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The Collectors Newsletter #466 October 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #466 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 enjoy the newsletter so much. My collecting of vintage quilts started last
year as I was at the Indiana annual Covered Bridge Festival in Steam
Corner. I have been a quilter for years but making new quilts were all I had
done. I ran across a older gent selling a box of quilt pieces for $10 in a
old box thrown on the ground. I thumbed through them & thought it would
be a ton of work but I would accept the challenge! He had $10 on the box
, as always I offered less & he agreed to $5. I had no idea what a find I
had! I walked over 1.5 miles with that box tucked under my arm looking at
other goodies through out the day. When finally arriving at my friend's
house I spread out on the floor enough quilt blocks for 5 quilts! I also
bought 2 completed tops that needed to be put together. So now I have
an immediate quilt collection & no way to quilt these except by hand,
which takes forever or with my little sewing machine that takes forever &
is very difficult to manage! This collection gave me the idea to buy a long
arm quilting machine (industrial) to not only quilt my own but others' quilts.
So what started out costing me $5 caused me to spend $11,000. I have
since learned to restore the vintage quilts, and they are my new love!
When I was first married, I wanted a souvenir from my honeymoon. I
wanted it to remind me of Jekyl Island, Georgia, and I wanted it to both
attractive and useful. I ended up buying a Christmas tree ornament with
a beach scene and the year, 1972, painted on it. That began my
collection of Christmas ornaments from special places. Every year, I
would get an ornament from my family vacation. As the kids came along,
they began to “help” me pick out ornaments, and then they began
asking for their own. Theirs aren’t always from a trip; I try to find
something to mark special times in their lives. For instance, my kids all
have photo ornaments with their high school senior portraits. A favorite
of my daughter’s is a miniature Eiffel Tower the year that her Christmas
present was a plane ticket to Paris to visit her friend who was an
exchange student there.
Sometimes my ornaments have been items that were designed as
Christmas ornaments, but, as the years passed, I began to get more
creative and started buying other items that reminded me of a place but
weren’t necessarily meant to be hung on a Christmas tree. For
example, I have a tiny voodoo doll from New Orleans with the date
painted on with a permanent marker. I also learned that key chains can
make GREAT ornaments and I have several from various U.S. and
Mexican locations. Each year, decorating the tree, I am able to
remember happy times and places I’ve been over the last thirty plus
years, and I know that someday, when my kids have their own houses
and their own Christmas trees, they will have ornaments that also remind
them of family and fun. Deborah
In response to the request for stories about how collections began, I
can't resist writing about my collection of Hummels. I was born in
Nuremberg, Germany (my father was in the US Army and assigned to
the Nuremberg Trials). My mother and father bought two Hummels as
remembrances of their time there and, of course, they were considered
mine when I grew up. My husband got me two more when our 2 girls
One day in 2004, I noticed an "estate sale" sign being placed in the yard
down the street from us. We had never met the single, elderly lady who
lived there but we had often seen her driving by and we always waved to
each other. Sadly, we didn't even know that she had died. I called the
number listed on the sign and asked about the sale. The lady in charge
of the sale mentioned crystal, Hummels, and .... Hummels -- that was
all I heard. My husband and I arrived early, walked into the foyer, and
there against the far wall of the living room stood a cabinet with five
shelves filled to the brim with Hummels! I could not believe my eyes.
They were the most beautiful, old Hummels in all sizes. I selected 5 of
them and when I took them to the desk to have them saved for me, I
noticed another cabinet in the corner of the dining room. The exact
same cabinet filled with as many if not more Hummels. I was shocked
and then got scared. I knew I wanted to get as many of them as
possible and also one of the cabinets which were on sale. We were
able to get the 5 Hummels I had already put aside and one of the
cabinets. I was amazed when my husband went back that evening and
selected a few more and he found out that they would be half price the
next morning. I didn't dare go back because I had definitely spent
enough money. My husband decided to go over "just to see what was
left" and came home with 13 more Hummels! Our collection that
consisted of 4 chipped and glued but much loved Hummels now
includes the most beautiful treasures I can imagine and I hope the dear
lady knows that we are taking care of some of her much loved
My first collections were rocks that I found exceptionally attractive or
different on walks home from school. When I was quite young, my
father, a truck driver brought me a small brass bell that was painted
purple and had the word "HI" etched on it with little stars also. He died
when I was 11 so I started collecting bells and now have about 500
from tiny to a large dinner bell on a post outside. Many have been
given to me from around the world travelers and friends and family.
When I married my husband he was a barber and then I too became
a barber so we started collecting barber/barbershop memorabilia.
We have two antique barber chairs, two antique barber poles, lots of
shaving and mustache mugs and razors. Our den looks like a barber
museum with a red white and blue theme. Well, that collection led to
my own special collection of Victorian hairwork jewelry which is hard
to come by. So far I have two watch chains of braided hair,a pair of
acorn earrings, a necklace and a pall bearer's ring all made of hair. I
also have a hair wreath picture in a shadowbox frame. They are all
interesting conversation pieces though some people think they are
morbid. But they were all made in tribute to family members so to me
they are very personal remembrances. Because pieces are scarce,
I don't have many in my collection. The Smithsonian in Washington
D.C. has a huge collection which I have been privileged to see.
Gwendolyn Ahlemann, Memphis, TN
I love your newsletter and can't wait to read it as soon as I get it
delivered to my email. Something happened to us recently that I
thought you might find interesting.
I grew up in a large family - 7 girls and 6 boys! My parents first house
became too small and they found an old "farmhouse" out in the country
that they bought about 46 years ago. I was 6 at the time, had 4 olders
siblings and 3 younger siblings at the time, 5 more were added after
we moved into the house, which we heard was once called "Pine Gables."
So we all grew up there, playing in the big yard and the barn and chicken
house. As we married and moved out, we would all still gather at the
house for holidays and special occasions. My parents recently decided
they could no longer stay in the big old house and no one in the family
seemed to be in a position to buy it. Mom and Dad got an apartment and
the house is up for sale. We have all been so sad to see the house
emptied out and so quiet and "echoy" after so many, many years of joy
and laughter and love. Last week, the Realtor forwarded my Dad an email
which just said "look at the attached picture." Turns out he found a
postcard of our house on Ebay from about 1910, which says "Just Like
Home - Pine Gables" with the town and state. We were amazed - all
those years in that house and we'd never seen or even heard about the
postcard. It's a real photo card, unused. Of course, we bought the card,
it was such a thrill for all of us to see the picture on the Ebay listing.
The house had a big porch around it and some fancy "gingerbread" which
was missing when my parents bought it. Now some of us are rethinking
the whole deal and may join together to buy it and restore it to its past
state. Maybe the card was discovered just in time for the house to be
rescued! Thanks, Jill G
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4) Lost and Found
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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.
Found WW2 scrapbook. Postcards sent home, newspaper articles written by
him to his mother and sister. His name was Irwin Heim from California.
Looking for sons Peter and Walter I believe. They will love and cherish this.
He had a sister named Lola (Isabel Bickford). e-mail 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
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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 love your e-mails and always read them. Thought I send along a Christmas
story that my kids now recall with laughter. One year my husband and I bought
our 3 children a little red wagon for Christmas. It was too big to wrap and we
had nowhere to hide it so we put it under the tree and told the kids not to touch
it because it belonged to the neighbor kids and we were just hiding it for their
parents. Well on Christmas morning they opened all their gifts but never went
near the wagon. When we asked why, they said they shouldn't play with
something that wasn't theirs. Needless to say they were delighted to find out it
really was theirs. Of course we wouldn't be able to use that trick again. Kati
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
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Y.J. requested a recipe for "edible play dough" here are some of the responses
that came in.
If you have a variation of these recipes 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.
This is a recipe we used to make when my daughter was in girl scouts. It was
Great Fun! P.B. in WI.
Edible Play Dough
1 c. Powdered Milk -Dry
1 c. Creamy Peanut Butter
1 c. Honey
In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Chill. Shape into faces, letters, shapes, etc.
or cut out with cookie cutters. If mixture is too sticky, roll in additional
powdered milk. Decorate with raisins, chocolate chips or other candy. Make
sure the child washes their hands first so that when play time is over their
works of art can be eaten as a snack!
My Mother, (who had thirteen children), was an only child and raised by her
German grandmother. When we played on long winter days, she would make us
"Peanut Butter Balls", or if she was out of peanut butter, it was "Jello Balls".
The PBB's consisted of
Powdered Milk (no water added)
Mixed together to get the consistency of play dough, and shape into balls, or
anything you desire, then eat! They will be sweet, but not to overwhelm &
nutritious! (my sister would use honey in place of sugar for her PBB's for her
children, she had to add more Powdered Milk to make up for the extra liquid-
so have Fun!!!!)
The Jello Balls were made very much the same way & consisted of
A package of Jello (with sugar in it)
Powdered Milk (no water added)
A small amount of butter or oleo (to get consistency of "dough you could play
with" Mix together & make balls, or any other design you desire!
This recipe came from "Feed Me, I'm Yours" by Vicki Lansky. I have been
making it for years. First as a babysitter (in the early 80's) and now as a mom.
Play dough A La Peanut Butter
Mix: 1 jar of peanut butter (18 oz.)
6 Tablespoons honey
Add Non-fat dry milk powder or milk powder plus flour to create a dough
consistency (amount changes depending on fat content of peanut butter)
Optional: add carob or cocoa powder for chocolate flavor.
Hope that is the recipe. Alyssa, San Diego, CA
No Bake Peanut Butter Dough
Large mixing spoon
Nonfat powdered milk
Honey or white corn syrup
Smooth peanut butter
1 cup of peanut butter into the mixing bowl.
Add 1 cup honey (or white corn syrup).
Add 1 1/4 cups of nonfat powdered milk.
Sift 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar into mixture.
Knead the dough until well mixed.
Form into balls on waxed paper.
You may want to try adding chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, or small
marshmallows to cookie dough too. Dianne
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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, I used to have a delicious brownie recipe that used
Peter Paul Mounds candy bars. I can't find that recipe anywhere. Can
anyone help? Dayle in Rhode Island
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
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