use a box of instant cakemix, but it would be mixed
in such a way that it would come out lumpy like cobbler should. My question
is how do you do this, what cake mix works best and what do you mix
the with the peaches or cherries to make the filling? Thanks, Bill in CA
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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