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The Collectors Newsletter #482 December 2006

The Collectors Newsletter #482 December 2006

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1. Holiday 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 newsletter@tias.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.

Editors note:
I'm interested in hearing about the worst Holiday gift you ever received.
It can be a vintage item or something that you got when you were a child.
Describe the item, what year it was that you received it and why it was so
terrible. We'll select some of these stories and publish them in some of
the upcoming issues of the newsletter. Send your stories to:
newsletter@TIAS.com Many thanks, Phil
Uncle Charlie had no children of his own, but he loved children, and he
loved playing Santa Claus for us and for his many friends with children.
He had his own Santa suit complete with beard and hat with a tassel.
Problem was, Uncle Charlie was the unlikeliest Santa you've ever
seen. He was tall and gaunt, with sunken cheeks, and his outfit hung
on him like a scarecrow. But the Children usually didn't seem to notice.

The routine was this: The parents would hide the presents in the
garage (they weren't attached in those days), Uncle Charlie would
bring them in, do his "Ho! Ho!", then go back to the garage, shed his
outfit and return to the house where his host would offer a suitable

By the time Uncle Charlie got to our house (we were usually last so
he could spend with our family) he had a certain "aroma" about him.

Unfortunately, his Christmas visits as Santa to our house ended one
year, when my younger brother, then about five but still "believing"
got a closer look (and smell) on Santa's knees, and said, "Oh, Uncle
Charlie" to Santa's "Ho, Ho, Ho." Don

--Another Story--

It was 1953 and we lived in a small English seaside village which in
winter had a population of about 70 and in the summer up to 20,000 holiday
makers. At the time in Britain many things were still on wartime rationing
and I can remember going to the store with our ration books for butter and
sugar in particular.

On one such trip just before Christmas there was a carousel on the
counter. It had a cardboard tube filled with sweets for the centre and a
cardboard hat both covered in cotton wool, there were 4 small, simple
horses also cut out of card around the side. This was something I had not
seen before and I really wanted that carousel but Mum had said that
because of the sweets we did not have enough sugar coupons to buy it.
A week later when I went back to the shop the carousel had gone and I was
so sad. It did however reappear a few days later by my bed on Christmas
morning. Now, if I remember right we didn't have any Christmas pudding
that year and it was not until later that I realized why.
Angela, New Zealand

--Another Story--

Another great memory from the very next year, Christmas 1949. My brother
was 7 years old and in the second grade. One day shortly before Christmas
Ms. Calame, his teacher asked if everyone was excited about Christmas.
Everyone in his class raised their hand except Troy. She asked him why he
was not excited. He told her it was because Santa was not coming to see
him that year.She asked him why and he said he didn't know. The teacher
sent him out on and errand and told the class to all bring him a little gift to
the class party and don't tell Troy as it is a surprise.

The day came for the party and he got so many gifts he could not carry
them all. I had to help him carry them all home. Our Mom was just floored
when she saw all the things he got from the class party. She asked him
why he got so many gifts, and he just said, "I don;t know. I guess they all
just like me so much."

That night there was a knock at the door and it was Troy's teacher and
mine. They wanted to talk to our Dad. I thought boy, we are both in trouble

Dad came back into the house and asked Troy what he had told the
teacher? He said he had told her Santa wasn't coming to see us this year.
Our dad was so embarrassed. He had used that to make Troy be good. He
did tell him if he wasn't good Santa wasn't going to come see him. Well!!!!
he was only seven and he took it for real.

Dad told the teacher the story of why he had told Troy Santa wasn't coming
to our house. He was very embarrassed to find out the teachers had bought
Troy a BB gun and me a big doll. He told them to give the toys to someone
else that needed them that this is Christmas Eve and we already had our
gifts. The teachers told him they were neither one married and didn't have
children and the gifts were already bought. They wanted us to have them.
They did say they should have talked to Daddy first before they went out and
bought the gifts.

Daddy let us have the gifts but he told Troy in no uncertain terms to never
do anything like that again. Marcie Oliver Gun Barrel City, Texas
SEND US YOUR VINTAGE STORIES! send them to newsletter@tias.com
Comments, thoughts? Write to us: newsletter@tias.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 newsletter@tias.com

2) The Latest Antique News
Get the latest news about antiques and collectibles delivered once a week
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3) Your Classifieds...
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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
or family.

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.
A Thank you!
Thanks to all who replied to my search for "Angel Chimes" I now have
some on order and can't wait to see them and hear the chimes at
Christmas as I did long ago. Leslie Siedsma
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 newsletter@tias.com and we may run it in the next issue.
Eileen's story about the tree in the playpen jogged my memory about another
story concerning a playpen. Years ago, a friend of mine could not get her little
boy to take a chewable children's aspirin. She tried crushing it up and putting
it in jelly, etc. to no avail. Remembering the numerous times in the past that
she had to make a mad dash toward her son to keep him from putting
something he picked up off the ground into his mouth, a light bulb came on in
her head. She placed him in the playpen, put the baby aspirin on the floor
of the playpen and, you guessed it, he put the baby aspirin in his mouth and
chewed it right up!! Jamie in Texas
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone
feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to newsletter@tias.com and we may
publish it here.

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Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help
someone out?

Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Nancy requested a recipe for "Springerle".
Here are several responses. If you have a variation of these recipes that you
would like to share with our readers, send them to us at recipes@tias.com
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
Springerle (Molded Anise-See Cookies)

To make 2 to 3 dozen cookies, depending on size of forms used

2 eggs
1 1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. finely grated lemon peel
2 T. butter, softened
1 cup anise seeds
A drop of vanilla extract
3 cups sifted all-purpose flour

With a pastry brush or paper towel, coat two large baking sheets with a
tablespoon of butter each. Sprinkle the butter evenly with the anise
seeds and set the pans aside.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs with a whisk or a rotary or electric beater
until they are thick and lemon-colored. Gradually add the sugar and
continue beating until the mixture is thick enough to fall back on itself in
a slowly dissolving ribbon when the beater is lifted form the bowl. Beat
in the lemon peel and vanilla, and then the flour, a cup or so at a time.

Shape the dough into a ball and place it on a lightly floured board. If it
feels stickky, work additional flour into it with your fingers, adding a
tablespoon at a time. The knead the dough with lightly floured hands for
10 minutes or so, until it is smooth and pliable.

Sprinkle the board with flour again, pinch off about half of the dough and
roll it out into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle a Springerle
mold or Springerle rolling pin evenly with 2 Tablespoons of flour, and rap
it sharply on a table to remove the excess. Then press the mold down
or roll the pin firmly across the dough, to print the pattern on it as
deeply and clearly as possible. Cut the cookie squares apart with a
small, sharp knife and place them an inch apart on the prepared baking
seets, pressing them gently into the anise seeds. Roll and cut the
rest of the dough similary. You must work quickly because the dough
dries rapidly. Set the cookies aside uncovered at room temperature
for 24 hours.

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees and bake the cookies for 20 to 30
minutes, or until they are firm but not brown. With a large metal
spatula, transfer the cookies to a cake rack to cool. Then set them
aside uncovered for a few days to soften. They may be stored for
several weeks in tightly sealed jars or tins.

Note: Save anise seeds remaining on the baking sheets and scatter
them over the bottom of the cookie jar or tin. Their flavor will permeate
the cookies as they stand. Bon Apetite from Lafayette, IN ....Barbara

--Another Recipe Comment--

Springerle are supposed to be hard (similar to Italian biscotti) as they
are meant to be dunked in a beverage and then eaten. However, if you
want them softer, eliminate the overnight drying which most recipes
call for and reduce cooking time/temperature.

--Another Recipe--

Springerle is meant to be a hard cooky...enjoy! Mary

From Betty Crocker's Cooky Book 1st edition, copyright 1963...

"Specially carved boards or rolling pins used for stamping the
designs on these hard anise-flavored cookies were brought to
our country by German families."

4 to 5 dozen

2 Eggs
1 Cup Sugar
2 1/4 Cups Flour
Anise Seed

* Beat eggs and sugar together thoroughly
* Measure flour by dipping method or sifting.
* Stir in flour until dough is well blended and
very stiff.
* Refrigerate the dough for 3 to 4 hours.
* Roll out dough about 1/8" thick on lightly
floured board.
* Press well floured springerle board or
rolling pin down firmly on dough to
emboss designs.
* Cut out the little squares; let dry on
lightly floured board sprinkled with
anise for at least 10 hours at room
* Heat oven to 325° (slow mod.).
* Transfer to lightly greased baking sheet.
* Bake 12 to 15 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.
A friend of mine has been looking for several years for a cookie recipe
that her mother used to bake at Christmas. She doesn't have a computer
so I told her I would help her search. She thought the name was
"Chocolate Drop Cookie" and it was frosted with chocolate frosting. It
also had black walnuts in it, but that might be something she added
and not part of the recipe. They lived in Topeka. If anyone could come
up with this recipe she would be eternally grateful. Beverly
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
recipes@tias.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
recipes@tias.com and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:

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recipes from readers are not checked for accuracy. They may be edited
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