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The Collectors Newsletter #453 September 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #453 September 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.
My friend and her sister were visiting her mother for a few days, as both
grown daughters had moved away. They were out shopping, and stopped
at a local Thrift Shop. As they rummaged through the clothes and
"treasures", Paula found a beautiful old coat with a mink collar. "Oh, it
looks just like the coat Nana used to wear", Paula cooed, and bought it.
The women were delighted with the purchase - a vintage coat with a
mink collar for only a few bucks! What a deal! On the way home, they
shared a few memories of Nana, who had passed away several years
When the sisters returned to their mother's house, they proudly showed
her the special coat that was just like Nana's. Mother asked where they
bought it, and upon hearing the Thrift Shop, laughed and said,"that IS
Nana's coat - I donated it to the Thrift Shop last week!" Kathy Kolb,
My Aunt Barbara passed away in Dec. 1998. I brought home all of her old
correspondence and a lot of my grandmothers stuff, paper etc.
Well the Oct. before my Aunt passed away she had given me her usual
birthday check for $35. We went looking in an antique shop. I purchased a
really cute wooden elephant with my 'birthday' money. That was my last
birthday gift from my aunt.
Upon reading some of her correspondence I came across a letter she wrote
to my Grandmother (her mother). At the time my Aunt was in the Army
and stationed at Fort Bennington.
She wrote that upon hearing of my birth and knowing she was coming home
for a visit she went shopping. She bought me a stuffed elephant!
I have numerous 'stuff' around me that came from her. But whenever I look
at my elephant it reminds me of her first gift to me celebrating my new
life and her last gift to me while she was alive...Coincidence ? I don't think
so.... Sincerely, Nancy
I believe i have a 1st for you, my husband collects antique doors. Not just
any doors, they have to be special. Although they are beautiful, we argue
about the space they take up in the garage. To end an ongoing dispute,
i would like to know if any of your readers have ever heard of a Frank
Lloyd Wright porthole door. It has cobalt blue glass in the porthole. He
was told when he bought it this is what it was. He says if i can prove it
isn't, he will quit buying doors. Love your newsletter. Sue
My friend, in her 80's, has been trying to find instructions for preserving her
mother's (Circa 1902) christening dress. She inquired about having it done
a few years ago but the cost was prohibitive at the time. The gown has a
great deal of sentimental value to her as well as her family. Her mother,
my friend and all her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have
used it and it is getting very fragile. The family would like to preserve it or
have it done by someone -- cost is important. I would be so grateful if
anyone could help. Please send info to Tjrsnan@aol.com and I will share
with my friend who does not have access to a computer. Of course, I will
advise Tias if I hear from anyone!
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Comments, thoughts? Write to us: email@example.com
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
2) The Latest Antique News
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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.
I recently acquired a hand stitched family birth and death record that was
made by a Ama Rathburn in 1839 after the death of her daughter Ama R.
Perrin. It has a lovely poem and a city of Richland and the year of 1839. I
did some checking on the city and it could be in Pennsylvania, Missouri or
in Washington state.
Some of the names and dates are:
Samuel Perrin ( Ama Rathburn's husband ) Mar. 31, 1782 ( birth ), no
date of death.
Ama Rathburn May 12, 1799 (birth), no date of death
Ama R. Perrin May 17, 1839 to Sept. 14, 1839
Ama Rathburns parents:
John Rathburn July 8, 1770 to Jan 9, 1850
Joanna Joslin Nov 28, 1767 to Jul 12, 1829
and all of their children......Cogswell, Isabel, Betsey, Ama, Szra, Orrion,
Ruth, Erastu and Alace. The sampler lists all births and almost all of the
dates of death. It also includes her parents family history as well.
Her fathers side:
Obadiah Rathburn Feb. 6 1735 to Aug 17, 1781
Elisabeth Dawley Jan 9, 1736 to Feb 2, 1812
and their children....Margriet, Isaac and John Rathburn. The sampler
also lists their birth and deaths.
Her mothers side:
John Joslin Sept. 9, 1734 to Oct. 25, 1811
Joanna Andrew July 8, 1733 to July 4, 1787
and their children....Henri, Andrew, Rufu, Slvester, David, John, Joanna,
Ama, Isabel and Christopher. The sampler also lists their births and
This is a wonderful piece of family history, especially if you are doing
genealogy.If you have info, please contact me: Troy Troyanowski
E-mail of: email@example.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
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price guide to more than 750,000 listings and adding a digital version of
"Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles" newsletter, a searchable archives,
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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.
Reading about the cook who prepared gourds, reminds me of a woman I used
to work with. She was fixing "Sloppy Joe's" and asked her husband to get her
an onion from the bunch stored in the cellar. After cooking, they ate some
and found a strange taste. Further inspection determined that he had brought
her a tulip bulb. She called the poison control center that told her they wouldn't
die, but they were nauseous. Don't think she ever made 'Sloppy Joe's" again.
From George and Gracie's Mommy
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.
8) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help
Wanted:OLD GUITARS and AMPs
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
220,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to:
9) A Vintage Recipe
Carmin requested a recipe for "something called Hen's Butter"
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.
In response to Carmin's request for Hen Butter recipe from BBQ
restaurant in Dickens, Texas:
From A History of Dickens County Ranches and Rolling Plains by Fred
Arrington (1971) mention is made of the Matador Ranch and Pitchfork
Ranch cowboys finishing a good breakfast with this recipe:
One tin cup syrup
One tin cup sugar
Pour each together and let come to boil for 15 minutes.
Beat three eggs well, pour in and stir and boil again.
Pinch of salt
Flavor with vanilla extract or nutmeg.
It was called Marmalade.
Mrs. J.P. Goen was living on the Pitchfork Ranch in 1904, preserved
the recipe and her son, Guy, makes this when he cooks for gatherings.
It is known now as “Hen Butter.”
I remember eating Mr. Goen’s hen butter as a 4-H youngster at 4-H camp
in the 1960s. His son later served it at his BBQ restaurant in Dickens,
Texas. When I tried to make it a few years ago, I did'nt’t let the mixture
cool enough before putting in the eggs and had fried eggs in my hen butter!
Beverly Darsey Afton, (Dickens County), Texas
My mother lived in the Dickens area and had Hen Butter many times.She
and a group of friends spent the better part of one summer trying to figure
out the recipe, this is the result.( Apparently the restaurant
wouldn't share the recipe.)
1 cup West Texas cane flavored syrup ( can be found at Affiliated food)
1 cup sugar
1/4 stick margarine
1/2 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
Combine sugar, syrup and margarine----bring to a boil, cook for 3
minutes, stirring constantly. Cool. Beat eggs well, stir into syrup. Boil
again, stirring constantly for a few minutes to cook the eggs. Add salt
and vanilla. Best served warm with hot bread.
I hope this is what you are looking for. Sharon C. Lubbock, Texas
Here 'tis. VERY sweet, but dee-lish.
1 quart cane syrup, flavored
1 quart sugar
1 stick of margarine
1 cup Duncan Hines white cake mix
Pinch of salt
1 cup Coca-Cola
Mix syrup, sugar, margarine, cake mix and salt in large Dutch oven.
With heavy spatula, stir constantly 2 or 3 minutes until the mixture
bolls. After it has boiled for 3 or 4 minutes,
remove from heat and let the ingredients cool thoroughly.
Beat the eggs. Put Dutch oven back on heat. Start stirring and pouring
in eggs. Mix eggs well before the contents start to boil. Then let boil
until bubbles come to the top.
Let boil for 3 to 4 minutes. Then add 1 cup Coca-Cola.
Serve Hen Butter for dessert, with biscuits hot from the oven...Linda
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
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.
I hope someone will be able to help me with my request ~ I've been able
to supply a couple of recipe requests in the past but now I need some
help. I have a Mirro Doughnut Press from the 60's. I used to make
doughnuts for my kids all of the time but through the years and a move
across the country, I've managed to lose the recipe that came with the
press. I've tried to fake my way through several recipes but nothing
comes close to the original! I remember that the batter was thick but
loose enough to be pressed out of the maker and fall into the hot oil.
I hope someone out there still has their recipe from the original box!
Thanks, Linda Richards Tucson, AZ
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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Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new
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