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The Collectors Newsletter #376 November 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #376 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 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.
Several years ago my husband, Bill, (who passed away last year) presented me
with a gift that remains in center place in my little antique shop in Harriman, TN.
We often shared childhood stories and I told him about a little street car
restaurant in Asheville NC was one of my best memories. They served hot dogs
and a bottled drink called Green Spot,(an orange flavored drink). Dad always
stopped there when we drove in to shop once a month. It was such a treat !!
Well, we were opening gifts and he waited patiently until I opened his special
gift, there were two Green Spot bottles wrapped with care. I squealed, the tears
poured as I hugged him and thanked him profusely. My grand daughter watched
me, and finally she asked me what was so special about those two old bottles.
I told her my story. Two old scared up bottles was the very best Christmas
gift I ever remember receiving and I knew the love that came with them from my
wonderful husband who went on a search to find them for me.
-- Another Story --
When I was first married in 1969 I was staying with my parents while my
husband finished Officer's Candidate School in the Air Force. He was due to
graduate and leave for Pilot's Training and I was trying to come up with a gift
for his graduation. I got to rummaging in the attic of my parent's house which
was at least 100years old. the third floor had once been used as there was two
bedrooms and a bathroom up there. I thought they had cleaned everything out
of it when they moved in. However back in a closet I found an old magazine
print which was mounted on a board. It was all tattered and torn but you could
see that there was something under it. I began to carefully work the ad off the
board and to my delight I found the perfect gift for my husband.
He used to talk all the time of when he was a young boy, how he would stand
in his yard and watch airplanes fly over his house in New York. Once he saw
John Wayne in the "High and the Mighty", he never wanted to be anything but
a pilot. Well this wasn't a picture of New York or John Wayne, but it was a
picture of a young boy standing at a gate holding a lantern at night watching
an airplane with a look of wonderment on his face. I excitedly ran to my mother
who gave a big gasp and said "That looks like John". In my excitement I hadn't
noticed that the little boy was the spitting image of my eight year old brother. It
was like the picture was waiting for someone in my family to find it.
My mother insisted that I give it to my husband and it was the start of his
Aviation collection. That little boy has traveled a lot and he's still flying. The
picture still hangs proudly over his desk and still inspires him and now his
grandchildren. It just goes to show you that some things are just meant to be
and you can always find a treasure if you look hard enough. Linda at Mama's
-- Another Story --
I was about 10 years old when a friend of my mother's got a divorce from her
husband. He had left her with 2 girls and 2 twin boys for the Holiday's. Here is
why this turned out to be my favorite Christmas.
Mom asked each of us if we would be willing to give up one of our presents for
this family. We all said yes. My also father took Twenty dollars and bought them
a Christmas tree and left it on their door step with a wreath. Mom went thru our
pantry and made sure they would have a dinner, cookies, pies and the candy
and fruit for their stockings.
This reminded us that this was the season of giving. To this day I remember
how good it felt to give what we could on that Christmas eve.
I still try to give at least one gift to someone who looks like they are in need and
let them know that someone cares for them too.
I lost my parents over 20 years ago, but thanks to Mom And Dad I still carry the
lesson of love that they taught me on that distant Christmas...
Jane R. Columbus,Ohio..
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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.
As my children were growing up in the early sixties we always had a
large xmas tree ...a fresh one that we would cut and bring home...every
year i would buy something to add to it...one year i bought a package of
4 ornaments shaped like stars..they were plastic..in the middle of the
star was an upright clear tube with a little windmill like metal piece
..when placed on a branch over a light the windmill would spin....in
1995 our house was robbed of all our possessions ...even all our xmas
ornaments...since then i have bought new but my sons aways talk about
our past xmases and always bring up to my grandchildren those
ornaments...i have been looking for those stars since and would like to
know if anyone has any...i would be most appreciative ...thank you for a
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
My great nephew and his mother were in the car and he was asking
questions about Santa Claus and God. He asked where Santa lived and his
mother answered "at the North Pole". He then asked where God lived and
she said "God is all around us, he protects us." He then said "God lives in
Texas?". Greg & Paulette
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.
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10) A Vintage Recipe
Ms Shon Miller was looking for a recipe for Shepherds Pie. 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.
This recipe is for shepherds pie that I grew up on. Not much measuring
or fussing to it, and it can be varied by what ever you have on hand.
But the ground beef is cooked before it is put in the casserole.
1-2 lb. of ground beef (depends on how many you are feeding)
some chopped onion (to taste, or omit)
Brown the ground beef and onion together drain well
Place this mix in a casserole dish.
At this time you can mix in a drained can of diced tomatoes, or a jar
of brown (beef) gravy.
Then you top with a drained can of corn (or green beans),
Top all with mashed potatoes and bake for 30 minutes in a 350
degree oven. Susie K.
Maybe this is the recipe that (Ms.) Shon B. Miller is looking for.
Shepherd's Pie with Rice Topping
Can be made the night before.
2 T vegetable oil
2 carrots, diced
1 onion, chopped
1 lb ground sirloin
2/3 c beef broth
1 T tomato paste
1 T worchestershire
3/4 c peas
pepper to taste
3 c rice, cooked
1 egg, beaten
1 c shredded cheese
2/3 c sour cream
In skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook carrots, beef and
onion. Drain fat. Stir in stock, tomato paste, worchestershire
sauce, and pepper. cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add
peas, cook 1 minute longer.
Spread evenly in Pyrex dish. Stir together rice, egg, cheese
and sour cream. Spread evenly over meat. Broil 7 minutes until
heated through and top is golden brown.
If making the night before, prepare as above except for broiling.
Refrigerate. Preheat oven to 325. Bake for 20 minutes, then broil
for last 5 minutes.....Celia N.
Brown ground beef and sauté onions in 2 tablespoons butter until
golden. Mix ground beef with onions, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce,
salt and pepper. Add a few tablespoons of beef broth and cook,
covered, over low heat for 15 to 20 minutes, adding more beef broth
as necessary to keep moist. Beat egg yolks until light, then in another
bowl, beat whites until stiff. Beat the yolks, cream, 6 tablespoons
butter, and garlic powder into hot mashed potatoes. Gently fold in
beaten egg whites. Put meat mixture into a casserole then top with
potato mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake at 350°
until potato topping is puffed and browned, about 25 to 35 minutes.
* 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
* 2 tablespoon butter
* 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
* 2 eggs, separated
* 6 tablespoons butter
* 8 potatoes, peeled, boiled, and mashed
* 1 cup finely chopped onion
* 1 tablespoon ketchup
* beef broth
* 1/2 cup heavy cream
* 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
* Parmesan cheese
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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.
My Grandmother used to make the absolute best fudge ever. I
remember her telling me it was the one printed the Hershey's Cocoa
can but I cannot find the recipe. I know that you have to boil it until it
forms a "soft ball" when dropped in water and then beat it before
spreading in a pan, but that is about all I can remember. If anyone has
the recipe I would be very thankful. Vickie W.
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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