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The Collectors Newsletter #357 September 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #357 September 2005
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1. A note from a reader affected by Katrina
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 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.
Hi, folks -
I'm lucky enough to be sitting in safety and comfort in my sister and
brother-in-law's home in Hixson, Tennessee. The kindness and
generosity of the folks here has been been indescribable. We
descended on the house with seven adults, four dogs, five cars, a
motorcycle, and a mishmash of personal belongings. That mishmash
somehow did NOT include my mom's eight medications for diabetes,
high BP, Alzheimer's etc -- and a local discount pharmacy gave us
refills at NO CHARGE. I cried all the way out of the store. They are
We tried to grab irreplaceables when we fled: luckily we had started
storing family pictures in large plastic bins. I grabbed my late mother
-in-law's cut glass lamp - I knew she'd come back to haunt me if I
didn't! Besides, she was practical, she'd know it was something we
might need to sell someday.
One of the last things in the car was our wedding album. Monday,
August 29th was our 25th anniversary. We're hoping for a calmer 26th.
We'll manage, we have family and friends and health on our side. So
many others won't, and are suffering in New Orleans and all along the
Gulf Coast. Please keep them in your prayers, and if you can, make a
donation to Americares, the Red Cross, or your favorite charity.
Thank you. - Kathy Martello
PS - Anyone from LSU School of Dentistry, let me know how you are!
write to SiderealGirl@aol.com.
- Another Story -
A few years ago I was house hunting in Squaw Valley, CA (not the ski
resort but a rural area in the Sierra Foothills of Fresno County). I fell
in love with one of the houses I looked at and made an offer. Hanging
in the family room of the house was a terrific relief map of Fresno
County. While awaiting a decision from the sellers I was browsing in
an antique shop hundreds of miles away in Banning in the southern
part of CA. There I spotted the identical relief map of Fresno County,
right down to the frame. I bought it and hoped it was a good omen. It
was. I got the house and am living happily every after with my relief
map hanging in the same spot as its predecessor. Karen L.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
2) The Latest Antique News
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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 226,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
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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.
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.
I have done it!
When I was growing up in rural Illinois during the 1930s, the country
roads were mostly unpaved dirt roads. Some of them were "oiled" by
covering them with a heavy oil during the summer. Wagon tracks and
horse tracks kept the dirt churned up, and in the winter time they were
virtually impassable by even horse and buggy except when they were
Nearly every farmer at that time owned a road drag, which was a
heavy metal contraption designed to level the roads by dragging dirt
from high spots to low spots, smoothing the road and crowning it up in
the middle so the water would run off rather than accumulate in low
spots, causing "mud holes." These road drags were the forerunners of
the modern road grader.
In the spring, when the roads were at their worst from freezing and
thawing and the traffic cutting through the layer of oil, we would hook
up a team of horses to the road drag and "drag the roads." Later we
pulled the drags with tractors, and as late as 1960 I still drug the roads
occasionally, even though by that time we had heavy duty equipment
owned by the Township and a "Road Commissioner" elected by vote,
whose duty was to maintain the roads in the township. Since there
were possibly one hundred miles of road to maintain, he couldn't get
to all of them at once, so many farmers drug the roads and together
we made them more passable for everyone.
Thanks for taking me back! -- Bob Roy in California
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
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7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Wednesday
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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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
Reading the story about the woman who's donut making experience "got
away" reminded me of one of my happiest memories of my father. When
he was a teenager, my father worked as the cook in a logging camp with
36 men. His recipes tended to result in a lot of food.
I was about ten when in my rambles through the woods, I found an
abandoned orchard up the lake from the logging camp we lived in and thus
had access to and "unlimited" supply of apples. (The only other
consumers were some black bears but that is another story.) Dad decided
that he would make apple pies. Of course he set up a production line.
Mother and sister peeled and cut up the apples, dad mixed up his recipe
for pie crust and started making the pies. I was in charge of cooking and
cooling them. Not being one to waste good pie crust, we baked for hours.
I quickly ran out of places to put hot pies to cool, so I was also given the
task of wrapping pies to put into the large freezer we had. I had one
additional trip to the orchard as the two gunny sacks of apples we started
with were insufficient to consume all of the pie crust. I never counted the
number of pies but I know we ate them all winter and well into the spring.
Thank god for the large freezer. Dad was never encouraged to make pies
again. Ron O.
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: SIGNED AMERICAN PAINTINGS WANTED BY COLLECTOR
WANTED: AUTHENTIC OLD TIFFANY LAMPS WANTED BY COLLECTOR
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
200,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to:
10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue we did not get any responses to the recipe request, so
here is a recipe for Brownie in a Jar.
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.
Brownies In A Jar
2-1/4 cups white sugar
2/3 cup cocoa
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 Pour sugar into a clean and dry one quart jar. Press down firmly.
2 Add cocoa powder and press down firmly. Pour in chopped pecans,
making sure pecans are evenly layered in the jar. Combine flour,
baking powder and salt. Pour into jar and seal.
3 Attach the following directions to the jar: Empty mix into large bowl.
Use your hands to mix thoroughly. Add 3/4 cup of butter or margarine
and 4 slightly beaten eggs. Mix until completely blended.
Spread batter into a lightly greased or sprayed 9 x 13 inch pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for 30 minutes or until done.
Cool in pan. Cut into 2 inch squares. Makes 2 dozen
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.
Allman's is famous in Fredericksburg Va. If you ever heard someone
will be passing through you say, "Go to Allman's, it's right on the Rt.1
bypass near the Park & Shop"! (Also go to Carl's Ice Cream on the
Well Allman's has/had a wonderful sweet thin vinegary sauce served
in squeeze bottles on the counter and at the tables. I would love the
original recipe for this sauce.
The last time I passed through there, a couple years ago, it didn't
seem the same. The basic flavor was there, but it is like it was made
thinner and thickened with cornstarch or something. I may be wrong,
it may have been an off day. But I used to always buy a quart to take
home and didn't get it this time.
Would dearly love to enjoy this sauce between visits to Fredericksburg!
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
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We have tried to bring you the unusual and "not so easy to find"
antiques and architectural items that make your home unique. Check out
our "Staddle Stones". Perfect to make a statement in your garden or patio.
Best Prices on Collections
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orders, certified checks, or cash. Items are shipped every Tuesday and
we will always consider special shipping arrangements at your requests.
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
2. Looking for an expert to help you with repairs, or an appraisal?
Or just some help finding an auction house or a collectors club? Try this
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