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The Collectors Newsletter #484 December 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #484 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
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the entire staff at TIAS.com !
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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.
While reading the New York Times, my mother found an interesting article
about a woman on Long Island who received petrified whale vomit as a gift
from her sister. My mom thought it would be nice to share this article as her
contribution to the "worst holiday gift" stories we have been running in the
newsletter. Take a look at:
Great photo :-) Actually, it's not such a bad gift, considering what it might
When I was about 3 we were living with my zany aunts family due to the
war..ect. I didn't really know about Santa but my aunt made sure he came
to visit, and the proof was his foot prints going up the wall leading into the
attic! They actually made the prints with soot just to convince me "he" was
real . I never forgot that great memory-- Julee from Milwaukee
Hi, I think this may qualify as the one of the worst Holiday gifts ever received...
In 1983, then 18, I spent Christmas Day with my first, serious boyfriend, his
parents, brother and some extended family and friends, at their home. My
boyfriend's mother Louise was a lovely person. She was a "crafty" type
homemaker, making her own crocheted items for around the house,
especially pot holders, bedspreads and macramé plant holders, and we
shared an especially fond relationship at the time. I suppose it may have
crossed her mind it might not become long before I became her new
daughter-in-law...Later that morning, when everyone opened presents, she
held back a large, beautifully wrapped box present for me as the final gift.
Louise waited expectantly for me to open my gift. As I fingered the pretty,
handmade bow, it crossed my mind she might have made the item, and I
was touched by her thoughtfulness as she'd made some wonderful items
for the others. I felt somewhat as though I were becoming an accepted part
of the extended family.
There were ohhs and ahhs from everyone while as I pulled out the florid,
canary yellow crocheted poncho with matching elephant flare-legged
pants from the tissue (What on Earth was she thinking? I wondered in
horror). I tried to restrain my stricken expression as my photo was snapped
when they all began to clamor for me to model the outfit! I demurred as
vigorously as I could, while trying not to seem ungrateful or hurt her
feelings- a real mistake. Everyone persisted in their badgering until I gave
in, so I slunk in the other room to change. When I returned, I could see
my boyfriend's mother was red-faced. When I looked around the room
everyone else seemed embarrassed also and looked away, or laughed...
except my boyfriend's younger brother who sang, "Here come Santa Claus..."
See, Louise had made the outfit design with wide, see-through diamond
patterns, and the pants were made at least two sizes too small so they
clung like the skin of a sausage- and they weren't lined. To my added
humiliation, my new red, feather boa Santa Claus underwear was clearly
viewed on display for the whole family, plus their elderly out-of-town
aunts, and uncle and the neighbor to see.
Years later, I know Louise meant well. But, I have to add this experience
thankfully cured her of making clothing again for any of the family. Both
her son and I are married to different, wonderful people now, but we
remained friends and often laugh about, "The Big-Bird poncho incident."
I've run into Louise too a few times over the years, and she's still a
wonderful lady, who now has a quilt business... Lisa
One Chanukah, many, many years ago, my parents, siblings and I were
visiting family in New York. It was extremely cold and snowy, so my cousin
and I sat on the kitchen floor in our grandparents' apartment (I believe we
both were about eight at the time), looking at ads for fur coats in the
newspaper, wishing we'd get them for Chanukah.
That year, my grandparents hosted a Chanukah party for our extended
family. The apartment was packed with adults and children. After the
traditional potato latkes, each child was called up to receive his or her
Chanukah gift. My cousin and I sat there, waiting for our turns, but our
names were never called. We were devastated.
But then my uncle said something about two unclaimed presents and, lo
and behold, they were for my cousin and me. Imagine our absolute joy
when we found ourselves with shiny, plastic high heels and fake-fur mink
stoles! We wouldn't have been any happier if they'd come from the fine furs
department at Macy's! That was one of the best Chanukahs I can
remember ... Robbin, Ohio
The worst gift I ever received was two years ago my Mother-in-law gave
me a box of food. She had emptied out her kitchen cup boards and
gave me the contents for my Christmas gift. It was hard keeping
straight face and not letting on what I really thought...
As a child, we don't always understand the why of some things. Almost
50 years ago, our country church always had a huge decorated Christmas
tree in the sanctuary and a Christmas play in which children and teens
were the actors. All the children in the Sunday School classes were
divided by age groups (I was 12 or 13 at the time) and drew names to
exchange Christmas gifts. After the play a few adults would call the name
to which the gift went, and in anticipation we would raise our hand so that
we could be found in the congregation. In those days, we didn't receive
much at Christmas, so this one added gift was very important. I had no
grandparents on one side and on the other only a Grandmother who
couldn't buy gifts for her grandchildren. Upon opening my gift I find a little
about 8" tall BOY doll that was imprinted on fabric, cut and sewn together
and stuffed. I am not a boy and being past the age to play with dolls,
was soooo disappointed. Of course, now I know that that family probably
had less than we did and that was an item their budget could afford. I
remember so well, my younger sister received a "dresser set"-mirror,
brush, comb, and picture frame, all plastic but in my eyes very pretty.
Strange how some things are imprinted on our memories. Life is all
about "making memories", not just at Christmas. Creating memories of
love and time spent together is a gift of all seasons...
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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 just want to thank everyone who replied to my request for information on
my family. I received so many lovely letters and caring thoughts that I am
overwhelmed. Thank you each and everyone. You have made this holiday
so special for me. Happy Holidays. Stephanie Harris Keaton
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.
Friends of our family have twin girls. This story occurred when they were quite
young, in kindergarten. For a whole week, the girls refused to drink their milk
at breakfast and wouldn't eat their cereal if milk was in it. Their mother,
becoming extremely frustrated with the girls, finally got firm with them insisted
that they drink their milk. One of the twins cried out in distress that their
teacher told them if they did they would grow hair on their bottoms! The next
day when their mother took the twins to school she pulled the teacher aside
and told her what the girls had told her and how they refused to drink their milk
because the teacher told them they would grow hair on their bottoms if they did.
The teacher laughed and said, "I told the class if they drank their milk they
would be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!".
Hope everyone has a very blessed holiday!!! Jamie
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publish it here.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Carol requested a recipe for "a Scandinavian cookie".
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.
Here is a recipe for chewy coconut cookies directly from Land O'Lakes'
website...hope it fits your taste! The cherry halves are for decoration only, so
they are optional. ~ Mary in Ohio
CHEWY COCONUT COOKIES
Loaded with coconut and butter, these chewy cookies are bound to become
Preparation time: 30 min Baking time: 9 min
Yield: 5 dozen cookies
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
30 red or green candied cherries, halved
Heat oven to 350°F. Combine butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla in
large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy.
Reduce speed to low; add flour, baking powder and baking soda. Beat until
well mixed. Stir in coconut by hand.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie
sheets. Press 1 cherry half onto center of each cookie. Bake for 9 to 13
minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove from cookie sheets.
Proper storing keeps cookies at their best. If you will not be eating your
cookies within three days, freeze them. Make sure the cookies are
completely cool before placing them in storage containers. Otherwise,
they’re likely to stick together. Keep soft or chewy cookies separate from
Just read my most recent collectors newsletter and saw the request for a
cookie recipe. I appears to be a Chocolate Macaroon
Chewy Chocolate Macaroons
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup sifted cake flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups lightly packed flaked sweetened coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
Preheat oven to 250º.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, and secure with masking
Place unsweetened chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave
at high for 1 minute or until almost melted. Remove from microwave; stir
until chocolate is completely melted.
Spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine cake flour,
unsweetened cocoa, and salt in a large bowl. Add coconut, and toss well.
Stir in melted chocolate, vanilla extract, and sweetened condensed milk (the
mixture will be stiff). Drop by level tablespoons 2 inches apart onto prepared
baking sheet. Bake at 250º for 45 minutes or until edges of cookies are firm
and center of cookies are soft, rotating baking sheet once during baking
time. Remove from oven, and cool 10 minutes on pan on a wire rack. Remove
the cookies from the parchment paper, and cool completely on rack. Store
in an airtight container.
Yield: 3 dozen cookies (serving size: 1 cookie)
I just recently got this recipe and it seems to have all the ingredients
mentioned and more. I plan to make them in a few days I hope this will help.
Carol was looking for a recipe that sounds exactly like one I got from one of
my mother's friends. The lady was from Minnesota and of Scandinavian stock,
and she used to bake these up and call us over to sample them as they came
out of the oven.
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp soda
½ tsp salt
2 cups rice krispies
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup coconut
Drop by spoonfuls on cookie sheet and press with fork or glass
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 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.
Hello: I enjoy the newsletter and never miss reading it and also seeing
what is for sale. I have a request for a taffy candy with peanut butter. My
daughter remembers it from her childhood but she and I cannot come up
with a recipe. We used to be able to buy this candy at the store but have
had no luck recently. During Christmas, a local candy manufacturer sells
it through a school program and we do buy enough there to keep us all
happy for a little bit. The manufacturer here in southeastern PA is
Wolfgang's. The outside of the candy is a white taffy with a glob of peanut
butter inside. My daughter remembers it being sold as a lollipop.
Wolfgang's sells it as a small piece of wrapped candy. My daughter would
like to make this candy herself in the lollipop form but has had no luck
finding a recipe. I am hoping the newsletter readers can help us out.
Thank you, Vicki Eichelberger - Paradise, Pennsylvania
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
email@example.com and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
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