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The Collectors Newsletter #375 November 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #375 November 2005
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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.
When I was young, like most young boys, I had a paper route. Those
days were tough...either you had, or you didn't.
But, as I rode my route, I watched a young cedar grow in one of my
customer's yard. Being 'young', entrepreneurial, and realizing that my
family couldn't afford a Christmas tree, I asked this customer if I could
have the little cedar tree. The customer asked "why?". I responded,
"so that my family can have a Christmas tree". She then told me that
if I could dig it up, (and fix her yard), that I could have the tree. Although
it was only about one foot tall, I knew this would be the perfect tree for
my family to herald Christ's birth! I rode my hand-me-down Schwinn
rather proudly on the way home, with the little cedar in my paper delivery
bag. I went home that evening, (very late from my route), and presented
'my gift' to the family. Mother, (in her infinite wisdom), went to the attic
and retrieved some miniature ornaments....the little cedar was decorated,
and for that year it was our Christmas tree. That year for Christmas, I
got a puppy...( that's another story).
But, since I had 'saved' the little cedar (roots and all), after Christmas we
decided to plant the tree in the back yard. Time went on.....I went off to
However, it was much to my surprise, when my parents donated the 'little'
cedar...twenty years later, to the town.....for the town Christmas tree! I
went home for Christmas that year, only to find my little cedar, (forty feet
tall!), and standing as the town's Christmas tree!!
To this day, it is so deeply satisfying, to know that from the 'have-not' of
earlier years, came the 'Giving of the Gift' to the community.
Yes...there's a moral: "Relish what you have....and Give from the Heart".
May you, at 'Tias', and all your readers have a Merry (and Blessed)
Christmas! signed, Jim in Ohio
-- Another Story --
On joining a local seniors club two years ago I befriended "Bill" who,
he told me was like me, an immigrant from the UK. It turned out that we
both are passionate soccer fans and as youngsters collected cigarette
cards. A hobby that I have since taken up again.
Bill told me how his family had a lot of difficulty getting through Canadian
customs over 60 years ago, when they arrived, as he would not let them
have his little tin box which was pressed hard to his chest. After much
persuasion he let them look inside the box and they saw a nice collection
of Players Footballers Caricatures by "RIP". Not elicit contraband. This
collection disappeared with time and it was not until I showed him some
cards I had, it reminded him of those bygone years.
I recently scoured on line and eventually found some of the cigarette
cards that Bill had when he was a lad. I framed them and presented them
to him as an early xmas present. It is wonderful to see the smile of a
young boy in the face of a 72 year old.
Happy are those who collect and give. Les
-- Another Story --
Hello to all! It is wonderful to hear all the stories you contribute.It is
amazing how our objects find their way 'back' to us.When this happened
to me, I just had to write and share!
My husband Bill and I have been married for 23 years.Prior to that I was
in a 13 year marriage and went through a terrible, bitter divorce when I
was "traded in" for a 'younger model' woman-ha! Well long story short,
many of my beloved possessions were stolen from me by various people
involved with my ex and I certainly never hoped to see the things again.
One particularly precious possession was a set of unusual Polynesian
figurines my mother had given to me at age 15-they were very nice and
she sacrificed to get them for me through a work friend of hers who
was visiting New York.The friend brought them back to NC for me.
During the divorce they were stolen-25 years ago.A month ago,my
husband and I were in a very remote mountain antique shop, 4 hours
from my home....As I rounded the corner I froze in place as my eyes fell
on these 2 figurines sitting on a dusty shelf!!!!I literally screamed out and
ran to pick them up-sure enough all identifying marks were on them-it
WAS them.The shop owners rejoiced with us as we told the story and EVEN
insisted on giving me a huge discount!
My wonderful husband laughed and said God Himself had restored them
to their rightful owner! Thought you all would love this story-especially any
"divorcees" out there-ha!! My oldest son and my sister both remembered
the figurines and recognized them too!It was like a reunion of old friends!
Hope all of you at TIAS and all you readers have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Keep those stories coming! Betty H. in NC
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3) Your Classifieds...
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4) Increase the value of your collection. (Sponsors message)
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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.
Want to see a wrist fence? There were some online at Google images,
but they seem to have vanished. Anyway, imagine a very small picket
fence wrapped around your wrist and you have imagined a wrist fence.
When my son was younger he had a Tonka Ford Pickup with a hitch,
pulling a UHaul trailer. He didnt play much with it so I gave it to a friends
small boys..Long story short ..I've "never" lived it down (thirty years later)!
Have searched for several years to no avail. Does anyone have one they'd
be willing to sell? Or know where one may be found? Please help me out
of the dog house..Any help is greatly appreciated..Shirley
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
Butter prints and molds are a perfect combination of the useful and the
beautiful. Hand-carved wooden prints are sought as folk art. KOVELS
ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter reports that some sold
at a recent auction for prices ranging from $69 to $1,495. From the
19th century to the 1930s, butter was sold in carefully weighed mounds
or bricks. Butter quality varied considerable, so producers marked their
butter with distinctive patterns. Shoppers could identify butter from their
favorite dairy by glancing at the decoration on the top. Favorite designs
include cows, wheat, flowers, eagles, and fruit.
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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 daughter was just a toddler and addicted to the Sesame Street
children's program, we were invited for Thanksgiving dinner to my unmarried
sister's home. Not realizing the need to be extra careful with what you say
around children, she made the error of answering my daughter's curious
question as to what she was cooking in the oven, with "I have a big bird
roasting in there" it's even difficult many years later to manage getting
through that day without watching every word around the young folks.
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.
9) Wanted ads. Can you help?
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you help someone out? To place an ad of your own take a look at:
WANTED: COLLECTOR LOOKING FOR ARTWORKS BY L.C. TIFFANY
WANTED: 1960 Early American Colonial Maple Wood & Brass Lamp
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10) A Vintage Recipe
M.Gregg was looking for an interesting recipe involving ground beef
and tomato juice. Several suggestions came in. See below....
If you have a variation of either 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.
Texas Casserole Recipe -- A ground beef casserole recipe, made with
ground beef, rice, chopped onions and peppers, and tomatoes, along with
seasonings. It looks like you can easily experiment with this -- add or
subtract ingredients to taste.
* 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
* 3 large onions, sliced
* 1 clove garlic, minced
* 1 green bell pepper, seeded, chopped
* 1 can diced tomatoes with juice
* 1/2 cup uncooked long-grain rice
* 1 teaspoon chili powder
* 1 to 2 tsp salt, or to taste
* 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Lightly grease a 2-quart casserole dish. Brown beef and onions in a
large skillet over medium-high heat. When onions are translucent, add
garlic and green pepper; cook until green pepper is softened. Remove
from heat; stir in remaining ingredients. Transfer mixture to the baking
dish; cover with lid or foil and bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Remove
cover and bake for 15 minutes longer. Serves 4 to 6.
-- ANother Version --
GROUND BEEF AND RICE
1 lb. ground beef
1/4 c. onions
Fry in 2 tablespoons fat or oil.
1/2 c. rice (raw or uncooked)
1 c. tomato juice
3 c. water
2 c. diced or chopped celery
Salt and pepper to taste
Brown ground beef and onion in fat or oil. Mix together with raw or
uncooked rice, tomato juice, water, and chopped celery. Add salt and
pepper to taste. Bake in baking pan or dish at 350 degrees for 1 1/2
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.
Looking for a recipe: "Shepherd's Pie"
In my first apartment, in the late 1950's, in Cleveland, Ohio--and
on my own for the first time--I used to make a one-dish meal I seem
to recall was named 'Shepherd's Pie'. As I recall, the ingredients were
pretty much the same as described in the request for a recipe that may
have been called 'Hamburger Hash' in Newsletter #374. The ground beef
wasn't saute ed, just shaped raw into a casserole dish--kind of like a pie
crust--covering the bottom and sides of the dish. Then rice was mixed
with some kind of tinned tomatoes--maybe stewed, but not sure--and the
whole thing was cooked in the oven. I had found the recipe on a box--
probably for Minute Rice--but haven't seen it in years. Would really like
to find it again...any ideas? Thanks, (Ms.) Shon B. Miller
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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The Caroline Collection
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