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The Collectors Newsletter #411 April 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #411 April 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
Your Wish List of Antiques & Collectibles
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can't seem to find it anywhere. TIAS has a new feature that can help.
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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.
Hi. I was reading about others great finds at various auctions and it
reminded me of my own. This was an outdoor farm auction. There were
a lot of people in attendance and a lot of heavy bidding was going on.
There wasn’t anything particularly interesting for me, but I hung around
anyway. About half way through, a box lot of “stuff” was being offered.
No one bid on it. Not one single bid. So I decided, what the heck, and
bid .50. I won. I dragged the box under a tree, sat down and started
going through my treasures. Treasures are an understatement. Here
is what I found:
1. 3 sets of children’s old table sets that consisted of creamer, sugar
and spooner. Dirty, but all in mint condition.
2. 3 head vases all in mint condition. Each of the head vases were
wrapped in antique linens!
3. A cast iron bank.
4. An old tin wind up toy monkey that had the cymbals, it was
somewhat rusty, but it still worked.
5. About 35 old tootsie toys cars.
6. Some old advertising things like thermometers, calendars, match
books, etc. All from the same furniture/funeral company!
7. An old bisque doll about 6” long, dressed in a Red Cross nurses
uniform, and it also had a cot. That one was too cool.
8. And the piece-de-resistance – a small Newbury College bowl or
vase in mint condition.
Now I know that that sounds untrue. But I swear to you that that is what
was in the box. There was also a lot of junky old worthless plastic kitchen
wear, some melmac dishes unmatched, old oil cans worthless, and other
Why no one bid on this is beyond me, I guess they only saw the old
junky stuff on the top and didn’t dig through it. Or, maybe the box was
in such a place that no one could get to it. I don’t know. I only know
that that was one of the best auctions I ever attended.
The Newcomb college bowl by itself sold on eBay for $2600.00!! I think
my .50 investment did well, don’t you? Katie P.
Hi all, Here in Ohio we call the people who take the unwanted items out
of garbage the "trash fairies". As in "Who took the ___ we left for the
trash man? The trash fairy!" I have been known to take some of these
things myself. My first "trash find" was as a teenager. I found an ornate
Victorian wall shelf in an apartment dumpster.Lately I found 3 walnut
chairs that needed new upholstery. Happy hunting, I say! Nancy
Although this story isn't about an antique, it's still my best find at a
garage sale. My husband and I were looking at garage sales in the St.
Louis area. We found a Vornado space heater for $5. Since my office
is in the cold basement, we bought it to keep me warm. A friend of my
husband's aunt saw the heater and said she had one similar to it that had
been recalled. She found the information, and sure enough our heater
also was on the recall list. To make a very long story short, we contacted
Vornado, and they exchanged our heater from the mid-1990s for a brand
new one, valued at more than $100. Not bad for our $5 purchase! -- Toni
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2) The Latest Antique News
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Excessively Rare Lincoln Cent/Dime “Mule” to be Offered at Auction!
Record Total of $51,653,140 for Sotheby's Asian Art Sales
Heritage Presents a Daring Mystery!
The "Hot List" of antiques and collectibles for March 2006
The Michigan Modernism Exposition
Bath City Estate Sales - April 7-9 - Michigan!
Milk Glass Memories #2
Heritage to Offer Rare Yankees Photograph at auction.
Sotheby's to sell first folio of Shakespeare
Prints, Books and Americana Highlight Winter Assoc. April 10th
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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.
Dear Readers, I recently came upon 2 certificate of Baptisms while browsing
in a local junk store. As a genealogist myself I would certainly treasure these
if they were of my family line. The following is written on the certificates.
WILLIAM DALE CARTSTENS Child of HUGO W. CARSTENS and his wife
VIOLA GUY CARSTENS born Oct. 23, 1930 was baptized in St Mark's
Lutheran Church on the 5th day of April, 1931. It is signed by the pastor
M.A. Getzendaner. The 2nd certificate is of EUNICE LORRAINE
CARTSTENS, child of HUGO W. CARSTENS and his wife VIOLA GUY
CARSTENS bor Feb. 24, 1927 was baptized in St. Mark's Lutheran Church
on the 5th day of April, 1931. It is also signed by the pastor M.A.
Getzendaner. Anyone having interest in these please contact me -
Rhea Gilbert 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
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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 Wednesday 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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you help someone out? To place an ad of your own take a look at:
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9) A Vintage Recipe
A reader was looking for a recipe for "Lemon Pudding"
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 have been making this since I was a child in the 50s
or 60s. It's simple but spectacular. My mother must
have gotten it from a magazine or a friend, because
her copy was handwritten.
LEMON CUSTARD CAKE
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
2 eggs, separated
grated rind and juice of 1 lemon (not too large)
1/3 teaspoon salt
Cream sugar and butter together. Add flour and cream
again. Beat together milk and egg yolks; add to
creamed mixture. Add lemon and salt and mix. Beat
whites until stiff, not dry. Fold creamed mixture into
whites, mixing thoroughly. Pour into custard cups or a
casserole dish, then place in a pan of water. Bake at
350° about 45 minutes, until brown on top. For an
extra treat, top with whipped cream. Heidi Bendorf, Oakland,
Lemon Pudding Cake
(Delicate cake and refreshing lemon sauce in one pudding)
1/4 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp grated lemon rind (1 lemon)
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 egg yolks, well beaten
1 cup milk
2 egg whites, stiffly beaten
Pour into 1-qt baking dish or 6 custard cups. Set in pan
of hot water ( 1" deep). Bake. Serve warm or cold, with or
without whipped cream.Temp. 350 degrees, for 50 min. Serves 6
Rita H. Brazil, IN
What a coincidence! My daughter asked me about these recipes just
last week. She remembered them when she was growing up. I got the
recipe from a Mary Moore Cookbook that my mother-in-law gave me for
Christmas in 1978. Who knew that nearly 30 years later they would still
be popular. The book has recipes for "Self-Saucing" Cherry, Mandarin,
Pumpkin, Butterscotch, Chocolate and Lemon Puddings. Enjoy! Chris
Self-Saucing Lemon Pudding
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp Margarine or butter (room Temp)
1/2 cup milk
1 cup unsifted all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
3 lemons, grated rind and juice
(divided, see below)
1 cup sugar
2 1/2 Tbsp flour
Lemon rind (see below)
Lemon juice (see below)
Boiling water (see below)
6 drops yellow food colouring
To make batter, , in a mixing bowl, sugar and butter or margarine until
well blended then stir in milk. Over the creamed mixture, sift together the
flour, baking powder and salt and combine thoroughly until batter is
smooth. Stir in walnuts (if used) and the grated rind of two lemons,
reserving the third. Turn batter into a greased 8 X 8" pan.
To make Topping, in a small bowl mix together the sugar, flour and rind of
the third lemon. Sprinkle it evenly over top of the batter. Squeeze the juice
of the 3 lemons into a cup. Strain and measure in a 2 cup measure. Add
boiling water to bring the liquid up to 1 1/2 cup marl. Stir in food colouring.
Now slowly, with a back and forth motion, pour the liquid all over the top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 min. Serves 6. Chris
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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 the recipe for 'German Chocolate pie'. A grocery store
in Beaumont, Texas used to sell it. And every time I went thru there, I
would buy one. Now they have stopped making them. Would be great! to
find the recipe. Thanks to everyone who knows one. Sharon
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
11) New Online Merchants
This merchant just opened shop online. Stop by and check out their
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 and collectables.
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