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The Collectors Newsletter #443 July 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #443 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
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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.
The largest item ever sold at a garage sale?
Several years ago, shortly before my good friend Sandy was to put her
house on the market, she held a Garage Sale to lighten the load. I was
there helping her and we were having a good time talking with people
and selling stuff. A woman came walking up with her baby daughter in a
stroller. After chatting for a bit we found out that she was from Maryland
and that she and her husband were looking for a house to buy.
WELL....my friend Sandy told her that HER house was for sale, and she
was just about to put up the "For Sale" sign. The woman said she liked
the house and my friend took her to see the inside. Numbers were
exchanged, as the woman needed to come back with her husband...and
they did. That woman and her husband DID end up buying my friend's
house. So, my friend can honestly say that she sold her house at her
Garage Sale! = ) Randee T.
Last year while my Aunt & cousin were visiting we were talking about my
mom's mothers ring & where it went when she died. I got the ring & thought
that it was lost when I moved form TN to GA. My cousin told me about the
Patron St. Anthony & the prayer to find something lost. St. Anthony, St.
Anthony Please come down Something is lost And can't be found. The next
day I was showing them my old collection of sequin handbags & my cousin
opened one & pulled out my mom's ring. I was so shocked & so happy to
find it after five years. So folks if you have something lost remember St.
Anthony! Thanks for letting me share, Deb D. Conyers, GA
Losing a ring is one thing, but I got drunk one night at a party in a hay field
and woke up the next morning to discover I had lost one contact lens. I
went back to the field, crawled around on my hands and knees and in a few
minutes found it! What's the odds of that? I know this isn't something you
would want to print, but I thought it was pretty incredible.
Hi - I'm an antique dealer and a few years ago I was asked to check out the
contents of an attic in an old house. There were a lot of great items but one
thing kept getting in the way. At first I didn't pay much attention to it. Just
thought it was a kid's toy: a toy space rocket. But gradually I started to feel
uneasy and looked at it more closely. It was metal, not plastic and with its
fins looked suspiciously like the bombs I've seen dropped out of planes on
old movies. Finally I asked the owner what it was. "I don't know. It was in
the house when we moved in," she said. "My kids like to play with it. She
laughed when I told her I thought it was a bomb but finally agreed to call the
fire-department. Sure enough. They agreed it was a bomb and sent to the
nearest military base for an explosives disposal unit to come and take it
away, which they did with their robot. The military said it was a fire-bomb of
the type used to bomb Dresden during World War II. They also said it wasn't
the only one they'd been called in to dispose of. Apparently the bombs were
brought home by returning service-men as souvenirs. This one was still
active and could have destroyed the house and its neighbor. Gillian, NB,
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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.
Items need home
A Box of items were bought in Warren, MI..A family Bible with names of
children, Grand Children, great Grand Children names, also listed are some
deaths of family members..Family register starts out with Arther Rash,
Born May 10th 1888. Wife Mamie Rash, born June 23rd, 1889, Married
Jan 11, 1907..Children Winifred Stella Rash, born Oct 15, 1907, Married
Edward O. Hicks, June 23rd, 1933...There are other names of Rash listed
with their spouses, borne and died...If any of the Rash family members
would like this bible please contact me at 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
5) News from the Kovel's
One of the country's largest collections of memorabilia from World's Fairs
held between 1851 and 1939 was auctioned recently. According to Ralph
and Terry Kovel in KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES
newsletter, the 1939 New York fair collectibles attracted the most bids
and the highest prices. The 1939 Fair is still remembered by many
collectors and its Trylon, Perisphere, and other sleek buildings marked
the beginning of modernism in the United States. A grab-bag lot with
355 1939 Fair souvenirs, including ceramic and plastic items like a
miniature lusterware watering can, two small teapots, six cups, five
saucers, two small plates and four candy dishes, sold for $4,710.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click
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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.
When by son and daughter were 4 and 5 years old our family was planning a
trip to Disney World. We had planned on driving from Wisconsin to Florida
and were discussing the journey with the children. My son PJ, 4 years old
at the time and very excited about the trip, asked how long it would take us
to get to Disney World.
I explained to him that if we drove straight through, we could arrive in Florida
in about 24 hours.
PJ had such a quizzical look on his face. I figured that his young mind may
be having trouble trying to grasp the concept of 24 hours being equal to one
After a short pause, he looked at me with such a serious face and said,
"But, Mom - what if there are corners?"
My son is now 21 years old and serving with the US Army. Any time this
story comes up, the whole family shares a great laugh.-- Kay
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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Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Mary requested a recipe for "mydoshen" 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 email@example.com
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
In the last issue one of the recipes for chocolate icing had not chocolate. Here
is the complete recipe. Thanks to everyone who pointed this out to me....Phil
Boiled Chocolate Frosting
1 Cup Water
1 Cup Sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons Cocoa and 1 Heaping Tablespoon Corn Starch
Mix all together in a saucepan and cook on medium heat until very thick - stirring
all the time. Pour at once onto cold cake, covering the cake top and letting the
frosting drip down the sides.
Brings back great memories, I'll have to bake a yellow cake this afternoon and
frost it with the Boiled Chocolate Frosting.
Thanks, Diane Doyon Estes from Hebron, Jewett City, and Voluntown, Connecticut
--The requested Recipe--
I found this recipe by finding the word for "Pockets" which is Maul Toschen or
Maultaschen. I hope it is similar.
Zwetschgenknvdel, Plum Dumplings
3 medium potatoes, boiled the previous day, peeled
1 Tbsp. butter
2 egg yolks
pinch of salt
2-3 heaping Tbsp. flour
1 1 1/4 lbs. damson plums (sometimes called prune-plums)
1 sugar cube for each plum
1/4 cup bread crumbs(optional)
3 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon (optional)
Wash the plums, wipe dry, remove stones, and insert a sugar cube into the
center of each plum. Smash the boiled potatoes and mix with the cool melted
butter, egg yolks, and salt, then add as much flour as it takes to produce
a slightly adhesive dough. Note than less flour you use then better they
will turn out. Keep your hand cool. Take enough dough to cover the plums
with 1/4-1/2 inch thickness, carefully press the edges together. Drop into
boiling water and simmer until they start to float.
Serve with melted butter, and sprinkle sugar, cinnamon, or a combination of
both on it. Or serve with breadcrumbs, browned in butter.Patty TN
When she mentioned it being baked, it haunted me. A kid remembers baking
smells, so it had to have been baked instead of boiled. So, I kept looking on
the Internet . I believe her grandma referred to maultaschen as it is a pocket
but the recipe she may be looking for may be called Zwetschgendatsche, or
plum tart because it is baked. Please add this information to my first email
to you. Thanks
I believe your reader may be referring to "Mohntashen" which literally means
poppy seed pockets ~ however there are many variations that are made with
fruit fillings. I don't have a recipe that uses a potato pastry crust but the
following may be enough to replicate the dessert that Mary remembers.
Linda Richards Tucson, AZ
Fresh Fruit Turnovers
Makes 10 (4 1/2 x 2-inch) turnovers
These can be made with several types of fruit. See the variations below.
For Sour Cream Dough:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon milk plus a few drops more if needed
For Fruit Filling:
1 1/2 cups peaches, peeled, pitted, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
2 teaspoons milk
1). Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (218 C). Lightly grease and flour a large
2). For the Sour Cream Dough:
Place the flour, salt, and butter in a bowl. Cut the butter into the flour until the
mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Add the sour cream, and mix with a
fork. Stir in the milk. Gather the dough together in your hand, it will be very
smooth, and if it holds together without crumbling, it is ready to role out. If the
dough brakes up and does not hold together when pressed, add a few drops of
milk, stirring with a fork to distribute them. The dough should be quite soft, but
3). Place the dough, on a lightly floured surface and role out to a thickness of
about one-eighth inch, as thick, as you would role pie dough. With a round cutter
or saucer, about four and one-half inches in diameter, cut out as many rounds
of dough as you can, you'll probably get 7 from this first cutting. Gather up the
scraps of dough, press them together, and reroll them to cut the remaining 3
4). For the Fruit Filling:
Place 2 tablespoons of the peaches on each round of dough, and sprinkle each
mound of fruit with 2 teaspoons of sugar. With your finger tips, moisten the
edges of the dough with water. Fold each round of dough over, to form a half
moon shape. Press the edges gently with your fingers, then press them together
with the tines of a fork.
5). Brush the turnovers with cream and sprinkle each one, with one- half
teaspoon of the remaining sugar. Place the turnovers on the baking sheet,
leaving at least 1-inch between each.
6). Bake turnovers for about 20 minutes, until they are lightly browned. Remove
from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
7). For glaze, in a small bowl combine confectioners' sugar and milk. Drizzle
over warm turnovers. Serve warm or cool.
Makes 10 (4 1/2" x 2" size) turnovers
Fresh Plum Turnovers
Substitute one and one-half cups sliced, pitted plums, for the peaches. If
using tart plums, be sure to increase the sugar.
Fresh Apricot Turnovers
Substitute one and one-half cups sliced, pitted apricots, for the peaches.
Fresh Cherry Turnovers
Substitute one and one-half cups cherry halves, sweet or sour, fresh or
frozen, for the peaches. If using sour cherries, be sure to increase the
amount of sugar.
Mixed Fruit Turnovers
Use 2 or 3 of the above fruits in each turnover, have the prepared fruits in
separate bowls, until the dough rounds are ready. Then divide the fruits
among the rounds of dough.
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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.
While reading the request for chocolate icing, I remembered a topping that
my mother-in-law used to serve over white cake. She never wrote down
the recipe and none of us thought to ask her how she made it until too
late. It was a butterscotch/caramel/toffee light brown syrupy topping
served warm over the white cake. We are from the central West Virginia
area. My husband would be so pleased if I could find that recipe. Thank
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.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
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