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The Collectors Newsletter #419 May 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #419 May 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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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
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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.
We gave our daughter, Beth, a Chatty Cathy doll when she was little (now 34
yrs old) and she loved it.
One day I picked the doll up and it wouldn't talk. When I asked Beth if she
had dropped the doll and broken it, she said she had not ... but since she
fed Cathy oatmeal for breakfast she hadn't spoken a word! Diane P.
This is a story about my moms first cousin who I had the privilege of taking
care of the last five years of her life. She died 2001 and her husband died in
1980. When I was moving her into assisted living in 1997, she never remarked
that a nondescript, ugly plant she owned had any significance to her, so I gave
it to one of her neighbors. Low and behold the plant shows up back at her place.
It turns out it was from her husbands funeral in 1980. After she died , I'm now
responsible for "john". John" is now 26 years old. He has never been given plant
food or been repotted. He grows like a weed and is in a pot that is green and
black that is stunning as it sits on the on the white side buffet in the sun room.
My son has already been told he is the next keeper of "john". The point of all this
is that when breaking up a household even the most seemingly insignificant thing
may have a deep significance to someone....Sheila
I would like to help those who have old documents and do not know what to do
There usually exists in each state a genealogy collection or a historical society
that will take any old pictures, diaries, journals or miscellaneous information
that could be of some use some day. In Missouri, we have something called
the Manuscript Library in Columbia. They will evaluate the documents and
either store them physically or microfilm them for storage. If you do not know
where a library is, try the county or local historical or genealogy society. If
the county doesn't have a society or doesn't want them, try the State
Archives. They can usually refer you to the proper place. Marilyn
First, I love reading all the stories of treasures that are found and the unusual
places that people find them. This is my best find to date. I was a bank teller
for just over three years. It was not uncommon for people to bring in loose
coin in bags or boxes and various amounts. Fairly ofter we would have
customers come in with large amounts of coin and tell us that someone in
their family had just died and they found all this coin in the closet or hidden
in a drawer. I would give it a quick look through as more times than not it
contained old coins. I would ask them if they realized what was in the mix
and did they want to take it and go through it for collectibles. Not once did
they have any interest, they just wanted to get the coin counted and turned
into cash. I would run the coin through the coin counter and finish the
transaction. As soon as the customer left, I removed the bags from the
counter and would go through them myself. I found a lot of wheat pennies,
mercury dimes and many silver liberty quarters. I would then buy them from
the bank for their face value. I have not had any appraised as of yet, I will
wait until my son goes to college, maybe they will buy his books for him
one semester. Thank you for letting me share. Margaret in Michigan's Upper
The Chatty Cathy story in the latest newsletter reminded me of my “buried
treasure” story…I am the oldest of five children who grew up on a farm in
northeastern Nebraska in the 1950’s. My brother and I each had penny
collections, and tried hard to fill out the blue tri-fold penny holders we had
received for Christmas. “Slim,” the bartender of one of the two bars in our
nearby town of 200, would let us go through the pennies in his cash register
while Dad was across the street at “Barb’s” getting a haircut, or while Mother
was shopping at Einer’s general store. Well, one day we came across a
1909 VDB penny, which our book said was quite valuable – hundreds of
dollars, as I recall. We were so excited, and afraid that something would
happen to it, that we put it in a small jar, buried it, and forgot about it! When
we thought of it months later, we were unable to find it. 30 years later, while
enjoying a John Denver concert on a summer evening at Colorado’s Red
Rocks Amphitheater near Denver, I had an epiphany! While listening to
“Take Me Home, Country Road,” I remembered burying the penny at the
base of a tree in our “flower field,” a small uncultivated parcel of land about
a mile from the old farmhouse. At our next family reunion near the old farm
place, now standing empty, the five of us (all in our 40’s) made a trek to
the flower field, still there!! Unfortunately, we were not successful in our
search, but it was fun to try, and was a happy memory to keep alive!
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interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send
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2) The Latest Antique News
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The "Hot List" of antiques and collectibles for April 2006
Rare A. Lange & Sohne Watch to Be Sold at Auction
Art from Collection of Senator William Benton Will Be Auctioned May 7
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Brimfield Rush: : The Thrill of Collecting and the Hunt for the Big Score
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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.
My very first doll was Pinocchio...he was all composition and had a bow tie
and hat. I loved him dearly and kept him all my life until we had to move to
Florida. I left him along with my salt and pepper collection (over 100 pair)
and a Lane cedar chest (my husbands first gift to me) I left them with my
mother for safe keeping. When I returned and went to pick them up...they
were gone. I was devastated. I ask my mother what happened to them
and she said she had no idea. She thought they were still in the basement.
I have since looked everywhere for a Pinocchio replacement (or possibly
my doll...he had a chip on the front of his hair). I even went through Disney
Land trying to find him. He was my friend for 39 years. I miss him! He
was about 18 inches tall and had all his clothes. If anyone has one out
there that they would like to sell, would you please contact me? Thank you,
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.
My Sister-in-Law just got a letter from her daughter's teacher this week...
some things you just KNOW will become family legend...
"I thought you would love to share this adorable moment I had with Hailey.
We were watching Independent Study Presentations on Friday and one of
our students was presenting DNA. When he was finished, he took questions.
The first one was about identical DNA (If you have a brother or sister and
they aren’t identical twins, would your DNA be similar). The student
explained that some parts may be similar because they have some traits of
their mother and some traits from their father. Hailey then asked what
happens if a person only has one parent. I thought it was so adorable and
that you would get a kick out of it. I have been smiling inside all weekend
thinking about it."
[yep -- there will be a little 'splaining to do in that household!]
Irene in Los Angeles
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.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Cathy was looking for a recipe for "angel food cake pudding recipe"
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.
THis sounds close to what was requested:
CHOCOLATE ANGEL FOOD DESSERT
1 Angel Food Cake Loaf
6 oz. Chocolate Chips (semi sweet)
3 Tbsp. Milk
3 Tbsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla
4 Eggs, separated
1 cup Whipping Cream
1 cup Nuts, chopped
Melt chocolate, milk and sugar together in saucepan. Remove from
heat and let cool completely. Beat in egg yolks one at a time. Add
vanilla and put aside.
Beat whipped cream until stiff. Beat egg whites until very stiff. Fold
together. Fold into chocolate mixture.
Break half of cake into cubes and place in a 9 x 13 inch pan. Pour
half of chocolate mixture over cake. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the nuts.
Repeat layers and place in refrigerator over night.
ROCKY ROAD DESSERT
1 large angel food cake
2 cups whipped cream
12 oz. bag chocolate chips
8 whole eggs
1-1/2 c. broken nuts
2 t. vanilla
Break up cake. Line 1/2 of the cake pcs. in a mold or oblong
casserole dish. Melt chocolate bits, add slightly cooled chocolate
to slightly beaten eggs, vanilla & nuts. Fold in cream. Pour ˝ of
the mixture onto cake pcs. Repeat w/cake & chocolate. Refrigerate
about 4 hrs. Decorate w/ whipped cream.
PERHAPS THIS IS THE RECIPE CATHY IS LOOKING FOR. FRAN
HEAVENLY HASH CAKE
1 angel food cake
1 family size box chocolate pudding
1 lg. bowl Cool Whip
Chopped nuts or chopped Heath or Skor bars
Break angel food cake in pieces. Place in long pan. Prepare
pudding mix according to directions on box. Cool slightly, pour
over angel food cake. Cool. Spread Cool Whip on top. Sprinkle
with nuts or candy bars. Store in refrigerator.
This sounds like the recipe Cathy was looking for. Nancy W. -
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
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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 a cold pea salad recipe from the 1980's. It was
prepared with Hellmann’s or Kraft mayonnaise as it appeared in a Better
Homes and Garden magazine as an advertisement. I'm not sure of all
the ingredients. I do know it had frozen peas, grated cheeses and mayo,
but I cannot remember the other ingredients. I have tried various pea
salad recipes but none have compared to this one. It was great as I
could get my kids to eat peas this way. I even took it to many occasions
and friends who would not eat peas would ask that I bring to their
barbecues, as it was so tasty. Well, with grandchildren now coming into
the picture, I would love to be able to make the salad again. If anyone
knows of this recipe, I would greatly appreciate a copy. Thanks so
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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