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The Collectors Newsletter #510 -- March 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #510 -- March 2007
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2. Antique News
3. Your Classifieds
4. Lost and Found
5. News from the Kovels
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7. Funny Old Stuff
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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 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.
I find it interesting that so many people collect vintage postcards. A few
years ago after my father passed away we were cleaning out the
basement of the house my parents bought 50 years ago. In the rafters
we found a folder that contained 83 postcards that were sent to my
mother when she was a little girl. She was born in 1905. Some of these
cards had no writing on but 9 of them were from some cousin of hers
named "Artie" and were sent from Rouen France in 1915 during the
first world war. They describe the area and thank her and her parents
for the parcels they sent. Two of these cards have pictures of "Artie"
on them. I have no idea who this man is since we live in Canada and
all of her relatives lived in England. I do not even know if he survived the
war. I am so sorry we didn't know about these cards when my mother
was alive so she could tell us about "Artie". Since this is the 90th
anniversary of the Canadian Army's victory at Vimy Ridge in France
these cards are a wonderful reminder of the soldiers who fought during
this time. Barb McNamara, Toronto Canada
I have two very treasured Valentine cards. They were my grandparents.
They started them in 1955 at their 20th wedding anniversary. The cards
are 3-D, stand up type. My grandma would put the year on the back
and they gave them to each other every year! I can remember being
very little and seeing them on top of the t.v. She even wrote in 1986,
in the hospital as my grandpa died that next year. It is a treasure to
have these cards for myself now. I should carry on the tradition with
my own husband as we just had our 25th wedding anniversary.
Thank you so much for your newsletter. I really enjoy reading it.
Lori D. Mesa, AZ
I have always loved Vintage and antique Valentine cards, and I display
them for the Valentine's Day Holiday. But my most treasured card is
the one my Mother saved and I discovered after her passing. It was a
card sent to my Father from me when I was less than a year old ,
envelope and all. I could just picture my mother who was only married
for less than two years buying this card and being so pleased to mail
it to my Father. Another card I found in her pile of goodies was a
Valentine card I sent to my Mother and Father when I was in college.
We always teased my Mother for saving everything but now I'm
grateful that she did. Carol, Fairfield, Connecticut
In the early 1950s my sister and I were mad for packs of trading cards
we usually bought at the dime store. Lots of kids in my school has
packs of them, usually carefully wrapped with a thick rubber band, and
we would trade away all through recess. The pictures on the cards
varied: dogs, horses, flowers, Victorian scenes, etc. While I do find old
baseball and cigarette cards, I've never found any of the cards we used
to play with. My sister is quite ill and has to spend a lot of time in bed.
I'd love to find some of these old cards for her. I'd wrap a rubber band
around them and present them to her that way! If anyone can direct
me to some, I'd really appreciate it!
Diana Cooper - firstname.lastname@example.org
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4) Lost and Found
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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.
Hello there. After I came home from the U.S. Army in the sixties with my
new German wife and daughter I moved into my mothers home that had
been rented out all the years I was over seas and as we cleaned the place
up I found this (clay / porcelain ) jar that was full of ? 3/8 round porcelain
balls and on and off for the last 40 years I have tried to identify it to no
avail and now maybe one of your readers will have some info on this
matter. "It bugs me" Danny firstname.lastname@example.org
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its owner or are you looking for a special item or person? Maybe we can
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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.
On our 30th wedding anniversary my husband was looking through our
wedding album. He looked up, smiled and said " Where is the cute young girl
I married?". Without missing a breath I replied " Oh her, she's living with some
old guy". Barb Toronto
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful recipes are listed.
Bill in CA requested a recipe for "Zesty sweet potato salad". Here are
several responses that came in this week..
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
For Bill's Potato Salad Request:
The secret is to add a couple of tablespoons of vinegar to the water
in which the potatoes are boiling. Don't let them boil too long - they
should be firm when you cut them up. Drain. Add just a very small
amount of Miracle Whip (tangier than Mayo) so the potatoes stay
relatively dry. Add chopped hard-boiled eggs and a couple of spoons
of sweet pickle relish (don't overdo). Pepper. Salt. Maybe a dash of
sugar, depending on your taste. Finely chopped onions if you desire
(green or white). The pickle relish is the key. But less is more. Enjoy!
This is for Bill in CA who is looking for a "zesty sweet potato salad
recipe." (I hope he didn't mean one using sweet potatoes!) My Mother,
who was born in 1905 in Ohio, had a secret potato salad recipe which
she never wrote down and would purposely give the wrong directions to
anyone who insisted on having it. When I would plan a trip back home
(I live in CA) Mother would ask me in advance what I wanted her to cook
for me and that potato salad was always at the top of my list. One time
I begged her to tell me how to make it and I believe she really did
because I can now make a fair imitation of her creation. I can't give you
any specific amounts of the ingredients, but it goes like this:
Boil baking potatoes with skin on in water until they are cooked soft and
hard boil as many eggs as your cholesterol will permit (and then a few
more!) In the meantime make your dressing in a large enough bowl to
hold the potatoes and all ingredients. Use canned evaporated milk, add
salt, pepper and sugar. Mix well. Add enough cider vinegar to thicken
and make it zesty. Add plenty of chopped onions and celery. (We
often did not have fresh celery so Mother used celery seeds.) Peel the
hot eggs and separate yolks from whites. Chop both but add the hot
yolks first to the dressing. Mother actually used more yolks than whites
and added some yellow food coloring so that the dressing was a
yummy yellow color, not sickly white looking. Last, spear each hot
cooked potato with a fork, carefully peel off the skin with a paring knife,
quickly cut the potatoes into chunks and add them to the dressing. It
is important for the potatoes to be well cooked and hot so that they
actually absorb the dressing. Mix well and try to cool the "zesty potato
salad" in the frig before you start wolfing it down. Dode in CA
This is a tried and true recipe everyone asks me to bring to family
ZESTY POTATO SALAD
4 cups of peeled cooked cubed potatoes
1/2 cup of chopped celery
1/4 cup of grated carrot
1/2 cup of chopped green onion
1/2 cup Kraft Miracle Whip
1 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
2 tbsp sweet green relish
Stir potatoes, celery, carrot and green onion
together in a large bowl.
In a small bowl combine Miracle Whip, mustard,
salt, pepper and relish.
Pour dressing mix over potatoes and
vegetables and stir until well mixed.
Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours
or overnight to combine flavours.
This recipe can be doubled or tripled.
Barb McNamara Toronto Canada
Hi Bill! I'm a retired Navy cook, and most of my 20 Naval years was
spent in southern California. It was from the wives of my shipmate's
homemade potato salads that this recipe developed from. Each wife's
potato salad had something unique to offer. This recipe has never been
written down so this is an approximate.
I start with 'select' one large yukon gold and one large red potato.
Select only those with perfect skins. Skins are tender and colorful
when cooked. Cube the potatoes into bite size pieces.
Place cubed potatoes in a sauce pan, and add just enough water to cover.
Nestle an egg in the middle to cook with the potatoes. If you like lots
of egg, add another. Cook over medium high heat until the crispiness
has left the potatoes, but the flesh is still firm. Don't cook it to
While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the sauce in a large bowl.
1/3 cup sour cream (plain yogurt is OK)
1 heaping tablespoon of Miracle Whip or Mayo
1/4 cup sweet pickle relish
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
1 teaspoon regular mustard
a pinch or two of dried dill weed, celery salt, dried parsley, salt and
1 very small Sweet (Flat) Onion, diced
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 tablespoon cilantro, minced
Drain the potatoes. Peel and chop the egg(s). Fold potatoes and egg
into the sauce. Served hot or cold, it is delicious!
I hope this is what your looking for. ET
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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 am searching for a very odd recipe that I got out of one of the major
women's magazines sometime in the 80's. Unfortunately I do not recall
when or exactly what magazine but I do recall the main ingredient,
which was saltine crackers. They were laid out on a cookie sheet, and
some sort of syrup was made on the stove, which was then poured
over the crackers. I can't remember if it was then baked in the oven or
what, but I do recall that once it set but was still hot, a bag of chocolate
chips were poured over the top and then spread out to melt. I know
this recipe sounds crazy but you couldn't really taste the crackers.
I'd love to get this recipe and try it again! Does anyone out there have it?
A. Koomen, Mesa AZ
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