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The Collectors Newsletter #523 -- May 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #523 -- May 2007
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11. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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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.
When I was a pre-teen, my family spent the summers at a family camp. Each year at the close, we left playthings behind. After bothering the workers at the town "White Rock" plant they gave us a bag full of bottlecaps to play a "hit and span" kind of game. Whan it came time to leave, I knew there was no chance to take bottle caps back with us. "These caps were flat, unused and useless for games. We decided to bury them for the following year.Preparations included finding an isolated spot; digging down a few feet and covering over our treasure. We also made a map with exact distances from trees. Perfect. After summer after summer, we gave up. Anyone who digs them up now is welcome to them. Gerald
When I was 9 years old our family moved to Hawaii to live for 3 years. It was 1955. My dad was (and is) a Marine. We lived in a 100 year old house, second house from the beach on our lane. They told us that it was a school during the war. My sister, our friends and I spent all of our free time on the beach just looking for good stuff. When the seaweed came in on a high tide that was the time to go walking through it. We found toys, old fruit, clothing, some times parts of air planes. One of my favorite things was to get up early in the morning and hunt for glass balls that washed up on the beach after someone's fishing trip. They were used to float the fish nets. Well, this one morning I prayed that I would fine a glass ball, because I hadn't yet. My dad had. The neighbors had. One neighbor had a pile of them in his yard. Another had them hanging in the patio. I craved to find one. I usually started walking towards a place that I knew would end in rocks and it would be time for me to turn around and head for home so I could get ready for school. But this morning I decided to go the other way. There was a known undertow a few yards down the beach. We were told never to go into the ocean there. But as I was going along I could see that the waves were taking out to sea the biggest glass ball I had ever seen. It was 24 inches around. I stood there on the shore and waited until the sea finally spit my glass ball up on shore long enough for me to race after it before the sea claimed it again. On the way home I stumbled on another smaller one. That was my luckiest day. I did start to tell about the sword that my sister and I found sticking out to the ocean, but got side tracked. That will be another time.J.H. Prescott, Az.
I have a part time habit of collecting monkeys and I will share my story of how this started. Many moons ago when I was about 5 or 6 years old, I had a monkey that I toted along with me everywhere I went. One day when my parents had to run errands, they dropped me (and my monkey) off at my Aunt's house and left me in her care for the day. My monkey had a rip in his arm with a little fuzz showing through. When my parents came to pick me up, I remember getting into the car with my little monkey held tight. Just as we were about to leave, my Aunt leaned into the car and said "your monkey is broken; we have to throw him away", while she tugged at the monkey trying to loosen it from my grip. I remember trying to hold him in my grasp while crying 'no no no' . I lost the battle and my Aunt opened her trash pail, plopped my monkey inside and slammed on the lid. Although I was beside myself crying and screaming, my parents drove off with me peering out the back window with never-forgotten hysteria. Now, nearly 50 years later, I have my collection of stuffed monkeys, crystal monkeys, key-chain monkeys, but they could never replace "my monkey" !! Thanks for the opportunity to vent that story! Nancy in Narrowsburg, New York
Being the occupants of a home built in 1918, we have been surprised many times when doing renovations. Imagine our amazement when we discovered a crawl space behind a wall in the basement. After shining a flashlight through the hole in the wall, my husband discovered a wooden chest amidst the cobwebs. All kinds of things were running through our minds as we were trying to figure out a way to reach it and see what was inside. Maybe a treasure? What if a body had been hidden there? Maybe it was full of old tools? My husband was finally able to wiggle his way to the chest and pull it out. Here it comes I thought - we are about to become rich!!!! I still wonder why someone would go to all that effort to store/hide a bag of cement mix!!!!!!
Your recent story about three people putting in fence posts and hitting something metallic at the bottom, brings to mind when my husband discovered on exploring our property a small piece of a box protruding from the ground. We lived at that time near a historic mining town where gold and silver were discovered many years ago. He immediatly thought he had found buried treasure. We called our daughter and her family to come over and witness this great find. We set up lawn chairs under the trees to witness this great event. Eventually a small box was uncovered, and suspense grew as the top of the box was pried off. To our great disappointment all that was in it was the remains of someone's small pet dog, which was really nothing left but bones and fur and a unpleasant stench. We felt terrible we had unburied someone's beloved pet and gave it another proper burial. Only then did we discover on the tree just behind the burial plot was carved an initial, no doubt referring to the pet. So much for buried treasure. Norma in Nevada.
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5) 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.
In your March newsletter #508, you included my Lost and Found item about a small original drawing by Lily Gyldenvand (signed: North Dakota 1957) which I picked up at a local thrift shop here in SE Michigan. I asked for help from your readers, to locate Lily or a close family member so I could return the drawing.
Well, quite a few readers contacted me with suggestions; and they even looked up and sent me addresses and phone numbers to try. Lily was a respected author and magazine editor; a creative, vibrant woman with a great sense of humor who dedicated much of her life to serving others. However, she never married and so left no children when she died in 1994.
Last week, two of the letters I sent out resulted in phone calls from Lily's second cousins. With their help I reached a niece in North Dakota who was especially close to her aunt Lily, and even looks just like her. She's absolutely thrilled about the drawing, which I'll be shipping to her this week. I told her about your newsletter, and she was amazed - and really touched - to hear that so many people had gotten involved in helping to return the drawing.
I'm so grateful for all the help and advice your readers offered! Thanks to them, this charming little heirloom is going home again, where it will be treasured and preserved by Lily's family. Thanks again, Margaret Lubahn
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
Another coffee/coffee grounds story. A neighbor of my mother's in the 50's complained her gravies never turned out dark like mother's did. Mother told her to add a little coffee for coloring. You guessed it: Mother meant brewed coffee; the neighbor added coffee grounds. Her gravy was dark, but it wasn't edible. Millie H., Colfax, LA
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.
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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.
Rosie requested a recipe for "Pineapple Cheese pie" We received this response....
I think that Rosie might want to try this cheese cake. It is a recipe from a friend of mine in Philadelphia, PA and reminds me of a cheese cake my parents used to buy many years ago.
Eleanor from Southern California
Ricotta Cheese Cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2 lbs ricotta cheese, drained and sieved
1-1/2 cups sugar
3 Tbsp flour
1 12 ounce can evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 20 ounce can crushed pineapple in thick syrup, drained well
Butter 9x3x12 glass dish
Add eggs one at a time to ricotta
Beat well after each addition
Mix flour and sugar, add gently to cheese/egg mix
Fold in milk and vanilla
Pour into prepared pan
Spread pineapple over top. You may sprinkle cinnimon over top of cake before baking if you wish.
Bake at 350 45 to 55 minutes
This might be the recipe that Rosie is looking for.
Pineapple Cheese Pie
16-oz. Low-fat cottage cheese
2 egg whites
1 tsp. lemon juice
6 packages Equal (or any sugar substitute)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. pineapple juice
1 package gelatin powder, unsweetened
3/4 c. crushed pineapple in juice (drained & saved)
dash of cinnamon (if desired)
1/4 c. crushed vanilla wafers or graham crackers
(soaked in saved pineapple juice)
Mix cheese, egg whites, sweetener, lemon juice and vanilla until well blended.
Dissolve gelatin in the pineapple juice and stir into the cheese mixture.
Stir in pineapple and cinnamon.
Spray 9" pie plate with non-stick coating. Pour in cheese mixture. Sprinkle soaked, crushed cookies over top.
Bake 30 min. at 350 degrees. Let cool before cutting.
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3 T. sugar
1 c. milk, scalded
1/2 c. cottage cheese (large or small curd)
1/2 c. crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 c. coconut
1 unbaked (8 inch) pie shell
Mix together eggs and sugar. Stir in milk, cheese, pineapple and coconut. Pour into shell and bake 450° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° and bake about 40 minutes or til filling is set and lightly browned.
(serves 6) Marlene
PINEAPPLE CHEESE PIE
2 tablespoons butter
2/3 tablespoons honey
4-5 tablespoons almond flour
2 cups dry curd cottage cheese (DCCC)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon legal vanilla
1/2 cup honey (or 6 packages of Sweet & Low)
1/4 cup legal pineapple juice
1 package unflavored gelatin
20 ounces chunk pineapple (I use a can of Dole "in its own juice" and haven't had any problems, but use your own judgment)
cinnamon to sprinkle on top
1. CRUST: Melt the butter and honey together. Mix in almond flour until it's pastey.
2. Spread on the bottom of a 9' greased glass pie plate and bake at 400 F until it"s golden brown.
3. It only takes a few minutes so be careful because it burns easily. It may puff up a bit, but it will settle after cooling. ( If you don"t want to make the crust, just pour the pie filling in a greased glass pie plate)
4. FILLING: Blend cheese, eggs, honey, lemon juice & vanilla in a food processor.
5. Dissolve gelatin into pineapple juice and blend into mixture.
6. Stir or process in pineapple depending on if you want big or small pieces...I process the pineapple in for 5-7 seconds.
7. Pour into the 9" crusted pie plate and generously sprinkle cinnamon on top. Bake in a 350 F oven for 30 minutes.
8. Let cool, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
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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 looking for an oatmeal cake recipe that was published in the LaGrande Observer (La Grande, Oregon) many many years ago when they did their recipe collections for the Grande Ronde Valley. It was very moist and delicious with a crumb topping if I remember correctly. My recipe has been lost. These were recipes sent in from readers that were published. It has no frosting and was served with whipped cream, I believe. Baked in a bundt or tube pan.Thank you. Marilyn Post Irrigon, Oregon
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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