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The Collectors Newsletter #437 July 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #437 July 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
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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 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.
My husband and I got married in Sept. 1977 and two months later we moved
into our new house, along with my daughter and our dog "Beauregard," a
half-hound, half-St. Bernard mix. Beau was a big, lumbering, 100+ pounds
of ornryness. Just before Christmas one evening, we humans had returned
home from a holiday party, and noticed that Beau was squeezed in under a
side table in the dining room. When he saw us, he didn't get up, he just
thumped his tail on the floor looking pretty smug. Upon closer look, we
saw that all the smaller Christmas presents, that had previously been in
the living room under the tree, were now lined up and still in perfect
condition in the dining room - under the side table with the dog. We
assumed that Beau didn't want to left out! We returned our small presents
to the tree, told Beau "thank you" and, moved his gift to underneath the
side table where he kept an eye on it until Christmas morning! Bonnie
Years ago my mother was working in her garden and lost her wedding ring.
Daddy was very ill and, of course, the ring was very important to her. She
looked and looked and was unable to find it. She shared the story of her loss
with her friend Agnes. In a few days Agnes came over and went out to the
garden and came back in and said she had found the ring. Actually she had
purchased one that she thought looked like it. Mom put it on and went
along with her story. The next year Mom was working in her garden and
suddenly there was her original wedding ring. I have that ring now and
treasure it. It is put safely away with Daddy's wedding ring, just as it should
When I was 15 or 16 my mother gave my sister and me each a black onyx
ring with a small diamond chip in the center. I know she paid for them over
time and was finally able to purchase them for us for Christmas one year. I
wore mine for years and finally removed it when I married. Consequently,
the ring went into a jewelry box for many years. My mother passed away
7 years ago this July. Earlier this year, when looking through my jewelry,
I discovered the ring again and decided to have it enlarged so I could wear
it on my third finger. After picking it up from the jeweler's and placing it on
my finger, I felt a deep sense of happiness and knew that each time I
looked at the ring, I would remember my Mother. Several months later,
when preparing to go away on vacation, I put my rings in my pocket thinking
I would take them to my suitcase. Needless to say, I did many tasks and
forgot about my rings. We were just ready to pull out of the driveway when
I decided to put my rings on. I was heartbroken to find that I only had five
of my six rings. The ring my mother had given me so many years ago and
that I had just reclaimed was gone! We searched everywhere inside and
outside of the house. Finally, we had to leave for vacation. I left feeling very
sad knowing that I would never see the ring again. That evening I called my
sister to let her know we had arrived safely and told her what happened to
my ring. She said she would go up to my house and look outside for the
ring. For some reason, as soon as she said that, I knew everything would
be OK! That night I prayed to God and to my mother that my sister and her
family would find my ring. The next morning, she called to let me know that
my niece had found my ring, after the whole family had spent hours looking
everywhere! My sister had just told my niece and nephew that she would
have to call me and tell me that they couldn't find the ring. My niece said
she just turned around and it was there! I know my mother was watching
over her and helped her find the ring! The ring is back on my finger and I
will never put them in my pocket again. I am so thankful that this special
ring is back with me to keep my mother's memory alive every time I look at
it! Thanks for letting me share my story and for all the great stories
printed. It is my favorite part of on-line newsletter!...Martha K. Mountain
Hello: The story of Linda and her missing wedding ring prompted me to write.
As bizarre as it may seem. We can actually cause things to dissapear and
reapear using solely the power of our minds.What Linda described has
happened to me many times. I meditate a lot and go into light trances during
this time. Frequently while in this meditative state some very personal item
will just disappear only to turn up later in the most obvious of places, where
you know it was not before. My present wife became quite perplexed when,
while using my glasses they disappeared only to be found in the place she
had just finished searched for them. I had previously warned her that things
disappear around me. She thought I was joking when I said that but it was
true. I have not had a missing item drop out of thin air but I do find them sitting
in the most precarious of places; places where you just know you would never
in a million years have set them or left them. I just love all of your stories and
look forward to reading them every week. Thanks jefferson P.
This is about how a lost class ring was found in an unusual way.
Back in the late 70s, my parents had bought me a used car to commute to
and from college. This car had already had several owners before me and I
had no idea of its history. One night I was involved in an auto accident in
which my car overturned.
The next day I went to retrieve my belongings out of the totaled car and one
of the things I found was a class ring which was not mine. After examining
the ring, I realized it did not belong to anyone I knew. My mother remembered
someone telling of a lost ring on our local radio station some months prior
and she thought the initials were the same.
I contacted the radio station and was surprised to learn that the person who
had ran the lost and found ad also worked at the radio station. He described
the ring exactly and the initials were the same. He then asked about how I
happened upon it and I told him of the car accident and how it was found
laying in the floor under the dashboard. He asked what kind of car I had and
it turned out the car had belonged to him. He had traded it after an accident
he was in which also resulted in the car being upside down.
His girlfriend picked up his ring from us and then I realized that my class
ring had gotten lost in the accident. We researched the area the wreck was
in and also the car before it left for a scrapyard but it was never found. Ring
lost, ring found, ring lost...JW
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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.
Looking for an owner...
My brother's mother-in-law was closing up her home and going to live with my
brother and her daughter , his wife. She told me to give away to the Salvation
Army a bunch of stuff left in her house. My brother and his wife live in another
state and I live in the same town with her. I went to her house and loaded up
her old clothes and stuff but just could not bring myself to give away an old
leather bag filled with pictures and other family papers from some deceased
friends of hers. These are some beautiful pictures and personal papers of a
Jewish family and their only son who lived in our town, Laurel, Ms. They owned
a very fancy dress shop here. From what I can find out about them, the son
went to New York and became a model and never married and died there of
some type of unknown illness in midlife. There were only a few Jewish families
who lived in Laurel and the Synagogue is now gone. I only know of one Jewish
man who lives here now. I found on the Internet the son's fraternity and they
wanted the certificate of his membership and his Jr high school graduation
certificate went to my Sunday School teacher since her father signed it. He
was the school superintendent at that time. There is also a tape of some
beautiful singing and a speech in Hebrew I think. It may be from his Bar Mitzvah
.I would like to give the rest of the paper's, his confirmation(Bar Mitzvah?)
certificate, dated 1939, and pictures to some family member. Their name was
Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Ginsburg, they lived at 111 South 13th Avenue , Laurel, Ms.
next door to their store. Their son's name was Henry Martin Ginsburg. In the
bag is a card from a friend or relative, Jeannette Phillips who live at The
Orleanian Apt 611, 1205 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, La dated Sep. 22
1965. Please let me know if any one knows of this family. ....Jane Johnson
send email to -- firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 Kovel's
Have you ever wondered how craftsmen created those ships in a bottle? In
KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, Ralph and Terry
Kovel describe the process. The craftsman constructed a wooden hull that
was small enough to fit through the mouth of the empty bottle. Masts,
rigging, and sails were added. The masts were hinged so they would lie flat
while the ship went into the bottle. Each was attached to a long thread that
could be used to raise the mast once it was inside. Positioning the ship
and unfurling the sails required the use of special long, thin tools.
At a recent auction, most late 19th- to early 20th-century ships sold in the
$200 to $400 range.
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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 really enjoy reading the The Collectors Newsletter, and the humor section
always puts a smile on my face. The story about the "talking" Furbies in the
most recent edition (#436 July 2006) reminded me of my own experience with
this unusual toy.
My husband and I moved from NY to PA in 2001 for a job transfer. We enlisted
the help of my younger brothers and their friends to help with the move.
Although I appreciated their help, things were haphazardly boxed up in a random
manner, and nothing was labeled. Needless to say, the contents of each box
was a mystery until it was opened.
As we were unpacking, we kept hearing a weird noise. It sounded like
something was saying, "AAAAAGGGGHHHHH!" at a constant, uninterrupted
pitch. The noise continued and got louder as we unopened one of the boxes.
There inside was a Furbie, screaming his head off! Right next to him was our
"Set-It-And-Forget-It" Rotisserie! No wonder the poor, little guy was so upset!
It was a bizarre coincidence that we still laugh about to this day! Karen H.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Jo Larsen requested a recipe for "Pickled Peaches " Here is are several
response that came in. 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 have eaten pickled peaches, but I have never made them. However, I do have
the following recipe which I've never tasted pickled peaches made from it.
Perhaps this will help Jo Larsen (Newsletter #436) in her search for a recipe
for pickled peaches. Kay E., West Virginia
Dip peaches in boiling water, then in cold, and slip off the skins. Cut freestone
peaches in half and remove the pits. Leave clingstone peaches whole.
Mix in a saucepan:
1 cup vinegar
1 cup water
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cloves
1 stick cinnamon, broken in pieces
Boil 5 minutes. Add the prepared peaches, a little at a time, and simmer until
tender. Lift out the fruit with a skimmer and pack into jars. Add hot syrup to
within 1/4 inch from the top, preparing more syrup if necessary.
This recipe is for Jo Larsen. I have a peach tree that produces little, hard
peaches - not the kind you buy in the store. A neighbor who comes from Georgia
said they're the kind you pickle. So here's the recipe I use:
6 sticks cinnamon
8 cups sugar
1 tbsp. whole cloves
1 qt. vinegar
1 piece ginger
1 qt. water
1/4 tsp. salt
(may use all or part of spices called for, I like whole cloves)
Boil water, vinegar, sugar, salt and spices (tie spices in a bag) for 10 minutes.
Place peaches in syrup a few at a time, cook until tender to pick up with a fork.
Place in sterilized jars. Cover with hot syrup and seal. Jaci Barganier
Here is a recipe that might be what you are looking for.
4 quarts small peaches, pears or apricots
6 - 3 inch pieces stick cinnamon
8 cups sugar ( 4 cups granulated and 4 cups brown sugar can be used or all
1 quart vinegar
1. Dip the peaches quickly into hot water- slip skins off freestones or peel clings
2. Stick each peach with 4 cloves or put cloves loosely in a clean cheesecloth bag
3. Boil spices, sugar and vinegar together for 2 minutes
4. Put peaches in syrup and boil gently until soft, using half
the quantity of peaches at a time
5. Pack into hot, sterilized jars. Seal. Process 10 minutes. Pears and apricots
may be prepared in the same way omitting the dip in how water. The pears my
be peeled. Makes 3 quarts. Marianne
Here's a great recipe for picked peaches from the Laura Secord Canadian Cook
Book. Hope it's what Jo is looking for.
Dip peaches in boiling water and then in cold water to loosen skins.
6 pounds peaches (about 25 medium)
Peel peaches and stick in each one
2 whole cloves
Cover peaches with a mixture of
2-1/2 quarts (10 cups) water
3 tablespoons vinegar
In a large preserving kettle combine
9 cups granulated sugar
5 cups white vinegar
1-1/2 cups water
Tie together in cheesecloth and add 1 piece whole dried ginger
3 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
Bring to a boil and add drained peaches. Cover, and boil for about 10 minutes or until
tender. Let stand overnight with a plate on top to keep peaches under surface of
liquid. Pack peaches in hot sterilized sealers. Bring syrup to a boil and simmer,
uncovered for 5 minutes. Remove spice bag. Pour over peaches, filling each jar to
overflowing. Secure top. Serve with turkey, duck, pork, or veal. Makes 6 to 7 pints.
Lois Deventer Orillia, Ontario, Canada
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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.
Back in the early ‘70’s my mom made a side dish that we always considered
“fancy”. We came from a really basic meat and potatoes background and this
dish was so different. It used frozen peas, water chestnuts, soy sauce and
maybe canned mushrooms… My sister’s and I have searched through Mom’s
cookbooks and can’t find it. Any help would be appreciated. I would love to
surprise my family on one of our Sunday dinner get-togethers with this dish!
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