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The Collectors Newsletter #427 May 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #427 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
Memorial Day Story
There is a fascinating POW/MIA Memorial day story that our readers helped
to make possible. Take a look 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.
It was not garbage day
The story about the roaches being passed along to dumpster divers
reminded me of my own experience with "sidewalk shoppers". I had a nice
old wool hall rug that I put out to air one day, only to find it gone when I
checked on it. The reason it was airing? I had sprayed it with flea killer, as
my cat had infested the apartment. I hope the thief was scratching their
head for a reason! Susan A. Seattle, WA
I love the stories in your newsletter and finally decided to tell you about
OUR old house! We bought a beautiful old home in 1993, mainly because
it had 4 bedrooms and we had 3 children and we could afford the price!
The house was built before the civil war and has a magnificent center
hall with a winding stairway with a handrail made from walnut and a
beautiful newell-post. A parlor on the right and left each have a fireplace
with grand mantles. The front of the house is a log house with walls about
10" thick, of course it was later plastered on the inside and clapboard
siding put on the outside. Our kids could have friends in one of those front
rooms, making all kinds of noise, and it did not carry to the rest of the
house! Well, when we first moved in, we kept throwing electrical breakers.
One morning only my husband and I were up getting ready for work.
He was in one bathroom and I was in the other one, we had no lights on
in any rooms but those two, and the power went off! My husband found
the breaker box and flipped the power back on, just to have it go off again!
We really began to think our house was "haunted" and did not want us to
be there. We called an electrician who had always lived in the town we'd
moved to, he told us that this house was used as a hospital during the civil
war and he had actually found human bones in the crawl space when he'd
worked on the wiring years before! We had him beef up some of the
wiring in the kitchen area, but after those first few days we never had
problems with other lights in the house going off! We have had many
happy years in this wonderful home with its white picket fence and
beautiful trees and flowers. Louise
My ancestors settled in central Kentucky many generations ago and the
land has been passed down through my mother's family now coming to
me. My Mom had Alzheimer's, which is extremely hard on the family
and was particularly hard on my Dad. They lived in town, but Dad loved
nothing more than to come to the farm and piddle on the tractor, or in the
garden, stopping to rest in the old tenant house that had originally been
built as a 2 room schoolhouse by my great grandfather for my mom to go
to school in. It was situated just down the hill from the old homeplace.
Being products of the depression, they never threw anything away and had
filled it with the overflow from their house.
Well, to make a long story short, I lost both my parents within 10 months 4
years ago. They had let the original homeplace rot away until it was no
longer habitable and unable to be salvaged. But the nearly 100 year old
schoolhouse was still standing. 2 more rooms were added when it was a
tenant house, but it needed extensive new plumbing, electric work, painting,
etc but was essentially sound and well constructed. It took my husband
and I three years to add 2 new bathrooms, update the kitchen, paint and
renovate, but now we live in this 4 room, 2 bath cottage style dream home
and truly feel the house "wrap its arms around us". It is furnished with
family heirlooms, antiques, and collectibles. The floors are mostly original,
the walls and ceiling are made of the original beadboard, and it truly feels
like I've come home after many years. I try to imagine my mother as a
small child learning her ABC's and I can still see my father napping in his
old Morris chair, which I keep in the corner of the living room. Thomas
Wolfe was wrong; you can come home again!
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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.
In my travels I have come across letters and pictures and other items that
I feel must be worth something to someone. I have eight letters that were
written to Rodney W. Hughes that has great information. Some of the
letters are from L.L. Hughes of Cortez, Fl. and Lulu Hall. Rodney was in
the U.S.N. in Ca. 1944, in Philadelphia, Pa in 1949 and in Hanceville, Al
in 1959 and in Bethesda, Maryland in early forties. Some of the names
in the letters are Russell Hughes, Lula, Alex, Crit and Lettie and Harold and
Eva, Uncle Lawrence, Aunt Lulu Hall living in N.Y. Lee must be a brother
as one letter says Dear Bro. written in Loveland, Ohio 1946. Jack and
Helen and Wiley and Maude. He must be married as in another letter it is
to Rodney and Lucille. In it states that Mama Hughes died Oct. 7th 1943,
very sad letter. Russel Hughes in Army in Ky. is in another letter.
Maybe that is enough info for the people who would like the letters to know
if it is their kin. Lynn -- 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 recall an incident that took place in my
childhood, and my Mother recently confirmed that it
actually did happen.
I must have been about 7 years old at the
time, and we were 'downtown' shopping one day. We
happened into a hardware store, and while we were in
there, we heard a woman yell, " No, Tommy, Stop!"
I turned around, and there was a little 2-3
year-old boy just sitting down on the seat of a toilet
that was on display. He had his pants down, and was
all ready to "take care of business". The red-faced
Mother was successful in stopping him from his
intended task, and apologized to the store clerk. She
went on to explain that he had recently been
potty-trained, and was too young to realize that not
all toilets were "ready for use". We all got a good
laugh out of it, as the woman and the clerk led the
little boy to the back of the store.
Regards, Bernie in Los Banos, Ca
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?
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9) A Vintage Recipe
A reader was looking for a recipe for "RITZ® Mock Apple Pie"
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.
Pastry for 2-crust 9-inch pie
36 RITZ Crackers, coarsely broken (about 1-3/4 cups crumbs)
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. cream of tartar
Grated peel of 1 lemon
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
PREHEAT oven to 425°F. Roll out half of the pastry and place in 9-inch pie
plate. Place cracker crumbs in crust; set aside.
MIX sugar and cream of tartar in medium saucepan. Gradually stir in 1-3/4
cups water until well blended. Bring to boil on high heat. Reduce heat to low;
simmer 15 minutes. Add lemon peel and juice; cool. Pour syrup over cracker
crumbs. Dot with butter; sprinkle with cinnamon. Roll out remaining pastry;
place over pie. Trim; seal and flute edges. Slit top crust to allow steam to
escape. BAKE 30 to 35 minutes or until crust is crisp and golden. Cool
Here's that special recipe for Susan H. I hope she enjoys!
Ritz Cracker Apple Pie
2 cups water
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup sugar
30 Ritz crackers
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup rolled Ritz crackers
1/3 cup melted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Combine water, sugar and cream of tartar and bring to a boil. Drop in
Ritz crackers (whole) and keep boiling for 5 minutes. Pour mixture into
9-inch pie shell, sprinkle with with lemon juice and cinnamon. Combine the
ingredients for the crumb topping and sprinkle over the pie. Bake at 400
deg. F. for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350 deg. F. and continue
baking for an additional 15 to 20 minutes. Serve warm. This apple pie
recipe makes 6-8 servings. Jaci B. - Carrollton, VA
RITZ CRACKER PIE
3 egg whites, well beaten
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 c. white sugar
20 Ritz crackers, rolled fine
3/4 c. Pecans, chopped
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 pt. cream, whipped
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. pecans, chopped
Beat egg whites with cream of tartar, adding white
sugar as you beat. Fold in Ritz crackers, 3/4 cup nuts
and vanilla. Mix well and pour into greased pan (pie
tin size). Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
Cool. Cover with whipped cream and brown sugar
mixture, top with chopped nuts. Refrigerate for 4 to 5
hours. Cut and serve. Rozanne
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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.
Every spring I go to the grocery store and find a little handful of
Rhubarb. I buy a little and make a wonderful pie, BUT the people in line
question the color of my 'celery'. "What is that?", they say. I was
raised in the Iowa territory, playing with the big leaves as a child,
pretending they were big umbrellas. Rhubarb was a staple every spring
and summer, and many recipes came forth. I am now in Tennessee,
and really want to find a recipe for a great rhubarb preserve. Can
anyone help me? Rhubarb CANNOT grow in Memphis. Dorothy
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
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory that new TIAS merchants have
been adding for your Mother's Day gift giving.
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12) Helpful Resources:
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