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The Collectors Newsletter #467 October 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #467 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
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10. A Vintage Recipe
11. 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.
Your recent collector’s story about rotary phones reminded me that one
doesn’t have to be a collector to appreciate these “old fashioned”
It seems we have become Dependant on either cell or cordless phones
of late, and why not? They are so convenient, but we forget they only
operate on live electric current in the house. Living in storm-prone Florida
I treasure my old dial telephone. It is so retro the young kids next door
view it as a novelty and can’t wait to come over and call their folks on it,
dialing each number and watching the circle tick off, magically
connecting them.(I felt so old when I had to actually teach them how the
dial worked – when did that happen?) Best of all when the power fails,
for whatever reason, that phone still works! I pick phones up at yard
sales and give them to friends and relatives who give me a quizzical look
at their gift until it dawns on them – without this old fashioned phone,
they are out of touch should power fail. After more than one storm, when
the power was out for days at a time, I recruited those same kids from
next door to help me carry these dinosaurs to other neighbors and friends
nearby; they thought it was WAY cool. I now encourage everyone I
know to have one of these phones installed in the house. To me this
rotary phone is as important as the generator in the garage and my
secret emergency stash of Snickers bars.
Thanks again for another wonderful TIAS newsletter! Amanda
I have always been an avid collector having inherited some lovely old
things from my grandparents and parents but about 10 years ago I started
collecting glass shoes. It started after I bought a couple of Fenton shoes
for a friend to add to her collection. The next time I bought her one, I
bought another for myself and then was hooked. Now I have over 100
shoes, Some are Fenton and other brands of the 4 and 5 inch shoes but
I have lots of the Shoe Box Collection size shoes. I had to have new
shelves built to hold my larger shoes after I filled two curio cabinets. Now
have all the little ones in the curio's and the larger ones displayed on
shelves around my bedroom. Of all these shoes one of my favorites is a
pair of hand carved wood boots about 2 inches high that one of my
cousins carved out for me. He had been to visit and noticed that with all
my shoes, there were no cowboy boots so went home and got out his
whittling knife and a piece of wood and went to work. I also have shoes
from many places I have visited such as Eskimo boots from Alaska,
suede moccasin from Canada, wooden shoe from Norway, antique
slipper from Ireland, a Tiny shoe from Finland , a white bone china from
England, and just recently found in a junk shop a very old ceramic shoe
about 5" long that was is an early "McCoy." Pink with Gold trim. It is
always exciting to find one different from what I already have. My children,
grandchildren and friends have helped to add to my collection and I
cherish each one. Nita from Florida
When I married my husband, his parents were retired military and the
family had lived in many different places over the course of his father's
years of service. One of the places they lived was England and my
mother-in-law had a number of lovely items acquired while there
including about a half dozen nice teacup and saucer sets. At holiday
gatherings, my mother-in-law would bring her lovely cups and saucers
out of the pantry to use for serving coffee after dinner. I believe she also
got them out when refreshments were served for her bridge group. As
the family grew and the grandchildren got older and joined in this
tradition, we began to fall short on having enough for everyone to use
an English set. Driving home from one such holiday gathering, we
were discussing how hard it was becoming to find gifts for the two of
them and our oldest daughter commented that "we should get Grandma
some more fancy cups and saucers as a gift."
With her birthday falling in June, a quest began. I shopped antique
stores everywhere we went and also turned to the Internet to pursue
acquisition of cups and saucers. Shopping for them became a
challenge and a lot of fun and when her birthday rolled around, we
presented her with boxes containing sixteen sets of English cups and
While I was accumulating the sets, I stored them in our guest bedroom
with every square inch of dresser top, bookshelf and nightstand covered
with cups and saucers. When I would go in there, I would stop and
admire them and when they finally went off as a gift, I felt an emptiness
and missed them terribly. Within weeks, I was shopping for my own
cups and saucers. Now, years later, I have a collection of over 900
teacups and saucers from all over the world -- vintage and antique,
porcelain, pottery, glass and silver. I love researching them and the
provenance that comes with many of them and, while it is impossible
to display them all, I rotate those on display in my curio cabinets and
still very much enjoy their company. Karen P., Jerome, ID
When we lived in Scottsdale, AZ in the 1980's we bought a collection of
about 800 bottles (they had been in a garage for years and were wrapped
in newspaper and were really dusty---but that's another story). As we
were going through the bottles we saw a whiskey bottle from the late
1930's (after prohibition) that was personalized and had been used as a
give away at a wedding in Peoria, IL. It still had the white bow around it
and there were pictures on one side of the bride and groom with only their
first names: Cy and Ernestine. It also had their wedding date. Later, as
we were unwrapping more bottles we found a whiskey bottle that had
been a give away at a fraternity party and it had the pictures and full
names of three young men on it. One of the young men was Cy from the
wedding bottle. I took a chance and called directory information in
Peoria and asked for the phone number of Cy _____ and sure enough
there was one. So, being the curious person that I am I called the
number and a woman answered the phone. I told her who I was and
that we collected miniature liquor bottles and had found these two bottles
. The woman was Ernestine and she told me that she was a widow now.
Her father had been a liquor distributor. She remembered the bottles,
but said that she never got one. The bottles were fairly rare collectibles,
but we figured that no matter what they were worth monetarily, that they
were worth more in sentimental value so we sent her the bottles as a gift.
About 6 months later I got a call from Ernestine saying that she was
going to be in Scottsdale and would like to take me to lunch so we got to
meet. It was quite a treat to hear all about her wedding. Martha
My parents being advanced in age were always hard to buy for, especially
my father. He seemed to have everything. He no longer participated in the
outdoor sports, like fishing and hunting, that he had always enjoyed and
that we had always been able to purchase items for. Trying to find a gift
for him was becoming increasingly harder each year for his eight children
and numerous grandchildren.
He was recovering in the hospital after having a mild heart attack and one
of my sisters brought him a plant that was in a very life like Mallard Duck
planter. He thought the duck was great and commented on it to all his
visitors. Needless to say that once "We All" saw his enjoyment from that
little duck planter, he began to get ducks from everyone, for every
occasion. He received all sorts of ducks! Little ones and big ones,
wooden ones and porcelain ones. He had ducks of every color and size!
My parents apartment became a duck haven. There were wall hangings
and pictures of ducks. Curtains with ducks and sheets with ducks, a
bathroom shower curtain and rugs with ducks. Everyone family and
friends alike contributed to my Daddy's "collection". He was quite
thrilled and as the number of ducks increased he became prouder and
prouder of his collection. He could tell you who gave him each duck
and for what occasion. It really was a remarkable collection!
When he passed away at age 80 my Mother gave all of us kids and each
grandchild a duck. My oldest brother became the recipient of the rest of
the "collection" that totaled over 800. I never see a duck that I don't think
of my Daddy and how much fun he had with his collection. A collection
that he never purchased one item for!
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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.
Growing up in the 70s, I and my siblings often listened to an album that I
think was called “Mysterious Stories”. I am sure that one of the stories
was by Ambrose Bierce,, something about a shipwreck, another one was
“the Golden Arm” and then there was another one about a Spanish guitar
player. If anyone knows the name of the album, that would be great. I
think one of the stories might have been narrated by Vincent Price.
The album has been lost for about 18 years, I would love to get a few
copies in time for Christmas--- Thanks much! Scott Ellis send email
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.
In 'Funny Old Stuff' I read about the red wagon under the Christmas tree and it
reminded me that at Christmas in '85 my son and daugther were ages 13 and
10. My son was notorious for peeking into his gifts. I had bought my son a
small stereo and my daughter a large stuffed bear. I wrapped both gifts in the
same size of box, but switch tags on top. On Christmas when they began to
unwrap them, I told them to switch boxes. I never knew if my son peeked,
but if he did he probably wondered why I was giving him a stuffed bear - LOL
Carol in Oklahoma
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8) Charity Request
Ruth Craig is one of our readers and is participating in the Alzheimers
Association charity walk in weatherford Texas. She is looking for sponsors.
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10) A Vintage Recipe
Dayle requested a recipe for " Brownies made with Mounds candy bars" 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.
Mounds Brownies Recipe
5 (.68-ounce) Mounds bars
1/2 C. shortening
1 C. all-purpose flour
1 C. granulated sugar
1/2 t. salt
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 t. vanilla
1/2-1 C. chopped walnuts or almonds (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.
In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the Mounds bars and shortening,
stirring constantly. Remove from heat. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt.
Add to chocolate mixture.
Stir in eggs, vanilla and nuts (if using) and blend well. Pour into the baking pan.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until firm. Cool slightly and cut into bars.
Makes 20 servings. Nancy W., Winnsboro, SC
PETER PAUL MOUNDS CAKE
Printed from COOKS.COM
1 box Duncan Hines brownie chewy mix, baked as directed on box using a
9"x13" pan (cool)
24 lg. marshmallows
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. milk
14 oz. coconut
1 (12 oz.) pkg. semi sweet chocolate chips
Cook sugar, milk and marshmallows until marshmallows are melted. Remove
from heat and add coconut; cool. Spread over baked brownies. Melt chocolate
chips and spread over marshmallow mixture. If you desire can cut in squares
and decorate each square with maraschino cherry. Philip D
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11) 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.
Years ago I had a recipe for Depression Pie. It was very much like
pecan pie, but it used oatmeal, not nuts. I have long ago lost this recipe,
but I would love to make it again. Does anyone have this recipe? Cathy
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
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victorian paper, trade cards, and much more! We also sell non-paper items
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