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The Collectors Newsletter #408 March 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #408 March 2006
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1. Stories from our readers
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
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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.
I must admit that I have an eye for interesting stuff on other people's
treelawns! (A treelawn is the area between the sidewalk and the street
My best find was two toys -- a metal cased "Gilbert" microscope, complete
with samples, and a metal cased "Gilbert" erector set, with instructions. I
also had once found a Barbie Dream House, and picked it up to hopefully
recover parts for my own, but nothing salvageable for my uses. I had
picked the house up several cities away, and it lasted a whole 4 minutes
on my own tree lawn.
My "worst" find was that my ex-husband had gotten evicted from his house,
and all of my children's toys and clothing that he had over there were on
the front lawn. Fortunately, my mother happened to be driving by the
house that day and was able to salvage a lot of their stuff before it was
scavenged by other lucky people. -Heather
After reading the stories of peoples garbage I thought I'd share mine. I
started selling on eBay a couple years ago it was more of a way to clear
up some clutter around the house, a hobby, then as a job. One day I
was talking with one of my neighbors and she was curious about eBay so
I told her about the Little Tikes toys and some yarn I had been selling
when she starts telling me about a Pabst display. Her impression about it
was that it was junk. Then she told me about a New Haven clock and some
other things she had collected in her days.
I tried asking her to see them, her reply was oh that old Pabst thing, who
would want that and the clock doesn't even work. I tried one last time and
finally she pointed to a box on the tree lawn. Apparently her son had said
to just throw them away, his thinking was also that nobody would want them.
I wandered over to the box and opened it, grabbed up the Pabst display
and found the clock. I put them both aside and reached for a couple
more items. My neighbor was somewhat confused as to why I would be
going through her garbage, then I told her that I could probably sell these
for her on eBay.
That night I listed both the clock and the Pabst statue. 7 days later the
Pabst statue closed at $147.00. As for the clock, she was right it was in
sad shape, it didn't work, it had paint drippings on it, the chord was
coming unraveled and the glass face had a small chip to it. I listed it for
$5.00 with the thinking that someone might like it as a decorative piece.
Well it turned out that what I thought was plastic was actually Bakelite and
a couple days into the auction I received an offer of $200.00 to buy it.
The other couple things in the box that I saved, one was a Zippo lighter,
sold for $78.00 and lastly an Estebrook Fountain Pen, like new in the
original box with the stickers and sold for $72.00.
Needless to say my neighbor was VERY happy with the outcome of the
auctions and the unexpected cash. Considering that she thought it was
all junk, It was just lucky for her that we were talking that day, because
it was garbage day with the box was on the tree lawn and the truck was
only one yard away. Jim
Some time back, my sister was browsing in a Good Will Store and came
upon the most wonderful album that someone had very carefully and
lovingly put together for a boy in their family. It was thick with wonderful
color pictures marking events in the life of the boy and didn't seem like it
was that long ago. My sister inquired of the shop clerk why they did not
try to locate someone in the family that might want the book and after
discussion the store "gave" the album to my sister with her promise that
she would try to find someone who was a relative of the family in the book.
She did not have a computer so eventually it came to me and I
searched the area for anyone with that name. No luck. I finally
searched another name in the book and found several listings for that
name in different places and states. I picked out one and made the call
and low and behold the very person who put together the book answered
the phone. To make a long story short, she had made the album up for
her stepson for his graduation gift. I returned it to her and expected
nothing in return. Just happy to do it.
Several days after mailing the album with my sister's story of how she
found the album, I received a thank you note and package containing
a cross and an angel pen. Also, enclosed was a generous check to
more than cover the cost of packaging and mailing of the album.
We do have nice people in our world! ..Virginia in Traverse City, MI
(Be sure to check out the lost and found section of of this newsletter)
My cousin was always going through dumpsters and finding the
BEST stuff. Me was so proud of all his finds. He would go late in the
evening to make his rounds. I would say he was a very wealthy man and
didnt need to rummage in the garbage, but growing up in the depression
I believe he couldnt stand to have good things go to waste.
One morning a man walking his dog saw two feet sticking out of a
dumpster. It was my cousin. He had a heart attack while reaching into
the dumpster and died immediately. His death was quite unexpected,
but since he was 88 and died doing something he enjoyed, we felt this
was the way he would have wanted to go.
I sometimes drive by that dumpster with someone in the car and tell
them the story. They are usually horrified at first, but by the end of the
story they seem to understand that it was probably the perfect way for
him to pass on... John C.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
2) The Latest Antique News
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Today's Antiques & Collectibles Headlines from
Hartland Cowboys and Breyer Horses at Saxonville Auctions Sat. March 25
PRIVATE COLLECTIONS LEAD CHRISTIEĺS April English Furniture sale
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Milk Glass Memories
80 Mile Radius Of English Antiques In Less Than 7 Hours from NY.
Was the Movie as Good as the Book? - Collecting Literary Movie Poster
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Christie's to sell outstanding art deco collection
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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
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.
Recently, while going through a box of items purchased at an auction, I
found an Official Records envelope from the War-Navy Departments.
Inside were Honorable Discharge papers for a Charles J. Doorenbos of
Kalamazoo, Michigan. I would like to find a family member that would like
to have these papers. The discharge is dated May 27, 1946. Would it be
possible to put this information in your lost and found section and see if
someone knows the family? Thank you for your time and help!
Contact Kerry F. at email@example.com
Please let us know if the item is found! Our readers enjoy hearing how
these searches are resolved. Send your email to LostAndFound@tias.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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7) Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous family 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.
Because my daughter Kerry's heritage is Irish, she and her two children,
Hannah (7) and Luke (5) had been playing Irish music for several days
before St. Patrick's Day last Friday, with the kids learning the words to several
songs. They went shopping together for a new area rug on St. Patrick's Day,
and had visited several local stores without finding just what they wanted. As
they entered another store, a salesman wearing a green lei came up to them
and wished them a Happy St. Patrick's Day. Kerry, seeing the lei, asked if
he was Irish and Hawaiian. He replied that he was. Hannah asked him "Are
you going to do the Too-ra-loo-ra Hula?" They all had a good laugh at that!
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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9) A Vintage Recipe
Patricia was looking for a recipe for "cheese pie"
We had several responses to this recipe request. See below....
If you have a variation of this 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.
De Luxe Cheesecake
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
Grated rind of 1 lemon
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup soft butter (1 stick)
Butter a 9-inch springform pan. Note: you can use a deep-dish pie
pan, but the presentation won't be as pretty as the straight-sided
cheesecake that comes out of the springform pan.
Mix flour and sugar. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Chill.
Roll out dough to cover pan. (you can roll out a piece to fit the bottom
of the pan, then roll out strips for the sides, pinching them to the
bottom crust. Bake in preheated 400-degree oven for about 8 minutes,
until set but not brown.
1 pound creamed cottage cheese (forced through sieve to dry and cream it)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 eggs, separated
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons grated lemon rind
1 cup sour cream
Have all ingredients at room temperature.
Gradually beat 1 cup of sugar into cottage cheese; then add flour and salt.
Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each. Beat in butter,
vanilla, lemon rind, and sour cream. Fold in stiffly-beaten egg whites.
Pour into cookie crust and bake in preheated 275-degree oven for 1-1/2
hours, or until firm. Remove from oven and cool on rack away from drafts.
Top with fresh fruit or glaze as desired.
Note: You can substitute drained cottage cheese or farmer cheese in
most cheesecake recipes. Best Wishes, Margaret Ann
I think I have the cheesecake recipe a reader is searching for: it is unlike
most cheesecakes, less dense, having a cookie crust pressed into a
rectangular baking dish, and it is the same as the one we used to buy at our
r Philadelphia neighborhood bakery. We call it Philadelphia style cheesecake
and it is made with cream cheese, rather than the cottage cheese she
Philadelphia style Cheesecake
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
8 tablespoons sugar
2 beaten eggs
1/4 pound melted butter
dash of salt
Mix all together and press into a 9 x 13 inch pan, all the way up the sides.
Chill until ready to use.
1 pound cream cheese (2 8 oz. packages)
4 tablespoons flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 quart milk
juice of one lemon (or 1 teaspoon realemon concentrate)
Soften cream cheese and beat. Add other ingredients, beating well after
each addition. Pour into chilled crust. Sprinkle with cinnamon OR well drained
Bake at 325 degrees for 1 1/4 hours. (for metal pan)
Ruth Croasdale ... now living in the South, but my, I miss that cheesecake!
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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.
My grandmother was originally from Alabama (Birmingham area) back
in the very early 1900s. I know they moved north around 1932, so this
recipe was probably from the teens or twenties. She always made a
delicious orange cake in a rectangular glass baking dish. It wasn't
frosted, but sometimes she'd sprinkle a little cinnamon over it. She cut
the pieces in squares and served it plain, just like that. I remember
that it was crumbly and had orange zest and orange juice in it, but
she never wrote her recipes down and I can't find any old recipes that
sound like this cake. Does anyone happen to know the old recipe for
orange cake? Thanks for any help!...Anita
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.
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