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The Collectors Newsletter #371 November 2005

The Collectors Newsletter #371 November 2005

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1. "Letter to Santa" & "Antique Shop" & "The Stairway"
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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 letter to Santa
I was six years old. The year was 1932, depression years. The stock
market had just fallen three years before and left my parents destitute.
They moved from a small town in OK. to another small town in Colo.,
near Pueblo.

Daddy opened a poultry house where he bought and sold chickens and
Mother ran a Beatrex Creamery and candled eggs. There was very
little money available even with two businesses going and Christmas
was fast approaching.

I was so excited to think Santa Claus was coming and maybe bring me
something. I wrote him a letter to let him know I was there, but also had
a little sister. I put my letter under the tree, where Santa would find it,
then my sister and I went to bed so we could go to sleep before he
got there, otherwise, he would go to another kid's house and might not
have time to come back by again.

We tried so hard to go to sleep, but it just wouldn't come. The sand man
had deserted us. Shortly after we heard sleigh bells outside e the house,
IT WAS SANTA! We heard Mother go to the door and say" I'm sorry
Santa, They are not asleep yet,you will have to try and come back later"

Mother came in and told us Santa had been there and we better go to
sleep so he could come back. We knew, she didn't have to tell us, we
heard his bells! The next morning my letter was gone, Santa had found
it and left our socks full of more goodies than I had ever seen! Oranges,
tangerines, apples, all kinds of nuts and I guess Mrs. Clause must have
made candy, because there was the big dish of all kinds of homemade

What a great Christmas....I lost my Mother in 1998 (96 yrs) Shortly
before she left she gave me an envelope. In it was the letter I had written
Santa Claus in 1932 . Thank God for MOTHERS. Louise B., Edinburg,

-- Another Story --

The Antique Shop
I had an antiques shop, Tain't Nothin' New, downtown Dallas, GA, 2
years ago. I kept a basket with small toys, mostly the treats and prizes
you get from happy meals, and small cars, dolls, etc. in the shop for
kids to play with while their parents shopped. My collection of kid stuff
grew so large with donations from friends and family, I started letting
each child choose a toy to keep, from the basket.

I also had a basket of free magazines and books for anyone who came
in, to select from--had some regulars who came for the old magazines,
and a table of free stuff that anyone could have. I also had chairs for
visitors to rest and water or soft drinks to share; often had cookies or
other refreshments for customers. I always kept a dish of candy on the
counter for anyone who came in. These items were very inexpensive
or sometimes free to me, and it seemed to make a difference in attitudes
of my customers.

People also used my bench out front and rocking chairs for a meeting
place or a resting spot. I was next door to a pizza restaurant, across
from the free public parking lot, just down from the courthouse.

I had to close my shop because I had colon cancer, surgery, and chemo
and was unable to run it for about a year. {I'm fine now} When I had
my closing sale, people came in just to hug me and tell me they were
praying for me, many of them strangers I'd never seen before.

I was so amazed how kind and loving all these people were. I wasn't
planning to tell everyone about my illness, but my friend put out posters
and flyers that I was closing due to illness, and of course they asked
what sort of illness, Dallas being a small town, everyone knew before

It really helped me to have so many folks encouraging me. Then there
was my best friend, Pat Pleasants who was and still is there for me,
who taught me about antiques, helped me with the 2 week sale,
arranging items around as stuff sold; and my friend Alice, along with my
daughters packed up all remaining items and helped my husband and
brother move it to a storage room the night before my surgery. I was
so scared and so stressed, but feeling so loved and blessed.

I still have some antiques left in storage, hope someday to open another
shop or maybe a store online.

-- Another Story --

The Stairway
In the mid 1940s, our family moved into a large, two-story farmhouse.
During the depression the owner had converted the house into two
apartments---he and his wife lived downstairs and an unemployed son
and his family lived on the second floor. To avoid walking through the
parentsí living quarters, a second story window was removed and
replaced with a door. And an outside stairway was built to provide
ready access. When the economy improved, the son moved away,
the house was restored to its original condition and the outside stairway
was demolished.

When we moved into the house there were no signs of the door or the
stairway, but we learned of their existence from neighbors. My parents
had their bedroom downstairs and the four children occupied the
second story bedrooms. My mother kept a wooden chair in front of the
window that had once been a door and awoke one night to the sound
of the chair being pushed over. Coming up to investigate, she
encountered a chilling sight: the window had been opened, and my
eleven year old sister was hanging outside except for her two hands
that were gripping the inside window sill---and the open window was
slowly descending. My mother, a strong woman accustomed to farm
work, grabbed the hands of the sleeping child and pulled her back into
the room.

Henceforth, blocks were nailed on all second story windows permitting
openings of only several inches. And for months thereafter my sister
could sleep only with her pajamas pinned to the mattress. Although we
can offer no explanations, my sleeping sister was apparently trying to
walk down a nonexistent stairway that she had never seen. Harry L.
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

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- There are MANY more fresh news stories online at:

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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 200,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
to help you out. Place your ad today at: http://www.tias.com/classifieds

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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
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 the owner of a Bible
I have recently started to inventory items in a small town museum in
Michigan. Some items we know have been there for over 125 years. The
building was at one time the library. When a new library was built the
building became a museum that has been open off and on over the years.

In this process I have found a Bible that needs the loving heart and hands
of its family. I believe it is the Bible of Burt Van Gelder and Lola J. Weeks
who were married 5 October 1868. Births listed are of Burt-1841, Lola
Jerucia-1840, Mary Gertrude-1877, Raymond Burt-1878 and Harriet Lola
Van Gelder-1881. Deaths listed are Burt-1885, M. Gertrude-1877 and
Hattie L Van Gelder-1884. The death of Lola J is listed in Mendon, St.
Joseph County, Michigan-1884

There are also newspaper clippings listing the deaths of Hattie L and Burt
in Seneca Castle, NY.

There is another newer clipping listing a marriage of Maria L. Keech
and Charles O. Gregory by Rev. H Penfield in Centreville.

If there is a loving family member out there, please contact me at:
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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To remove a sticky label, try heating it with a hair dryer to soften the
adhesive. Any remaining glue can be removed with isopropyl alcohol or
Goo Gone.

For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click:

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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.
My 5 yr. old grandaughter, Amber kept leaving the door open when she
went out to play on the front porch. Her mom told her, grandmother would
be mad at her if she let flies in. Later, she said, "Grandma, I'm sorry I let
in a fly, are you mad at me?" I responded, "It's okay, I'll kill it in a minute
when I get up. She said, "Are you gonna shoot it with your gun,
Grandma ?" Jeanne H., Dallas, GA
Do you have a funny family story 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
Ann requested a recipe for "date nut bread that was made with orange
juice". 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.
Date and Nut Bread

1 cup dates, chopped
3/4 cup nuts, chopped
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
3 tbsp. butter
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup water
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup orange juice

Put nuts, date, soda and butter in a bowl. Add water and orange juice
which have been boiled together. Stir until butter melts. Add sugar,
flour, eggs, and vanilla and mix.

Bake in a greased loaf pan at 350 degrees for 1 hour...Collier A.

-- Another Version --

Date Orange Bread
yield: 1 -9x5x3 inch loaf.

1 egg
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons grated orange zest
2/3 cup fresh orange juice
1/3 cup boiling water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup dates, pitted and chopped


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one
9x5x3 inch loaf pan.

Beat egg slightly. Add butter and sugar. Beat smooth. Zest one orange;
set 1 tablespoon zest aside. Juice 2 oranges. Place juice in a 1 cup
measure and add boiling water to fill the cup. Stir zest, juice and vanilla
into batter.

In another bowl, put flour, baking powder, soda, and salt. Stir in walnuts
and dates. Pour over batter. Stir to moisten. Spoon into greased 9x5x3
inch loaf pan.

Bake in 350 degree F (175 degree C) oven for 1 hour until it tests done.
Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Finish cooling and wrap. Celia
Cullman, Ala.
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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.
I am over 60 years old, and have not had this candy since I was a child.
All the women in my mother's family were great cooks and made many
delicious things, but mother always talked about this particular recipe
and how much she would like to make it again. The recipe was somehow
lost, and the lady who gave it to her passed away. We never located the
recipe, but I hope someone out there can help. It is for an Orange
flavored fudge. The regular chocolate fudge mother made (I DO have this
recipe, thank heaven!) was one that was cooked without stirring and then
when cool was beaten until it "set up". She also made a lighter colored
candy in much the same way. She called this "penuche". The third candy
is the one I need the recipe for. It was very similar in texture to the fudge
and penuche, but had a distinct orange flavor and was a light orange
color. The 3 candies together made a delightful treat to be left for Santa
Claus----and for the rest of us to enjoy also! I hope that someone out t
here has a recipe for this. I know it was not an easy thing to make, but
it was so very very good that it would be worth the effort. Thank you.
Judy from Indiana
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:

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13) Helpful Resources:
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Take a look at http://www.news-antique.com

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