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The Collectors Newsletter #450 August 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #450 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.
For years my mother (Helen) now 87, had kept the bottom half of a compote
dish set (the lid had been broken years before my time) on our kitchen table
for decoration. As a child I had grown to love and admire the delicately
scalloped, pink and gold flowered dish. On the bottom of the dish was
written in green the word "Majestic" which described it perfectly. Mom told
me the dish had originally belonged to her deceased mother, my
grandmother named (Amelia) who had passed on before I was born. It was
one of the few things my mother possessed of her mother's belongings
she mentioned off and on throughout my childhood. In 1951, when I was a
child of nine, much to my chagrin, my mother presented her brand new
sister-in-law Barbara, the young bride of her younger brother Wayne, this
lovely family heirloom because Barbara had often admired it too. I remember
being disappointed in my mother's generosity that summer day because I
treasured the dish more than anyone realized, and felt it should remain in
our home forever. I was sad for awhile, but I got over it, and soon forgot all
about the dish.
Fast forward ten years later when I became a new bride in 1961. Can
you imagine how taken aback I was when I opened a wedding gift from
Aunt Barbara and Uncle Wayne and there was the Majestic compote dish.
I have been married nearly 45 years now, and I still admire its beauty and
the story behind it. Barbara and Wayne are now both deceased, but my
Aunt Barb never forgot the look on my face she told me on my wedding
day, when mom gave her the dish. She said I said, "oh mom why are you
giving that dish away?" I remember it well. Linda in Holiday, Florida
Back in 1957 when I was a senior at Middlesboro (Ky) High School I was
dating an under classmate. Our relationship was to say, at the least,
turbulent. One day during one of our apocalyptic battles she had her hand
dangling out the window on her side of the car. I give her credit for not
delaying in telling me my "going steady" class ring had slipped off her
finger. We were driving along a two lane state highway with lots of weeds
& trash on the side of the road. Suppressing an urge to strangle her then
& there & leave her body to be found or not, we backed up, piled out of the
car & SEARCHED for a long, long time. Amid hoots & hollers from passing
locals we were fortunate enough to find the ring next to a few beer & soda
cans & other indescribable drek. We were both relieved to have found it,
climbed back into the car & motored on. Yeah, you're right - less than a
mile down the road we were totally engaged in our argument - same topic,
same ferocity; but, with the windows rolled up! Ron Nashville Tn
I never met my Grandmother, Ida Mae. She died of a goiter in 1924,
fifteen years before I was born. Many years later, after my Dad had died,
I was going through his papers, trying to decide what should be kept and
what could be thrown out. I came across my Grandmother's pencil written
"will." In it, she gave her sisters her jewelry, and furs, (except for her
diamond engagement ring, which was to go to my Dad), and designated
where she wanted my Dad to go to school.The will was written to my
Grandfather, and gave me a brief glimpse of the woman I had never
known. She stipulated in her will that the high, 5 drawer Bird's Eye maple
dresser, be kept and not sold. She further elaborated that the dresser
had been purchased with her very first paycheck from her employment as
a telephone operator in 1907. She married my Grandfather in 1909, and
gave birth to twin boys in 1911. My Father's twin brother died when he
was 6 months old. When my brother was born in 1937, he was given
Dad's twin's name, Ronald Raymond.
I gave my Grandmother's precious dresser to my daughter, along with
the story of the dresser. I also gave her my Grandmother's diamond on
her fortieth birthday. So, as it should be, mementos of a previous
generation are passed on to the next caretakers, to be honored and
enjoyed. I received many of my Grandmother's lovely things, her Azalea
Noritake China, her cut glass bowl, sugar and creamer, and every time
I look at these beautiful things, I wonder about the woman who
purchased them so long ago........and so her spirit also lives on. Carole M.
Some time after our children were born (they are 25 and 23 now) my
husband gave me a gold charm that I just loved. It said "Mom is Love" and
it was my favorite of all the charms I had (and I had quite a few). I wore it
all the time. One day my husband and I were gardening and filled about
18 large bags of leaves and branches and garden stuff. When we came
back into the house I noticed my charm was gone. We couldn't possibly
go through ALL those bags. My husband said "Don't worry I'll just buy
you another one.", since it wasn't too long since he had bought it. Well
of course the place he bought it had never heard of it and had no idea
which one he meant since they had a book of all the charms they sell
and it wasn't in the book. I pined away for my pretty little charm.
Whenever I was in our Mall I would ask at the jewelry store or look in
other stores that sold charms. But to no avail. The years passed and I
still pined for my "Mom" charm. One day I was digging in my husbands
vegetable garden and looked down and saw something shiny. My heart
stopped, I couldn't believe my eyes, it was my "Mom" charm! You see
it had been 11 years since I lost it, and this part of the garden is dug
up every spring for my husbands green beans and bell peppers and
tomatoes etc. I had prayed to St Anthony all those years, I guess he
answered my prayers in heaven time not earth time.Rose, Burbank, Ca.
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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.
When I was little I remember playing with a couple of space monster toys.
I am not really looking to buy what I use to play with, I just want to know
what they were called or if they even exist. I was born in 1964 and moved
from Yardley, Pa. to a suburb of Chicago in 1972. Somehow, these
particular toys did make it in the move. I believe my mother did some
serious filtering of my toy collection without consulting me. So I would
put the time frame around 1970, but they might be older and be a hand
me down from my older brother. This is what I remember of the toys.
They were GI Joe sized figures made of rubber. One was skinny and
green and a big brain shaped head. The only part of the other monster
I can remember is his weapon, a purple plastic mace that was
transparent. I remember looking at sunlight through it.
So if anyone knows the names of the creatures or has a picture of such
a toy, I would love to here about it. This ‘half of a memory’ has always
driven me crazy and my brother has no memory of the toys at all. So
maybe it is even less than half of a memory.Erica K. Send email regarding
this item to LostAndFound@tias.com
Please let us know if the item is returned! 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 KOVELS
Don't throw out any fishing lures you find in your dad's garage. In KOVELS
ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, Ralph and Terry Kovel
report that a rare Shakespeare wooden minnow in its extremely rare
picture box sold for an astounding $18,700 in a recent auction. The lure
was made about.1907 by Shakespeare Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
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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 just read the #444 Collector’s Newsletter - August 2006. I had to giggle when
I read a recipe for quick and easy caramel topping using an unopened can of
Eagle Brand Condensed Milk in a large pot and boil for two hours – it really
works! Yep, well here’s my story…..In the late 60’s, my sister Judi and
roommate Jean and I all shared an apartment before we married. Judi and
Jean were both nurses and worked the early morning shift at an area hospital.
It was Saturday morning and I had the day off. When I awoke I was making
my way to the kitchen to grab that first cup of my morning coffee. I walked
into the kitchen barefooted and immediately felt something strange underfoot.
I looked and the kitchen floor was covered with a hard speckled substance.
I couldn’t imagine what it was, but it sure was sticky! As I went to the sink
to wet the rag to clean up this mess, I realized it was not only on the floor,
but on the cupboard doors and the counter tops and the stove and the
refrigerator and the walls AND the ceiling. I also discovered a note from my
sister explaining how sorry she was to leave me such a mess, but they
couldn’t be late for work. Since I had the day off and had more time, would I
please clean up the mess! She also explained that the new quick and easy
recipe for caramel topping must not have worked. Now, after forty years, I
discover the reason. Recipe author, George and Gracie’s Mommy, stated in
the last newsletter that it must be in a LARGE POT and boiled for two hours…
not a small saucepan partially filled with water put on the stove before
bedtime and left all night to evaporate all the water and EXPLODE the can of
condensed milk all over the apartment kitchen! Bingo, we didn’t have syrup,
we had hard caramel EXPLODED candy! When we moved out, that popcorn
ceiling was still spattered with unremovable hardened caramel! We have
laughed about this for many years. However, even though I now know the
secret to making this recipe, somebody else please try it and let the TIAS
newsletter know your rate of success! I am sure it will be better than my
experience! Thanks TIAS, I love the newsletter and thanks for letting me
share my story. Marsha B. in Pensacola, FL
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Diana requested a recipe for a "mock chicken legs"
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.
Two Variations of Mock Chicken Legs
1 lb. lean pork
1 lb. boneless veal
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
1/4 c. milk
1/2 c. fine dry bread crumbs
1/4 c. shortening
1/2 c. meat stock or water
Trim off excess fat from pork and cut both kinds of meat into 1 1/2 inch cubes.
Stick skewers through the center of these cubes alternating pork and veal
and using enough to fill skewers a little more than half full. Sprinkle salt and
pepper over meat, then press into shape. Dip in egg diluted with milk. Then
roll in crumbs until well coated. Brown slowly on all sides in the hot
shortening in a heavy skillet. Add the stock; reduce heat. Cover and simmer
slowly over low heat about 1 hour or until very tender. Make gravy from
drippings, if desired, to serve with "legs". 5 to 6 servings.
2 lb. lean pork, cut in cubes
2 lb. veal, cut in cubes
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1 pkg. Saltine crackers, crushed
2 cans cream of mushroom soup,
thinned with a little milk
8-12 meat skewers
On meat skewer, alternate veal and pork cubes. Roll each skewer in egg and
cracker crumbs. Brown in skillet with oil. Layer the browned skewered meat
in baking dish. Cover with mushroom soup. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.
Nancy Wilkes, Winnsboro, SC
One of my favorite kitchen collectibles is an aluminum hinged "drumstick" mold
- probably what grandma used to shape the Croquette type dish. My mold calls
it "City Chicken"! Sure hope you find this recipe as I want it too! Janet Blair
I think I might have what your reader is looking for in her recipe quest for
"mock chicken legs". These were indeed made with veal, and they were quite
tasty. Here's a recipe I use for them from a WWII-era cookbook I inherited
from my mother, and this was called an "economy" recipe back then--maybe
chicken was more expensive than veal in 1943? My mother used to make
them in the early 50's , or buy them "ready to fry" from our small -town butcher
shop. Enjoy! Donna
Mock Chicken Legs
1 lb. ground veal
1-2 tbsps. evaporated milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 teaspoon ground peppercorns ( may use ordinary black pepper, but ground
a dash of parsley
a dash of paprika
a dash of seasoned salt ( if desired)
a small dash of worcestershire sauce ( about 1/8 teaspoon)
1 1/2 cups Saltine Cracker crumbs ( ground to consistency you desire for
the crispy coating)
( optional) 8 popscicle sticks
Mix veal, seasonings, and egg thoroughly in bowl. Add evaporated milk a little
at a time, to get the meat to "stick together", approximately a little thicker than
meat loaf consistency. Shape meat into patties that resemble a chicken leg
( approx. 2" thick, 6" long, "tapering" ). Roll out Saltine crackers with a rolling
pin until the crumbs resemble "Instant potato flakes" ( not too fine, but not
too thick, "coarse" ,either). Coat the "legs" in Saltine cracker crumbs , insert
popsicle stick into end, and refrigerate the "legs" for one hour. Fry in deep
fryer until crispy. Drain oil off legs by placing on paper towels. Alternative
method: fry legs in deep frying pan ( Place legs carefully into hot oil; (
original recipe was "place legs into 1" of sizzling Crisco in bottom of iron
Thanks to all who sent recipes for Green Tomato Pie. I shall try each one this fall.
And I'm eager to see the recipes for Mock Chicken Legs, That is something I've
always wanted to try to make but the seasonings are a mystery to me. I loved
them as a child. The local meat markets here prepare them. The butcher at
one said they are primarily ground pork these days as veal is so expensive. I
can tell the difference but it is the seasonings that really make it what it is.
And keep in mind that in the days when this was a popular and inexpensive
entree, chicken was expensive.
Very good with mashed potatoes, carrots and, of course, green tomato pie.
This mock chicken with ground veal goes back to a time when chicken was
expensive and veal was the budget meat.
2 pounds ground veal
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups cracker meal
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon crumbled leaf sage
3/4 cup butter or margarine
PREPARATION:Combine ground veal, egg, milk, 1/2 cup cracker crumbs, salt,
pepper, and sage in a large bowl; gently mix until well blended. Divide meat
mixture into 16 portions. Form each portion into a drumstick shape around a
skewer. Melt butter in a small skillet; put remaining 1 cup cracker crumbs in a
pie plate. Dip each drumstick into the melted butter then roll in cracker meal.
Place drumsticks in a single layer in a well-greased jelly roll pan. Drizzle
remaining melted butter or margarine over tops. Bake at 400° for about 45
minutes, until golden brown.
Makes 8 servings of mock chicken drumsticks with ground veal.
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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 trying to find a recipe for my father's favorite home made cookie,
which he called "tea cakes". Daddy grew up in rural Pearl River County ,
Mississippi but visited in the summers with his maternal grandmother
and aunts in Jones County. He passed away a few years ago and I never
learned which side of the family he attributed these treats to....but he
described them as something like a combination of a biscuit and a sugar
cookie, made with sorghrum or cane syrup. If anyone has such a
recipe to share, I'd be so grateful. It would really be a hoot if it turned
out to be someone who also has ancestors from those areas!!!! thank
you, Patricia Burge Miles
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
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