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The Collectors Newsletter #501 -- February 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #501 -- 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.
I could totally identify with Cindy from Cedar Rapids, IA, who collected the
cicada larvae shells. We used to visit my grandmother in Kansas City, Mo.
and I remember my little sisters & I taking our big red wagon around the block
where she lived (we weren't allowed to cross the street) and picking those
shells off every tree we passed. We called them June bugs. We were
fascinated by the lines of shells going up each tree and could collect a whole
wagon-full on a trip around the block. Now it gives me the creeps just to think
about it!! I haven't the faintest memory of what we did with the wagon load of
shells - probably went home & left my grandmother to deal with them!
My very dear mother (who just recently passed away) and I decided to
organize the attic....which was probably never done. We came across
drapes that my mother had made for me when I was a baby -- 56 years ago.
She bought this really pretty cotton sateen fabric from England. The
design is an ivory background with Alice in Wonderland figures. Now, she
"freshened" them and very carefully washed and ironed them. We didn't
know what to do with them and I certainly wasn't going to throw them away.
I got the idea of making them into a shower curtain. She had made them
with pinched pleats so I went out and bought a tension rod and placed it
beside the shower curtain rod I have. So...........along with a plastic inside
shower curtain, I use this as my shower curtain. It's so pretty and it's filled
with many many good memories of my mother. Thank you for reading this;
I love your newsletters!! sincerely, yvonne
As a kid and teenager, I used to love to go to the local drive-in/malt shop for
a Pineapple Coke or a Suicide Coke (all different flavors mixed in). Our local
drive-in used to serve the cokes in paper cups with a straw and on the straw
or the side of the cup was always a little plastic animal. A monkey, giraffe,
etc... I used to collect these and link them together to make a necklace
border around the ceiling of my room.
Well, I moved away from home and Mom threw them away when she
redecorated my room. I've always wanted to find more of these little plastic
animal friends but never have been lucky enough. Many things are nostalgic
to me and this silly things bring back great memories. Julie, Pampa, Texas
I'm always interested in what people DO with their collections, other than
display them in curio cabinets. For instance, a friend's mother was in a
nursing home that had a lovely showcase. It was always empty, which I
found sad. So, my friend and I took my collection of butter pats and cordials
and made a beautiful arrangement in the showcase. We left it there for a
month or so and the resident ladies had such fun looking at them,
recognizing patterns, talking about collections they used to have etc.
I started collecting depression glass and 40's, 50's and 60's collectible glass
a number of years ago. I love yard sales and on one Saturday morning took
a young friend with me who did not know glass ware at all, but thought yard
sales would be fun to go to. At one yard sale, we had gone all the way to the
back yard and in the house and I had not spotted anything of interest until we
stepped back into the yard and there was a jadite "Fire King" bowl on the
ground that they fed the family dog out of. I offered a dollar for it and the
owner promptly washed it out and gave it to me. My young friend was
astounded and could not wait to tell everyone we both knew about my buying
a dog bowl! (That bowl today lists for $26.00). Anna
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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
2) Antique News
Antique & collectible news from News-Antique.com
1. Important Antique & Fine Art Auction
2. Collect antique snuff boxes - a habit not to be sniffed at
3. MARCH MADNESS CELEBRATED WITH THE OPENING
OF THE PIER ANTIQUES SHOW.
4. House Beautiful Columnist Carol Prisant Discusses Why Knowing
What's Good, Better, Best Matters.
5. African Art Collection will cross the block at Sunset Auction on April 21
6. Kovels’ Top 10 Weird Items at Auction 2006
7. A Brief History of the Victorian Arm Chair
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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.
We recently purchased a box lot of books at a local auction house. At the
bottom of the box was 2 paper cover booklets. One was the yearbook of
"The Day School For Girls" in New Haven CT. Titled "THE DAY STAR" it
is the yearbook for 1959. Along with this booklet was a second titled, "The
Wilson Silver Key Presents the Class of 1963". I believe Wilson College
is located in Chambersburg PA. Both of these booklets have the name
"Sue Brown", hand written on the cover. Pictured in both is Susan Fisher
Brown, "Sue". We would be glad to send these to any family member
who has an interest. firstname.lastname@example.org
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) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
KOVELS' TOP 10 WEIRD ITEMS AT AUCTION 2006
Ralph and Terry Kovel, authors of Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price
List, have chosen their "Top 10" Weird Items at Auction in 2006. The list
includes the world's largest rubber-band ball-a 3,300 pound ball, 5 feet in
diameter, a wooden gallows used in Cook County, Illinois, to hang convicts
from 1886 to 1927, and a watch made from a meteorite found in 1894 by
Robert E. Peary that sold for only $9,350-a bargain. What was so special
about the banana sticker that sold for $25,300! Find out more about these
and the other weird items that were auctioned in 2006 at
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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.
This just happened. My daughter had become furious at her two children,
bickering loudly in their car seats while she was driving. She had asked them
over and over to be quiet, and since they're pretty nice kids, they would
ordinarily have stopped. When they ignored her, the situation escalated and
she found herself nearly screaming, "That's! It! Not! One! More! Word! I don't
want a peep to come out of your mouths until we're home!" The kids were
surprised at her bossy tone, and more--as after a long silence, the
4-year-old girl said, "Excuse me, Mama, why would 'peep' come out of
my mouth?" Connie
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
Valerie requested a recipe for "apple crisp".
Here are several responses that came in this week..
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
I'm not sure if this recipe is from the oatmeal box, but I have been using it for
at least 30 years. It is hand written in a recipe book I had gotten for my 1st.
anniversary. I would make this often on Sundays, and have it for a quick snack
before we went to Sunday evening services. It was always a favorite of my late
husband and 3 boys. They like it while it was still hot, and ate it like a
cobbler with milk. B. Ruschel Ohio
5 to 6 cups of apples cored and thinly sliced ( I use a mixture of apples
Granny Smith, Red delicious, and any other apple that I might have on hand)
3/4 c. quick oats Old fashion oats work great too
3/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. of cinnamon
1/2 c. butter or margarine.
Peel, core and slice apples thinly and place in a 9 in. pan. At this time I also
sprinkle a little sugar over the apples, and a little flour for thickening.
Combine oats, sugar,flour and cinnamon. Cut in the butter and mix till mixture
is in clumps. Sprinkle over the apples. Bake at 375 for 30 min. or until the
apples are tender. Enjoy !!!!!!
For those who need artificial sweeteners the brown sugar that Splenda has
works the same as regular brown sugar,
Following is the recipe request for Valerie for Apple Crisp from the oatmeal box. I
am originally from Pennsylvania and I enjoyed making this for my sons. I am fairly
certain that this recipe is from the Quaker oatmeal box since the recipe card is old
and I have others from the oatmeal box using the same recipe cards. There is not
a pan size on the card but you can adjust your baking time according to the size
baking pan used.
4 cups peeled and sliced apples
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/3 cup flour
1 cup oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup butter, melted
Place apples in shallow baking dish; sprinkle with lemon juice. Combine dry
ingredients, add melted butter, mixing until crumbly. Spoon over apples. Bake
at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes or until lightly browned and apples are done.
Someone named Valerie requested the apple crisp recipe from the "back of the
oatmeal box." I found the following recipe in the cookbook called "Best Recipes
from the Backs of Boxes, Bottles, Cans and Jars." It's from the back of the
Maypo Oatmeal box.
Easy Apple Crisp
2/3 cup brown sugar firmly packed
1/2 cup sifted flour
1 cup Maypo 30-Second Oatmeal
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
1 can (1 lb. 4 ounces) apple pie filling
Mix dry ingredients together; blend in melted butter. Press two-thirds of
mixture into a lightly butter 8-inch square cake pan. Cover with pie filling.
Sprinkle with remaining Maypo mixture. Bake in preheated 350º oven for 30-35
minutes, until lightly browned. Cool; cut into squares; serve topped with ice
cream or whipped cream. Hope this is what she's looking for! Karen in Memphis
Quaker® Oatmeal Apple Crisp 1000 mL
(4 cups) cooking apples (about 5 large), peeled and sliced 75 mL
(1/3 cup) all purpose flour 25 mL
(1 1/2 tbsp) brown sugar 200 mL
(3/4 cup) brown sugar 15 mL
(1 tbsp) lemon juice 2 mL
(1/2 tsp) salt 50 mL
(1/4 cup) water 75 mL
(1/3 cup) butter or margarine, melted 250 mL
(1 cup) *Quaker® Oats (any variety, uncooked)
*Can also use 3 pouches of "Maple & Brown Sugar" or "Cinnamon & Spice"
Instant Quaker® Oatmeal by removing the following:
250 mL (1 cup) of Quaker® Oats
125 mL (1/2 cup) firmly packed brown sugar
2 mL (1/2 tsp) salt
Add 3 pouches of Instant Quaker® Oatmeal
Place apples in a greased shallow 22 cm (9") square baking dish.
Sprinkle with lemon juice, 25 mL (1 1/2 tablespoons) brown sugar, and water.
Combine remaining dry ingredients in a separate bowl; add melted butter,
mixing until crumbly. Sprinkle crumb mixture on top of the apples.
Bake at 190°C (375°F) for 30 minutes or until apples are tender.
Yield: 8 servings.
Nutrition Information (per serving):
Calories 237; Carbohydrates 40 g; Fat 8.4 g; Dietary Fibre 2.7 g
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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.
I've been searching for a recipe that my Grandmother used to make. She
passed away in 1960, and all her recipes were in her head. No--one in the
family thought to write them down.
Irish Potato Cake: She made this great Irish Potato cake (is what she called
it). It was made with grated potatoes and flat like a pancake. The closest
thing I ever found was at an Irish Restaurant in Hamden, CT, where they
served it with a great Corned Beef dinner. Unfortunately, it has been closed
for years. And, of course, they weren't going to give me the recipe.
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
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