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The Collectors Newsletter #518 -- April 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #518 -- April 2007
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Are you bothered by some nebulous song fragment running through your head and you can't for the life of you NAME THAT TUNE?? Have you been searching garage sales for hard-to-find recordings of some obscure song for the past 20-odd years with no luck? Since we first went online, we have helped literally thousands of people in all aspects of oldies music collecting - everything from locating out-of-print CDs to finding sheet music to naming some long-forgotten tune from half-remembered song snippets. We hope our website will help you finally track down that elusive tune you have been seeking for so long.
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2) 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.
Last year, while clearing some of our back property, I found an old German pistol. No way was it functional as it was caked up with dirt and such. I took it into the house and Mom called the police to report it.
When the officer got to the house, I gave the gun to her and she set it down on a table on our front porch. She stepped inside and got Mom's information, maybe 5 minutes, and went back out to bag up the gun.
It was Gone!! Since the chain of custody ended with the officer, she had to call it in. Imagine our neighbors surprise when our yard filled up with police cars on a Friday night.
Our front door was open as were the windows. My sister was sitting in the living room with a view of the table on the porch and say no one. The dogs didn't make a fuss as they do when someone comes around.
The gun just simply disappeared. Since we have had other problems on our property that required the police, they thought that we were nuts. The tables turned. They now respond quickly when anything goes wrong in our neighborhood since this happened to them. They proved us to be not crazy after all! Linda Tyler, Texas
This is a true story about a neighbor of mine. Libby grew up in the same house, married, and remained in the same house for over 68 years. When she was about ten years old, she was given her birthstone ring for her birthday. Within days of receiving it, she lost it. Never to be found.
One day when she was in her 60s, she was planting in her garden....something she had been doing each Spring and Fall for years, and lo and behold, she dug up her birthday ring! It had survived over fifty years in the soil. Love your newsletter! Elizabeth
In the early to mid 60's, I was on a hike with a group of other young guys from our church group on a church member's property. As a group of boys of that age is prone to do, we were picking up rocks and throwing them at pretty much whatever was around.
We were walking down a fairly deep gully doing our thing, when I picked up a rock and started to throw it at something round sticking out from the embankment. I was just about to let go when I felt like I needed to take a look at what I was about to hit. Being a country boy, I could hit just about anything I aim at with a rock.
I walked over to the embankment and reached up to the 'round thing' sticking out and noticed that it was the flat bottom of something, but it looked like pottery, not glass. After a couple of minutes digging, I had unearthed a small clay pot about 1 1/2" in diameter and about the same height! It looked like it might have been a child's toy. The pot was about 8 or 10 feet from the top of the bank, so no telling how long it had been there.
The place we were walking was just a couple of miles west of Fort Osage, which was an early fort along the Missouri River just east of Kansas City, so maybe someone heading west lost it. Anyway, I still have it, and will probably pass it on to a grandson someday. Steve Wilson , Independence, Missouri
We live in a Victorian home in a historic district called St. Annes Hill in Dayton, Ohio. A few years ago we had some serious sewer problems. As we discovered a section of the original sewer pipe had collapsed. What was worse it was under the garage with a concrete floor. After much back breaking excavating we had a hole in the garage about 8 feet long, 4 feet wide and 7 feet deep. While digging we keep finding bottles, rusted cans and early Edison light bulbs... all intact! After the pipe was repaired I decided to do a little more digging. Mind you all of this was 7 feet down. I found broken flow blue cups, dishes, rusted iron toys, hinges, 38 different bottles including early Dayton breweries, pharmacies and a Pluto water bottle. But the best was an early sponge ware bowl that just had a crack. As you can guess it was the original trash burn pile from our home. I finally had to be pulled out of the hole so it could be filled in. Every so often I look at the floor of the garage and want to dig it back up again... I just know there is something wonderful waiting! Jim in Dayton, Ohio
A few years ago, we were digging some pretty serious post holes for eight 6x6s meant to support a three-car carport planned for the back of this 1/3 acre property. This land was originally part of a walnut orchard and was later swallowed up by suburban annexation so the dirt was free of anything man-made. We were thankfully working on the last hole and had maybe a foot more to go to get to the 4 foot bottom, when we hit something metallic. Peering in the narrow hole we could see something that looked like galvanized metal. At first I thought it was probably an old bucket until I saw a right angel in the metal. My digging companions excitedly started to enlarge the hole, speculating that the former owner of this property had probably buried his money in a metal box on the property, a common practice among immigrant farmers in the 40's. They were busily calculating it's weight in "loot" to have made it sink that far below the surface, though of course years of walnut leaves and debris had piled up on the original surface. As we cleared away more dirt, we could see it was actually an old mail box, running horizontally across the hole giving us no clue as to which direction the opening lay. We voted (luckily there were three of us) and decided to dig to the right. A good choice because the rusted red flag and the slightly ajar door soon appeared. We cleared away more dirt from the mailbox opening and as the only gal in this digging party, (the one with the skinniest arm,) it fell to me to get prone, lean into the hole, try and jiggle the door off and then size up the loot. The door and its rusted hinges came off without a struggle and I could see a glinting coin amidst the remnants of a canvas bag stuffed into the box. Excitement grew as I reported the findings to the surface and someone shone a quivering flashlight over my shoulder. I struggled to focus on the silvery disc and faint writing appeared;....Santa Clara County Animal Control..... I realized too late that I was face-to-face with a grinning Cheshire cat mummy!
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3) Antique News
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3. California Collector Pays Record $5 Million for Rare Nickel. Click here:
4. Baltimore Summer Antiques Show. Click here:
5. Cal Ripken Jr.'s Ironclad Authentics and Morphy Auctions announce June 9 sports memorabilia sale. Click here:
6. Braswell's Gallery Shop in Stamford Conn. will hold inventory clearance in preparation for move. Click here:
7. CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK APRIL PHOTOGRAPHS WEEK TOTALS $11.2 MILLION. Click here:
8. LATIN AMERICAN SALE AT CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK. Click here:
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4) Lost and Found
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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.
Hi everyone, Just to let you know that the title of the children's book that I was looking for has been found. The title is Lazy Tommy Pumpkinhead by William Pene DuBois. Thank you to everyone that wrote me about this book. Chantal
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
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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.
Hi, I love your newsletter and all the stories that it contains. My funny story relates to my elderly, legally blind father. My father moved in with us 6 years ago. That in itself is another story. Well, on to the story. One afternoon I came down from upstairs to find my father sitting at the kitchen table trying to read the newspaper. I sat down with him and we started talking about the days events. Eventually he asked me what was in that box on the table, and I replied, "doggie treats" and that got me thinking, oh oh...................and he replied, I thought so, they didn't taste like any cookie I know. Well, that got me laughing and him too. I guess I learned that you don't leave dog treats out on the kitchen table when you have a blind person around. He's still going strong at age 90, and we laugh about him eating dog biscuits. Thanks again for your newsletter, it's very entertaining. Jane/Michigan
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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.
Michelle H. requested a recipe for "Anchovy Cakes" We received several responses....
For Michelle H., who wanted this recipe:
This sounded so interesting I did some poking around on the 'Net
for a recipe. Discovered that anchovy cakes are a traditional
food in Malta and Greek Orthodox churches during Lent.
The only recipe I found was from Australia, but it does have the
puff pastry she described, Australia figures, though, since
Australia has a large Greek population. Hope this is what Michelle
was looking for:
Anchovies in Puff Pastry
100 gm anchovy fillets
12 x olives, black
2 sht puff pastry
1 x eggs
Cut pastry into rectangles, 5cm wide.
Lay anchovy fillets and olives down the centre of pastry, brush edges with egg and fold over to enclose (like making sausage rolls).
Cut into 5 cm lengths, brush with beaten egg and place on a greased baking tray.
Bake 200C/400F for 5-10 minutes or until golden. Serve hot.
A great nibble at cocktail parties.
Traditional food of Lent period and Good Friday in Malta
Kwareżimal (Lent Cake)
Karamelli (Julep sweets)
Pastizzi ta' l-Inċova (Anchovy Cakes)
Torta tal-Ħaxu (Riccota Pie)
Qaqgħa ta' l-Appostli (Appostles Ring Bread)
1 (3 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, room
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, room
1 c. flour
12 oz. tube anchovy paste
Beat cheese with butter. Add flour and mix. Transfer dough to plastic bag and flatten into disc. Chill. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll dough out on floured surface to about 1/8". Cut into 2" rounds. Spread each with anchovy paste. Fold over and crimp edges with fork. Bake about 8 to 10 minutes.
Uses prepared puff pastry which is available in most supermarkets. You can try your own, though, if you prefer.
* 1 can (2 ounce) flat anchovies, rinsed, patted dry and minced
* 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
* 1 package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed ( 1 pound)
* Egg wash of 1 large egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Mash anchovies with mayonnaise in small bowl.
On lightly floured surface, roll out both sheets of pastry into 14 inch squares. Trim edges to form 13 inch squares.
Brush excess flour from pastry sheets, and spread anchovy/mayonnaise mixture evenly over one pastry sheet. Cover with remaining pastry sheet and press sheets together gently.
Cut pastry into bite size pieces, using a small cutter or divide into small triangles with a knife.
Arrange on lightly greased baking sheet and brush tops with egg wash. Score the tops lightly with a sharp knife.
Bake in 375° F oven until puffed and golden, about 12 to 15 minutes.
Yield: About 24 puffs
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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.
Does anyone have the recipe for PINEAPPLE MARSHMALLOW PIE.? The filling was made from egg yolks, sugar, butter and crushed pineapple, cooked in top of double boiler.( I am not sure butter was used) Marshmallows were stirred into the custard. I have tried to reconstruct recipe, however, cannot recall the measure of ingredients used. I used a Vanilla Wafer Crust. Recipe was published in a newspaper in the 1949 or 1950's . We lived in Albany CA at the time. I lost.recipe and many others when we moved. Appreciate any response to my request. Really enjoy reading the tias NEWS. LMD
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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