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The Collectors Newsletter #517 -- April 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #517 -- April 2007
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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.
Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America
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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.
While digging holes for fence posts, the young man I had hired for yard work turned up a tiny metal car. Though dirty, mottled and scratched up a bit, the little car still had most of its green paint and seated inside were two tiny figures; the driver and his dog who sat in the back seat. The young man was quite pleased with his find and doubly so as he was British and the car was an MG with the steering wheel on the right. Imagine on a sunny day in California, a young Brit digs up an old British toy. Bonnie in Bend, OR
When we bought our first house, it was a tiny 2-bedroom bungalow built in the early 1920's. The original owners had raised two sons in the house and we purchased the house from one of the sons after the elderly parents had passed away. The first spring in our new home I decided to plant flowers along the side of the house. My spade hit something metal and with some further digging, I unearthed three lead WWI soldiers. The youngest of the two sons had married the widow next door and was thrilled when I stopped by to show him my treasure. I gave him back his toys when he told me about playing army with his brother in the dirt by the side of the house. C. Murphy
My husband used to metal detect at old parks. In the old days they used to be in the middle of a square of houses and in the hot summers all the people did their cooking and sleeping in the square. One time he found a ring that had a half of a heart on it on one side of the park. Several weeks later he went back and was doing the other side of the park and found the other side of the ring. The rings were several years old. I wonder what happened?
Hi! I have a great story I'd like to share with your readers. Every time I tell it, I get strange and mixed reactions from people.
A few years ago, I bought an alligator purse from a thrift store. It was the kind of clutch purse that had the head, tail and feet of the alligator as well as the scales as the outer design of the purse. This item was in very good condition except that on the inside flap, a name was written in ink:Candace Wilbanks. I kept the purse for a couple of years and then while attending an antique show in Atlanta (the Don Scott show) where I was assisting an art dealer, I brought this alligator purse to the booth to sell.
On Saturday, the place was packed but in the late afternoon, a couple came strolling by and the woman looked at the purse from across the aisle and her face went pale and then flushed. She looked visibly shaken. She grabbed her husband's arm. I thought she might be upset that the purse was an animal and that she considered this politically incorrect. Finally she said to her husband but so that all of us could hear her, "That's my purse." He looked confused and befuddled and asked her if she had had one like it before. She got upset and said, "No! That's my purse. My grandmother gave me that purse when I was a little girl when we lived in Maine. That thing terrified me! My mother got mad at me and was worried I would hurt my grandmother's feelings. But finally, after crying fits and nightmares, she gave it away." Her husband said, "I never heard this story before. You must have had one just like it."
The woman yelled across the aisle to me, "My name is Candace Wilbanks. If you open the flap of that purse, you will see my name written there."
Sure enough, it was. We all looked at each other in total disbelief except for the woman. I told her that she could have the purse--that clearly this purse was meant to be hers and she was horrified at the thought. Her husband was completely befuddled by the whole scene and said, "But sweetheart, you loved your grandmother so much and she's gone now. Don't you want this to remember her by?" The woman actually shuddered and said, "No way. I hated it then and I hate it now."
And off they went. Is that amazing??? She never got within 10 feet of that purse and never touched it and yet she knew. Weird. I sold the purse a few months later to someone who thought the purse...and the story were exactly what they wanted:)
Here's more of the fascination...how did an alligator purse from Maine 25 or 30 years ago end up in a thrift store in Ohio, being offered for sale in Georgia and then finally sold in Florida? This journey and history of vintage and antique items holds such a mysterious pleasure for me. It's why I see vintage, collectible and antique items on AuctionQuests now...you never know who's looking for a relic from their past.
Thanks for the opportunity to share. kindest Regards, Tyna Walker-Lay
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3) 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 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.
I have a pretty little silver teapot, (the type used in restaurants) that was found buried in the roots of a tree in Apopka, Florida!! The elderly gentleman who found it was bored and decided to start cleaning up the field
next to his home. He found other objects too so it must have been a small dump at one time, but for the life of me I can't understand why a silver teapot would get thrown out. I have researched the little teapot which has an inscription on the side "THE ANNEX". It was made by Gorham in 1926. The inscription on the bottom also says The Annex, St. Louis, MO. It came from St. Louis, so it either belonged to the Woodbine Hotel Annex, the Annex Hotel, the Annex House, or the Annex Tea and Coffee Shop. If anyone in St. Louis can remember any of these establishments I would love to hear from you. We love the TIAS Newsletter and never miss reading the interesting articles. Lois from Florida. Send email to" email@example.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
5) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
KOVELS' LIST OF CURRENT PRICE GUIDE BOOKS ABOUT ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES, JANUARY-DECEMBER 2006
The new KOVELS' LIST OF CURRENT PRICE GUIDE BOOKS ABOUT ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES has just been published and you can have it immediately. Download this leaflet from the Kovels website, www.kovels.com, for only $5.00.
Books published from January to December 2006 are listed by categories like Advertising, Dolls, Pottery & Porcelain. Brief descriptions, publication information and ordering addresses are included. Kovels' Antiques & Collectibles Price List 2007 and other general price guides, plus specialized books that picture and price collectibles, like clocks or fruit jars or toys, are described. Most of these price guides can be found at your local bookstore; but some are privately printed and hard to find.
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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 story about X-Lax reminded me of a funny incident that happened in the school where I taught fifth grade quite a few years ago. Someone "tattled" on a little boy, saying that he had medicine in his desk. When the teacher went to check out the story, she found a big bar of X-Lax. At first the child maintained that it was candy and that his mother had given it to him. Upon further questioning he said, "Yes, I know it's medicine. My mother gave it to me. She gave it to me for my eyes." The teachers really got some giggles from that remark! JB
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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.
Debbie requested a recipe for "large soft pretzels" We received several responses....
1 1/2 cup warm water
1 1/8 tsp. active yeast (1 1/2 pkg.)
2 Tbs. brown sugar
1 1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup bread flour
3 cups regular flour
2 cups warm water
2 Tbs. baking soda
Coarse salt to taste
2-4 Tbs. butter (melted)
Sprinkle yeast on lukewarm water in mixing bowl; stir to dissolve. Add sugar, salt, and stir to dissolve; add flour and knead dough until smooth and elastic. Let rise at least 1/2 hour.
While dough is rising, prepare a baking soda water bath with 2 cups warm water and 2 Tbs. baking soda. Be certain to stir often. After dough has risen, pinch off bits of dough and roll into a long rope (about 1/2 inch or less thick) and shape. Dip pretzel into soda solution and place on greased baking sheet. Allow pretzel to rise again. Bake in a 450 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until golden. Brush with melted butter and enjoy!
After you brush with butter try sprinkling with coarse salt.
Or try melting a stick of butter in a shallow bowl (big enough to fit the entire pretzel) and in another bowl; make a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Dip the pretzel into the butter, coating both sides generously, and then dip again into the cinnamon mixture.....Lisa
Soft Pretzels Recipe
recipe is ready in 30-60 minutes Ready in: 30-60 minutes
1 1/2 cup warm water
1 1/8 teaspoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup bread flour
3 cups regular flour
2 cups Warm water
2 tablespoons baking soda
to taste coarse salt
4 tablespoons butter (melted)
Sprinkle yeast on lukewarm water in mixing bowl; stir to dissolve. Add sugar, salt and stir to dissolve; add flour and knead dough until smooth and elastic. Let rise at least 1/2 hour.
While dough is rising, prepare a baking soda water bath with 2 cups warm water and 2 Tbsp baking soda. Be certain to stir often. After dough has risen, pinch off bits of dough and roll into a long rope* (about 1/2 inch or less thick) and shape. Dip pretzel in soda solution and place on greased baking sheet. Allow pretzels to rise again. Bake in 450 oven for about 10 minutes or until golden. Brush with melted butter and enjoy!
Toppings: after you brush with butter try sprinkling with coarse salt. or for Auntie Anne's famous Cinnamon Sugar, try melting a stick of butter in a shallow bowl (big enough to fit the entire pretzel) and in another shallow bowl make a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Dip the pretzel into the butter, coating both sides generously. Then dip again into the cinnamon mixture. Enjoy!
* The longer and thinner you can make the dough rope, the more like Auntie Anne's they will be. (Of course I don't have the counter space!)
*Sweet butter, not regular butter, is one of her secrets! This recipe for Soft Pretzels serves/makes 12.
I've done these with my 2 sons and daughter for years. They love them! and they are really easy to prepare..Michele
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
2 1/4 tsp. instant yeast
7/8 - 1 cup water, enough to make a soft dough
topping: 1/2 cup warm water
2 tbsp. baking soda
3 tbsp. melted butter
Place all dough ingredients except water in bowl of food processor. Process 5 seconds. Add the water and process 7-10 seconds until dough starts to clear sides of bowl. Process 45 seconds. Transfer to a lightly greased bowl, cover and allow to rest for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 500˚
Prepare a baking sheet by spraying with vegetable oil spray, or lining with parchment paper.
Divide dough into 8 equal pieces. Allow to rest for 5 min. uncovered.
Combine the 1/2 cup warm water and baking soda in shallow bowl. Make sure it is completely dissolved.
Roll each piece into a rope and shape into pretzel. Dip into soda water and place on baking sheet.
Sprinkle lightly with salt and allow to rest, 20 min.
Bake 8-9 minutes at 500˚. brush with melted butter
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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 had a very dear friend of mine pass away recently. Prior to her getting ill, I had asked her several times if I could get a particular recipe of hers. She always said yes, but yes never came around. My friend Dorothy was from Belle Vernon, PA. I don't know if this recipe is indigenous to that area or if it was something she came up with, ... but she called them "Anchovy Cakes". It was a very light puff pastry type ball with grounded or pieces of anchovies in it. I know this may sound strange to some but these things were unbelievable -- even for me, that is not a big fish eater AT ALL! She always made them around the Holidays and I'd like to continue her tradition this year. If anyone could help, I'd really appreciate it. THANK YOU. Michelle H. (her ex-daughter-in-law)
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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