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The Collectors Newsletter #440 July 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #440 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
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
9. A Vintage Recipe
10. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
11. New On line 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.
A few years ago, I was shopping in an antiques mall near my home and since I
love old books, I bought one from the 1880's called The Bryant Birthday book.
It had belonged to a young girl who had persuaded all of her friends and family
to sign their names in her book, rather than her simply noting each person's
birth date. So, each one signed, often writing some personal note as well as
noting city and state of residence at the time of signing. As I scanned through
it one afternoon, I began to notice that one surname seemed to dominate
throughout the book - Bealls; and most of them had been from Middleborom
I had never heard of Middleboro, Mass but thought how exciting it would be if I
could find a descendant and return the book. From information I got a number
for the local library (always a good place to start). I called and asked if they had
a Historical Society. She said they did and gave me the number of the secretary.
I called him and explained what I had, that I only wished to return it at no cost to
a descendant of the Bealls family. Not quite convinced that I didn't "want"
something but obviously intrigued, he told me that the president of the Historical
Society was Mr. Robert Bealls and that his family had been in Middleboro for
over 200 years. He promised to have him call me.
The next day I received his call. I read him a list of all the Bealls names and
the dates of their births. He was shocked and amazed! This was his family.
One was his g.grandmother, his g. grandfather and also included were the
family members of a twin brother of his grandfather who had left the family and
no one knew what had become of him.
I was even more thrilled than he was. I promised to mail the book that very
day- no cost. I later received a wonderful letter of gratitude along with a small
gift - a sterling silver collector spoon from the General Tom Thumb museum;
what an odd gift I though....until I learned that Tom Thumb was born in Middleboro
and Robert Belalls was the director of the museum. What an amazing adventure!
The little book had found its way home all the way from Jacksonville, Fla.
I thought your readers might like to read this:
In the early 1950s, my family went to visit friends in Menominee, Michigan which
is right on Lake Michigan. While we were swimming, our friend's 7-year-old
daughter suddenly became aware that the small diamond ring she was wearing
was no longer on her finger.
It was originally her grandmother's and had great sentimental value. She was
heartbroken. Since we had been all over the extensive beach which was well
populated with lots of families, everyone felt there was no chance of finding the
We all searched for it in the water and along the shore while the waves constantly
churned the sand. After only a few minutes, her father spotted a glimmer on the
sandy bottom in water that was about 18" deep. He reached down and recovered
the ring. Doug
I always enjoy reading the letters from readers and thought they may enjoy this. A
long long time ago in a far far distant land, I was a small small child of 3 or 4. Our
family lived near a Pilkington (?) Glass factory, not that I knew what it was. I was
playing with my elder sisters who were 1 & 2 years older then me, in a field beside
the factory. Then I made my great discovery, a giant blue diamond about the size
of a baseball but with flat planes on it. I rushed home to present the "diamond" to
my mother. Well she acted totally thrilled to receive such a magnificent gift. She
put it on the window sill in the kitchen where it sparkled in the sunlight. Of course I
grew up and realized it was a piece of glass, but my mother keep it on the sill and
said she loved it. Year later I moved from Canada to Australia. I did not get back
until a couple of years after my mother had passed on. I visited my brother who had
lived with my mother and he asked if there was anything I wanted of my mothers,
well I told him I wanted the diamond. He said it was on the window sill in the kitchen.
It now is on my window sill in my kitchen. It remind me of how she gave me such
joy at giving her the diamond and going along with it to make me happy. Gary from
Toronto but in OZ
All the letters about "found" things reminds me that there are some things that
want to remain "lost" for what ever reason. Years ago I left a restaurant with my
parents and had driven some distance when my mother realized she didn't have
her diamond ring. She'd had it on when we left the house so we retraced our steps
backwards. When we got to the restaurant parking lot, she remembered that
she had put it in her lap while putting on hand cream, so we looked around, and
there it was, under that car next to where we had parked. Years later, she did the
same thing going to work, and this time it went down a storm drain. Now that
she is gone, I hope she and the ring have been reunited. From George and Gracie's
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We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 a home
I am looking for anyone with knowledge of or interest in the Coconut Heads and
Gooney Hens, Christmas Island, Central Pacific, APO 915 (US Army) reunion
group. My uncle always enjoyed the reunions and I inherited the many photos
he took. His name was Thomas Leo Bond and he lived in Norcross, GA. He
would be 85 if he was living. There were reunions in Memphis(82),
Evansville(83), Milwaukee(85), Peoria(87), Omaha(88), Atlanta(89), etc. My
uncle was a wonderful man and I would love to find an good home for his photos.
contact Maryette Mixon at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
The "talking Furbies" stories you've had made me think of an incident that
happened one summer when my nephew was a baby. His family and I rented a
condo at a beach and one day I was taking care of him (Wes) while his parents
had gone swimming. Wes was very young, and was just starting to talk. Of
course, at that age all he could say were a few words - Mama, Dada, the typical
things like that. Well, he was napping upstairs that morning while I was watching
him and we had the baby monitor up in his room so I could listen and make sure
he was okay. All of a sudden, I heard him talking - not his usual words, but
sentences - nice full sentences! I was amazed - he was a genius for sure! I
listened for a while to his sweet little voice spouting these full sentences, and
couldn't wait to tell his Mom and Dad when they returned. They were rather
skeptical, but I knew he was a genius and had been hiding the fact from his
parents. Well, it turned out his baby monitor somehow picked up the voice of a
child in another condo, a child a little older who had already started putting
sentences together. Their voices just happened to be very similar. Sue
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.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Beverly requested a recipe for "Watermelon Pickles " Here 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
This Watermelon Pickle recipe is really old. A true antique.
7 lb. prepared rind
4 lb. sugar
1 Qt. cider vinegar
1 Tb. ext. of cinnamon
1 Tb. ext. of cloves
1 lump of alum size of hickory nut.
Put prepared rind in granite kettle, add boiling water with the alum. Cook rind
until tender. Strain and add cold water rinsing twice. Put in crock cold water to
cover. Next A.M. drain off water. Heat vinegar and sugar to boil add spices and
pour over. Cover and let stand till A.M. Heat all and can. Ruth K.
5 lbs. prepared rind
6 cups water
1/2 cup salt
6 cups sugar
2 cups cider vinegar
1 lemon, thinly sliced
2 tsp. whole cloves
1 stick cinnamon
1 tsp. cassia buds
remove all green skin and pink flesh from rind. Cut strips 1-1/2" wide and 2" long.
Cover with water and salt and soak overnight. Rinse thoroughly with several
changes of water. Cover with water and cook until tender--about 1 hour. Drain.
Heat sugar and vinegar to boiling, add lemon slices and spices tied in a bag.
Simmer until rind is transparent. Pack in hot, sterilized jars and seal. Yield:
about 4 pints.
At last - a recipe that I can help with! Watermelon rind pickles are a wonderful
treat and an old Southern tradition. I'm so happy to see that someone in California
wants the recipe. Southern cuisine is the world's best, which is why Paula Deen
and Emeril Lagasse are among the most popular chefs on Food Network.
The recipe below is from the Southern Living 1984 Annual Recipes cookbook.
WATERMELON RIND PICKLES
1 large watermelon, quartered
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons whole cloves
16 (1 1/2") sticks cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
8 cups sugar
1 quart vinegar (5% acidity)
Remove flesh from melon (reserve for other use); peel watermelon. Cut rind into
1-inch cubes. (Note: discard the hard outer peel. The rind referred to is the
"white" part of the watermelon.)
Place rind in a large crock or plastic container. Add water by the quart until it
covers the rind; add 1/4 cup pickling salt for each quart water, stirring until salt
dissolves. Cover and let stand in a cool place overnight. Drain well.
Place rind in a 10-quart Dutch oven; cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, and
cook until rind is almost tender. Drain and set aside.
Tie cloves, cinnamon, and mustard seeds in a cheesecloth bag. Combine
spice bag, sugar and vinegar in a Dutch over. Bring to a boil; remove from heat
and let stand 15 minutes. Add rind to syrup. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low
and cook until rind is almost transparent. Remove spice bag.
Pack rind into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Cover at once
with metal lids, and screw bands tight. Process in boiling water bath 5 minutes.
Yield: about 6 pints. Enjoy! Pam - Scotland County, North Carolina
"Waste not...want not!" Mom was very frugal...it was a "must" for this "New
England Lady" to use everything, including the watermelon rind! She used this
recipe from the "Southern Cook Book" portion of her The United States Regional
Cookbook (1939) ...Mary (Youngstown, OH)
WATERMELON PICKLES (about 2 pints)
2 lbs. watermelon rind
1/4 C salt
1 qt water
1 T cinnamon
1 t whole cloves
1 t whole allspice
2 lbs. sugar
2 C vinegar
2 C water
1 lemon, sliced thin
*Cut watermelon rind into strips (about 1" x 2").
*Make brine of the salt & qt of water; soak
rind strips in this overnight.
*Drain off the brine; cook the rind in clear water
until tender; drain.
*Tie spices in a cheesecloth bag.
*Make a hot pickling solution of remaining ingredients
and spices bag; add drained rind; boil rapidly until
rind becomes clear.
*Fill sterilized jars and seal.
NOTE: Green tomatoes, unripe cantaloupe, carrots,
pumpkins, ripe cucumbers, ripe peaches, pears, and
pineapple may be pickled by this method.
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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.
My companion always said he wouldn't tell me his recipes so that I'd have
to keep him around. He'd do all the cooking while I was at work, so I
never saw how he made things. He never had anything written down, and he
died suddenly a few years back. He made this wonderful Polish dish of
noodles, cabbage, seeds (celery, caraway or something), and can't remember
what else. I would love to make the dish myself if someone could give me
a recipe. Thanks. Sherry, Westmont, New Jersey
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:
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