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The Collectors Newsletter #434 June 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #434 June 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
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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.
My nickname is paqrat. As a result of this I have been collecting rats
and mice of different types (excepting living or formally living ones).
Some while back at a flea market I attend semi-regularly I found a
sterling silver ring. The ring had a little mouse with a piece of
cheese and the tail of the mouse encircled the wearer's finger making
up the ring. The seller had only the one and it fit perfectly so I
purchased it and wore it home. Several weeks later I came down with a
cold and, as sometimes happens with a head cold, I was a little spacey
and for some, now unremembered, reason took off the ring before taking a
shower. I took my shower, got re-dressed and went on my way, forgetting
my ring completely. It was not until two or three days later I
remembered my ring. I went back and looked for it and it was not
there. I turned the place upside down looking but it was not to be
found. I was greatly saddened by the loss of the ring. Just looking at
the little mouse could bring a small smile to my face and now it was
gone. I was also angry with myself for having lost it but I racked it
up to a dumb mistake and thought no more about it. I believe it was
about 3 weeks later, as I was walking to the back of the house, there on
the floor, in the middle of the "path" that both my mother and I walk to
go to the back of the house and which we had both probably traversed
hundreds of times since the ring disappeared, was the ring. Had someone
wanted to place it where it would be certain to be seen they could
scarcely have found a better place. There is no possible way it could
have been there all that time. Either my mother or I would have either
seen it or trodden upon it if it had been there and would have become
immediately aware (the little mouse's ears would be sharp to bare
feet). We share the house with two cats, although I think the cats
think its the other way around, and if they had been playing with it it
would have, like all their other toys, ended up getting batted back
under something where they could not reach to languish there till
someone cleaned there. I find it so highly improbable that they could
have been playing with it without being noticed and without losing it
under something as to be considered impossible. All I know for sure is,
somehow, my ring came back and I'm glad it did. ..paqrat
While in college in 1973 I attended a performance given by a psychic. I
was a chosen volunteer from the audience where he told each of us
something about ourselves. At one point he stopped, thought and asked
me if I owned a blue porcelain or china bird, then corrected himself and
said “no, a blue butterfly”. I did not, nor had I ever owned such an item
and told him so. He seemed so sure that he asked me again if I was
sure I didn’t own a blue porcelain or china butterfly. When my response
again was no, he said “well if you don’t own one now you soon will!”
Several months later I returned home for the holidays and asked my
mother if I had ever had a blue china butterfly. She could not recall my
ever having such an item during my childhood either.
Several days later we went to my great grandmothers house to help other
family members clear it out as she had suffered a stoke and had to be
placed in a nursing home. While we were there my grandmother handed
me something that was wrapped in newspaper and told me my great
uncle wanted me to have the wrapped item. I unwrapped it and it was a
small porcelain statue of a nymph and perched on the tip of his hand
was a blue butterfly! This is a piece of pre WWII Metzler & Ortloff German
porcelain that my uncle had sent to his mother (my great grandmother)
from Germany during the WWII. I shared with my family the story of the
psychic’s prediction and to this day the statue with the little blue butterfly
is one of my most treasured possessions. Laurie T. Cheyenne WY
My parents house had been sold and we were cleaning up.
When we were packing up stuff at the house I ended up with a small
rectangle piece of glass. It had a small chip and was headed for the
recycle bin, but I thought I might be able to use it so I fished it
out. I ended up carrying it around in my car until I realized that was
probably a safety hazard, so I dropped it off with some other items at
The Architectural Clearinghouse (they recycle building materials).
At first they didn't want it, and almost threw it out, but one guy said,
"oh stick it at the back with the other glass".
A month later I needed a piece of glass to replace the missing shelf on
Aunties waterfall vanity, which I now had downstairs, went back and
paid a dollar to buy back the glass shelf that was part of the vanity.
Love the newsletter and stories. Barb G.
I sell vintage/antique wedding photographs (among other things) on
Ebay. One day my husband was showing a friend of his how ebay works
and he showed him my live auctions. At the time I had quite a few
items listed so my husband (not wanting to show him every auction) just
randomly clicked on one auction. It was a wedding photograph from the
1940s that I had purchased in a town about 20 miles from where we live.
The eyes of the friend popped out.... the best man in the photograph was
his father!! We thought he was kidding, but he went home and brought the
same exact photograph for us to see. To think that my husband could
have shown him any auction, but happened to pick that one.
Coincidence?? NAH!! Judy.
On June 3 of 1994, my band and I had just finished performing for a benefit
for battered children in Denver. It was late at night and after we finished I
had to make a stop, and unfortunately, my beloved 1972 Les Paul Custom
guitar was stolen out of my car, along with a reissue Fender Stratocaster,
my briefcase, and a bag of effects. I had bought the guitar the summer of
1973 while working in West Hartford, CT to save money for the upcoming
semester in college and I felt like a part of me had been ripped away. If you
are a musician you may know what I'm talking about. This was before the
Internet so I posted flyers and visited all the pawnshops to no avail. My
friends told me to just get over it, that it would never be found, but I just
couldn't do that. I posted newspaper ads over the years, and with the
advent of the Internet posted ads on all the guitar forums, still to no avail. In
2003, I was walking into a large guitar store to buy a cord and, as usual,
went over to the used section to see what was for sale. There were two Les
Paul's on the wall which was unusual. I took the first one down and played
it and put it back on the wall. When I pulled the second one down,
something struck me - the guitar looked and felt familiar - so I slowly turned
it over to check the serial number, which was burned in my memory, and
sure enough, my guitar had found its way home after nine years. If I hadn't
seen it that day it would have been sold. After, dealing with the store, the
police, and my insurance company (who I paid back), the guitar now rests
comfortably in the basement where it is played only for recording sessions.
We have now been together for 33 years. The moral is -never give up. The
downside is that I'm now on a rampage to find the other guitar - Fender
reissue Stratocaster V010258 - so if you see it let me know so it can
come home too! Kevin R. Denver, CO
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We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find,
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interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send
your story to firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
I have an autograph book dated 1945-1947. It belonged to Curtis Chandler,
Sunbury, Ohio. There are some really cool pages in this book, and I'd like to
return it to its owner, or someone from that family. While my family name is
also Chandler, and we're from that area, I can find no one in our history it
might belong to.
I just want to give it back to whom it belongs. Thanks. Linda
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 young daughter hatched a chicken from a fertilized egg for a class project.
We named the chicken Peep Peep. Peep Peep grew into a big fat chicken who
loved cherry tomatoes and would come running to jump up like a dog and get
her treat of a cherry tomato. One day a dear friend came to visit. As he came in
the gate, he was greeted by Peep Peep running toward him for her treat, thus
scaring him to death since he wasn't aware of her addiction. We heard a lot of
screaming and yelling for help. When we found him, he was backed up in to our
door way kicking at Peep Peep yelling, 'Get that vicious chicken away'.....all
Peep Peep wanted was a cherry tomato.... Patricia N.
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
Valerie in Colorado requested a recipe for Jeppos. We had one response.
If you have a variation of this recipe that you would like to share with
our readers, send them to us at email@example.com
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
I do not know if this is recipe that is being looked for or not, but it sounds
a lot like this one. I got this recipe from a young Mexican girl that I went
to college with a long time ago. Our budget was tight and this was simple
She called them Joples. (I am sure there is an accent in there somewhere)
But anyway, here is the recipe she gave me.
Take fresh corn. Place the shucks to the side. With a sharp knife carefully
cut the corn from the cob into a large mixing bowl until you have at least 2
Cups of cut corn. Add ¼ of small block of velvetta cheese, 1 Tablespoon
canned green chile, 2 Tablespoons white flour. Mix well it will almost be
like a paste substance. Wash the corn shucks in cold water and place a
portion of the mixture in the center of the corn shuck. Roll longways tightly.
Tuck the ends under. These can be either baked, steamed or fried. We ate
ours baked. Bake at 350 on a parchment lined cookie sheet for about 15
minutes. They are delicious. Junea Sharp Oneida, TN
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.
When I was a little girl I grew up in the Mississippi Delta area. We lived
between two Italian sisters. One of them always was baking cakes and
pies. The adults would get together and have coffee and us youngsters
would have cake and milk. The one sister, Sara, made one of the best
pound cakes I have ever tasted. When she died, the recipe went with her.
I have looked everywhere for a recipe for a pound cake that is crunchy on
the outside yet super moist on the inside. I have made several attempts,
but to no avail. I know it had alot of confectioners sugar and eggs in it
but other than that I am lost. If anyone knows of such a recipe I would
appreciate a copy of it. Thank you. Junea S.
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.
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