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The Collectors Newsletter #499 -- February 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #499 -- February 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
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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.
Here are some of the first responses to our request for "unusual things
that children collect". We want to hear your story. Please email it to
email@example.com and we may publish it here.
My 7 year old niece has been a collector since she could walk. She
collects everything that crosses her path, and she will not throw anything
away. She seems to have an innate sense of belonging to her surroundings.
She collects pretty rocks, and calls them her jewels and displays her
favorites in her room. She insists on saving the wrapping paper from her
birthday and Christmas gifts, and has a special place to keep it. Fairies
are another favorite for her to collect, and her aunt (me) gladly helps her
with this collection. In fact you could say she collects memories, as when
it came time to change her room decor from the baby candy stripes and
blocks and bears, she did not want to let go of it, so her Mom made a
compromise with her, and left the wall behind her door unpainted, retaining
the blocks and bears, and in addition, growth changes for her little
brother and herself are "collected" on that wall. Jackie in Wisconsin
In the 50's, my little sister and I summered at our family cottage on
Catawba Island (really a peninsula) on Lake Erie, Ohio. One of our
favorite activities was to walk the beach and pick up "crab tootsies," the
colorful claws of small crab remains we found littered around. We'd take
our prizes back to the cottage and place them in the drawer of the kitchen
table, a wonderful red and white enameled table with pull-out extensions.
We had quite a collection going, and the summer heat was working its magic
on the "tootsies." One morning at breakfast Mom said "what IS that smell!"
She followed her nose to our drawer of claws, and that was the end of our
collection. I still call my little sister "Tootsie."
When I was a child growing up in small town Iowa, I had a rather unusual
(some might say yucky) collection - I collected the shells from cicada
larvae. I could find these all over in the summer, clinging to trees, on
the ground...I thought they were so neat! I remember having a show and
tell day at preschool, and bringing in my collection to show to the class.
Some of the class was impressed, others appalled. I collected these
for a few months, until one day, I came home to find that my cat had
eaten every last one of them. The funny thing is that I refuse to even
touch them now! I guess that's one of the differences between kids
and grownups.Cindy - Cedar Rapids, IA
I don't know if you would classify this as unusual, but between the ages of
8 to 18 I once collected TV Guides ( 1975-85 ). I think it was because, at
that time, I was interested in certain celebrities. Ripping out the page/s
wasn't satisfactory so I just kept the whole Guide. Only one time in early
1980 did I bother to count them, just over 75 guides ! It was then I decided
to cut way back and only keep one or two every odd month or so. My
parents would just shake their heads and I would keep moving the ever
growing black garbage bag around my room. Finally, in 1989, just after
getting married, the thought of hauling these TV Guides around quickly
lost my interest, by then I'd stopped collecting them and had no real
reason to keep them ( no eBay back then ). So it was off to the recycling
but not before I went through them and selected about two or three from
the 70s/early 80s ( before they changed their format ). One of them is
quite special to me as it has a drawing of my friends Star Trek contest
entry ( early 80s ). Hmmmm, I could always start collecting them
again......no thanks lol ! All the best, Tracy in British Columbia Canada
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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've had great success in returning items I've purchased in antique shops to
original family members and I would like, with your help, to try once again.
This album was part of a "lot" of photo items in an eBay purchase.
I have a lovely handmade wooden photo album. The entire album; spine
included, is made of wood and tied with a leather cord. The word "Photos"
is handcut and applied to the front. The inscription in the front reads "To
Janet Curts = Xmas 1944, from John and Deana, & Dale Leer". I am
sure there must be members of the Curts or Leer family who would love to
have this wonderful album back in the family.
The album is filled with photos depicting the life of this family. There are
babies, vacations, graduations, etc. - just a lifetime of memories. One
of the post cards in the album is addressed to "Mr. and Mrs. Bill
Curts, ?? Harrison, Alexandria, Ind. and is from someone named "Latta".
It's dated 1937.
My favorite photo is of a little white cabin that appears to be in a motor
court called "LITTLE'S CABINS". On one side of the cabin is a painting
of Mickey Mouse resembling the 1930's style Mickey and there are two
little girls sitting on the front step. One of the children in this family is a
darling little girl with Down's Syndrome. She is just a doll and it is
obvious from the photos that her family dearly loved her.
The photos appear to go back to the 20's and 30's. There is a Christmas
card photo from a family where Dad is wearing a Santa suit and is
signed; Joan, Dave, Don, Dan and Chris.
The album also contains poems hand written on the pages "Poems by
Barbara Pherson". Also, someone in the family was a teacher as there
are many photos of students pictured with the same teacher. The
pictures seem to end around 1955.
One thing that impresses me so much about this album is the child
with Down's Syndrome. Most of those photos seem to be from the late
30's or early 40's. At a time when many parents were encouraged to
put Down's children in "homes", this family obviously adored their little
girl. What a doll she is - always smiling - from her baby photos through
the later ones of her as an older child.
I would be thrilled to return this album to either a member of the Curts
family or the Leer family at NO cost to them. I am always happy when
I can return something like this to the family. Thanks to this
newsletter, I was able to return a photo to a set of triplets not long ago.
I'm hoping you can help me do the same with this album. Judy
Strickland email: Jumeaujs1@aol.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.
I have another Weebles story. My sister got her two daughters Weebles for
Christmas. She also got them some small plastic kitchen appliances. The
older of the two girls, Jennifer spent the entire day putting her weebles in
the little blender and turning it on. It had a wavy plastic disk blade so
it didn't hurt the weebles, but the noise they made was horrendous. I don't
think any of us has forgotten that Christmas. Doris M.
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
Russ H. requested a recipe for "Bisquick Apple Cake".
Here is one response that came in this week..
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
Here is the URL of the Web site mentioned in the last newsletter.
"How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human
By GEORGE CARVER, M. S. in Agr., Director
EXPERIMENTAL STATION, TUSKEGEE INSTITUTE,
BISQUICK APPLE DESSERT
1 qt. sliced apples or other fruit
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
2 tbsp. butter
1 c. Bisquick
2/3 c. milk
Put apples in a baking dish or pan. Mix sugar, cinnamon, and
nutmeg and put over apples and dot with the butter. Mix the
Bisquick with the milk and pour over apples. Bake at 350
degrees for 1/2-3/4 hour until Bisquick is brown. Serve with
milk or ice cream.
Bisquick Apple Coffee Cake Recipe
Can be prepared in 30 minutes or less.
A favorite family ritual growing up was apple coffee cake on
Sunday mornings. My dad would prepare it for his six greedy
kids, all of us begging for him to pile on the brown sugar.
2 cups Bisquick mix
2/3 cup of milk or water
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tart green apple, cored, peeled, sliced
1/3 cup Bisquick mix
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
4 Tbsp butter
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Grease 8" square pan or 9" round pan. Mix cake ingredients.
Spread cake batter in pan. Insert apple slices into the batter
evenly throughout the cake. Mix the topping ingredients of
Bisquick, brown sugar and cinnamon. Spread topping mix
over top of batter in pan. Add slices of butter all over the top.
Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown, testing with a toothpick.
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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.
As I sit here writing this, there is a quart of home made vanilla
bean ice cream in the freezer, with no hot peach cobbler to go with it.
I'm looking for the best cobbler recipe on the planet. I remember my
mom making peach, cherry and even apricot cobblers. Who in TIAS
land would like to share their favorite cobbler recipe with me and
unite the perfect cobbler with the perfect ice cream? :-) Barb
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
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