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The Collectors Newsletter #410 March 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #410 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 email@example.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.
I have been collecting cameras for nearly 30 years. A couple years ago I
was directed to a neighborhood sale. I walked up a driveway and asked the
two elderly folks if they had any old cameras. She looked over the rather
small display of items and responded with a definite no. He, on the other
hand, asked if I could wait until he went to the basement to get a box of
old cameras he had. After a few minutes he returned with the box. As I
looked through it I found an old instamatic with film in it and suggested he
might want to finish the roll and have it developed. He kept that one and a
Polaroid that had film in it as well. Among a couple plastic brownies that
were left was an old thread mount Leica with an after-market lens on it.
The shutter of the camera didn't work right, and in all my years of
collecting I had never seen the lens. I figured that the guy was probably
stationed in Germany in the military and picked up a great camera and a
lower cost lens. In addition there were some film cassettes and
accessories rattling around in a plastic bag.
I asked what he wanted for what was in the box and he asked me to make
an offer. I thought I can always go up if he doesn't like the offer, and since
he asked I offered $100. To my surprise he seemed pleased and I left with
my newfound treasures. I worked the shutter on the way home as
sometimes they loosen up and begin working again. This didn't, it quit
altogether. I was still baffled by the lens. I wrote to an internet group of
camera collectors and asked about the lens. One fellow said I hit the
jackpot, it was rare and worth over $1,000. A few weeks later another one
showed up on e-bay and sold for $2,600. Although the best was a viewfinder
I found in a 25 cent box at an estate sale and sold for over $300.
Mandell S. W. ..Denver, CO
I like to scrounge our Second hand stores & rummage sales for bargains.
I also do genealogy, and know the value of discarded photo's of ancestors
gone by. I will usually purchase old photo's as long as they have their
names on them, so that I can try to find the rightful owners. One particular
day, I came across 2 pictures, that were in handmade frames, marked
2.50 for the set. They weren't identified, so I put them back and went on
to other things, but the whole time those photo's haunted me. I went back
and got them, for what reason, I will never know. I put them in the bottom
of my hutch, and a couple of years later, while doing spring cleaning, dug
them out. This time, I thought to myself, this guy actually looks familiar!
I had been working on one of my family tree lines at the time, and though,
he looks similar to that line somehow. I went through my notes, and found
that the photo's were that of my own GGG Grandparents! How those
photo's made it 300 miles from the place that they were taken, to where I
live now, I have no idea, but I now know why I was drawn to those pictures,
without names. Now I know what it means for something to come full circle!
When my husband's cousin passed away we had the pleasure of cleaning
out her home. What was not sold in the estate sale went to the curb for
cleanup week. As I was bringing items to the curb an older gentleman
was driving by in his old truck looking for "treasurers". As a hobby he
repaired old furniture. In the basement he was very interested in an old
wooden ice box. It was not in good shape but he wanted it. After speaking
to him I found out that he had bought the house that my family ancestors
had lived in Phillipsburg, New Jersey in the early 1900's. So you see that
old ice chest is now back at the home where it came from. Caryn
I arrived at a yard sale just in time to see a lady paying for four Royal
lace cobalt blue soup bowls for $1.50 each. If only I had not spent time
talking to the lady at the yard sale just before that one. They could have
been mine.I was a member of the Depression Glass club and collected the
pattern. I told the lady to call me and I would let her know how much they
A few years later she called me and asked if I would like to buy them from
her. She had a car problem and needed the money for the repair. She offered
them to me for $6.50 each. I said yes and she came over within minutes. I
guess it pays to be patient. I was so excited....Barbara
I went to an outdoor auction in the summer of 2005 in historic Boiling
Springs PA. It was a good old antiques auction. I spotted a box of 1973
flood books which I find that sell on Ebay very well, and there were 12 to
15 of these books in mint condition. I waited all day for that lot to come
up. It was 105 degrees under the tent, but I waited patiently, the crowd
started to weed out, people packing up lawn chairs and hitting the road
because of the heat. My wife wanted to leave, but I needed to try and get
the flood books because they bring about 25 bucks a piece. You can usually
get a box of books at auction for 2 dollars. So we waited and waited,
finally the winds started picking up and a thunderstorm started coming, so
the runners and auctioneer started trying to pick up the pace, throwing old
antiques into boxes trying to move stuff quickly before the storm drove all
the bidders away. I then saw a runner place a 1903 Buffalo pottery water
picture into the flood book box I was patiently waiting on. I got the box
for 2 bucks. The books and Buffalo Pottery picture brought in about 800
dollars. Sometimes waiting patiently can pay off. Ted
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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.
Looking for home....
I am an antiques dealer, and attended an auction one evening, where the
box lots looked pretty interesting. One of these box lots contained some
60 letters from a World War II Tank Bn. soldier named Robert P. Knapp.
I was interested in the possible value of the stamps, so I bought them.
But the more I thought about it, the more I felt that there might be someone
out there who would cherish these letters as a remembrance ~ even,
perhaps, the soldier who wrote them. I found the letters interesting
from a history standpoint, too, as he talks about specific things he is
doing, movies he has seen,, and his opinion about the war and the army.
It is a precious little time capsule. And time has already claimed so
many of these soldiers, I would be happy if the letters could be in some
welcoming hands. Robert P. Knapp, HQ Co. 735, wrote most of his letters
from Fort Lewis, Wash., and then from APO 436, New York, NY while he
was serving in the European theater. They were addressed to Mrs. Nellie
Knapp or Mrs. S.C. Farrow, both at 2171 West 3rd St., Cleveland 13,
Ohio. They were written between 1943 and 1945. If anyone out there has
any clue to the wherabouts of this person or his family, I would gladly
return the letters to them. And I would let you all know the outcome.
Sincerely, Rae S. firstname.lastname@example.org
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
5) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
Vintage cashmere sweaters now sell for as much as new ones, according
to Ralph and Terry Kovel in KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES
newsletter. Most vintage clothes are less expensive than new clothes, but
old cashmere sweaters were usually made with four-ply yarn, not the two-
ply common today. The most expensive are decorated with beads and
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click
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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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
I was reading the story of the little girl who wanted to know how babies got in
mommies tummy and thought of our families favorite tale of 5 year old Sara
Rebecca Jane, youngest child, only daughter in 4, who after church on
Wedsneday night asked the pastor a question. She quite seriously asked the
pastor if his prayers were more important than other pastors prayers or even
other peoples prayers. The very senior pastor replied that no, all prayers are
equal in the Lords ears. Sara's daddy was a Theology professor who was also
a pastor so she was headed somewhere with her question. She though
seriously about his answer then in a very loud voice sighed and said, " I really
want a little sister and I thought if YOU prayed hard maybe God would answer
you but if all prayers are the same would you ask my dad to try harder to get
me a baby sister, he ain't trying hard enough?" The entire parking lot got quiet
and if I could have I would have been under a car. Every time we saw
someone from that evening they would loudly ask Sara is she had any news
of her baby yet? Thankfully number 4-Sara was the last, the Lord sure KNEW
what He was doing there! Kat C.
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone
feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may
publish it here.
8) Wanted ads. Can you help?
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Anne requested a recipe for "unbaked cake roll"
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.
I came across a Boston Cooking School Cook Book at a sale one
time, it is dated 1931. My father also mentioned a recipe that one of
his relatives made that he would love to have. (he is 85 and still going
strong). After seeing the recipe request I researched and found what I
think the writer is looking for as follows: Date Marshmallow Roll 1 1/2
cups Graham cracker crumbs 1 cup dates, cut in eighths with wet
scissors 1 Tbsp. orange juice 1/8 tsp salt 6 Marshmallows, cut in
pieces with scissors 1/4 cup nut meats chopped 1/2 cup cream,
whipped Pour orange juice over dates; add salt. Fold dates, nuts
and marshmallows into cream. Fold in crumbs, reserving about
1 Tbsp. Sprinkle unused crumbs on a sheet of heavy wax paper or
wrapping paper brushed with melted butter. Turn date mixture onto
paper and shape into long roll about 3" in diameter. Roll in the paper
and place in refrigerator for at least 12 hours. Cut into 1/2" slices and
serve with whipped cream. Janet P.
I hope this is what you were looking for or will help you with the amounts.
1 pound dates
1 pound marshmallows
1 cup nuts
1 small bottle of maraschino cherries
1 pound graham crackers
1 cup cream, whipped
Cut dates, marshmallows, nuts and cherries into small pieces. Crush
or roll the graham crackers to make crumbs. Flavor cream with sugar
to taste when whipping. Reserve 1/3 of the graham cracker crumbs.
Mix everything else together. Shape into roll and roll in cracker crumbs.
Store in refrigerator.
I found 4 variations. Different milk products and marshmellow fluff.
Karen P, Waukegan,IL Refrigerator Date Rolls 2 Dozen
2 doz. graham crackers
1 qt. pecans
1 lg pkg. small marshmallows
2 lb. pitted dates-(unsweetened)
1 cn pet milk (small)
Chop pecans finely. Cut marshmallows and dates as small as possible.
Crush graham crackers with rolling pin. Put all ingredients in very large
Work together with both hands until thoroughly mixed. Make into 4 rolls
and roll in addl graham cracker crumbs until well covered. Wrap in wax
paper,put in refrigerator. Will keep for months.
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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 made something called "lemon pudding cake" back in
the Fifties. I think she mixed all the ingredients together, and when
baked, it would separate into a layer of cake, and a layer of creamy,
custard-type pudding, all lemony. Even my mother never knew the
recipe for it, my grandmother took it to her grave. I think this is what
started my cookbook collection, looking for the recipe. Thanks for
any help! Pat
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
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11) New Online Merchants
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S Marie's Collectables
My store contains an ever changing inventory. Mostly collectable dishes
and other kitchen items, but I will also be selling many other antiques
Antique Prints UK
Most of my art prints are over 100 years old and are supplied custom
matted and cello wrapped. All prints are researched and labelled with
their full history. You are warmly welcome to browse.
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