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The Collectors Newsletter #448 August 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #448 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
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.
When my father in law died at age 96, my husband and I were left to
clean out the farm house and outbuildings that had been in their family
since 1894. As was usual in those days, when the son married he and
his wife took over the main house and the in-laws had an addition put
on and moved to the "other side of the house". It took more than a
year, but after auctions, sales, dumpsters, etc., the property was sold
to the municipality for "green acres" preservation.
About 6 months later we got a call from a gentleman who had gotten
permission from the Township to walk the property with his metal
detector. He asked who had initials "FM" and/or MG". After some
discussion he said he had found a wedding ring with those initials,
buried next to a button outside the door of the "other side of the house".
The "MG" was my husband's grandmother and the "FM" was his
grandfather. "FM" died in 1939 and "MG" died in 1949, so that ring
had to have been in the ground more than 50 years, and no one ever
even knew she had lost it, or maybe that it had ever existed! It was
cleaned up and is in perfect condition. We now have a wonderful
memento that we never even knew existed. NM, New Jersey.
I'm a collector of Civil War artifacts and memorabilia. I'm the Executive
Director of a small but steadily growing association--the Civil War
Dealers and Collectors Association.
During 50 years of collecting, I've found that what goes around comes
around, meaning that what was once lost can indeed be found again. In
other words, collections that broke up can be brought back together--
if not entirely then in part.
Early in my collecting, I bought a Union officers kepi that belonged to
then Lt. Col. of the First Vermont Infantry, Peter T. Washburn. He led
his troops at the first land battle of the war at Big Bethel, in the
Newport News/Hampton area in June 1861. Within the last two months,
I acquired Washburn's official letter describing that battle. More
recently, I was able to put together a completely different once
dispersed group all concerning the 27th Maine Infantry--a 9-month outfit
that spent its whole time in Northern Virginia and rarely fired a shot at
anyone. During the Gettysburg crisis, their time in the Army was up,
and they reenlisted, for which they all received Medals of Honor. The
Colonel refused to distribute them because he felt that the regiment did
not deserve the honor, just for reenlisting. The regiment, of course,
never came near Gettysburg. I now have after many years, the photo
of one of the regiment's lieutenants--a quartermaster, his ledger book
for his company, his drug case with the little bottles of pills and Civil
War gauze and adhesive, his Army Manual with his name and regiment
written inside repeatedly, and a box which once held one of the
Medals of Honor given to the regiment. The medals themselves were
later rescinded by the War Department in the early 1900's. That's my
story for today. Al Eisenberg
The story about the retired police officer and the buried treasure had me
thinking that the "treasure" was going to end up being "loot" from some
robbery. Glad that didn't turn out to be the ending. But it did remind me
of a funny thing that happened in our small town when I was young -
about 70 years ago. My grandparents rented the home next to us to
the Chief of Police. We used his backyard as a trail to my grandparents
house on the other side. He had a garden out back that he seldom
worked in, being busy with his job. One day while we were crossing
through, he came out with a friend to show his garden, remarking that
he should get out and weed it more. The friend started laughing and
when asked what was so funny he could hardly get the words out.
When he did, the Chief got a horrified look on his face and started
weeding his garden right then while the friend just kept on laughing.
We were very young and had no idea of why he might be laughing.
Later when we were older we were told why, it seemed the "weeds"
were marijuana and had a good start over the flowers. Elaine
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interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send
your story to firstname.lastname@example.org
2) The Latest Antique News
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Cicely Mary Barker Fairy Prints-Bio of Cicely Mary Barker
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SEW UNIQUE FASHIONS WITH VINTAGE PATTERNS
Collectibles As Art At Mama’s Treasures
Guide to decorative elegant and depression glass bowl shapes
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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.
Hi there - My husband recently inherited a stack of items from his
grandmother that I am trying to find homes for. She was living near and
apparently working at the Topeka Army Air Base in 1943 and 1944. I have
the yearbook from 1943 as well as a scrapbook of pictures. Some of the
pictures are of the following men would like to get a hold of or whose
families I would like to give the pictures to. I know it is a long shot but I
have seen miracles in our newsletter before so here goes! Thanks!
Kristin -- Mammascho@aol.com
S/Sgt J.D. Jack Lawson, Osborne Kansas (I also have his SS number)
S/Sgt W.H. Bill Payne, Los Angeles California
S/Sgt Randall D. Fowler Los Angeles
M/Sgt. Carl Mitchell or any members of his Jive Bombers
Crew of the Effie Mae
Crew of lil de-??
Pvt. Charles D. Cyphers
Pfc. Albert J Roth Baltimore
newspaper clipping featuring dancing couple - Betty Strohmeyer and Pfc.
Jimmy Smith, Houston Texas age 20
I also have several group shots of handsome young men in front of their
bombers - but there are no names of the bombers just crew.
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) A TIP FROM THE KOVELS
In KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, Ralph and
Terry Kovel passed on this updated hint from Heloise:
Because ink and hairspray formulas have changed, you should remove
ballpoint ink stains with rubbing alcohol, not hairspray.
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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.
This happened when Tom was about 5. I was sitting up reading late one night
in the living room, figuring my husband and son were both sound asleep. I
thought I heard something in a corner on the other side of the room a couple
of times and thought maybe a small animal had snuck in when I had taken
our dog out earlier. Like a mouse or something. Of course brave me didn't
want to move from the couch, yet I didn't want to wake up my son, so I sat
there watching that corner for a while. Next thing I knew I heard a little
giggling. Here my son was hiding! He couldn't sleep and had snuck out of
his room at some point. Cheryl, Ripon WI
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
Mark Anderson- Wisconsin requested a recipe for a "Special cold drink"
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.
I found this under Grandma's Summer Drinks Recipes on the web. Perhaps, to a
child, chunks of apples could have looked rather spongy, sitting there in the bottom
of a jar of water.. This website also mentioned using dried peaches and water and
letting it set in a cool place. Here's the apple recipe. Let us know if you found the
right recipe! :-) Carol
Slice three large pippin apples, and pour over them a pint of boiling water, set in a
cool place, when perfectly cold, sweeten it to the taste.
I have seen recipes for a cool summer drink that used to be given to farm
workers. It is called Switchel. I did a search and came up with a few of them.
One is: Switchel
3-1/2 quarts pure water
1 cup molasses
1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 to 2 tablespoons ground ginger
Put in a stone jug and keep it cool....Joan
I asked my parents about this one. Here is my father's response:
The drink? Well, I don't really know, but I'm willing to speculate.
There is such a thing as a drink similar to it called Kefir made with milk. (dictionary)
I could imagine that if you took some sour milk (like they always used to have in
the pantry in the old days in the old country) and took a few spoons of it (it's like
a sponge really when really sour...much like yogurt) and stirred it into water and
mixed some sugar into it, you would have a mixture that would start to ferment.
This would (could) produce a slightly sour, sort of effervescent drink that would be
very pleasant to drink when working out in the fields in the mid-day sun.
Remember that this comes from a time when things were really simple and there
were no bottled ready-made drinks available.
The Austrian farmers used to take apple cider (fermenting apple juice) and mix it
with water and carry it in flat wooden flasks (about 12"dia) hung from their belts, to
work in the fields. So many of the old ways get lost and forgotten. Suzanne
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Vintage Kitchen items are practical and collectible. We've
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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.
Back in the 1960's, a neighbor said she'd brought in bags of green tomatoes as
we expected a hard freeze
that night. What to do with all of them? Among other things she found a recipe
for green tomato pie in an ancient cookbook that had been her grandmother's.
It tasted very much like apple pie and it was delicious! Every fall I think of that
when a freeze is expected. We moved away from that state shortly after and
as often as I have looked for this recipe, I have never found one. Can anyone
please help me out?M Russell
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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