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The Collectors Newsletter #356 September 2005

The Collectors Newsletter #356 September 2005

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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "The Piano" & "The Angel"
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 these stories, 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.
The Piano
We moved to the US from Germany in 1964. The house my parents
purchased had some of the antique furniture in it. There in particular was
a upright Grand Piano which was difficult to move. When my father was
stationed in Germany again we rented the house and left the piano in it.
Upon our return the piano had been stolen. I would say 15 years later we
bought the rental house next door and lo and behold our piano had been
in it all this time. During the closing of the sale the home was broken into
and the wood stove/water heater, claw foot tub and yes, again the piano
was stolen. We were heartbroken over this and new in our hearts that we
could not be that lucky to get it back again. We again purchased the
home next to this one and again the piano! We were extatic. I moved
into the home and my mother lives two homes away. What a treat to
have it in our lives again. Zenta J. Tacoma, Washington

- Another Story -

The Angel
When my husband's mother passed away, there was a large amount of
items that needs to be sorted through. There was a huge wooden angel
that hung over my husband's bed when he was a child and he didn't want
to donate the angel, even though it really didn't fit our decor. He knew
that I wasn't particularly fond of it, but it was important to him as a memory
so I suggested that we put it out at Xmas-time since there was no way that
it was going to hang above our bed like he suggested.

I packed it away in the attic with the Xmas decorations. He joked about the
fact that he wouldn't be surprised if the angel ended up "missing" when the
Xmas decorations came out but I assured him that I wouldn't get rid of the
angel without his knowledge.

About a month before Xmas, my husband called me at work and said that
he was shopping at a thrift store on his way home from work and he saw
the exact angel and figured that I had donated it without telling him. He just
had to buy it!

You guessed it! We know have two perfectly matched angels. As my
husband says, one for him and one for me. Gee, thanks!.. Diane
HEY! Send us your "Antique Shop" story. We've had 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 newsletter@tias.com

2) The Latest Antique News
Get the latest news about antiques and collectibles delivered once a week
to your email inbox. Sign up at: http://www.news-antique.com

Today's Antiques & Collectibles Headlines from http://News-Antique.com

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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 226,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
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keeping accurate records on the history of each piece. Accurate records
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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.
Looking for info
My cousin's mother-in-law recently passed away. When the family was
going through her personal papers they ran across her 2nd grade report
card. It was issued from a grade school in Sparta, Missouri in 1933. She
got a SATISFACTORY grade for something called, "dragging the road."

Does anyone know what kind of school activity "dragging the road" might
have been?

I will appreciate ANY information. Thanks, Brenda. Send your comments 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 newsletter@tias.com and we may run it in the next issue.
All the donut recipes reminded me of being young, and married, not much
money, and trying to make homemade donuts to impress my husband with
my culinary arts.
We were living in an older, but nice house trailer with no air conditioning.
This particular summer morning, I got out Grandma's "over 100 yr old"
recipe for yeast donuts and proceeded to whip up a batch. It did not look
as though it would make more than a dozen at most, and hoping to freeze
some for later, I whipped up a triple batch to add to the single one. As I
proceeded to finish reading the directions, it said to let the dough raise
until doubled. Hmmm. Knowing that if these batches were to double, I
would need more pans to put the dough in, I got out my three lonely pans
and separated the dough. At noon, the trailer had heated to above 80 and
the dough was raising fast. I began pulling out all the larger bowls, the
cookie sheets, anything that would hold the dough, and began heating the
oil for frying. I began rolling the dough out and cutting the donuts and
frying them as fast as I could work. Soon the trailer was over 100 degrees.
When my husband arrived home that evening, the trailer was unbearably
hot, every pan and dish in the kitchen was dirty, and over 12 dozen
donuts were cooked and glazed. The glaze had melted and run off the
donuts. There was not a spot in the kitchen left to prepare dinner that
My husband still laughs about having donuts for dinner.
And no, not many of them got frozen. They were given away. Our
refrigerator was small with a tiny freezer compartment and not enough
room for more than two dozen donuts!
So beware of multiplying donuts! L. Davis OHIO
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:


Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
200,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to: http://www.tiasExchange.com

10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Louanne N. requested a recipe for "fluffy lemon dessert".
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.
My mom worked at a Harvest House kitchen at a mall in Orange, CA in
the late seventies. Once is a while we even got to eat there! This lemon
desert is one of my favorites also and it is so incredibly easy. I wonder
why I don't make it more often?--Oh--yeah, I be big as a barn if I made
it as much as I'd like to. Here goes:

Harvest House Faux Cheesecake

One large package Lemon Jello
One graham Cracker crust
One package Dream Whip or could use Cool Whip
One large Cream Cheese pkg

If you like to make your own graham cracker crusts--have it ready. If
not, the store-bought ones work great too! Make the Jello omitting 1/2
cup of the water= 1 & 1/2 cups water. Let it chill in fridge til just before
it sets--It needs to be a "little" thick but not solidly sticking together a little
clumplyish--a little thicker than gravy. You could just make it when it is
liquid but I like the variance in it when there are some spots with more
lemon flavor and others with less. If you like it well blended, you could
just let it chill til its just cold but before it really starts to set.--Gotta watch it!

Make up one package of the Dream Whip or have the Cool Whip (equal
to one pkg Dream Whip--I think that would be 12 oz but it may be 8oz)

In a large bowl, put the Jello and "crumb" up the Cream Cheese into it.
Now--if you like the totally smooth and blended kind of .cheesecake--
your "crumbs" should be smaller so that they will completely dissolve
when mixing. If you like the type where the Cream Cheese is in little
chunks that accentuates the Cream Cheese flavor slightly--then your
"crumbs" should be larger.

Fold in the Dream Whip or Cool Whip so that you don't lose too much of
its "fluff." Then with a mixer, blend on a medium speed until you reach
the desired consistency--smooth & all blended well, or leaving tiny rice
grain size chunklets of the Cream Cheese unblended. Place in Graham
Cracker Crust and put in fridge to let it set up well. Serve-and enjoy!
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.
I would love to find this recipe for my mother. She has raved about the
delicious cake she once had many years ago at a store named Jubilee
City in Tulsa, Ok. She said it was a yellow cake with tiny red bits in
the frosting, which was a thick glaze,and tasted like a mixture of
pineapple and lemon. I know it is a long shot that anybody would have
the recipe for this, but would love to be able to surprise my mother with it.
If there is anybody that could help with this, I would appreciate it very
much. Thanks!
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:

12) New Online Merchants
These merchants just opened shop online. Stop by and check out their
fresh inventory.

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We carry a wide selection of vintage looks ranging from the 1890s to the
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13) Helpful Resources:
1. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 300,000
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5. The Latest News regarding Antiques & Collectibles
Take a look at http://www.news-antique.com

Thanks for reading. Feel free to forward this to a friend. To subscribe to this
newsletter go to: http://www.tias.com/subscribe Please note that stories and
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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