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The Collectors Newsletter #471 November 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #471 November 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.
Reading Deborah's story about her collection of Xmas ornaments reminded
me of mine! When I was little in the 1950's, my mum had a small artificial
green Xmas tree with a red wooden base. I always wanted a big 'real' tree
but it really wasn't feasible to cart one up all the stairs to our
maisonette. However when the little tree came out a few days before Xmas,
I was always excited about decorating it. A friend had given mum a box of
pretty ornaments - they were a variety of rings of plastic with stars,
bells, angels and (my favorite) Art Deco style deer and slot together
stars. They were in transparent crystally green, pink, clear and yellow. To
hang with them were some white glow in the dark toys. Lastly came the
tinsel and lights! This meant Xmas was almost here and it was always so
very special! Our house was full from Xmas Eve for about 4 days when My
aunty Margaret, uncle John and cousin Mary together with aunty Betty
and uncle Frank came to stay. Xmas day would come and the women
would be in the kitchen cooking the turkey and dad and my uncles would
be talking old naval war stories in the living room! I always preferred to stay
with the men enthralled by these tales of ships and submarines! In the
evening we played paper games, sat round a blazing coal fire till late - all
fun and laughter - no telly except for the Queen's speech on Xmas day!
After my dad died just before Xmas 1973, these gatherings stopped. The box
of old ornaments were replaced over the years by modern ones - more sparkly
and more expensive but Xmas was never been quite the same. Whether mum
threw the old ones out or gave them away I don't know but when I used to think
about those memorable magic Xmas's I always remembered those ornaments
and wished we had kept them.
Two years ago I went to a jumble sale and found an old tin under the table
and imagine my surprise when I saw a collection of old '50's tree ornaments
- and yes - there were a set of exactly the same ones (they might even have
been ours!) - even some glow in the dark toys! I looked at the art deco deer
one and memories came flooding back! I had to have them and paid about 50p
for the lot! My daughter thought I was mad when I came home overjoyed about
a box of pretty, plastic ornaments! Sadly mum died three years ago - my
aunties and uncles having departed in the preceding years - but they are all
there at Xmas thanks to those ornaments. I just wish I could find the little
tree - and - get my family to turn the telly off and play games! Sheena B.
I have always been fascinated at the sight of one shoe at the side of the road
- there has to be a story behind each one. I now have a collection - but I
don't have the shoes! I take a picture of the shoe (several angles, but not
moved in any way). The shoe goes in the garbage can, usually, and the
picture on my stairway wall. I have run out of room on that wall now, but the
living room is covered with tombstone pictures and the office with old maps
and the bedroom with cross-stitch pictures by relatives. So a lot of them
are cycled off the wall and into files periodically - some favorites always stay
- and eventually, they come back out again. My collection of "Lost Soles"
(ties nicely to the tombstones, huh?) was even a very well-received art
exhibit at the local Historical Society. Jean "The Cemetery Lady"
Grants Pass, Oregon
I really have my husband to thank for my mushroom collection. We have a
summer vacation home in the NH woods, and he loved to go out foraging for
wild mushrooms. He was very careful about what he brought home, and
studied anything new or different before adding it to the bag of mushrooms
for dinner. We had many wonderful meals prepared from his finds. When
he became less mobile and could no longer walk easily in the woods, I
wanted to do something to bring his beloved mushrooms into the house
(even though our son had taken over the responsibilities of resident mycologist).
I started out on a small scale, with an occasional find of a glass mushroom
at a flea market, but with the help of eBay the search took off! I found glass
mushrooms from West Virginia, England (Wedgwood, no less), Sweden
(Orrefors), Italy (Murano), France, Ireland, Malta ... and on an on. There
were also Merry Mushroom vintage kitchen cannisters and dinner ware
(Sears), mushroom placemats, aprons and glassware. I now have many
lovely wooden, stone and ceramic mushrooms, as well as stained glass,
old engravings and jewelry.
My husband passed away almost three years ago, but everywhere I look in
my home, I find reminders of him in the shape of mushrooms. I have become
less "obsessive" about acquiring them as most of my collection is now
sitting in many boxes in the basement, hoping one of the kids will want
share this memory. Kathryn
When I was about 13 (1956+/-), a dear cousin gave me a ceramic plate with
the G Burgess poem about "I've never seen a purple cow" on it. That was the
beginning--I gathered ceramic purple cows (and pink ones when purple wasn't
available), cookie jars, cups, stuffed cows, a pajama bag (complete with a
purple moo-moo to wear and keep in it). When I was involved with a cattle
registry business, I even had my business cards made with a purple cow on
them. Although I haven't added to the collection in some time, it led to my
having much purple in my home, and it has become known as "my" color.
You never know where just one gift will take you! Berta
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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 am searching for a wonderful book, that I had as a child. It was much
beloved and disappeared during a move. This book is Mr. Bear Squash
You all Flat. I would so much appreciate hints of where I could find the
book. I have 22 grandchildren to whom I would love to present a copy.
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've sent in items before regarding my now-3 year-old grandson but he keeps
doing so many funny things that I just have to send in yet another article.
He had his 3rd birthday 2 weeks ago and I bought him a package of play
money to use with his toy cash register. Yesterday my husband asked him
if he wanted to go to the mall. He replied, "Sure, I even have some money
to spend, Grandpa." He ran over and got some of the play money and
brought it back. Grandpa said, "Peyton, you can't spend that because it's
play money." Peyton just looked at him and said, "I know it is. We're
going to the mall and I'm going to play, so I'm going to spend my play
money!" When I tried to explain to him that it was "fake money" he just
looked at me and said, "But Grandma, it has that guy's picture on it!" The
way he thinks just cracks me up. Bobbi
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
publish it here.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Bill requested a recipe for "Mini Cheesecakes". Here are some responses.
If you have a variation of this 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.
In response to Bill's request (Newsletter #470) for mini cheesecakes, here is
the recipe that I have used or twenty years. They are easy and delicious.
Individual Cheese Cakes
2 - 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
l box "Nilla" vanilla wafer cookies
1 can cherry pie filling
Beat first four ingredients until smooth. Line muffin tins with paper liners;
place one vanilla wafer in the bottom of each cup. Fill cup 2/3 full with cream
cheese mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool.
Top with cherries. (Makes 18-20) Ladybug
2 pkg. cream cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 c. heavy cream
Vanilla wafers, could also use chocolate
Pie filling of your choice
Combine cream cheese, vanilla, lemon, beaten eggs, and heavy
cream together. Place vanilla wafers in bottom of mini
muffin tins. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.
After allowing the cheesecake to cool, remove from tins and
top with pie filling. Place in mini muffin paper cups. Philip
This is a recipe that I have used for over 25 years. It freezes well.
3- 8 oz. packages of cream cheese- room temp.
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla flavoring
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla flavoring
jelly or jam of your choice
Line muffin tins with paper cups. Combine cream cheese, 1 cup sugar,
eggs and 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Beat well until mixture is creamy and smooth.
Fill prepared pans 2/3 full. Bake in 300 degree oven for 40 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes. Meanwhile, combine sour
cream, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla. Spoon mixture over tops of cooled
cakes. Dot with favorite jelly or jam. Return to oven and bake 5 minutes
longer. Makes 2 dozen.
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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.
Many years ago I had a piece of fruit cake that was mostly nuts and
raisins..very very little candied fruit. Would anyone have a copy of this
recipe as I would love to make it for Christmas. Pat S.
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
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