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The Collectors Newsletter #338 July 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #338 July 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Another Trap Story " & "Buying money "
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 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.
Another trap Story
I live out in the country and a family of raccoons decided the bird feeder
on my deck was easier than foraging in the woods for food. They
destroyed 3 bird feeders and necessitated my bringing the feeders in
each night and putting them out again in the morning. When one got
bold enough to start coming up to the feeder at 3 in the afternoon (and
returning every 15 minutes or so after being chased away) it was time
to take drastic measures!
I purchased a Hav-A-Heart live trap and caught the early afternoon
feeder within an hour of setting it. I transported him to another part of
my farm near a pond. By 8 that evening had caught a second one
(who was transported about 2 miles away), and by 10 pm had caught
a THIRD one - he had to wait till the next morning to be transported
and took him to the same area I'd released the second one. I felt badly
about his being in the trap all night because he'd chewed all the fur off
the last 3 or 4 inches of his tail and rubbed a spot the size of a quarter
on the top of his head.
Over the next several days I caught one raccoon per night, altogether
about 10 or 11 of them, transporting them further and further away
each time. Imagine my surprise when one morning I found the guy
with the ratty tail in the trap again! They were all finding their way
BACK to the house and I was catching the same raccoons over and
over! It was like I was operating a bed and breakfast for raccoons -
they'd come up on the deck, eat the feed and get caught in the trap,
sleep all night (they would be laying on their backs sound asleep when
I'd find them in the morning), I'd give them a little grain to eat while I
got dressed, readied the SUV, and backed up the Gator 4x4 to the
deck to haul them off. They'd be hauled off, but within 2 or 3 days
they'd find their way back. It seemed they were getting pretty
acclimated to the routine!
From that point on I "relocated" the cute little pests across the river
and down the country road about 6 miles. After transporting a total of
FIVE pesky raccoons across the river I haven't caught another one in
about 2 weeks. Figure they either have to swim the Illinois River or
get the nerve to cross the bridge - and they haven't figured out how
to do either (YET). Laura F.
-- Another Story --
Here is another story for your garage sale section. My sister was
holding a sale and had a couple of small mirrors for sale. A gentleman
asked whether she had any broken mirror because he used them in
crafts he produced. She promptly broke one for him. Sold.
-- Another Story --
My brother, who has been an avid yard-saler for over 40 years, recently
went to a moving sale down the street from his home. He spotted one of
those huge glass jars or jugs that were used as terrariums back in the
1970s, but more often than not, it was a place to toss pocket change into.
He asked how much the jug was and they guy said, "Two bucks," and,
of course, my brother said, "I'll take it!"
When my brother went to pick up the jar he had to move some items
that were blocking the front of it and discovered it was about half full of
coins. He said to the seller, "You must have made a mistake, there's
money in it."
The seller replied, "Nope, no mistake, you have to take them too."
My brother told him it was too heavy for him to lift (he is a bit
handicapped) and the man cheerfully said, "Then I'll just have to load
it for ya!"
He couldn't believe his ears, let alone his eyes.
The seller then told him, "My wife wanted me to count the change and
roll it up, but it's just too much trouble, so if she comes out, please
don't tell her I sold it to you."
My brother brought his find, one small bucket at at time, to a coin
counting machine, fed them in and walked away with over $80 in his
That same yard sale has yielded a nice chunk of change for me as
well because a few of the items I bought went up on an online
auction...what an especially nice yard sale from an equally nice
fellow! Dorothy W. Salinas, California
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2) Today's Headlines from News-Antique.com
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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.
Looking for Info
I often go to an auction in Denton. MD located at American Corner on the
Eastern Shore of Maryland. It is fun, usually not terribly expensive, and a
great way to socialize. I have gotten many "deals" over the years, but the
best, or most intriguing, deal for me happened three or four years ago.
As I was looking through the array of items on a table, I saw a jewelry box.
Knowing my daughter loves vintage jewelry, I began to peruse the items.
There in the box was a little notebook, the kind one might keep addresses
in. It was old, cracked at the binding, but sweet ( pale pink pansies on a
faded teal background. Upon opening it, I found that it was a date type
book, with little inspirational sayings on the left side of the page and
places to write info next to dates on the right. It was called The
Longfellow Birthday Book, published in London.
Curiosity dictated me to open to my birthday date. Image my
astonishment at reading my own name written next to the date of my birth
in 1945. I then began to flip through the book to look for indication of
ownership. Finding none, I looked through for other clues. I found the
name of an early family friend ( later killed in VietNam) next to his birth date
I bid on the book and won it for $11.00 - way more than I usually pay for
stuff, but I NEEDED this book!!
When I questioned the auctioneer about the lot, he knew only that the man
who brought it in often went to the Western Shore of Maryland (where I
am originally from) to buy estates for sale. He thinks it may have come
from Glen Burnie, a suburb in Pasadena, MD. That was all the information
I could get about any provenance on the book.
It is filled with birth dates and information regarding the British royal family,
( could the owner have been from Britain??) some movie stars and a few
less illustrious people ( like me!). On the frontispiece is recorded
information about "Frederick's children: Frederick, Jr. (1936) and Jeffrey
(1941); Allen's children: Bobby ('36), Tommy ('37) and Billy (no date);
Catherine's children: Alan Tarna (spelling?) ('40), Carl Joseph ('42),
Karen, Burke and baby boy; Ruth's children: Ronnie ('39) and Sharlyn ('42).
Other names are
Mildred Holder Moses
Mr. and Mrs. I. T. Basil
" " " William Miller
" " " W. I. Hill
Mr. and Mrs. O Dunbar
These names are all written in the front of the book.
In the back is a long note dated May 24th, 1909 about a Ms. Freda
Brauscombe who sailed on the Aurora for Eastfoil, (England?).
Much of the ink is faded, making the info difficult to read.
If anyone has any clues as to whom this little book may have belonged, I
would love to know. It probably was someone who may have lived in the
Severna Park area of Maryland in the late 40's. I can email more
information from within the pages if it would help.
At any rate, I was intrigued, and the book now is one of my prized, but
most enigmatic, possessions. Thank you, Toni Gibson send email to:
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.
When my daughter was little, she went to a preschool Sunday school. I
picked her up on Palm Sunday, and she excitedly told me every detail of
the class, as three year olds are wont to do. Her favorite part was, she
said, when they marched around the room, waving palms and saying,
"HOOS-ANNA" (her pronunciation!) Then she asked me quizzically, "Who
is Anna, anyway, Mom?" We still tease her about the mysterious Anna!!
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
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Wanted: OLD GUITARS AND AMPLIFIERS
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10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Bill requested a recipe for "Cherry or peach cobler".
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.
2 cans peach pie filling or fresh peaches prepared
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 c. melted butter
1/2 c. chopped pecans
2 tbsp. cinnamon/sugar
Spread pie filling evenly in bottom of 13x9 inch pan. Sprinkle with dry
cake mix completely covering fruit. Pour melted butter over entire
cobbler. Sprinkle top with chopped pecans and cinnamon and sugar.
Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes
To prepare peaches: add sugar to taste to the peeled, sliced peaches
(about 1/2 to 1 cup) plus 2 tsp lemon juice, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp
almond extract-you can mix in 1 tsp corn starch for thicker peach filling.
-- Another Version --
My family calls the cobbler “dump cake.”
1 large can cherry (or any) pie filling
˝ cup sugar
1 white cake mix (any brand)
1 cube of butter or margarine (1/4 pound)
Spread the cherry filling in a 9 X 13 baking pan. Sprinkle the sugar
over the filling and then sprinkle the dry cake mix over it. Cut the cube
of margarine into small pieces and place them around the top of the
dry cake mix. Bake at 350 ° forty-five minutes to one hour, or until
brown and bubbly. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.
We also include one bag of frozen rhubarb with the cherry pie filling
and increase the sugar to one cup. This is the combination we like
the best! Sincerely, Andrea W.
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
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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.
I was born & raised in a small steel Town in western Pennsylvania, in
the shadow of Pittsburgh. A city south-east of Pittsburgh, called
McKeesport, PA. Growing up there brings back many fond memories
of ; coal trains, belching Blast Furnaces, hot, sweltering summer days,
sweeping soot and dirt from the porch every day, walking to school,
hard cold winters and many cherished memories, not for-most, but
VERY fond memories of eating oven warmed(long before
There was a bakery on the corner of 5th Avenue & Locust St called
Federal Bakery, right across from BALSAMOS. They made a sweet
breakfast roll called Kiffels. They were a semi-sweet roll, shaped &
size like a croissants, but more like a sweet yellow bread dough. They
had a flavor something like anise cookies, or with a touch fennel.
Some times with Poppy seeds, but most times plain.
These Kiffels bring back many found memories of my early years. I
would appreciate a recipe or a SOURCE for these rolls. I have never
been able to find these, your help would be appreciated.
With Best Regards, Bill M.
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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