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The Collectors Newsletter #513 -- April 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #513 -- April 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 newsletter@tias.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.

Editors note.
In our next issue, I'm looking for stories about unusual vintage items you
have dug up. This could be while gardening, digging fence posts or even
metal detecting. Anything odd that you found under the ground tell us
about it and the story behind it. Send your story to newsletter@tias.com
Thanks! Phil
The recent pet food recalls have prompted me to write about two things I
have collected for years- hard plastic dish ware and additional pets.
Although my cats and dogs have not been subject to any of the suspect foods
so far identified on the MenuFoods and FDA lists, they have routinely eaten,
as have I, on melamine dish ware. I have had two cats and one dog with
mysterious kidney ailments. They eventually died. The were old-many things
could have been the cause.

In theory resin based melamine dishes should be safe, because the resin
would keep any ammonia, thought to be the link, from escaping. But what
happens when an old Boonton or Mel Mac is brown or scratched? Wikipedia says
that ammonia is released when melamine is heated. Well, how about a
dishwasher? What happens when dog saliva, with all those enzymes, or the
prickles on a cat's tongue repeatedly abrades those plates. How long until
a new TexasWare dish from a place like Smart N' Final is no longer safe? Or
how often should they really be used?

Even if we have no pets, I believe that we should follow carefully this news
story and consider for ourselves what is best.

For myself all our animals will now be eating from stainless steel. I will
continue to collect, and I will use melamine dish ware, but only
occasionally, like many of us do with lead glazed china. Linda

--Another Story--

Tell Judi C she ought to go out there and dig around in the dirt floor of the barn
because chances are her grandmother died without remembering to dig up all
the jars of money... I have a friend who gave away all of her aunt's clothes
after she died before she remembered that the aunt used to hide her jewelry in
the pockets! EE, West Tisbury, MA

--Another Story--

I've been fascinated with the stories of loved ones letting their presence be known
from beyond, particularly the ones about cars. My story, however, has nothing
to do with the car radio! My mother passed away at the young age of 54 after a
long battle with cancer. Being the oldest daughter, I took a leave of absence
from work during my Mom's final months to care for and be with her. On a rainy
afternoon about a month before she died, I was stretched across her bed talking
while she played with my hair. I asked her that if she could after she died, would
she give me a sign to let me know she was okay. She said that better yet, she
would be my guardian angel. She was able to keep her sense of humor up until
the end.

The second week in June, she finally gave up her battle and died peacefully in her
sleep. After the service at the funeral home, I decided I wanted to drive my own
new car to the cemetery rather than ride in one of the limos so I could have some
time alone. On the way there, my "check engine" light lit up and then started
flashing! At first, I was horrified that my car would break down and I wouldn't
make it to the cemetery but after a few miles of the car driving fine but the check
engine light still flashing, I said "Hi Mom - are you going to live in my car now?"
I was joking at the time.

In the weeks after the funeral, I took my car into my regular mechanic and then to
the dealer and spent over $500 to try and get that aggravating light to go out, but
to no avail. It's now been 11 years and 120,000 miles and my check engine light
still flashes at me at least once per trip. I've long ago outgrown this car and
bought others but can't bear to part with it even though it spends most of the
time under a cover in the driveway. My only son turns 16 this week and I've been
teaching him to drive my little old car (it's a stick) and told him to treat my
faithful old car like a lady because she is. After all these years looking after me,
I'm happy to pass the car on to my son so my mom can watch over him now.
Sandy - West Chester, OH
SEND US YOUR VINTAGE STORIES! send them to newsletter@tias.com
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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 newsletter@tias.com

2) Antique News

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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
or family.

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 purchased a box of books, etc. at an antique show. There were report cards
(blue) for a Sam Kirby from grade 1 thru 8th grade dated from 1938-1945
Blue Grass Elementry school (Knox County TN) Each one is signed by his
mother, Mrs. Sam W. Kirby. Teachers Nellie Coole,Hettie Hart, Mildred Kirby,
Beulah Pratt, W.L. Williams, Superintendent L. H. Brickey. I would like to see
these go to a relative who would treasure them.
Betty Blackburn, 800-695-2815, black223@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 newsletter@tias.com and we may run it in the next issue.
The story about the bulbs reminds me of a story about a friend with whom I
worked years ago.She was making "Sloppy Joe's" one day and asked her
husband to get her an onion from the cellar. When they ate them she thought
they had a funny taste and she asked her husband about the "onion". Turns
out he had given her a tulip bulb and she freaked. They called the poison
control center who told them it would not kill them. Bet she gets her own
onions now. From George and Morris and Molly's Mommy
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone
feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to newsletter@tias.com 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
someone out?

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9) A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our NEW! vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.

Donna, requested a recipe for "meringue cookies with butterscotch morsels "
We received several responses...
2 egg whites
1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
1/8 tsp. salt
3/4 c. sugar
1 c. butterscotch morsels
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Beat egg whites (at room temperature), cream of tartar, and salt at high speed
for 1 minute. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff
peaks form and sugar dissolves (about 2 to 4 minutes). Stir in butterscotch
morsels, chopped pecans and vanilla. Drop meringue mixture by teaspoons
onto cookie sheets lined with aluminum foil. Bake at 300 degrees for 25 minutes
or until dry. Cool completely on cookie sheets; carefully peel cookies from foil.
Note: for variation use mint chocolate morsels or butterscotch morsels or peanut
butter chips.

--Another recipe--

2 egg whites
1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
1/8 tsp. salt
3/4 c. sugar
1 c.butterscotch morsels
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/2 tsp. vanilla
Beat egg whites (at room temperature), cream of tartar, and salt at high speed
for 1 minute. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff
peaks form and sugar dissolves (about 2 to 4 minutes). Stir in butterscotch
morsels, chopped pecans and vanilla. Drop meringue mixture by teaspoons
onto cookie sheets lined with aluminum foil. Bake at 300 degrees for 25 minutes
or until dry. Cool completely on cookie sheets; carefully peel cookies from foil.
Carol Thomas Cullman, AL

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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 grandmother used to bake a 3-layer banana nut cake that was iced with
a sweet banana-nut icing. I have searched many websites for a cake that
resembles her delicious cake but have found nothing that compares.
She usually baked it for holidays but since my mother and her brothers had
their own special requests for her famous chocolate pie and pineapple
cake, my request for banana nut cake was not always honored. If anyone
has an old-fashioned banana nut cake with an amazingly delicious icing,
that may have been a special treat growing up, as it was mine, please
share your recipe. I hope to find the perfect banana nut layer cake recipe
so I can relish in the memories of my loving grandmother, Essie Jacobs.
She was truly a great cook and baker!!! B. Martin South Carolina
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
recipes@tias.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
recipes@tias.com and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:

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