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The Collectors Newsletter #491 -- January 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #491 -- January 2007
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1. Stories from our readers
2. Antique News
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 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.
My grandfather was a farmer during the 30’s & 40’s and occasionally
sold vegetables. One day he was delivering potatoes to a neighbor (price
$1). The neighbor asked him to put the potatoes under the front porch (to
keep them cool & dry). As he was pulling the potatoes under the porch,
he noticed a regulator wall clock on the ground which looked new. The
neighbor said it stopped working soon after he bought it. My grandfather
offered to trade the potatoes for the clock and his offer was accepted.
During a visit many years later, my Dad & grandfather walked down to
the barn. Dad noticed an old clock hanging on the barn wall. The wood
had warped and pulled away from the frame and some parts had fallen
off but everything was there. Dad took the parts home, straightened the
wood, put the clock back together & cleaned it. Sure enough, it did not
work. A clock repairman replaced the only broken part……a spring. The
clock has been running ever since and is now in my home. It is my most
cherished possession because each week when I wind it, I feel my
father & grandfather close by. Dottie, South Carolina
In reading the story about the "records", it brought back this memory.
My husband has a small collection of Victrola's. We had a friend
visiting one day with her two young daughters. While playing in our
"antique room", they asked what the piece of furniture in the corner
was. My husband dug out his favorite "Bye, Bye Blackbird" 78, cranked
up the ole' girl and set the needle down. The little girls giggled...
especially when he showed them how your turned it up by opening the
top doors!! He also has a portable and told them that that one was his
beach model. Judy from OxBow, Maine
One weekend, my husband was running some errands and
took a way home that he normally wouldn't take. He saw
an estate sale sign, took note, came home to tell me
about it and we decided to go check it out (this was in
a city adjacent to ours.) We went through the sale,
didn't really see anything, and went to go check out
what was in the garage. In the garage was a wingback
chair with cream textured upholstery that appeared to
have been shredded to pieces by an angry dog. The
chair had good bones though - I lifted the cushion and
the label read Hickory Chair which is pretty good
quality. After much dickering, I talked the lady down
from the $150 she wanted to $40, as it would cost a
fair amount to purchase fabric and have the chair
reupholstered. We left with the chair, and as my
husband was trying to load it into the car, he started
reciting our home address repeatedly, like 3 times... I
asked, "what are you saying our address for?!?" he
replied, “right here - on the bottom of the chair -
it's our address.”
The chair had been ordered by the first owner of our
house 35 years ago, and the shipping label was still
attached to the bottom of the chair. I supposed it
wanted to come home! What are the chances of that?
Anyway, it was pretty freaky, but pretty cool too. It's
since been upholstered in a tone on tone burgundy
stripe with antiqued brass nail head studs. The
original label is kept in a clear plastic bag and shown
as proof whenever we tell visitors to our home the
story behind “the chair.” Kris Bauer, Bloomfield Hills, MI
About 12 years ago I went to a yard sale. It had been
advertised as "rain or shine", so I just knew I would have
a good chance because it was raining that day and I
figured there would not be many people out, but boy was
Many of the items were being held in the garage and the
sun room of the sellers home so it was perfect. I am an
avid reader, so I went straight for the books. I looked
through many, but a very old German novel caught my
interest and the seller wanted just two dollars for it. So
I continued to browse for other items.
I went home with my various collection, and I never looked
at the book again until three days later. When I did, I
found a black and white Kodak picture. On the back there
was some writing. The writing was very shaky. Perhaps by
an elderly person, or someone that was shaken by that
day's events. The photo was dated Nov 22, 1963 of Mr.&
Mrs. John F. Kennedy. (On the back it states leaving the
church on the morning of his death.) The couple looking as
handsome as ever. even though the photo was black and
white, Jackie wore the stunning pink suit with the fur trim.
I was in shock.
I sat there staring at my new found treasure, remembering
where I was that day. Sitting at my desk at school, when
the announcement came over the loud speaker, that the
President of the United States had been killed. Staring at
my teacher as she turned her head away from the rest of
the class and cried. At the time I was too young to fully
understand all the emotion, but the day I discovered the
picture I could not hold back the tears, nor can I today.
SEND US YOUR VINTAGE STORIES! send them to email@example.com
Comments, thoughts? Write to us: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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3) Your Classifieds...
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classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 210,000
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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.
My husband's father died a few years ago. He was divorced from my
mother in law and remarried with a son .My husband did not receive
anything of his father's and really has nothing tangible to remember him
by. My husband's father was a cattleman and worked at The St. Joseph
Mo. stock yards for years as did my husband when he was a boy. Last
year I started collecting items from the St. Joseph stock yards in hopes
of making a shadow box full of memories for my husband. I have old
photos and an old metal ear tag and a few bullet pencils. The one thing
I can't seem to find is anything from The St. Joseph Commission Co.
which is the company my father in law worked for. If anyone can help,
please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
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
5) A TIP FROM THE KOVELS
KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter reports that
vintage scarves by name designers like Hermès and Pucci are bargains
today compared to the original price of old ones and today's new ones.
Some collectors wear them, some frame them like pictures. Look for
Liberty of London, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, or less expensive Vera or
old Ralph Lauren scarves.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter,
6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
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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 know this has happen to many people who have babies and are invited to
weddings and have no one to watch the little one. My husband was the best
man in a wedding and I had to attend with my 3 year old, who of course
could not keep totally quiet because there's his dad and his two other
favorite people. Well he started to make some noise nothing bad just a
few loud comments. In the reception line the bride and groom said it was
so nice to have Michael partake in the wedding and he got big hugs.
Well after the ceremony there was a dinner which I was now lucky to
have someone to watch the little guy. I arrived a little bit later than the
rest of the people but not too late because of all the greetings and picture
taking. The first thing I did was go to the ladies room to freshen up. In
the ladies room was a group of girls talking and one said "I am so
embarrassed! I was complaining about that little boy making noise and
the lady across from me said she was his grandmother"! I turned and
said don't feel so bad I am his mother!
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.
8) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Bill requested a recipe for "Coconut, chocolate cookie bars made with
sweetened condensed milk ". We had MANY responses. 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.
It appears that this is probably one of the most popular recipes we've
ever published. It goes by many names:
Magic Cookie Bars
Coconut Chocolate chip cookie bars
Seven layer cookie bars
Miracle Cookie bars
There are quite a few variations based on the many that were sent in.
Here are several.
In answer to your request for this particular bar, I am enclosing the
old Magic Bar Recipe.
Mix together: 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 stick butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Press into the bottom a 9" x 13" baking pan.
Top crust evenly with the following ingredients in the order given below:
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped (large pcs.) walnuts
1 cup flaked coconut (sweetened)
1 can SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK
(not evaporated) Pour this evenly over the top of the layers.
Bake at 350F until lightly browned. Fran
think the recipe Bill is looking for is called Seven Layer Bars and/or
Magic Cookie Bars. It's really easy to make and delicious too. I
make them every year for Christmas.
SEVEN LAYER BARS
1/2 cup butter or margarine (1 stick)
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup flaked sweetened coconut
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips (may use all chocolate chips if preferred)
1 12 oz can sweetened condensed milk (may us non-fat but it must
be sweetened, not just condensed milk)
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Turn oven to 350 degrees. Place butter or margarine in 9 x 13 inch
pan and place in oven until butter melts. Carefully swirl melted
butter in pan to cover bottom and grease sides. Place on a flat
heat-proof surface. Evenly sprinkle the next 4 ingredients over the
bottom of pan in the order given. Pour sweetened condensed milk
over the top, covering it as much as possible. Sprinkle the nuts
evenly over the top. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool and cut into
desired size bars. These freeze well and should be refrigerated
for storage of more than a day or two. Margaret
Regarding the "amazing cookie bars that were
made with coconut, chocolate chips and I think they also had
sweetened condensed milk" a reader asked for .. I believe he is
referring to one of my favorites ... "Magic Cookie Bars"
(I have lifted and pasted from the "Eagle Brand" website)
This is THE EAGLE BRAND® best-loved classic - a favorite of
kids and adults alike! EAGLE BRAND® is the magic ingredient
in this easy cookie bar recipe.
Servings: Makes 2 to 3 dozen bars
Serving Size: not available
Nutrition: not available
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted
1 (14-ounce) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened
Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
2 cups (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 350°F (325°F for glass dish). In small
bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and butter; mix well.
Press crumb mixture firmly on bottom of 13X9-inch baking pan.
Pour EAGLE BRAND® evenly over crumb mixture.
Layer evenly with remaining ingredients; press down firmly
Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Cut
into bars or diamonds. Store leftovers covered at room temperature.
... I always use flaked almonds ... they are magical because
they are so easy to make, and they also "magic"-ly disappear !!!
Love your Newsletter, Marilin in B.C.
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
Vintage Kitchen items are practical and collectible. We've
got lots of them here:
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.
Looking for Favorite Hot drinks for cold weather other than coffee
or tea. My husband works outdoors in the winter and I want to
give him something warm to drink in his thermos. Sheila
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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