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The Collectors Newsletter #415 April 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #415 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
Mother's Day IS Coming !
May 14th. Find Great Gift Ideas at TIAS.com
TIAS merchants have been adding many fresh new items to their shops that
would make wonderful Mother's Day gifts.
How about a beautiful vintage vase for her Mother's Day flowers?
Maybe an antique locket for family photos?
Perhaps some vintage costume jewelry?
A Mother's Day gift of an antique or collectible will make a wonderful present
she will remember for years to come. Stop by today at
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'm a die hard auction junkie. Some weekends I'll hit 2 or 3 auctions. One week
end while attending an estate sale for a deceased local doctor I found myself
with virtually no treasures. being at the last hour of the auction we were
seeing the box lots, those piles of junk that get collected up, being sold. I saw
one box with many pieces, 12 or 15 marked Sterling. When that box came
up several bidders that I knew were scrappers were bidding on the box. I was
determined that if it was worth scrapping to them maybe someone else would
appreciate the pieces for their beauty. $45 later I owned the box and the
treasures within. I took it home and cleaned the pieces. They were awesome.
My daughter researched the pieces I had bought and placed a couple on
Ebay. A cigarette box brought $95, and an antique tea spoon brought $40.
She found one of the 3 lighters in the lot is worth $200, and there are 2 other
pieces worth $200-250 each. One of the better buys I made at auction I guess.
Reading the story about the ring found in the button box reminded me of the
ring my mother found in the '60's while hanging laundry on the clothesline.
She saw something shiny sticking out of the ground and ran her foot over it.
It was a gold colored ring with an emerald green pear-shaped stone mounted
with the widest end up, really unusual and kinda ugly. Mom thought it was
colored glass. My sister and I wore the ring playing dress up but over the
years it was forgotten.
About 25 years later, my mother found the ring in her jewelry box and asked
if I wanted it. It was too big for me, but I took it anyway for the sentimental
value. Two years ago I was cleaning up some items for a garage sale and
checked the ring out under a magnifying glass. I was startled to see that the
band was 18k gold. I took it to a trusted jeweler and asked him if it was a
real emerald since the band was 18k gold. He said it was a 3/4 carat emerald
which was flawless, and the ring was probably at least 100 years old from the
way the band was made and the stone was mounted. He valued it at $3,000
to $5,000. I had the ring sized and a ring guard put on the ring that day.
And it doesn't look so ugly anymore! Sharon S.
When I was a little girl in the 1950s I lived with my grandmother for weeks
and months at a time. She would read me stories, many of them from Little
Golden Books, which I loved. When I grew up my grandmother gave me a
couple of the hardback nursery rhyme books we'd read together, but not the
Little Golden Books, as she said she'd given those away to various people,
including neighbors, long ago. I noticed that one of the nursery rhyme
books had my name written in it in my second grade just-learning-it cursive.
She told me I'd done that to a lot of the books, and I do remember doing it.
Fast-forward a few decades. About five years ago I was at a yard sale in a
nearby town when I came across a Roy Rogers Little Golden Book for 5
cents, with a 1956 publish date. I opened it up and what do you know, there
was "Cindy" scrawled across the fly leaf. The writing looked familiar. I took
the book home and compared it to the nursery rhyme book, and it matched
exactly. I'm absolutely certain this was one of "my" books. It's a treasure I'll
never let go of. Cindy B.
When my grandmother and aunt passed away a year apart, I was helping
my mom and other aunt clean out the house with 75+ years of accumulation
and getting it ready to sell. There was so many great finds and things you
just never expected to come across. In looking in a basket of buttons my
mom and aunt found a small balled up piece of paper towel. Upon opening
it, they discovered what appeared to be a diamond ring. Being the only
granddaughter they gave it to me for helping. Upon taking it to a jeweler for
cleaning and to find out exactly what it was, I almost passed out when they
told me it was a 1-3/4 ct. diamond set in platinum worth $5,000! In addition,
I had just bought my first house so I got some beautiful antiques to bring
home as well.
I too am a tree lawn shopper (The little lawn between the sidewalk and the
street) I love the thrill of the hunt. It's amazing what people toss. I've found
a Horner Harmonica 3 Tier Salesman's Case complete with the original
pictures, labels and hardware, a bible over 100 years old, an antique
Mersman table complete with original hardware and a 16 gallon crock.
When I found the Mersman table, I tried to put it in the car but it wouldn't fit
so I had to put it in the trunk. It was starting to rain and I didn't want it to
get wet so I was hurrying. Upon inspecting it the next day, I found I had
accidently knocked off a piece of the drawer handle hardware. I knew I
would never be able to replace it, so I decided to go back to the house I had
found it at and see if I could find the missing piece, but figured it had
probably washed away in the downpour the night before. I waited till dark
so the homeowner wouldn't think I was some sort of trash stalker. As I
shined my headlights of the car on the driveway apron I spotted something
shiny. To my amazement, it was the missing piece! Cindy K.
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2) The Latest Antique News
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3) Your Classifieds...
Do you have antiques or collectibles you are just itching to sell? A simple
classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 240,000
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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.
Items need owner...
In going through my grandmother’s things I found an Army “Certificate of
Service” and an “Enlisted Record and Report of Separation – Honorable
Discharge” for Michael J. Klaic, (DOB 5-22-06) 36121344, Private, Troop
A, Fourth Training Squadron Cavalry. Replacement Training Center.
He fought in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and
My grandmother had a boarding/apartment house in Wauwautosa,
Wisconsin in the 1930’s-60’s, so that is probably where she ended up with
Hope someone can identify this gentleman and would like these papers!
contact Vicki at 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.
The recent story Kat C. wrote about her husband flapping the car doors to get
rid of a mouse reminded me of a similar story with my Dad. He began flying
back in 1939 and spent a lifetime around airplanes and airports. He helped
establish a small, local airport in the days when the runway was dirt and lit by
smudge pots instead of runway lights. He was accustomed to driving the
length of the runway with his car just before dusk and stopping by each
smudge pot to light the kerosene-soaked wick. One day a bee got in his car,
and all of the folks at the airport watched in wonder as he drove down the
length of the runway, flapping his car door open and shut. They had no idea
he was trying to get rid of the bee before it got him! When he got back to
the main building, someone commented, "Boy...Gleason will try to fly anything!"
We still lovingly tease him about that today. Anita M.
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
Connie was looking for a recipe for "fizzy 'Phosphate' drink"
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.
Phosphates were carbonated beverages made-from-scratch by the "soda
jerk" using carbonated soda water, flavored syrups and phosphoric acid,
an ingredient still used today in many brands of soda-pop including Coke.
Popular flavors included cherry, lime (usually called a green river),
chocolate and vanilla. The variations were limited only by creativity,
creating such hybrids as the cherry-lime rickey. The trick here is to find
the phosphoric acid. Find a pharmacist over 50, and ask if they carry it
or know where you might find some. Soda jerks kept it in a shaker bottle
(like hot sauce or worchestershire) and added just a few drops to each
To a tall glass, add one of the following to taste:
•Cherry Phosphate: Cherry flavored fountain syrup or snow-cone syrup
(or substitute the syrup from jar of maraschino cherries)
•Lime Phosphate (Green River): Lime flavored fountain syrup or snow-
•Chocolate Phosphate: Hershey's Chocolate Syrup
•Vanilla Phosphate (Cream Soda): Vanilla flavored fountain syrup or
snow-cone syrup (or substitute vanilla extract and sugar syrup)
•Cherry Lime Phosphate (Rickey): Equal parts cherry and lime flavored
fountain syrups or snow-cone syrups
Fill glass about 3/4 full with chilled club soda (no salt added). Shake in
a few drops of phosphoric acid. Briskly stir-in flavoring with a spoon. Add ice.
Hope this hits her spot. Lawrence C. Toledo, Ohio
When Phosphates were popular in the early 1900's, the recipes were
as varied as the imaginations of Soda Jerks that made them. Try this
one! Fill a glass about 3/4 full with chilled club soda (no salt added).
Shake in two drops of phosphoric acid (might be found through your
pharmacist). Briskly stir-in 2 tablespoons of chilled, lemon syrup with a
spoon. Add ice if preferred. The lemon syrup was probably the mixture
that your Grandmother kept in the refrigerator. You can either use the
snow cone variety of lemon syrup or make your own. Lemon Syrup
Recipe: mix 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar and the juice of one lemon
(with finely grated zest if preferred) and heat the mixture in a saucepan
over medium heat and stir constantly until sugar dissolves, mixture
comes to a boil and becomes just a bit thicker. Chill this mixture in the
refrigerator until cold. Can be stored for 2 weeks or more.
Enjoy! Faith Ann – Victoria, MN
When I was a boy, many drug store soda counters had a bottle called
"phosphoric acid." It was sort of an alum flavoring. This was added to any
standard fountain "soda" (which they made from carbonated water and
any of a dozen flavored syrups) and that addition made it a "phosphate."
Eventually you stopped seeing phosphates anymore.
Once about twenty years ago my wife and I were in a soda shop in a mall
and they advertised "real phosphates" and I bought one and then
demanded my money back when it was simply a "soda." They didn't even
know that you had to add phosphoric acid to be able to call it a phosphate.
Best regards, Dave Price, age 68
I'd try checking with older pharmacies, as I recall as a child in the 50's,
the local drugstores in my hometown in Northwestern Wisconsin sold, at
their soda fountains, a drink called a phosphate. It was a glass of any
kind of soda pop, usually coke, that was flavored with some drops of
liquid citrus phosphate from a shaker bottle and syrup, like cherry.
Cherry flavoring, couple shakes of citrus phosphate, and coke, became
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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.
As I child, one of my favorite treats was a nickel sack of candy from
Woolworth's. They made butterscotch that was round and flat--like a tiddly
wink! I have not seen anything resembling this in close to 40 years. Does
anyone have a recipe for something similar? Thank you. Berta C.
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:
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