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The Collectors Newsletter #464 October 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #464 October 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.
I have enjoyed reading all the letters on how people started collecting, and
then my first experience came to mind. My mother and step-father were
going to have a yard sale so I offered to go over and help them set up. As
I was unpacking boxes I came across a beautiful pink footed cake plate.
I told my mother that I wanted to buy it. She looked at me and wanted to
know why I would want that ugly plate. My response was this is beautiful
, so she let me have the plate. Too my great surprise I learned that the
plate belong to her not my step-father. I had never seen the plate before,
she then went on to explain why. It turned out that the beautiful Mayfair
Rose footed cake plate had been a wedding gift from an old girlfriend of my
father and she would never use it. I did some research and found how
people where collecting depression glass and that the prices for these
items were going up everyday. When I found the price for the cake plate
my mother was shocked. That ca
ke plate began my search for collections of all things old and beautiful.
Things that reminded me of my childhood. Now my home is full of all kinds
of collections from depression glass, old kitchen items, furniture, a
collection of chicken items, and many more. When we moved into our
new home, my daughter wanted to know why I had all this "old" stuff. Her
4 year old son turned to her and told her that this was not old stuff it was
Grammie's Treasures. Guess who will inherit. Love your site, keep it
The thread on bombs got me to thinking. I know a lot of stories like the
ones I've read in your newsletter, but some of them don't have amusing
endings. See, I'm an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) bomb
technician. Many people possess military ordnance, "bombs," and think
they're replicas or are no longer dangerous. They may find them while
digging in the yard/field/park or may 'inherit' them after a veteran, especially
from WWII, passes. (It was common back then to bring home live
ordnance as souvenirs.) I cannot stress enough the potential hazards of
these items. I want to remind everyone that if they have or discover some
type of bomb or shell, they should not mess with it (don't move it, try to
take it apart, etc.) and call their local police department immediately.
MAJ Buchanan, 63rd Ordnance Battalion (EOD), Fort Dix, NJ.
Hi, Getting started happens in many ways. When my children were small,
we did not have alot of money, and so I would take apart my old '50's skirts,
and make dresses for my girls. All I needed were some buttons to finish
them. My mother=in-law had an old tin of buttons, and she would let me dig
thru for what I needed. Finally, she told me to take them home, and if she
needed a button, she would know where to go. Well, my girls found playing
in the button tin great fun, making jewelry , and sewing them on cards, As
the years passed, my Aunts, Grandmothers, etc. would add to my tins.
After all my children had left the nest, I had time to take some interest in
these old buttons. By then, there were many tins and jars of them. I started
putting them together, and could not beleive how beautiful they are. I now
make art work from them, and never miss a chance to add to my collection..
Greetings Tias Newsletter People.
Having seen your recent stories about peoples collecting habits and the
interesting ways that some collections have started, I thought I would share my
I live in a large borough of London here in the UK, and about four years ago
when walking my dog (Madge) in a local meadow, I was visited by a group of
bearded men who emerged from the trees.
They were ghostly images floating a foot or so above the ground, dressed in
old three piece suits, each with a pocket watch and most with walking canes.
Strange you say? Stranger still, they were in fact the spirits of dead Victorian
marmalade manufacturers, Keiller, Cooper, Robertson and Moir, they were
all there and telling me in the style of the Kevin Costner film, Field of Dreams,
"If you build it they will come".
Since then I have been building my Museum of Marmalade, gathering old
marmalade pots and advertising material I have been myopic in my goal…
"To preserve marmalades journey through time".
Under the rule of The Marmalord, Marmaland has become the spiritual home for
Marusan Mu Chicki Chicki and many other lovers of marmalade. Earlier this
year www.marmaland.com was born, to enable us to "open a window" on a
small part of our collection, and for Marusan to share his Psychic Marmalade
Jar Reading skills with the world.
The history of marmalade is fascinating, but the future, the future of marmalade
is Marmaland. Regards, Mr Jones (Curator of Marmaland)
As a high school social studies teacher, my main love was collecting early
hand-held American parade flags with different star configuration, but after a
while it got harder to find them, so I decided to branch out to something else
so I wouldn't always be coming home empty handed.
Within the span of two days I blundered into two Presidential death bed
scenes and decided I'd collect them. The Victorians celebrated death a bit
differently that we do today and Currier and Ives capitalized on that by
producing lithos of Presidents surrounded by family and friends on their death
bed. When I began, I just assumed that they'd probably honored all of the
Presidents up through McKinley with such tributes, but I've now found that
they only immortalized Washington, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson,
William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Abe Lincoln, Andrew Johnson,
Grant and Garfield. However, C & I and other lithographers sometimes made
varied images of the same President. In all, I have seventeen different
images, still needing Grant and Johnson.
But if you like shopping in privacy, next time you go into an antique shop
and a clerk asks what you're seeking, try telling them "Presidential death bed
scenes" and see how quickly they leave you on your own! Mark
Dianes story re the folding cups "hidden in the bedroom closet" reminded me
of something that happened long ago. I had a small flowered cream pitcher I
used to put water in my baby bottle warmer. It was lovely,with roses and gold
trim. Each time I waited to feed my baby I enjoyed seeing it and the howling
baby didn't upset me nearly as much. My sister who incidently collected
cream pitchers, told me one day that I should not be using it as I did, as it
was an antique and would get broken. I told her antiques are to be enjoyed
not hidden away. After all I already had warmed bottles for 2 children and
this was my third so I kept doing it. Shortly after my sister had warned me
and I was waiting for my daughter's bottle to warm the baby kicked the jug
off the table and it broke into many pieces. While I was sorry it broke I
remember how much pleasure it gave me over the years and I would use it
again. I now collect many things and enjoy them all, but I use them too. There
is no sense having them if they are hidden away. Life is too short - enjoy
them while you can! Margaret in Sask,Canada
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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 a child (in the 1960s) I had a plastic castle that had tiny
Disney characters with it. It was my favorite toy, but over the years it
disappeared. I have thought about the toy many times and now have three
children of my own that I would love to share it with. I recently learned
through the internet that the miniature characters were called Disneykins
and that they had come with a Disneykin Plastic Castle Playset. I have
acquired some of the characters through ebay, but I have not been able to
find the castle. If anyone can help me find one, it would be much
appreciated. I would like to make a display case for it and eventually add
all of the Disneykins. Thanks! firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
In KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, Ralph and Terry
Kovel warns readers to be careful when putting any information online. There are
sites for collectors to chat, show pictures, and meet other collectors. But
not everyone is honest, and a valuable collection could be vulnerable if you
give hints about your name, where you live, or the value of your items.
Never brag about the value of your collection in a public place.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter,
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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.
My father ( Artie ), and my Uncle Americo were brothers and as children, were
growing up in Bronx, NY in the 1930's. As their parents (my grandparents)
immigrated from Italy only 8 years prior, times were hard and funds were low.
Everybody was always trying to make a buck. They did not have much in the
way of toys, but my Uncle Americo did have a bicycle. One day, he found
that his bike was missing. A week later, he saw a strange boy riding the
stolen bike down the street. My Uncle chased the boy and finally caught
up with him, yelling "hey, that's my bike! You stole my bike!".... which the
boy replied "I didn't steal this bike! I bought it from a kid named Arite!"
My dear humble, kind and understanding Uncle said he didn't take the bike
from the kid because he said that the boy bought the bike assuming a fair
and square deal and it wouldn't have been right to take the bike from him.
God rest their souls! I had always asked my Uncle to repeat that story to
others and we always got a good laugh. Nancy in Narrowsburg, NY
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Kathy requested a recipe for "chocolate chip sponge cake". Here are a
few replies 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.
Passover Chocolate Sponge Cake
* 6 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, chopped
* 10 eggs, separated
* 7/8 cup white sugar
* 2 cups ground almonds
1. Melt chocolate in top of double boiler; set aside.
2. Beat egg yolks until thick and lemon colored. Gradually beat in sugar.
Blend in chocolate and almonds.
3. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold whites into chocolate batter.
Spoon batter into an ungreased 10 inch Bundt pan.
4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour, or until cake springs
back when lightly touched. Remove from oven, invert pan, and cool about 40
minutes before removing from pan.
It sounds like the recipe requested would be made in an angel food cake
tube pan that separates ( ? ). This is made in a loaf pan and could possibly
be doubled to appropriately fill a tube pan ( ? ). Chips of chocolate could
surely be added. Hope this helps.
A bit of the history:
This recipe is from my Grandmother, Likely Letitia Mann (1891-1967).
It was passed to me by my mother, Margaret Mann Elford (1914-2000).
It is very quick and easy and it calls for just 4 basic ingredients that are
usually on hand in your kitchen.
- Mary Elford Price (1945 - )
GRANDMA'S SPONGE CAKE
1 C sugar
1/2 C flour
1 tsp. baking powder
* Heat oven to 350 degrees.
* Butter & flour 9" x 5" x 3" loaf pan; set aside.
* Separate eggs. Beat yolks until think.
Add 1 C of sugar & continue beating.
* In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until
stiff; beat into 1st mixture.
* Combine 1 tsp baking powder & 1/2 C flour;
sift into 1st mixture; beat to blend.
* Bake in 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes.
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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 for the recipe for a cake that was served in the Westbrook,
Maine school lunch program in the 50s and 60s. It was a single layer,
yellow, dense, sheet cake with a peanut butter streusel topping. It was
similar in appearance to a coffee cake with a streusel topping. Pennie
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
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email@example.com and we might just publish it here.
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