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The Collectors Newsletter #383 December 2005

The Collectors Newsletter #383 December 2005

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1. A BIG Bunch of Stories about Christmas
2. Today's Headlines from News-Antique.com
3. Your Classifieds
4. Lost and Found
5. News from the Kovels
6. Newly listed items
7. Funny Old Stuff
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
9. A Vintage Recipe
10. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
11. New Online Merchants
12. Helpful Resources For Collectors

Happy Holidays From The Staff and Merchants At TIAS.com

Thank you for allowing us to serve you.

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.

When I was a "tween" ager my younger sister and brother got to go
stand in line at the fire station to sit on Santa's Lap. My sister Karen who
was about 5 told Santa that her daddy had shoes just like him, I think it
must have been hard for dad, er, I mean "Santa" to contain himself!
Happy Holidays! Pamela W.

--Another Story--

My Christmas tale begins when I was 3 and we lived in Germany in a flat
(my father was in the military). On Christmas Eve my mother told my older
sister that we had to take a bath. As I was still so small my sister and I
bathed together. I remember hearing the front door open (we did not have
a chimney that Santa could come down) and close and I could hear bells
and steps. Then we heard the same as he left. We got so excited and
could not wait to get out of the tub.
A few minutes later my mother came to check on us and get us out of the
tub. When we went into the living room the tree candles were lit our
stockings were full of goodies (fruits and such) and all of our presents
under the tree. It was so exciting to find that Santa had come and visited
us with all the lovely gifts we got. I still have my cradle, doll and steiff bear
to this day and am so blessed to have a mother and father that would go
through all that trouble to keep Santa alive for me. Z. Jones Tacoma, WA

--Another Story--

We have a very special ornament on our Christmas tree every year.
When opening gifts my Dad "Grandpa Ernie" always had his little red
pocket knife that everyone would request to open a difficult package.
When "Grandpa Ernie" passed away I asked who wanted the pocket knife.
The kids said keep it with the Christmas Ornaments so now it is the most
important decoration on our tree and always there for that difficult package
and many memories!

--Another Story--

Getting close to Christmas several years ago, my older sister called and
asked me what was I doing for Mom and Dad . As she always came up
with super great ideas, I just said "what do you have in mind, sis"? Her
answer was " whatever you were going to buy them, how about giving me
the money instead"? Knowing her as all of us do I happily complied.
Came the big night Mom and Dad were handed a small square cardboard
box with a hole in the top and a string coming out of the hole..small note
saying "pull gently".Upon pulling said sting out came a dollar bill,then
another another etc ...long story short, there were enough dollar bills in
this little box to pay the folk's property taxes that year..Aaah the imagination

--Another Story--

Back in the early '60s, when my mother was alive, she was worse than
any kid about shaking, squeezing, sniffing, etc., any wrapped Christmas
gift with her name on it under the tree. Most of the time she guessed
correctly what the item was, too. One particular Christmas, I thought I
finally had her fooled, for the first time. In those days, women rolled their
hair up on curlers, and they kept the curlers, hairbrush, etc., in something
called a "curler caddy." I found a beautiful curler caddy at a local
department store, covered in pretty flowered quilted fabric. It was about
10 inches tall, and hexagonal in shape. "Ha," I thought. "She'll NEVER
guess what this thing is. So I wrapped it up nicely, put her name on the
tag, and put it under the tree. To my delight, she was totally baffled as
to what it could be, especially because of the peculiar shape. Two days
before Christmas, we were sitting in the living room, me on the couch
wrapping last-minute gifts, and Mom in the rocker, relaxing before dinner.
There I sat, thinking to myself, "At LAST, I've completely fooled her.
She'll NEVER guess it's a curler caddy." All of a sudden, she said,
"I know what that is--it's a curler caddy." I was so stunned that I yelled,
"You peeked!" She swore up and down that she hadn't, and since the
wrapping was intact and untouched, she obviously hadn't. I told her that
in the future, I wouldn't "think" that loud around her again. My dad roared
with laughter when I told him about it, and said, "Well, she always could
read my mind!"

--Another Story--

I don't have a story to tell about a particular gift but of the many angels
that made this Christmas one I will always remember as the BEST. We
were never a family with alot of money to spare. This Christmas, for
whatever reason I don't really remember, we didn't even have enough
for Christmas dinner which is the highlight of our holidays. We didn't
mention this to anybody as far as I know. A couple of days before
Christmas our insurance man brought us several boxes of food from
his church - enough for the largest Christmas dinner ever! On Christmas
eve some friends brought over a large bag of toys for my two kids ages
3 and 5. The stocking full of love had visited them and they said their
kids had way too many. ( we thought this was our prayers answered for
our kids) Imagine our surprise Christmas day when our door was
opened and found someone had left stockings and toys on our porch
for our kids marked only "from Santa". I never found out who left them.
This was the best Christmas ever for me because of these Christmas
Angels. It still brings tears of joy to my eyes. May you all have a
wonderful Christmas!
SEND US YOUR VINTAGE STORIES! send them to newsletter@tias.com
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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

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4) 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.
A Thank You!
Hello, I just have to tell you my fabulous story because many of the TIAS.com
viewers helped me. I am the girl who was looking for the Roseville Foxglove
Pink Jardiniere 659-10 for my mother-in-law. I have the most wonderful
news because I found one. There was a jardiniere and pedestal listed on
ebay as a set. Well, I talked with the seller and she allowed me to make
an offer on just the jardiniere. I offered $700, and she took it. So she
split up her set and it should be arriving in the mail before Christmas. My
mother-in-law is going to be so shocked. I have spent many hours trying
to find this, and all of the help I received paid off. Thanks to everyone
who emailed me. Thanks a bunch! Kristen
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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7) 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.
When my grand daughter was about seven, she shopped for gifts for the
family choosing them herself. When my husband opened his it was a cute
little sailboat--(we live near the ocean). He exclaimed over it and she said
"I'm so glad you like it--guess what I paid for it!!" I said quietly "Kara, it's
not polite to tell people what you paid for it." She said OK, but pappy --
I got it in the dollar store!" Nancy B.
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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9) A Vintage Recipe
Heather was looking for a recipe for "called something like "Slumgullion".
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.
Holy Mackeral! I never thought I'd be writing to you (I love reading the
newsletter) but I just couldn't resist when I read that someone else's mom
made slumgullion. I thought it was a word my mom made up.

It had browned hamburger meat, macaroni, sliced celery, chopped onion,
what I think was stewed tomatoes or chopped tomatoes w/their juice and
probably some other stuff I can't remember. We were in northern Delaware.
wow, unbelievable Betty MacNamara

My dad has made something in the past that he called ďslumgullionĒ. We
really didnít care for his version, however! We do like this version though:

The recipe will depend on how many you are feeding. The first part would
be for 2-3 people, the second part would be for 5 or more.

Small Version Large Version
1pound ground beef 2pounds ground beef
1-15 oz. can of crushed tomatoes 1-28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
1to 1-1/2 c. elbow macaroni, cooked 2 to 2-1/2 c. elbow macaroni, cooked
1-8oz. can of tomato sauce, if needed 1-15 oz can tomato sauce, if needed

Brown and season the ground beef to your liking. Cook macaroni
according to directions. Mix all ingredients in a dutch oven and heat through.

I only add the tomato sauce if the noodles are somewhat dry. I have sprinkled
Parmesan cheese over this also, when serving it. I donít see why you couldnít
add the French fried onions if you wish, you might want to put it into a 13 x 9
pan and put it in the oven for about 30 minutes though, adding the onions the
last 5 minutes or so, but my kids like it as it is above. It is a very easy, fast

My dadís recipe had potatoes instead of macaroni, chunks of onions, and I
think he may have added corn to it too. As I said, we didnít really care for it!

--Another Version--

Here's a recipe for Slumgullion that I've used for years. It supposedly goes back
to World War I but I don't have any additional information. This will serve six or
so. It is excellent, especially in cold weather!

Ingredients: 2 lb. stew beef, 4 onions, large can of crushed tomatoes (or tomato
sauce, if preferred), 1/3 cup of flour, seasoning (I use a couple of whole Bay
leaves, and whatever else strikes my fancy at the time).

Cube the beef into 1" cubes and place in a 2-quart casserole uncooked mixed
with seasoning;
Cover with sliced or chopped onions (maybe your reader's recipe called for
fried onions, but I prefer fresh);
Put tomatoes or tomato sauce over the onions;
Cover and bake for 2-1/2 to 3 hours at low-medium heat (275 degrees or so);

While baking, mix flour with 1/2 cup of cold water and let it stand until the
Slumgullion is fully cooked, then stir into the stew for a nice thick gravy.

Serve immediately with your favorite sides.
Mare (Your Resale Queen)

--Another Version--

I had the most wonderful Mother-in-law that ever was and she passed down
some great recipes. One of my families favorites is much like your reader was
seeking. It goes by many names, we call it Goulash. I learned how to cook, I
guess you'd call it 'old school', with minimal measuring, so I'll do my best!

approx 1/2 bag macaroni*
1 lb ground beef
canola oil
1 lg brn onion - chopped or diced
2 lg bell peppers - " "
1-2 cloves garlic - minced
salt & pepper - to taste
1 lg can diced tomatoes
chicken broth (Swanson's is best!) or water.

While you're browning hamburger, fix macaroni according to package and
let it sit in t he water until needed. Saute onion and garlic in a little oil, add
hamburger, brown and drain. Add peppers, tomatoes and broth/water to
make it a bit soupy and add DRAINED macaroni. Bring to a boil then simmer
to cook peppers and meld flavors together 1/2 hr or so. Enjoy! It always
tastes better the next day.

*use bow tie or shell noodles - or any kind of noodle you choose!
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10) 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 looking for a recipe for the most wonderful Pralines I used to make
years ago and have since lost the recipe. The recipe was in a spiral bound
Cajun recipe book and they were called something like "Gran Mer's Pralines.
The only ingredients were Cream, white sugar, salt and pecans. You had to
caramelize some of the sugar and then pour it into a boiling cream and sugar
mix. They were soooo "melt in your mouth" good! Thanks, Debra G Halcro
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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