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The Collectors Newsletter #423 May 2006

The Collectors Newsletter #423 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 newsletter@tias.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 always love reading the stories in my newsletter and decided I should
send along this one. Growing up second oldest of six kids on a small
Wisconsin dairy farm meant there was always work to do. This particular
day had us in a back field combining oats with our father. Mother stayed
up to the house to start supper. My older sister was gone from home on
her own. My fate, three brothers, all younger than me! So that left me to
be the next best helper my dad had. Our father had driven the tractor
and combine back there ahead of us and I had to drive the other tractor
pulling an empty hay wagon, loaded with the other four kids and a big
pile of empty burlap feed bags for filling with oats. I was about 16 going
on 17 at this time. We're all approximately two to four years apart in age.
Being 54 going on 55 now, this is still all very vivid to me. We each had
a designated chore for this job. As my father made rounds with the
combine we sat on the side of the field. Amazing how entertaining an
empty hay wagon and feed bags can be for young kids. They were
having a great time. Myself, I was wishing I was anywhere but there.
When my father gave the big wave, we knew the hopper was full and I
started up the tractor and we drove across the finished rows to pull up
next to the combines hopper side. I ran the auger to the combine hopper.
The younger ones stayed on the wagon to help our father fill the bags.
Our brother Jeff, the youngest of us six, was only 4 years old at this time,
and by the way, had a hard time pronouncing his "TH's". He was let to
feel important by handing the empty bags to our dad. My middle sister
and other two brothers would hold the sides of the bags and as each bag
was filling up they would shake it and keep it straight. My dad was
grabbing the filled bags and tying them up with the twine and piling them.
This process was just "so" boring to a 17 year old. I was on cue for
pulling the auger lever to start and stop the filling. We were in stop mode
when Little Brother Jeff, all puffed up with importance, grabbed a bag
from the pile, gives it a tug to open the top for his step in this important
job and I saw his face get all wrinkled up like he was puzzled and he says,
as serious as can be....." Favver.....gimme your jackknife.....this one
doesn't got a hole in it!!" The boredom was forgotten as we all cracked
up laughing like a bunch of loons. He was so cute! I will never forget the
big smile and huge chuckling of my dad as he rubbed little Jeffo on his
tousled blonde head covered in oats dust, turned the feed bag right side
up, and just said...here. He was still chuckling and smiling as the rest of
us kept laughing in one of those wonderful moments when you just
couldn't stop. We lost my dad to a heart attack at age 57 when Jeff was
just 11, so believe me, this little laugh from the past is a fond memory
of mine to hold and pass onto my siblings who didn't remember it.
Thanks for letting me share it. Sincerely, Carol Camps, Wisconsin

--Another Story--

The story about the vinegar "watering" resulting in the loss of the
poinsettia plant made me feel a little better about a similar loss I
suffered over the past year. My mother's father had a house built for
her that was one of the first homes in Colonial Place in Norfolk,
Virginia. It was for her first marriage that ended nine years later.
She met my father on a blind date and when he married her she came
with a paid-for house! They lived there for 48 years until my father
passed away and my mother, who lived there for 65 years, eventually
went to an independent living place. Not only am I an avid collector
(I finally just started staying I collect collections) but I am VERY
sentimental and not only could I not stand the thought of someone
else living in "our" house, I still haven't been able to drive by it and
look at it! My father had a very green thumb and when I married, I
took a piece of a wax plant (Hoya) that was just stuck in a pot in the
back yard. I moved 18 times with my career Army officer husband
and that plant stayed in the same yard dirt and went everywhere with
us. I would forget to water it but it was a vine with dark green waxy
leaves and it bloomed no matter what I did to it or how neglected it was.
The blooms didn't smell good but they were pretty and were made up
of many, small, pink flowers and almost looked like small, rounded
bouquets. It was a little piece of "home" I always had with me. Last
year I decided it would be nice to hang it on my screen porch.
Unfortunately I forgot about it and we had a freeze. I brought it right
in when I realized what I had done and for a little while it looked okay
but not for long. The whole thing dried up and was dead as a door
nail. I had had it for 37 years! It lasted seven years longer than my
marriage! I have it hanging on a hook in the laundry room where it
would have hung had it lived. I feel guilty and sad every time I see
the crunchy remains, a few of which fall off every time I bump into it.
I think it's time to finally lay it to rest! Thank you all for helping me do
that. I love the newsletter! When it comes I just have to sit down and
read it "cover to cover!" Sue Long in Poquoson, Virginia

--Another Story--

Several years ago, I attended not only yard sales but went to
bankruptcy sales where I had been able to find some good deals.
This bankruptcy sale was for a business that included all of the
furnishings of the retail store including the cash register of the
business which worked at the time of the business' closing. When I
picked up the cash register, I could hear coins rattling in the coin
slots in the coin drawer. When I asked the person running the sale
if they had the key for the cash register drawer, she replied that they
hadn't found it. I then asked if whatever was in the cash register
went with the cash register and she said it did but I would have to get
the register open on my own as it was being sold "as is". The price
tag on the cash register was $10 but I figured that I could get the
drawer open without too much problem and whatever was in it would
offset the price of the cash register which I planned on using in my
own business. She wouldn't come down on the price as it was her
responsibility to get as much as possible for the debtors. I paid the
$10 and walked out with it. I asked around other businesses and
found one that had the same make of cash register. I borrowed their
drawer key and low and behold, it opened the drawer in which I
found $172.87 in cash, change and one check ($5.33). What a
deal for $10! Don
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unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is
interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send
your story to newsletter@tias.com

2) The Latest Antique News
Get the latest news about antiques and collectibles delivered once a week
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Today's Antiques & Collectibles Headlines from http://News-Antique.com

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Vintage Children's Books with Color Plates at Auction May 21
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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
or family.

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.
In October, 2004 newsletter #271, I wrote you a thank you note to those
who had answered about my lost Grandfather Jonathan George. He was
born 1836 and lived in Independence Missouri with wife Mary Ann and children.
One answer was not signed, but they mentioned knowing what happened to the
old George house in later years. If that person reads this and would answer,
it would maybe help us find out more. So far, we have found scads of
information, but none about him or his parentage. Hope to have an answer..
Iola iola@sonic.net
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 newsletter@tias.com and we may run it in the next issue.
Hi...Love your newsletter. Reading about Linda H's 9 year old grandson &
Father Nature reminded me about what my grandson, Andrew, did when he
was nine. Our family was at a local restaurant celebrating my 50th birthday,
when after dinner all the waiters and waitresses came around with a slice of
cake and sang "Happy Birthday" to me. At the end of the song they crooned
"And she's 21". Well, Andrew had to be sure to correct them, saying at the
top of his voice, "No she's not, she's 50!". We sure had a good laugh over
that one! Kathy M. - Crown Point, IN
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone
feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to newsletter@tias.com and we may
publish it here.

8) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can
you help someone out?

Post your wanted ad here so our readers can help you find it :-)
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Phil was looking for a recipe for "Carrot Cake"
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 is the most requested item for family get togethers


2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 tsp baking powder
5 eggs
3/4 tsp baking soda
2 cups grated carrots
1 tsp salt
8 1/2 oz crushed pineapple
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 chopped nuts
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries

Sift dry ingredients together. Beat eggs, add to dry mix with oil, mix
well. Add remaining ingredients. Grease and flour pans. Bake at
350* 35-40 mins or til toothpick inserted in center is dry. Cool and
frost with

Cream together 1/2 cup butter, 8 oz cream cheese, 1 tsp vanilla, beat
in 1 lb confectioners sugar. Add milk to thin is needed.

I have been using this recipe for over 35 years, I hope you enjoy
this as much as my family does year after year. Diana B, Sparks

--Another Recipe--

I've tweaked a couple of carrot cake recipes and came up with this
great recipe. Enjoy cake, it's great. Lauri Mansky

Carrot Cake
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups oil
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix these together

2 cups sifted flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Mix these together

Mix the above together and add:
4 cups grated carrots - 1 pound
3/4 to 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 cup raisins

Bake at 350 degrees in 3- 9 inch layer pans for 30 minutes or 1 tube
pan for 1 hour until cake springs back or comes out dry with cake
tester or toothpick.

Cream Cheese Icing
8 ounces cream cheese
1/4 pound butter
1 pound 10x sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
Cream these together and ice cake

--Another Recipe--

This is for Phil, who wanted the carrot cake recipe.
This one has been in my recipe folder for years, and is the best one
I've found for a carrot cake. One of the great things about it is that you
can substitute zucchini for the carrots to make a mighty tempting zucchini
cake. Rebecca Terrill Zephyrhills, FL
Carrot Cake

2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 1/3 cups cooking oil
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 cups grated carrots
3/4 cup chopped nuts

Beat sugar and eggs together. Stir in the oil. Sift together the flour,
baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Stir the sifted ingredients
into the egg mixture. Fold in the carrots and nuts. Pour into a 13 X 9
pan and bake in a preheated 350° oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until
done in the center. Cool completely before frosting and/or eating.
Cream Cheese Frosting

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
1/4-pound butter
1 (16-ounce) package confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream together all ingredients until smooth and lump-free. Frost your

Note: Do not be tempted to add any more liquid. Doing so will ruin the
texture of the frosting.
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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'm looking for a recipe for a friend. Her mother use to make cobbler
by boiling the fruit and dropping a batter on top of the hot fruit to cook
on the stove. If anyone has this recipe that would be great. She grew
up in Northern California and South Central Alaska. Thank Laura
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
recipes@tias.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
recipes@tias.com and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:

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