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The Collectors Newsletter #446 August 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #446 August 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.
Hi.....I was so touched by Bonnie L's story about her mom's wonderful
collection and the long search for those elusive broken pieces. That girl
I also inherited my mom's one and only set of 'good' china; there were
quite a few pieces which were either missing or had chips on the edges.
It became my quest to make the set complete again, which was a
labor of love. I'm glad to say I now have all the pieces and feel so
close to Mom whenever it use the set to entertain.
Love your newsletter and anticipate each and every one. Thanks,
The letter from Bonnie L. who had broken her Golden Iris Butter Bowl
and Sugar Bowl lids has prompted me to write a cautionary note regarding
using scotch tape on fine glassware. Scotch tape has a tendency to
either dry up and completely lose its adhesive properties or turn into a
gummy mess that can only be removed with solvents that may harm fine
glass or porcelain. A much better solution is a product called "museum
wax" or "tacky wax". It will secure glass in place on a shelf or a lid to a
bowl as in Bonnie's case. It is easily removable and leaves no residue.
I'm sure there are many sources on the Internet for this product and it is
very inexpensive. Tim K.
Every time I read one of your ring stories, I'm tempted to look at the space
on my finger where a ring no longer sits. I was just a youngster (pre-teen)
when I received as a present a beautiful gold ring in the form of a lion's
head, in its mouth a small diamond chip. I wore it always to school and
washed with it on
One day when i came home for lunch, I noticed that the skin on my
finger seemed to have grown over the ring. My mother reached for her nail
file and immediately began to saw through the flesh when the ring
suddenly fell off. No one had told me that all parts of my body were
growing and the ring had merely split in two.
Back in the late 80's, my oldest sister was a junior in high school. At the
time, she was dating her future husband, who was a Senior. As ritual goes,
she sported his class ring--the band wrapped in embroidery floss so it would
fit her fingers.
After some time, the ring came up missing. She would take it off before
showers, bedtime, etc., and figured it went missing down the crack
between the bathroom counter and wall. No luck. After searching for days,
my sister was in tears thinking of how disappointed her boyfriend would be.
Now, at the time, our family had taken in an orphaned baby raccoon we
named Snickers. We kept Snickers through the summer,until he was
old enough to be released into the woods and prepare for the winter.
Snickers was an amazing and curious animal--he once took the earrings
right out of my ears while I was sleeping! His little hands were so
Almost a year after we let Snickers go, my dad was doing some
woodworking in the house as he often did. He kept a box of latex gloves
in a closet nearby that we used when staining and clear-coating the things
he made. As he pulled out a pair of gloves--a coin fell out of the box.
Thinking this was odd, he took a closer look.
Upon emptying the contents of the box, we found more coins and many
more shiny items. Including, as you may have guessed, the missing class
ring! It seems that during the short time we were graced with his presence,
Snickers was a busy raccoon. They don't call them masked bandits for
nothing! Thanks! Stephanie C.
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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.
Thanks TIAS! The Rash Bible (Newsletter # 443) is on it’s way back to the
grandson (and 2 daughters) of Arthur Rash in Michigan. Thanks to Kathy in
Phoenix for making the connection, but a special thanks to the kindness of
Bill in Tennessee who thought enough of the family to post the notice.
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
If you're shopping for tintypes, Ralph and Terry Kovel suggest you carry a
magnifying glass. In KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES
newsletter, the Kovels report that clever fakes featuring American Indians,
Civil War soldiers, or black women holding white babies are showing up on
the market. Study the image with your magnifying glass. If you see a series
of dots rather than a continuous image, you're looking at a halftone screen,
which means the image was copied from another source.
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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.
My 2 year old grandson and I were watching tv together last week when a
parrot appeared. He very seriously said, "I wouldn't let one of those live in my
house." I asked him why not and he replied, "'Cause they're not potty trained!"
It cracked me up because I could have replied that he isn't potty trained either
although we've been working on it. I guess he has the right idea. lol Bobbi
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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
Sweettooth requested a recipe for a "maple syrup pie"
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.
Here is an authentic recipe from "Récettes Canadiennes de Laura Secord"
published in Toronto/Montreal in 1967. It was a collection of traditional recipes
from across the Canadian continent, printed in French. I'll translate:
Pastry for 9" pie Build up edges - Fold under, and crimp edges. Do not
prick the bottom.
In a mixing bowl -
Lightly beat 2 eggs
Mix together and then incorporate: 1 C light brown sugar, lightly pressed
2 Tbsp. flour
Now add and mix well: 1 C pure maple syrup
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
1/2 C walnuts, coarsely chopped
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
Pour into the prepared crust. Bake in preheated 400° oven, 35-40 minutes,
just until filling is set. Refrigerate.
Recipe says "light brown sugar," but I would not be surprised if real
old-timers might not have used real maple sugar instead. Florence
MAPLE SYRUP PIE
Tarte au Sirop d' Érable
"My husband and I had an absolutely fantastic dessert at Restaurant Aux Anciens
Canadiens while on vacation in Quebec, Canada," Says Deb Kalikow of Natick,
Massachusetts. "Maple syrup pie served with crème fraîche is its specialty. The
pie capped off a perfect dinner of delicious French-Canadian dishes. We ate at
another restaurant the next night and tried the maple syrup pie there. We were so
disappointed by our first bites that we then went back to Aux Anciens Canadiens
and waited an hour just to have another piece of their pie."
Don't be tempted to forgo the cream with this pie; it perfectly complements the
dessert's rich silkiness and balances the sweetness.
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs at room temperature
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup pure maple syrup (preferably dark amber)
2 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted
Accompaniment: crème fraîche or unsweetened whipped cream
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Roll out dough into an 11-inch round on a lightly floured surface with a floured rolling
pin and fit into an 8-inch (3-cup) glass pie plate. Trim excess dough and crimp edges
Whisk together brown sugar and eggs until creamy. Add cream, syrup, and butter,
then whisk until smooth. Pour filling into pie shell.
Bake pie in lower third of oven until pastry is golden and filling is puffed and looks
dry but still trembles, 50 to 60 minutes. Cool on a rack to room temperature (filling
will set as pie cools).
• If you don't have an 8-inch pie plate, substitute a 9-inch tart pan and prebake
crust before baking with filling.
Serves 8 to 10 (8-inch pie).
Restaurant Aux Anciens Canadiens, Quebec, Canada
Here is a Maple Syrup Pie that just can't be beat. L.L., Vermont
Maple Syrup Pie
Pastry for 2-crust pie
1 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup water
3 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp cold water
1/4 cup nuts -- chopped
Boil the maple syrup and 1/2 cup of water for 5 minutes. Blend the
cornstarch with the 2 tablespoons of water and add to the syrup. Cook, stirring
constantly, until mixture is smooth and transparent. Add the butter and chopped
nuts and let it cool. Bake between two crusts at 400 degrees F for 25-30 minutes.
NOTES : Of all the maple syrup pies I've made, none was ever as good as this
one. The recipe dates from Colonial days when crushed wheat was used to thicken
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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.
I am looking out at my garden, about to be overrun with ripe tomatoes.
Many years ago, a neighbor of ours used to make a marvelous fresh
tomato salsa. It was unlike any other, very smooth, and so tasty. I know
it had onions, garlic, and cilantro. I do not believe it had cumin. The
closest I've ever had to this version was in Mexican restaurants in the
Tidewater Virginia/Virginia Beach area. Could anyone be so kind as to
help me put my tomatoes to use with this recipe? Thanks so much in
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.
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