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The Collectors Newsletter #420 May 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #420 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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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.
Reading about the plant named john was so odd. My "john" is about the same
age and the circumstances are very similar. I had a next door neighbor named
Amelia. She used to love coming to her screen door while I worked in my
garden out front. She also loved to talk (and talk) and tell me stories, some of
her husband John. This tended to make gardening difficult since she was so
hard of hearing (being close to 90). So it became a custom on some Saturday
mornings that I would help her down her front stoop and into a lawn chair
where she would sit, sometimes talking, sometimes not, but just keeping me
company while I worked. When Amelia could no longer live on her own, her
son Bill asked if I would please take a plant that she had had since her husband
John's funeral 20-some years before. Bill did not have a green thumb and was
hoping I could keep it going for his mom. I still have that plant and it too is
thriving. I was going to repot it at one point and when I turned the pot over
discovered it was an early McCoy pot. Obviously this plant has good taste so
I decided to leave well enough alone. Both seem very happy in my home and I
think of Amelia and our garden outings every time I care for "john".
Karen from Philadelphia
Hi! I just love reading the Tias Newsletter, so many nice stories! I remember
my Chatty Cathy doll. I was so happy to get her, it was the one toy I could
play with that my brothers wouldn't bother me for it. The first thing I did was
take her out to the backyard and give her a nice bath in our Radio Flyer red
wagon. Of course the bath ruined her talking mechanism. I'll always think of
her when I hear other's stories and to think how valuable they are now!
Thank you for all the wonderful reading you give me and the great recipes too!
Sincerely, Deanna M
My best find to-date came from my attic. In the early '70's, I purchased a dark
purple shirt for my husband. The print came from actual photographs of people
(we were called 'hippies') at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. I think he felt like
the purple people-eater wearing it, and only wore it once. Poor guy, he always
wore whatever I set out for him. Still does, after 38 years, but my fashion savvy
has improved somewhat. While opening the shirt bag, he mentioned the tag
referred to Woodstock, so I somehow had the presence of mind to carefully
pack it. Over the years, it ended up in the attic. When I began selling
collectibles, I discovered the shirt, which was pristine. We sold it for $350.
A very good sale for a Kent's Dollar Store shirt that cost no more than $3-$4.
I would love to have an entire bolt of that material. ~ Dana
My daughter, Pam, had both Chatty Baby and Chatty Cathy. How she loved
those dolls. She would not let them out of her sight and loved to sit around
and talk to them.
One day, her cousin John came to visit and saw Pam playing with her Chatty
Cathy. He told Pam that the string that was pulled to allow the dolls to chat, was
way too slow.
So, being a junior fix-it man, he came up with the idea of speeding the dolls
up by oiling the dolls talking mechanism.
He found some oil in my sewing machine drawer and convinced Pam to put the 3
and 1 oil in the hole where the strings came out. Well, needless to say, Chatty
Cathy was not chatty anymore and neither was the Chatty Baby. But Pam still
loved those dolls Both children were the same age. Lois
I grew up in a "collecting family". My grandmother and Momma collected lots
of things from miniature dogs and other "little things" , to Early American
Pressed Glass and to very old Chinese herbal teapots. Some were collected
by choice and others by inheritance. And then there were the stories. So
many wonderful stories; I think perhaps that I didn't pay quite enough attention
when I should have but I do remember some. Certainly, there was enough
information to create a love of antiques and to cherish these incredibly
beautiful treasures. Maybe that is what comes of being 3rd generation, who
knows? I grew up in New Jersey; Momma's family moved there from Brooklyn
after my grandparents were married sometime prior to 1915 and we lived with
15 miles of New York City in 3 homes until I moved to Texas in 1996. I
remember the stories but have only begun to piece them together now and
really try to find out about the history of our family and of so many of these
wonderful and diverse treasures. Unfortunately, I didn't ask the right questions
at the time or write down as much information as I should have when there
were folks who knew the answers. Questions like: what is the significance of
the Erphilla dogs from Germany, or where did the beautiful old platter marked
Royal Rudolstadt come from and who in the world is Wallace Nutting. Now,
thanks to the internet, newletters like TIAS and time spent surfing as many web
sites as I have time for, I have found the answers to many of my questions,
though not nearly enough. The point of my story is to encourage everyone to
tell your stories to the children, even if they don't appear to hear them and to
ask as many questions as possible of older family members. Write it all down
so that your history and the history of your own treasures isn't lost in garage
sales and flea markets. Each story, each bit of information and each treasure
will be a part of your own legacy as mine is. Patti
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We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find,
unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is
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2) The Latest Antique News
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May 2006 antique buying trip to Europe.
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3) Your Classifieds...
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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.
Editors note-- we don't usually run requests for something that is so
"One of a kind", but I'm going to make an exception in this case.
Looking for an item.
I work for a Reformed church, and we had a visitor today looking for a lost
manuscript written by his father in the 50ís. The authorís name is R. John
Hager (a former member here) and the manuscript is a Dutch Reformed
history focusing on troubles with the church in the 1700s in the Hudson River
We didnít find anything here at the church, so thought I would give your
newsletter a try! Thanks! Vicki
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
The tooth fairy should be all set for a comfortable retirement. According to
Ralph and Terry Kovel in KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES
newsletter, a tooth thought to be Napoleon's sold at a London auction in
November for $22,600! Poor Napoleon. Locks of his hair and even some
of his body parts have been auctioned.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click
6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
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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.
I was substitute teaching in fourth grade a while ago and we discussed the
wonderful inventions used in our classroom. I mentioned that when I was in
fourth grade in the late fifties ball point pens had been invented, but we were
required to use cartridge ink pens. One student raised his hand and asked,
very sincerely, if I had a feather on my pen. Carol in Florida (baby boomer,
not colonial citizen)
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.
8) Wanted ads. Can you help?
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you help someone out?
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Brenda was looking for a recipe for "cold pea salad 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.
Our family loves this salad, one that my mom and grandmother would also make!
I use the small-sized English peas, canned, chilled & drained
onions - chopped
cheese - I use block Cheddar cut in small squares
hard boiled eggs - chopped
Use any combinations of amounts your family likes. Mix all together and chill.
Good the next day, also! Enjoy!
this may be the salad that Brenda is looking for. Even if it isn't, it's
In a 9x13 dish, place
layer of torn up lettuce
layer of chopped hard boiled egg
sprinkle diced onion, green pepper or celery (you can use all three, or which
ever one appeals to you.
layer one bag of frozen green peas
cover with layer of Miracle Whip salad dressing (put it on like you were
frosting a cake)
grate cheddar cheese over top
sprinkle bacon bits on top for color
Keeps several days ...Rhonda
In the early 1980s, when I was working with the Young Adult group at my
church, we prepared a cookbook. I submitted this one, but I have no idea
where I got it; probably passed on to me by a friend. Hope this is what
Brenda is looking for. Janet B
SWEET PEA SALAD
2 cups frozen green peas
Juice of 1 lemon
1 small onion, finely chopped
6 Tbsp. mayonnaise
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 cups chopped lettuce
8 slices of bacon, fried crisp and crumbled
Combine mayonnaise with lemon juice, onion, peas, cheese, and salt and
pepper to taste. Refrigerate overnight. Before serving, toss with lettuce
I head of lettuce
6 bacon strips (crisply fried & crumbled)
1 onion (cut into thin rings)
3 eggs (hard boiled & then cut up)
1 package frozen peas (they will thaw quickly-just break apart)
one half cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
Then comes the dressing:
1 cup of Hellman's mayo
one fourth cup of grated Parmesan cheese.
dash of garlic powder
dash of pepper
The dressing is so much better if mixed up one day in advance of the
meal. Just before serving, toss the salad with the dressing.. Ruth
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
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 mom used to make this absolutely decadent "chocolate mint pie", only
she would put the chocolate mix into cupcake holders and freeze them.
My sister and I have tried to duplicate, but mom was one of those cooks
that made dishes and desserts from memory, so we have no recipe or
idea where it came from. I tried the chocolate silk recipe but the
consistency was not the same. I remember her melting the dark chocolate
bar in a double boiler, adding mint flavoring and ingredients until the
mixture was pourable. She then chopped up almonds and put them into
the bottom of the holders. She let the mixture cool, then poured the
mixture into each cupcake holder and placed the tray into the freezer.
We were allowed one chocolate mint per day - and with the consistency
of a chocolate soufle with nuts on the bottom - we thought we were living
high! Mom was originally from Indiana and we are in Seattle - does this
sound familiar to anyone? Sheryl
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.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory that new TIAS merchants have
been adding for your Mother's Day gift giving.
A wide array of practical items and many great collectibles, such as the
beautiful Mother's Day Plates by Hibel. Also, glassware, salt & peppers,
Barbies, comic books, kitchenware, smoking items, costume jewelry,
Made in Japan, figurines, thimbles, and much more.
We have Tin Photos, Cabinet Photographs, Glassware, Tin Ware, Postcards,
tools, and much much more.
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12) Helpful Resources:
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