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The Collectors Newsletter #358 September 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #358 September 2005
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1. "Kids & Guns" and "The Right Place"
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 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.
Kids & Guns
Reading the story about the antique gun made me think of a story about
my brother and my cousins.
My brother and my cousins were outside playing with a BB gun. My
cousin Sterling was at the pump getting a drink of water from the tin cup
that my Grandmother kept there, when my brother who was standing at
the top of the yard decided to test his shooting skills and announced to
the the rest of the boys he was going to shoot the cup out of Sterling's
hand. My brother shot, the cup went flying and my cousin started yelling
"my eye, my eye" and ran screaming with his hand over his eye, in the
house to my grandmother. The rest of the boys including my brother
went flying after him, my brother being sure he shot out Sterling' eye.
My grandmother, being the mother of 13 children, calmly took my
cousin's hand away from his face and promptly poked the BB out of his
eyebrow with a fork, much to my brother's relief.
However; when my father returned home from work and my grandmother
told him what my brother did, my Dad after giving my brother a good
lecture about gun responsibility, grabbed the BB gun, took it outside and
wrapped it around the big walnut tree in the yard, all the while my brother
is running after him yelling " its not my gun! its not my gun". To which
my dad replied "I don't care whose gun it is, it's done". My cousin
Sterling tried all summer to put his gun back together and even with all the
help of all the cousins nobody ever got shot with that gun again, but my
cousin to this day has the scar from his own BB gun. My brother learned
a very valuable lesson about guns. Sally
- Another Story -
The Right Place
I love your newsletter and look forward to reading the shared stories and
recipes. After reading about the piano, I have to say she is so lucky to
have retrieved the piano so many times and wish I could claim such.
Maybe they were just not living in the right "house" yet. As a result I had
to email and share. My mother passed away when I was six, as a result
I desire 'roots', a place and surrounding where I belong and as a result
do not move often.
After 13 years at one location I decided to move to be near my
grandmother. She was a famous actress in the 30-40's later retiring to
raise her family and sell antiques.( I use that as an excuse for my love of
the old items, but I think it is the history and the stories behind the
antiques I love just as much as the item itself.) Mama's Antique building
was zoned to live and work and in 1993 as I planned on moving in and
taking up where she had left off- packing at my home town; her
shoppe/home in another City was broken into and they stole everything -
down to the toilet paper including my baby book and family photos. I have
always hoped the beautiful antiques and mementos would find their way
home somehow ...like in the stories of your many readers.
I did find a few items in resale stores nearby, but most are long gone.
In the many years since, I have purchased and collected many, many
items and I have to say I think things do retain a feeling and have a way
about them from their past. I know many of your readers will agree that
they are pulled to an item from across the store or room. The patina, the
carving or the wood grain - just something about it...or when items remind
us of our past, our connections.
My knowledge of the Right Place for me to move, came after seeing a
home for sale on the internet and there was just something about it. We
looked at many properties in the area first. I knew we were in the "right
house" (YES, the "just something about it house" from the internet) when
there at the top of the stairs sat a ceramic cat from the 1940's just like my
mom's. Several years later we now live here full time- the two identical
ceramic cats are cozy on the stair well, side by side and I can't help but
think Maybe my Mom? or the Cat knew all along... that this was the Right
Place and we belonged. Brigitte
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but we want to hear yours too!
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unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is
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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.
Hello TIAS, A few weeks ago I requested help from your readers to find
the name and the author of a book about the small town of Waldo in
Florida. I really thought that it was a "long-shot" request and didn't expect
too much of a response.
Boy was I surprised! The response was amazing! I had more than 50
people email me with ideas and help. All of them took the time to actually
do some research on my behalf. I had responses from people from all
over the US and even from England! It was so wonderful. I now know
the name of the book and the author and have a whole bunch of new web
sites to explore for my genealogical research. I also got some super rare
and out-of-print book seller sites. I hit the BIG time.
I just want to thank you at TIAS for your great news letter. You have
some amazingly kind and helpful readers.
I also want to say thank you again to all of the great people who took the
time out of their busy lives to help out a stranger. Thanks so much,
- Another Thank You! -
MANY THANKS to Bob Roy in California for clearing up the "dragging the
road" mystery. VERY INTERESTING!! Brenda
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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antiques and collectibles are still at risk. What should you do next to
salvage your collection? The answers are in "Dealing with Disaster," a
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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.
I was a young Army bride in Ft Richardson, Alaska in the late 50's. I was
23 years old and had four active little children under 3 years old, including
twin girls and a new baby boy. You couldn't let the children outside until it
"warmed up" to zero! So I was always looking for things to do to entertain
them. One day I told them that we were going to make my mother-in-law's
famous peanut butter rolls. I had her recipe but had never tried to make
them. I cooked the syrup and used a candy thermometer as the recipe
directed. I even made sure that it made a proper ball in a cup of water.
When I was sure it was right, I covered the round kitchen table with flour
and after beating the concoction to a thick goop, and letting it cool a little, I
started pouring the candy syrup slowly into the table, as I had seen my
mother-in-law do many times. Four sets of brown eyes were at eye level
with the table. The baby was propped up and watching, too. It went pretty
well at first, but the thick, flowing syrup did not just stop in the flour and wait
for me to knead it as per recipe. I quickly scraped the rest of the pot out
and started trying to stop some of the "flows" from going right on off the
table onto the floor. The more I tried to stop one flow, another one would
"break out" and I was scooping the syrup and trying to fold in the flour at
several places. The brown eyes were getting bigger and bigger. Finally,
one flow got away from me and then another and slowly much of it dripped
like lava onto the floor at the feet of the startled twins. This was the quietest
I had even seen these two little girls. Finally, they broke into laughter
seeing their mother run around the round table trying to stop all my
escaping syrup. The oldest boy was a more serious child and saw that I was
in big trouble. He tried hard to grab bowls and pots to help me but it was all
in vain. The whole project ended up in the garbage and down the sink and I
never tried that recipe again! Mitzi F, - Naples, FL
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 we did not get any responses to the recipe request, so
here is a recipe for Carolina Red Sauce for Barbecue.
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.
Carolina Red Sauce for Barbecue
* 1 1/2 cups cider vinegar
* 1/2 cup ketchup
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon cayenne or hot red pepper flakes
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to dissolve the sugar.
Serve at room temperature or chilled. The sauce keeps indefinitely.
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- First, I love reading this newsletter! It's amazing to me how many
similar experiences we all share growing up. I'm hoping someone
might have a recipe they can share with me! I'm not sure if this is a
vintage recipe or not, but my grandmother in southern Indiana made
a dish for me once that she called chicken in a cloud. She actually
gave me the recipe before she died and I made it for my husband
shortly after we married 14 years ago. I didn't think he liked it much
because he didn't react so apparently I tossed the recipe! Anyway,
a couple years back he asked why I never made it and I told him I
couldn't find the recipe. Now he asks for it all the time, and tells
people I threw the recipe out because I knew he liked it but didn't
want to go to the trouble of making it again! Anyway, all I remember
is that it had instant mashed potatoes in it as the base and you put
pieces of browned chicken over it- then poured on some liquid which
had sherry in it and I don't remember what else but you put it in the
oven and the potatoes absorbed the liquid and puffed up kind of like
a souffle as the chicken finished baking. When finished, the pieces
of chicken appeared to float in a cloud of mashed potatoes. I've
searched different databases but haven't come up with anything close!
Can anyone out there help me so I can surprise my husband and
prove to him that it wasn't meanness that kept me from making this
dish for him again? Thanks! Kym O.
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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