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The Collectors Newsletter #384 December 2005

The Collectors Newsletter #384 December 2005

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1. More Holiday Stories
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

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.
Your Christmas Angels story inspired me to share with you our story :
My husband,Daddy, left the summer before Christmas and I knew that
our holidays would be meager, as far as things go, but it turned out to
be the richest we've ever had! And did I learn something about friends!
I had helped at my child's school Christmas party, not knowing that that
beautifully decorated tree would mysteriously end up on our porch that
weekend, with no note or anything to tell us who put it there, but it must
have been several "who's" who decided to share. Also, the ladies at
church got together, secretly, and wrapped several gifts (and needs) for
the kids and somebody rang the doorbell Christmas eve, and disappeared.
We spent all Christmas day, unwrapping each gift separately and then
praying for the unknown person who sent it. And, since I had just started
a new job, my boss had given us a turkey, so our Christmas was the best
we have ever had. There's more to tell but I've taken up too much room
now. God bless you, all, and Happy New Year! submitted by donna
W, Atascadero, CA

--Another Story--

As I grew up in the 1960s, I loved to visit my aunt and uncle's ranch in
Benkelman, Nebraska. My aunt, uncle and their three sons worked
unbelievably hard, I now realize as I look back through adult eyes. My
uncle was a great believer in land conservation and through the years
had planted hundreds of trees on the barren, semi-arid prairie hills. I
remember well seeing my cousins hauling water in 15-gallon containers
to water the trees, hour after hour, beneath the blazing Nebraska sun.
My uncle often remarked that some winter my family would have to drive
down to the ranch and cut our own Christmas tree. But then something
tragic happened -- my uncle died in a tractor accident. That next
Christmas, we went to the ranch to spend Christmas with my aunt and
cousins, hoping to make the day less sad for them. As we walked into
their house, now so lonely with out my beloved uncle, I saw that sitting
next to the big stone fireplace was one of the spindliest, worst-shaped
evergreen trees I'd ever seen. Yes, it was decorated with lots of
ornaments and garland, but you could still see that it was a pretty
pathetic tree. My aunt explained that after all the years of planting the
trees, hauling buckets of water to them in a beat-up old pickup truck,
hand watering the trees, keeping animals from devouring them, along
with the memory of the careful foresight of my uncle in establishing
these natural windbreaks, his sons simply couldn't cut a healthy tree.
Instead, they found the poorest tree and cut it instead. Well, you can
be sure that that "Charlie Brown" tree instantly became the most beautiful
tree in the world right before my eyes. May God bless us, every one!

--Another Story--

In 1959 my Dad opened a store in Ashland, KY. The next year, at
Christmas, he purchased a commerical roll of Christmas gift wrapping
paper to use in case a customer wanted a package wrapped. No one
did, so he brought it home and he and Mom wrapped all of the family
gifts in the paper. It had a white ground with Christmas bells on it. I
have seven brothers and sisters, so you can imagine how many
packages were in this same wrapping paper. They used the same
wrap every year until 2000. Forty years of gifts in the same paper.
Mom did buy some paper from time to time to mix it up a bit. The last
year, we wrapped an empty box with the last of the paper. We still put
that empty box with the Christmas bell paper under the tree every year.
It just wouldn't be Christmas without it. Sheran M.
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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.
Dear Lost and Found,
I am in possession of a framed original commission to Commander of
Johnston B. Creghton, dated Sept 23,1862 and hand signed by Secretary
of the Navy, Gideon Welles on 14 November 1862.The Commission bears
the embossed seal of the U.S. Navy Department and engraving of steam
powered sailing ship approximately 24" by 12" in size.

It is a beautiful document, but more so, a piece of history that would clearly
be more appropriate in the Creighton family archives.My Internet research
mentions Creghton as born in Rhode Island on Nov 22,1822 and after a
career in the Navy retiring at the rank of Rear Admiral in 1883. In addition
to his service during the Civil War years he served as Commandant of the
Norfolk Navy Yard and died in Morristown, New Jersey in 1883.

I purchased the document in Alexandria, Virginia at a ;Civil War show
approximately 15 years ago for about $50 and had it professionally framed,
mainly for the Gideon Welles war time signature. I recently come across
the Lost and Found site and would be happy to hear from a family member
who would value this document. This document is not for sale to general
collectors. David P. - dpickens1@yahoo.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

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COLLECTIBLES newsletter reports that a Methuselah (the equivalent of
eight standard bottles) of Louis Roederer Cristal 1990 sold for $14,730 at
Bonhams in London.

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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 we were kids my mom was pretty playful with us. As my sister and I
were doing dishes one of my brothers was chasing my mom through the
house with a worm. My sister really thought it was funny so Mom said
"throw it on Mary". My brother threw it at her. Unfortunately, it landed in her
wide-open mouth. She dropped the handful of silverware she was drying,
spit out the worm and exclaimed "I'll never eat again!" We still laugh about
that one after 40 years. Maurina
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
Debra was looking for a recipe for "Gran Mer's Pralines".
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.
I found my spiral bound Cajun cookbook and Debra G Halcro can make her
pralines again. It is indicated that peanuts are preferred, however I still like
pecans best.

2 cups sugar (plus another cup in another container)
1/2 to 1 cup fresh grated coconut
1 small can of cream
1 cup of nuts (peanuts preferred, roasted, chopped and kept hot)

Place the 2 cups of sugar in one pot along with cream and coconut. Bring
to a boil. At the same time, melt the other cup of sugar (just until it melts) in
another pot. Then pour it into the cream. Take pot off fire. Place lid on pot.
Rub ice cube on marble top table, porcelain, or formica. Dry well and butter

Drop into candy pot a dash of vanilla and nuts, stir and pour onto table top.
When cool enough to break up, do so.

NOTE: If candy is ever desired and there is no cream on hand, WATER
can be substituted as well. Candy can also be made with grated coconut,
minus nuts. Jaci

--Another Version--

This is from an old (1938) cookbook that may be what your reader is looking
for. New Orleans Pralines
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cream
1 teaspoon butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups pecan meats- I guess you could use peanuts

Boil the sugar and cream together until it forms a firm ball when tried in cold
water. Add butter and vanilla; remove from fire, cool and beat until creamy.
Add the broken nut meats and stir well. Drop by tablespoonfuls on buttered
paper and allow to become firm.
Carolyn Markie- from "The Southern Cookbook"

--Another Version--

THis is the recipe we have used for many years to make Pralines...today
we are making Divinity and Pralines as a Christmas tradition. I won't start till
the children are all here, just as my grandmother did when I was little.
Enjoy'Sandi McBride

New Orleans Pralines

* 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
* 1 cup granulated sugar
* cup light cream
* 1 cups pecans, halved
* 2 tablespoons butter

* Combine sugars and cream in a heavy 2-quart saucepan and bring to boil
over medium heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, until mixture
forms a thick syrup.

* Add pecans and butter and continue to cook over medium heat, stirring

* Remove sauce pan to a heatproof surface (such as a wire rack) and let
cool for 10 minutes.

* Use a tablespoon to drop rounded balls of the mixture onto sheet wax paper
or foil, leaving about 3 inches between each ball for pralines to spread.
Allow to cool. Makes about 12 candies. Sandi
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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 had the most loving and open hearted mother-in-law anyone could be
lucky enough to have. She came from Ireland when she was 16. I married
one of her sons in '49 and our first 20 years were blessed with portions of
what she called a "scone". She made it in an angel food cake pan so it was
very high, very yellow (possibly many eggs and butter). This was the most
wonderful dish sliced, and eaten warm covered with butter. (What did we
know back then about saturated fat and cholesterol!) Her daughters did
very little cooking and never asked for the recipe. I was raising 5 children
(all born within 10 years!) and so never thought to get the recipe. I
searched the web and cookbooks but can not find a recipe corresponding
to her bread. Since she had little education beyond the fourth grade I'm
sure her recipe was something passed down from parents or the cooks she
worked with in Ireland.

My children and I would so love to taste the "scone" and again and
remember with fondness their "grandma". Thanks. Dorothy M.
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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recipes from readers are not checked for accuracy. They may be edited
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