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The Collectors Newsletter #373 November 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #373 November 2005
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1. "Christmas Eve" & "Christmas 1925" & "Autographs"
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.
I will never forget the Christmas Eve that I was 5 years old and we
lived in Louisiana. We were a family of 8 living in a 2 room house
with an attic/loft. The children slept 2 or 3 to a bed in the attic, and I
slept with my oldest sister who was about 10 years old, but wise
beyond her young years.
I awakened in the middle of the night to hear scraping sounds on the
roof (probably from a tree branch) and was frightened and crying.
My sister who was now awake, calmed me by telling me to "listen, it's
Santa and his reindeer on top of the roof". I believed her and lay so
quietly waiting for Santa that very soon I fell back to sleep. How
blessed I was to have such a sweet sister. Ann B.
-- Another Story --
The Christmas of 1925 is very vivid in my memory.
During Christmas vacation, my older sister Ingra, decided to take
three of her children and me to our mountain ranch for a few days.
The next day we awoke to find two feet of beautiful white snow covering
Thankfully, my Dad had stored up plenty of food and nice dry wood
for the cook stove, so we could eat and stay warm. We four kids,
ranging from five to eight, were delighted, but finally got too cold with
playing in the freezingly wet stuff and wanted to be inside.
Ingra searched around in the cabin for something to entertain four kids
and found an old Montgomery Ward catalog, a roll of butcher paper
and some string. She put us to work making scrap books for each other
as Christmas gifts.
One of the boys came down with a bad cold, which was of great
concern to Ingra. She kept him in bed, but kept the rest of us enthused
with popping corn and continuing with our projects.
When we were finished filling the pages with pictures from the catalog,
we made holes with an ice pick and laced them together into little books.
We jealously guarded each one so that the other didn't see what was to
be his or her gift.
Days later, when my brother came looking for us in his tire- chained old
touring car, we packed up our finished scrap books and clanked into
town. We hadn't realized how serious my nephew's condition was until the
doctor informed us he had developed a serious case of pneumonia.
Thankfully he was able to sit up Christmas morning and join us as we
unwrapped our gifts. I'm sure his improvement was the best gift my
sister could have received. As for us other kids, our greatest gifts of all,
were the little "surprise" scrap books we had so diligently labored over,
while we were isolated in the snow storm of '25.
Even though that was eighty years ago, that little scrap book is still one
of my treasured possessions... I.M.F.
-- Another Story --
On November 9th I came away from an evening event with a group of
autographs I am very proud of -- and they should prove to be
historic. Here is my story:
Once a year I videotape the Media Law Resource Center's annual
dinner discussion in New York City which always showcases an
amazing array of commercial mass media "celebrities" to talk about
pressing issues. The MLRC - formerly the Libel Defense Resource
Center - is a non-profit information clearinghouse focusing on
First Amendment rights, access and other media law fields whose
members include leading publishers, producers, journalists, authors,
Always a great venue for me to gain in-person event-specific
autographs (my specialty), last year I covered a interview of
Ted Turner by Tom Brokaw, and two years before that a discussion
about Iraq war reporting featuring Bob Simon, Ted Koppel, the New
York Times' John Kifner and Seymour Hersh.
But this year topped them all with a very timely discussion about
reporter's privilege and panel that included two print media
correspondents connected with the disclosure in July 2003 of the
identity of a CIA operative -- Time magazine's Matthew Cooper and
the New York Times' Judith Miller.
Ms. Miller is of course the Times reporter who recently spent 85
days in a federal jail for refusing to reveal her source, Vice
President Cheney's Chief of Staff Scooter Libby. (Can you believe
a CIA leak came out of the WHITE HOUSE??)
Joining Miller and Cooper on stage were Indiana Congressman Mike
Pence who authored the Free Flow of Information Act of 2005, a
bipartisan measure which would give reporters federal protection;
Jim Taricani, an NBC reporter from WJAR-TV in Rhode Island who
in December 2004 spent four months of a six month sentence of
home confinement for refusing to reveal the source of videotape
footage which showed a Providence mayoral aide accepting a bribe;
and Terry Moran, recently named as a co-anchor of Nightline and
Chief White House correspondent at ABC News. I got each
participant to autograph the cover of an official MLRC dinner
And what may have made my acquisitions more important and
historic? Earlier that day, Judith Miller parted ways with the New
York Times! Nice coincidence, right?
To keep with my autographed program I've asked for a transcript of
the discussion and a photo. Happy collecting! Michael R. in NYC
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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
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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.
We got numerous requests from readers asking what a wrist fence was.
If someone has a photo, please send it to LostAndFound@tias.com and
I'll post it online so anyone who is interested can take a look.
My brother worked in the Translux Theatre at 60th St. in NYC in the 50's.
He was a manager as well as in charge of setting up the marquee and the
Lobby Display of Movies that were playing. I came across a scrapbook
he made with Photos of all the displays. It is a large scrapbook with 8 by
11 photos. He made most of the displays and wanted to keep a book on
them. I have tried to reach anyone who was connected to the theatre
and have not been able to. In this book are movies such as:"Ninotchka"
starring Greta Garbo, Joseph Cotton & Barbara Stanwick in "The Man
with a Cloak", "Bonnie Prince Charlie" with David Niven, Elizabeth Taylor
in "Love is Better than Ever" "Red Badge of Courage" Directed by
John Huston, starring Audie Murphy. Leslie Caron, ZsaZsa Gabor, Mel
Ferrer in "Lili", "Lime Light" with Charles Chaplin. There are many,
many more. If there is some out there who is a movie buff or would just
be interested in having the album I would gladly part with it. I may be
reached at email@example.com.
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
Camera phones are causing some concern at antiques shows. In
KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, Ralph and
Terry Kovel report that many dealers do not want pictures taken of their
antiques unless they give permission. Some shows now have "no
photography" signs that forbid camera phones, too. If you wish to take
a picture, get permission first. Once dealers know why you need a
photo, they rarely refuse.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
One Sunday before 7am, I heard my phone ringing and rushed downstairs
to find that I had three missed calls and one voice mail. The voice mail was
unintelligible, but I could tell it was my 5-year-old grandson, who apparently
got hold of his mother's phone before she woke up. The next day when I
spoke with him, he admonished me with: "Grammy, the next time I call you,
don't say 'Please leave a message'"! Terri
Do you have a funny family story 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.
9) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can
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10) A Vintage Recipe
No one could help find a recipe for "chocolate dependable cake", so
here is a recipe for Egg Nog, since their is a bit of nip in the air here
in NY and people are starting to feel festive.
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.
Low Calorie Egg Nog
This first one is a "low calorie" version compared to the one that follows
it . I'm not even sure how these two recipes can both be called Egg Nog.
* 2 eggs -- separated
* 4 cups skim milk
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 2 teaspoons sugar substitute
* 1/4 cup brandy
* 1 dash nutmeg
Combine the egg yolks and milk in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat
until the mixture coats a metal spoon. Cool.
Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add to the milk mixture, then
add the vanilla, sugar substitute, and extract. Mix lightly. Cover and chill.
To serve, pour the eggnog into cups and sprinkle with nutmeg.
-- Another Version --
Power Egg Nog
This Egg Nog version is about as rich as you can get. You might want
to check with your Doctor before trying it. :-)
3 pints heavy cream
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup bourbon whiskey
1 cup cognac
1/2 tsp salt
Beat yolks until light in color. Slowly add bourbon, cognac, while beating
at slow speed. Chill 3 hrs. Add salt to whites, beat to peaks. Whip s cream
until stiff. Fold whipped cream into yolk mixture, then fold in the beaten
egg whites. Chill one hour. Serve with nutmeg sprinkled on top. For thinner
mixture add 1 or 2 cups of milk. Serve in a punch bowl or another big bowl
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.
My grandmother used to make something called, "Chow-Chow", back
in the late 40's early 50's. It was made with green tomatoes. I have
checked every recipe book I can get a hold of and can't find a recipe
for it. I sure would appreciate it if someone had it and could share it.
Thanks, Bev in Arizona
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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The Eclectic Eccentric
Various items from glassware to paper. Mostly vintage and some
modern day collectibles.
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1. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 300,000
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