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The Collectors Newsletter #508 -- March 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #508 -- March 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.
Our two couples started going to Antique shows in the early 80’s. Everyone
had something they collected except for me. I figured that I would be going
to a lot of these shows, so I had better find something of my own. I didn’t
want to overlap with their collections, so it had to be unique. I don’t
remember how I decided to collect what I did, maybe they just caught my
eye, but I decided to start collecting mesh purses. At the time, women
did not want anything to do with ‘girly’ things. This was the height of the
women’s movement. I was amazed at the combination of artistic appeal
and the mechanics of manufacturing these beautiful items. As my collection
grew, my wife started encouraging me and made sure that I only purchased
purses that were of the best quality. Over time my collection grew to almost
100 purses. I purchased a display case from a jewelry store that was going
out of business. Now, on a Friday evening, after a long weeks work, we can
go out into the garage and over a nice glass of wine look at a collection that
is a joy to see. We all agree that I have been wise in purse selection and
the collection should continue to appreciate in value. When starting a
collection, do not be afraid to cross the gender line! Your only concern
should be to buy things that you enjoy collecting and looking at.
Doug in California
My daughter, who is 18 and just recently moved out on her own, started
her collecting and antique treasure hunting when she was about 7 years
old. Her dad had told her about how he had dreamed of getting a Davy
Crockett watch when he was a child. After much pleading, his parents
gave him the watch for his birthday. He was so excited that he got up
in the middle of the night to check the time and dropped the watch.
Both his heart and the watch were broken. She decided to make it her
mission to find a working Davy Crockett watch for Dad. Everywhere we
visited, she wanted to go through all the antique and collector shops.
In the process of looking for the watch, she found lots of little
treasures. She started collecting crystals and square nails. She then
moved on to sake and tea sets. Many of the shop owners were delighted
with her as she gave them her phone number to contact her if they ever
ran into any Davy Crockett watches. They often gave her free gifts of
little antique treasures to add to her collection. By the time she was
11 years old, she had discovered the Internet and found a working
original Davy Crockett watch in mint condition. She bid and won the
auction and presented it to her dad 50 years after he had broken his
original watch. They were both in tears when he received his gift. I
think some of her tears were because the quest was over. She had great
fun in looking in antique shops throughout our travels. Since then, she
has found some beautiful antique powder compacts. DR in Atascadero, CA
I enjoyed Sheryl's comments about her collection of post cards. I feel
exactly the same way. I love the sentiments and the bits of history
on the cards and post cards that were actually used. I also collect
antique Valentines and I much prefer the ones with a loving sentiment
on the back rather than the pristine, never used ones. I have one
very gorgeous one that is three dimensional that reads "to baby
Sarah, love Grandpa 1901". I often wonder if the ones sent by a
young lover ever resulted in a marriage or a real relationship. I also
note that on each and ever one Valentine - without fail - the sentiment
is never written on the inside of the Valentine; it's always on the back.
It seems they treasured them too.
My collection of Victorian photos of babies and toddlers bring out
those same feelings in me. Who were they; what kind of life did they
live; how did these darling images end up in an antique shop? So -
I buy them and give them a home. I keep them in the old cardboard
box that she had them in. Written in her hand are the words
"Sunday School Cards". I have added my own note to my children -
"that these cards are to remain in the family and are to never be
separated". If she treasured them for over 80 years then I can surely
do the same.
My greatest collection is actually not my own - I have about 100
"Sunday School" cards collected by my grandmother. The oldest
one is dated 1901 (she was three years old) and they go through
1926. I was told that each child was given a card every week to
prepare for the next week's Bible verse and lesson. Every card has
a beautiful colored image on the front and a short verse and a
paragraph or two about the story related to it.
A collection seems to bring out different feelings in each collector.
Some love the thrill of the "hunt"; others treasure the feelings they
evoke. Whatever the reason - they provide us with a tangible
link to the past. Judy S.
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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 found a small (6 x 9 inches) framed original colored pencil drawing that
shows a lovely scene of ducks flying in to their evening resting place at
sunset. It's signed Lily Gyldenvand on the front and on the back, and
another note on the back says: North Dakota 1957. My Internet searches
show that Dr. Lily M. Gyldenvand was (or still is) an important official in
the North Dakota Salvation Army. She is also a prolific and respected
author of Christian books. I've been unable to find a current address, and
my e-mail to the North Dakota Salvation Army headquarters was never
answered. I have no idea how this charming little drawing ended up in
southeastern Michigan, but I want very much to return it to the artist or
her family. I'm sure one of your readers will be able to help the drawing
go home again. Please e-mail Margaret at Starheart3@aol.com.
Thanks so much! Margaret Lubahn
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
I would like to share my 6 year old neighbor boy story. He comes to our home
every day and we have to play a pretend game of some kind. This particular
day, we were riding dirt bikes. (Keep in mind, I am 65 years old) I asked him
where we should go. "Let's go to town," was his reply. I asked, should we go
to town to get a soda? OK--We pretended that we made every corner, shifted
and all the "things " dirt bike riders have to do. When we parked, I asked him
what kind of soda that he wanted. His reply, "I think I'll have a Minnesota."
What a chuckle I had! Mama Nancy
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feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.com and we may
publish it here.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our NEW! vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful recipes are listed.
Granny Dee requested a recipe for "sweet Corn Tamales". made with
dried apricots. Here are several responses that came in this week..
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
There is a restaurant here in Los Angeles called "El Cholo" and they
are very famous for their green corn tamales! They gave the recipe to
the Food Network which is where I copied this. They are sweet and
wonderful and only served 6 months out of the year - so everyone
lines up to get them when they are in season. Good luck!
K. Dermit - Los Angeles
24 ears yellow corn
1/2 pound cornmeal
1/4 pound shortening
1/4 pound butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup half-and-half or cream
1 teaspoon salt
12 (1-ounce) strips Cheddar
24-ounce can chiles (recommended: Ortega)
Special equipment: Parchment paper
Cut both ends of corn, remove husks and save for wrapping. Cut corn
kernels off the cob. In a food processor, grind the kernels with the
Beat shortening and butter together until creamy. Add the sugar, half
& half and salt. Add the corn mixture and mix well.
For each tamale, overlap 2 corn husks. Spread some of the corn
mixture onto the husks. Place 1 cheese strip and 1 chile strip on
top of the mixture. Top with more corn masa. Bring the edges of the
corn husks over the filling to cover completely. Place the husk on a
piece of square parchment paper. Fold ends of corn husks, then fold
sides of parchment over tamale and fold up ends. Tie string around
ends to hold in place. Continue until all tamales are tied. Place on
a rack and steam approximately 35 to 45 minutes.
I used to make sweet tamales with my left over masa. I made them like
regular tamales, but instead of the meat mixture inside, I would sprinkle
them with sugar, cinnamon and raisins. We absolutely loved them.
You cook them just like the meat tamales as well. You might like to try
some like this. Beverly, Ariz
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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.
My Southern grandmother used to make a chocolate pie for my dad's
birthday every year. It was more like a meringue than anything. It had
the meringue topping, and the filling was meringue consistency. I
thought my aunt had the recipe, but apparently not. My grandma has
been with the Lord almost 13 years. No one has bee able to recreate
this pie. I would be thrilled to make one for my dad for Father's Day.
(I should note that grandma was quite poor growing up and in early
married life, so I'm sure the ingredients would have been simple and
inexpensive. She grew up on a cotton farm in Arkansas and lived rest
of her life in Memphis and Dallas.) Thanks to anyone who can help.
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.
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