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The Collectors Newsletter #378 December 2005

The Collectors Newsletter #378 December 2005

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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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1a) 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.
Some Past Gift Giving
Many years ago when my two youngest children Helped me with my
shopping for their mother. We had two successive years where comical
things happened. One year when my youngest son went with me to buy
a fur coat for my wife. we very carefully picked out a nice fur jacket.
When we got home we picked out a box that had nothing to do with the
coat to fool my wife. On Christmas morning my son wanted to hand the
box to my wife and when my wife opened it and saw the pleased look on
her face, he promptly stood up and said, now for the bad news, it's fake fur.

The next year my daughter was old enough to wrap the presents I
purchased for my wife. On Christmas morning when my wife received
her first package she started to laugh. We were all surprised until she
showed us the tag on the package, it read. "Mom form Dad. My daughter
has not been to live that down. J. Karl from Glen Riddle Pa.

-- Another Story --

A Wonderful Christmas Doll.
Is anyone else old enough to remember the monthly children's magazine
called "The Adventures of Doll Friend?"

We didn't have much money In 1928, but my mother, much to my delight,
gave me a subscription to that magazine for Christmas and I treasured
every issue. However, kids don't save things and when the magazine
permanently expired, I was sorry I had nothing to remember it by.

Then something magical happened. On Christmas morning of 1930, sitting
under the tree, was a perfect replica of my beloved Doll Friend.

My older sister had found one of the discarded magazines and being a
wonderful seamstress, and very artistic, she had decided to make one little
girl happy. She used a sheet for a head and body, using the picture for a
model and shaping it into a nearly life sized doll. She then stuffed it with
cotton, adding wire inside for shaping the arms and legs. Of course it had
underclothes and the dress was made of one of my very own outgrown
dresses. She even added a patch like the one on the original. I'm sure she
had a problem duplicating the hair, but with some ingenuity, she came up
with the perfect solution. With the permission of my older brother, she
used one of his gray felt hats, cutting it into strips, and making a perfect
hair piece. She embroidered the face giving it the authentic, wistful
expression I remembered.

I have loved that doll all through the years and now, 75 years later, It is still
one of my most prized possessions. I.M.F.

-- Another Story --

Helping Others
As a single mother bringing up a boy and a girl we had are good times...
and some not so good times.

One year around Christmas time I began to clean out closets and put
together a 4 person dinner set (I had extra dishes) and some blankets, an
extra single bed, a TV stand and the like and set them by the door. My
curious children finally asked me what I was doing?. I told them there was
a house in our town that took in woman and their children when they had
no place to go and or if there was trouble at home and they could not stay
there anymore; it was kind of a half-way home.

I tried to explain to them that I was told there was a lady and her two
children who were almost ready to get their own place now but they didn't
have much of anything because they had to leave their old house with
nothing. So I thought I would but together all the extra things we never
use and donate them so this lady could at least start to furnish her home
with the children. This apparently satisfied their curiosity and they
wondered off.

I was coming in from loading some of the things to my truck as we were
going to deliver the goods that evening (it was only a few days until
Christmas), when I was met in the living room by my two children. They
each had a box; my boys was filled with some new and almost new toys
for boys and my daughters was filled with toys and things for a girl; some
were her brand new Barbie Dolls. They told me that it was almost
Christmas and maybe these could be wrapped and put under the tree
for the children of the other lady, so they would have something to open
on Christmas day.

It has been many years since this took place, my children are grown,
graduated and both working. But every time around Christmas I can't
help but look at them and I still see those two little kids, holding those
boxes out to me. Although many times we had little or nothing they still
didn't want to see another boy or girl go without.

I know we aren't going to fix the world and all it's trouble but it amazed
me that these two kids thought enough to at least try to fix a Christmas
for two other kids. It did me proud. Bobbie
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

1b) Antique Domain Names
Just wanted to pass on an update on the eBay auctions of the
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2) The Latest Antique News
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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.
In Tias Newsletter last week I asked about a Tonka Uhaul truck, one that
I'd given away when my son was small..and now in his "adult" years I'm in
the dog house for doing it...My gosh, I've received several letters from
Tias readers with suggestions etc...It was just wonderful,wonderful and
thoughtful...thank you all ..thank you Tias..the trucks not been found as
yet, so on goes the search but again thank you all for the wonderful
emails..was good to hear from each and everyone of you. God Bless..
....thanks Shirley

Picture Looking For Home
I have some time ago purchased two large charcoal painted pictures.
The couple in the charcoal pictures are two rather stern looking
individuals ( both appear to be of German Ancestry ) each sitting in a
chair with a big rounded back on it. I understand that lots of wedding
pictures at that time were done in charcoal. The information on the back
of one of the pictures reads: " Wedding Picture of H.C.Wems born
1844, married 1865 "

According to the prior owner the couple could have been from the
Marble Falls, Bandera, Kerrville, or New Braunsfels Texas area. I would
like to return the charcoal pictures back to the family, or anyone that
has connections to the family. Thank you for any help!
Send email to Karin Villasana -- kvillasana@earthlink.net
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 newsletter@tias.com and we may run it in the next issue.
Although he has quite a bit of chest hair, the hair on my husband's head
is only about two inches high extending from ear to ear around the back
(the top is completely bare.) I always tell him that I don't care about his
head, but if he ever loses his chest hair I would think him less attractive.
I actually like bald heads since that's what looks normal to me -- my Dad
and all my uncles have them.

When my oldest son was about three years old, he was sitting in his
father's lap one day looking thoughtful, when out of the blue he asked Dad
"When I grow up, is my hair going to go kerplunk like yours?" For years
this was a family joke, and sure enough when #1 son grew up he started to
lose his hair. Now 25, he refuses to wear the same "billiard ball" look as
the rest of the men in my family. Rather than watch himself go bald, a few
years ago he began to shave his head, which he insists to me is totally
cool. (I'm still getting used to it.)

Meanwhile, we collect baldness jokes, my favorite of which are: "When a
man loses his hair in the front, he is a great thinker. When he loses his
hair in the back, he is a great lover. But if he loses his hair from front to
back, he thinks he is a great lover." And "God only made so many perfect
heads, the rest he covered with hair." As Dickens' Tiny Tim once said:
"God bless us every one." A very happy and healthy new year to all!
Thank you for all the smiles I get with every issue of the newsletter.
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.

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10) A Vintage Recipe
Rebecca in NH. was looking for a recipe for "light colored and
super-creamy peanut butter fudge". 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.

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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.
This is an excellent peanut butter fudge recipe that I got out of America's
Best State Fair Recipes. It sounds exactly like the one wanted. Here it is:

Peanut Butter Fudge
4 cups sugar
1-1/3 cups undiluted evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter
1 (7-oz.) jar marshmallow creme
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup chopped walnuts
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Walnut pieces, if desired

Butter a 13"x9" baking pan. In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar,
evaporated milk and butter. Cook over medium heat until mixture boils,
stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Clip thermometer on side of pan,
making sure bulb does not touch bottom of pan. Boil stirring occasionally,
to 234F (112C), about 13 to 15 minutes, though, I would check it after 10
minutes in my experience with this recipe.Syrup should form a ball in cold
water which does not hold its shape when taken out of water. Remove
from heat; add remaining ingredients.

Beat just enough to blend thoroughly. Immediately pour into prepared pan.
While candy is warm, score in 1-inch pieces. Sprinkle with walnut pieces,
if desired. Cool and finish cutting. Makes 117 pieces, about 3 pounds.
Karen M.

-- Another Version --

I found this in the recipe book you can buy when you order Marshmallow
Fluff directly from the manufacturer. I'm from Massachusetts originally, and
had fluffernutters alot for lunch. It's hard to find outside New England (at
least in large jars), so I found the manufacturer on the web and have
ordered it from them since (the address is: www.marshmallowfluff.com).
The booklet is called "The Yummy Book" and I found the recipe in there.

Peanut Butter Fudge
2/3 cup milk
2 cups sugar
1 cup smooth or crunchy peanut butter
1 7-1/2 oz jar Marshmallow Fluff
1 teaspoon vanilla

Grease an 8 inch square baking pan; set aside. In large saucepan
combine milk and sugar. Over medium-high heat, cook, stirring constantly,
to 230 degrees to 235 degrees F. on a candy thermometer or soft ball stage
(whe n a small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water forms a ball
which flattens on removal from water). Remove from heat; cool slightly and
blend in peanut butter, Fluff, and vanilla. Pour into pan and cool until set.
Makes about 1 1/2 pounds. Hope this is what you're looking for...enjoy!
Nancy F. in NC

--Another Version--


4 cups white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
1 7 oz. jar marshmallow creme
1 16 oz. jar peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, brown sugar,
butter and evaporated milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil for
7 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in marshmallow creme until well
incorporated and melted. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla until smooth;
spread in prepared pan. Let cool before cutting into squares.... Dorothy
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.
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