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The Collectors Newsletter #368 October 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #368 October 2005
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1. Even More Haunted Stories - Happy Halloween!
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.
Here come more "Haunted" stories. Send yours to email@example.com
I have read with fascination the stories written by others about ghosts.
We have stayed several times with my brother's family of 5 boys while
he and my sister-in-law have gone out of town. The first time we stayed
at their home, the boys were in age from 5 years old to teenagers.
The first night I went to bed around midnight. My husband was already
asleep:-). But, before I went to sleep, I heard heavy footsteps coming
toward our room, which is at the end of the hallway and across the hall
from one of the boys' room. I watched, expecting the teenager to go
into his room, but he didn't. (I would be able to see him as he passed
the open door of our room before going to his door on the opposite
side of the hall.) At not seeing anyone, nor hearing the footsteps go
back down the hall, I got up to see who was there.
When I looked into the hallway, there was no one there! When my
sister-in-law called from out of the country, I told her what had happened.
She said she, too, had heard the footsteps and that my brother, her
husband, thought she was imagining it. I knew she wasn't. We have
stayed several times since that first incident but, have not heard the
footsteps again. gmp
-- Another Story --
I live in southern Arizona not too far from the old mining town of Bisbee
- a town with a very well known historical past. I am sure that as the years
have passed some of the old tales have been embellished to further
enhance a point. As "locals" we accept this and just do not pay too much
attention to some of the wild stories we come across.
My neighbor had some family coming from the east coast for a visit and
they wanted to spend a night in Bisbee while here. We decided to go
and check out the two old historic hotels there (don't know if I can
mention their names), both of which are reputed to house friendly
"ghosts". The trip through the first hotel was uneventful, it is the middle of
the day after all. Our trip through the second hotel was very different -
they have "period" rooms full of original antiques, each guest room is
designed to authentically represent a certain time in the history of the
town, the hotel itself dates back to 1906.
We were going through each suite oohing and aahing at all of these
beautiful antiques trying to decide which accommodation might best suit
our guests. We entered the last suite and were well inside when the door
mysteriously closed, not with a bang, but just the normal closing (it did
not have one of those screen door closers on it either). It was hinged,
like a regular door. The next thing that happened was that the transom
(the window above this inside door) fell open. By this time we a were
staring at each other in total amazement. We went to the door to reopen
it and the old glass door knob came off in my hand as I went to turn it. I
am sure this could all be co-incidence, after all, I am of sound mind and
body! I re-placed the handle back into the door and tried to turn it again
to open the door and all worked as it should. As I opened the door I
remember a fairly strong, cold draft meeting me even though it was early
summer and on that day - no breeze even.
I don't think I will ever experience anything like that again - it was just all
so surreal. We did book two rooms at that hotel for our guests (the above
mentioned room was not one of them). I will also add that nothing
occurred during our guest's stay, so maybe it is just that one room that
provides such "ghostly" entertainment...Jeanne A., Hereford, AZ
-- Another Story --
About ten years ago a friend of mine was renting an old house with his
son and dog. My son and I stayed with them for several weeks while my
house was being worked on. There had been stories about ghosts living
there, but we just ignored them. Supposedly, the prior tenant died there
and his ghost refused to leave. Well, this ghost loved to turn the shower
off on me and seemed to enjoy turning the bathroom lights off and on
when I would try and wash my face or blow dry my hair. The same thing
would happen in the kitchen. I would turn the water off and start to do
something and the water would come on all by itself. I figured maybe
there was an electrical problem until the night that everyone was sleeping
and the dog let out a blood curdling howl that would wake the dead. All
of a sudden the television came on blaring, the lights in the bedroom
and the water in the bathroom sink. This ghost made a believer out of
Happy Halloween !
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Send us your story about haunted building, antiques and collectibles.
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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.
Ghost in the Museum?
I live in Helper, Utah. It is a small town originally founding by the coal miners
and the railroad. We have a pretty extensive collection of ghost stories. And
it seems that someone has told all of them to my friend’s two sons. In turn,
they have been running around my house telling ghost stories to my two kids.
My friend’s sons are 4 and 6 and my daughter and son are also 4 and 6.
They have had a great time claiming that my house is haunted, insisting that
they saw a ‘red eyed ghost’ in my bathroom. I always tell them, “if you see
him again, ask him to clean up that bathroom for me. I can always use the
So this has been the fall of the ghost stories. The favorite ones are of the
‘White Lady’, a woman who appears at mine entrances searching for her
husband who was killed in one of the coal mine explosions, and the ‘Museum’
ghosts, the Helper Railroad and Mining Museum has had many reports of
people seeing a cleaning lady on the third floor, and a woman who worked
there for years said that first thing is the morning when she would open the
museum, she would go to the back office area and smell coffee and bacon
and eggs cooking. The museum is housed in what was once a brothel and
their desks, files, computers, and copiers fill the old kitchen.
I have been enjoying these elaborate tails, that get longer and wilder with
each telling, but then my kids insisted on going to the museum one day. I
was happy to take them; I had been trying to drag them in there for years.
I should have been more suspicious of their sudden interest. They were so
mad at me when they could find the ‘ghost’ in the museum.
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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bid $21,850 for a blue-painted dry sink, $19,550 for a gray-blue
chair-table, $10,925 for an oval stretcher-base tavern table, and $9,200
for a Shaker pine cupboard with original pumpkin wash.
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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.
When my oldest son and daughter were five and three respectively, we
decided to go swimming one hot summer day. After getting my daughter
into her bathing suit, we joined my husband and son in the living room
and prepared to leave. I had just purchased my daughter a new bathing
suit, and she proudly showed it off to her big brother. "Steven, do you like
my new bathing suit?", she asked. He seemed a little puzzled as he looked
at her. "Yes," he said, "but how come it's not a zucchini?" We didn't
understand what he meant at first until he explained. "You know, the kind
with a top and a bottom." This is one of those cute "kid-isms" that you just
never forget - even though your kids wish you would!
Do you have a funny family story 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.
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10) A Vintage Recipe
A recipe for "The most unusual way to cook a turkey "
Here is a recipe that were sent in. 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.
When I first heard about this...many, many years ago, I thought it was
the strangest thing to do to a turkey. But I decided to try it anyway. It
was so great I have been doing it ever since. Rub real Mayonnaise all
over the turkey just before you put it in the oven. It makes it the juiciest
I've ever tasted and when done is the most beautiful golden color you
-- Another Recipe --
I'm not sure whether this is a recipe or humor, but in the early 1940's
my mother chose a recipe that said to roast the turkey in the bag it came
in. Plastic wrapping for food was new to us at the time and we didn't
know its properties. Needless to say, the turkey was well glazed with
plastic but otherwise, delightfully moist. Barbara
-- Another Recipe --
Wash the inside of the thawed turkey (or fresh) carefully and remove
any bits of lung or fat. Carefully dry with paper towel and salt the inside.
Loosely stuff with unpopped popcorn and close the opening with skewers
and string. Place in a 400 degree oven and when the popcorn blows the
end out of the turkey it is cooked! Enjoy M.C.
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, I'm hoping someone out there can help out on this recipe request. I'm
looking for the recipe for "Oatmeal Gems" from the 1962 edition of the Joy
of Cooking, and of all things, my edition is far too early (1946). The
recipe does not appear in later versions of the cookbook (it's not in the
1975 version); in fact I believe the recipe was in this edition only. The
recipe is a favorite of a 'special somebody' of my sister's, and I would
love to be able help her to surprise him! Thanks so much for all your help,
and hopefully I will be able to return the favor someday! Bev G.
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:
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