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The Collectors Newsletter #370 November 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #370 November 2005
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3. Your Classifieds
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5. Lost and Found
6. News from the Kovels
7. Newly listed items
8. Funny Old Stuff
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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.
Another batch of "Haunted Stories" for you in this edition.
My ex-husband and I bought a house several years ago that belonged
to a lady named Kate. After her husband died and she could no longer
take care of herself she moved into a nursing home. Soon after she
died there, we bought her house from her son. It was built in the mid
forties, had hardwood floors and a pier and beam foundation. It was
our first house.
What made me think that Kate had "come home" when she died was
the fact that the small hall closet door would never stay latched and
the front door would close by itself. We had to use a door stop on
nice days that we were airing out the house.
I worked for a company that closed on Fridays at 12:45. I would use
that time to run errands so that the weekends were free. One Friday, I
went grocery shopping after work and was unloading my bags when the
front door shut on me. Having had this happen time and again I
decided that it was time for Kate to go.
I sat my bags down, opened the door and said, "Kate, I know you love
this house. I love it too and I'm going to take care of it. You can stay
but please leave the doors alone".
We never had a problem with those two doors after that.
Soon after Kate left, I think it was my big sister that "moved in". I could
smell her perfume when no one in the family would wear it after she was
killed. She always was a prankster! Sherry
-- Another Story --
During my early teen years, I was living with my grandmother and her
daughter (my aunt), who had never married.
My aunt became very ill and lived out the rest of her days in her
bedroom, sitting during the days on her rocking chair by the window.
On the night she passed away from a massive heart attack, she had been
sitting in the rocker when the attack hit. She tried to stand up and
apparently holler to us, but simply fell to the floor, taking one of a pair of
dressing table lamps to the floor with her where it shattered.
My grandmother never stopped grieving and simply closed up the room,
locking it from the outside.
My aunt died on Oct. 10. Six months later to the day, April 10, which
happened to be my aunt's birthday, my grandmother and I heard a loud
noise from the room in the early evening, approximately the same time
my aunt died.
We ran upstairs, unlocked the door, and found to our amazement, we saw
the rocker moving back and forth at quite a pace, and the remaining lamp
shattered on the floor. The windows were closed and locked, and my
grandmother and I were the only people in the house, except of course, for
my aunt, who apparently had come back!
I've always felt there is more to life than what we know, and obviously more
to death. Nothing ever happened again, just that one brief incident that
made me a believer. Wherever she is, I hope my aunt is at peace.
Appy from PA
-- Another Story --
This story has been passed along in our family since the early 1900's.
My aunt, Madelyn, was a twin. Her sister, Maxine, was born the weaker
of the two. One morning when the twins were about 3 months old, Eve,
who at the time was 5 years old, came downstairs for breakfast and
stated "There is an angel standing by Maxine's bed". Grandma went
upstairs and found Maxine had died during the night. Aunt Eve always
said the angel was a beautiful woman, and that she did not frighten her
in any way. Janelle
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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.
Dear Tias Readers:
My mother in law was born very poor in Texas. One year her family did
not have any money for Christmas so the mail carrier brought her a bracelet
"Wrist Fence" it was made by Sloan Enterprises in Saginaw, Texas. Every
year at Christmas my mother in law cries when she tells the story of the kind
mail carrier. She has two daughters and I would love to find them each a
"wrist fence" or just one so I can have a copy made from a local jeweler.
If anyone knows where to find a "wrist fence" your help would be greatly
appreciated. You may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you. Leslie Klehammer
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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
My five-year old granddaughter was curious about the new picture that is
hanging up in my office. I reminded her that it was taken of me at my 50th
birthday party last year.
Thinking I would challenge her math skills, I asked her how old I am now
because another year has passed since the picture was taken. Without
skipping a beat she said, "Oo-eeee! You're older than dirt!".
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
Kathy requested a recipe for "White Corn Bread". 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.
I requested a recipe for a 'coffee fruit cake' and in the next issue, someone
provided a recipe! It sure sounds like what I am looking for. With the
holidays coming up, I am going to try it and see how close it is! THANK YOU
SO MUCH! Caren
1 and 1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
a cup to a cup and a half buttermilk
about a tablespoon of bacon fat
Heat a iron skillet on a burner with just enough oil
in the skillet to cover the bottom, swirl the oil
around so it coats the bottom and sides of the
skillet. Sprinkle meal in the bottom of the skillet.
Mix all the about and pour into hot iron skillet. Bake
at 425 until light brown on top, flip over and bake
about 10 minutes longer. .. Saundra
-- Another Version --
This is the recipe my grandmother made and I have used it ever since.
We call it Arkansas cornbread because that's where my grandparents
lived on a farm for many years. I hope this is what you are looking for.
Although it has one tablespoon of sugar, I doubt if you can notice it.
1 c. stone-ground cornmeal (yellow or white)
l/4 c. flour
1 T. sugar
l t. baking powder
1/4 t. soda
1 t. salt
1 c. buttermilk
Heat oven to 450 degrees.
Mix the above ingredients. Melt 2 T. bacon grease in an 8 or 9-inch
cast iron skillet or an 8 or 9-inch square baking pan in the pre-heated
oven. Pour the excess grease into the batter and mix. Sprinkle a little
cornmeal into the bottom of the pan and pour in the batter. Bake for
about 25 minutes. Martha
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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.
If anyone has a recipe for date nut bread that was made with orange
juice (I do remember this was one of the ingredients that was different
from other breads), I would love to have it. I made this bread every
holiday season, but misplaced the recipe about 5 years ago and would
desperately love to make it for the holiday season. The recipe came
from a dear friend who has developed Alzheimer's and can not help
me with it. Thank you so much. Ann
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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