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The Collectors Newsletter #515 -- April 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #515 -- April 2007
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1. Featured Collectors Club
2. Stories From our Readers
3. Antique News
4. Your Classifieds
5. Lost and Found
6. News from the Kovels
7. Newly listed items
8. Funny Old Stuff
9. Wanted ads. Can you help?
10. A Vintage Recipe
11. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
12. New On line Merchants
13. Helpful Resources For Collectors
1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
The American Society of Jewelry Historians, is an organization dedicated to the study of jewelry history and the dissemination of jewelry-related information through its educational programs, which include lectures, special events and a newsletter. The society encourages you to join them in this quest to understand jewelry as it relates to many subjects within social, political, economic and historical context. For more information, visit:
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2) 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.
After getting quite a bit of feedback about our new collectors club feature, we've decided to list a new club in each issue, rather than just once a week. If you would like to have your club featured in this newsletter, it needs to be listed in the new TIAS Collectors Club Directory. To check to see if your club is listed, please go to:
. If your club is not listed, you can post it here:
Once your club is listed, drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about your club. We will then feature it in an upcoming newsletter......Phil
My mother was cleaning out her basement in preparation for moving. Under the cellar stairs she found milk bottles in a metal carrier. My great grandfather used to work for the Allentown Dairy in Pennsylvania. These bottles are labeled with his last name of Hinkel. We don't know if the dairy did that to the people who distributed the milk. We have a picture of him with a horse drawn dairy cart.. We thought it was an interesting find, especially since we didn't know the milk bottles were there. Pat in Mechanicsburg, PA
We have a Naval cannonball in our garage that my husband dug up while preparing a section of our lawn for a vegetable garden. In the mid-1970's we rented a house on the shore of Lake Ontario in the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario. He found several rocks and then this metallic, round object. I took it to the local museum and they immediately identified it as a cannonball from the War of 1812. There were several battles between American and British ships on the lake just offshore from where our house was located, and we had found a reminder of one of those battles. I offered it to the museum but they turned it down, claiming that they had more than they needed! The cannonball has made several trips to schools when the topic of that war is taught by one of my friends, but the rest of the time, it remains in our garage as an example of never knowing what you will find in the garden. J
First I'd like to say how very much I enjoy your newsletter. The story about the "apron" brought back so many memories about my Mom and my Grandmothers. I started rummaging through pictures and sure enough found several of all three ladies wearing their "apron". I decided to share the story about the many things an apron could do with a friend. I thought you might be interested in her response.
The email was precious. It brought back so many memories of my grandmother. And she how she used her apron for almost everything listed in your story. An apron is one of the sad things that have been left behind along with the white gloves and hats. One of the sweetest memories that I had of an apron was with my great aunt. When I was cleaning out her house after she passed away I found $13,000 in one of her apron's pockets. Now that was a sweet memory. ....." Mary
After receiving the email from Mary, I shared the story with my husband because I'm one of those persons who hides money. I told him if I pass before him he'll also have to check the apron pockets. Because you see, I still have some of my Mom's and never thought of using it as a hiding place.
Again, thanks for sharing the great stories in your newsletter. Best regards, Sandy from DE.
Things found while digging....the best thing I can remember was an applied top soda bottle from the Kelso Soda Works (Kelso WA). When I was growing up we lived on a road which had at one time been an logging
railroad. We regularly found rusted pieces of cable lying in the woods amongst the rotted stumps, but not much else. My dad kept sheep to chew the brush down, to bare dirt in places, and one day one of them
uncovered the bottle. From its age and position in relation to the old logging grade it was probably tossed off a passing train, 50 years or so before we found it. Thomas
I have really enjoyed the stories from readers. They add so very much to your newsletter. This subject is of interest to me because years ago my daughter (then age about 11) and one of her young friends were digging in a years old garbage dump on our farm property and dug up a cut glass decanter that was really beautiful and in excellent condition. It had started to turn the violet color of old glass left in sunlight, and she was very happy with her find. We cleaned it up and displayed it in our home for several years. A good 12 years later her father was moving things around in the old dump and found the glass stopper (in perfect condition) that clearly matched the decanter, and now the set was complete. I can only surmise that the lady of the house did not approve of alcoholic beverages and so disposed of it. When our daughter married and finally set up her own household, one of the first things that she requested be taken with her was the decanter and now it has a special place in her home. Ann
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3) Antique News
Here is that latest news about antiques, art and collectibles from
1. SOTHEBY’S SALE OF FINEST AND RAREST WINES - MAY 19, 2007. Click here:
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3. VINTAGE HANDBAGS - A HISTORY. Click here:
4. Antique Trader Editor Kyle Husfloen Guests On The VoiceAmericaTM Channel Online Radio Show. Click here:
5. Author Ellen Schroy Guests On The VoiceAmericaTM Channel Online Radio Show Let's Talk Antiques. Click here:
6. Souvenir Spoon Auction (Mail Auction). Click here:
7. Joe and Daisy Smith Estate Auction to be 3-Day Event. Click here:
8. The Shops At Malleries would like to welcome our new shop owners. Click here:
9. Identity of three Summer 2007 Trail of painted ponies revealed. Click here:
10. SOTHEBY’S AUCTION OF MAGNIFICENT JEWELS ON APRIL 24, 2007. Click here:
11. Sotheby's to Debut a New Credit Card.
12. The Top 20 Searches for Antiques and Collectibles at Kovels.com for March 2007. Click here:
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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 newsletter.
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.
Recently, my husband and I decided to go through some of the jewelry he received when his mother passed away many years ago. There are several lovely pieces that we decided to pass on to our daughter and nieces. Among the rings we found two class rings. One we determined was his mothers high school ring but the second one totally stumped us and we have no idea where it came from. We thought maybe someone out there might have some information on the origin of the ring but we will probably never know why mom had it in her jewelry box. The class ring could be a man's or woman's but the size appears small. The interesting part is that it has an R in the middle of the front of the ring and below that Riverside MA. It is dated 1940 and has the initials EC inside the band. Mom went to high school in Atlanta and played in the band and we found photos of marching trips in parades in New York in 1939 and Boston in 1940. We wonder if she might have found the ring on one of those trips and not knowing what to do with it just kept it as a souvenir. Any idea from readers who might know what high school this ring originated from can reach me at Jlamiell@satx.rr.com -- Many thanks!
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' NEW DICTIONARY OF MARKS: POTTERY & PORCELAIN, 1850 TO THE PRESENT
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Marks are sorted by shape for easy identification, and factory dates and locations are listed with each mark. Special sections on date-letter codes, factory "family trees," dating clues, and commonly forged marks, as well as an index and bibliography are included.
Judy Campbell recommends KOVELS' NEW DICTIONARY OF MARKS: POTTERY & PORCELAIN, 1850 TO THE PRESENT in her "Attic Antiques" column in the January 15, 2007 issue of AntiqueWeek:
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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.
The Milk Duds incident reminded me of a story my mother tells about my two older sisters. A package of X-Lax was somehow left in reach of my oldest sister, Karen, who was 3 or 4 years of age at the time. She decided she would share her "chocolate" with Peggy. My mom found the empty package...and you can guess the rest of the story--the two girls spent most of the afternoon and evening in the "Little Girl's Room"!!
J.H. Pensacola, FL
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.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.
D.Treski requested a recipe for " Pork Pie" We received these responses...
* 2 pounds lean pulled pork
* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
* 1 cup bread crumbs
* 2 (3.5 ounce) links sweet Italian sausage
* 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
* 1 large onion, grated
* salt to taste
* ground black pepper to taste
* 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
* 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
1. Roll out dough to fit a 9 inch pie plate.
2. Place ground pork, rosemary, bread crumbs, parsley, and onion in a medium-size bowl; mix until well blended. Remove casings from sausage, and crumble into the mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
3. Sprinkle 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese into the bottom of pie shell. Spread pork mixture on top of cheese, and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan. Place top crust over filling, and crimp the edges together.
4. Bake at 500 degrees F (260 degrees C) for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
Italian Pork Pie
3 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/8 cup milk
2 cups pulled pork
1 lb. sweet sausage, cooked & sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 lbs. ricotta cheese
1 small Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon milk
Mix the flour and sugar together. Make a well in the center, add the 3 eggs, shortening and milk, mixing together until dough is easy to handle.
Divide in half; roll out one portion and fit into 9x13 inch baking pan. Cover other the remaining half of the dough until later.
In a small bowl, beat the 4 eggs.
In a large bowl, mix together; ham, sausage, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. Mix in eggs. Spread filling in crust.
Roll out remaining dough and fit on top of mixture. Seal edges; cut slit in top.
Brush top with a mixture of 1 well-beaten egg and 1 tablespoon of milk; this will make the crust shiny.
Bake for 45-60 minutes in preheated 350º F oven until crust is golden brown and filling is firm.
Cool slightly before serving. Makes 8 servings
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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.
Back at Harding elementary school in Santa Barbara, CA in the late 60's, I remember loving the 35 cent hot lunches, because of the huge puffy white rolls that came with the lunches.They were amazing. Everyone loved them and asked the cook for the recipe. She always told us that she needed to reduce it before she could give it to us, but she never seemed to get around to it. I'm in my mid 40's now, but still remember these amazing, large, puffy white rolls with the smooth, thin, golden brown crust. Does anyone have any idea what the recipe was?
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.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
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