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The Collectors Newsletter #526 -- May 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #526 -- May 2007
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5. Lost and Found
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10. A Vintage Recipe
11. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)
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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.
A twist on Buried items..
Growing up I loved to bake but did not have a clue of what I was doing. My mother was a great cook putting something together without a recipe so I had to learn more on my own. As hard as I would try to follow the recipes to the letter cookies were the worst for me. They also turned out hard. Not crispy, hard! One day I attempted to make a coffee cookie, that sounded difference and good to me. Of course it turned out terrible and hard, no surprise. My brother was always up to try anything I made but said they were too bad to eat. So I threw them out in our field. Next thing I hear is my bother laughing uncontrollable and saying " Debbie come look, come look there so bad the dogs burying them." I looked thinking it was a joke and was surprised to see our beagle Hoopie doing just that. Well my face was red but it did make me laugh. To this day 35 years later my brother still tells that story.
Ps. I have made progress in that area of baking cookies. But, if I don't think there good enough to serve I'm not taking any chances. In the garbage they go! Debbie in Portage, Wisconsin
The story of the broken pitcher reminded me of my great grandmother's toy Singer sewing machine that somehow luckily came to be mine. I also had a small sewing drawer cabinet that displayed this family treasure. When I was a child we came to my grandmother's, we could sew on that toy machine. When my children were small I had a child care business in my home of which one of the little boys knocked off my toy sewing machine accidentally & the wheel broke being made out of a softer metal. I wanted to cry.....and I asked myself the same thing, why in the world did I have it sitting there? I have since purchased a reproduction wheel to fix it, but somehow it is just not the same & it is now up high on a shelf. Love the newsletter. Kim Indiana
Reading the digging stories I recalled an incident when I was a child in Racine, Wisconsin. I was about 8 years old and playing with another girl. Why we were digging at that corner of our street on Cottonwood Court I will never know. We unearthed a quarter, then a nickel and several more coins. We dreamed about why these were here. An accident, stolen money etc. This was a lot of money to a child in the 1940's. It must have been about a dollar. We thought we were rich. AR
I grew up on a farm in Northeast Ohio. The house dated from the early 1800's and was a typical New england farmhouse-20 feet wide by 60feet long. We found many things both in the house and around the house especially when my Dad dug a footer to give the back section of the house better support. One of the most interesting things that we found was a woman's gold wedding ring. From the inscription of initials inside of it we determined that it belonged to a distant relatives mother who had lived there in the early 1900's. Needless to say my Dad gave the ring to this distant relative.He also found a glass egg that a rat had stole from the chicken house and hid underneath the house in the dirt.I still have the egg.
We had a old "dump" back in the woods that we explored. I have a hand painted lid that my mother rescued along with the usual bottles and pottery that is found in these places. My sister has a large piece of natural glass that a worker found when he was digging by our road for a new telephone pole. It was so large that it split into when he hit it while digging so he gave my sister who was 4 at the time the smaller half. The glass had been made many century's before and was dark green in color.. Her piece was about 8" long and about 4' in diameter. We used to keep it in a window so that the glass shown in the light. She has it still unless she has passed it on to one of her children.
In the mid 1970's my parents raised our house up and put a complete basement underneath it as well as adding on an a bedroom and 2 bathrooms. We found out why there was only a cellar under the living room. There were all kinds of giant boulders underneath the house that they had to dig out. In fact one was so big and deep down at one corner of the house that they left it there as the footer for the basement wall. We lived on a hill and they spread the dirt out on the slopes. But before they did, I went out on the big piles of dirt and looked for what I could find. I found an antique small glass compote dish in almost perfect condition and an arrowhead. Also I found a lot of broken pieces of the dishes that had been used over the years on the farm.
Of course, we lost things in the yard and driveway over the years too so there are still good finds for the future owners of this farm. One of the losses that I regret the most is a little cast iron lady that sit in the back of my antique horse and surrey. I lost it in the driveway when I was little and it never showed up again. But it probably got buried really deep with all the farm equipment that went up and down the driveway over the years. I have been trying to find a replacement On-line but haven't had any luck. Cathy
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5) 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.
Kudos and Thanks to all the readers who responded with such a plethora of valuable information to my request about Caleb Pink and the book he published in 1895. The information and suggestions were extremely helpful, but, alas, still no copy of the book has turned up. We did find out it was published in England and a Pink relative who lives there is researching the publishing house. If anyone comes across the tome I would appreciate an e-mail. Thanks again to all who responded. It is a small world. H.L. Martin
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7) Funny Old Stuff
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About a year ago I purchased a old lamb shaped cake mold. The lady I bought it from told me that she used to make a lamb shaped cake at Easter every year but stopped one year and had to tell me the story why. I was interested to hear what the reason could be, but thought maybe I wouldn't be making one either if it was that bad.
The story she told me is that her poor, dear old, white, miniature poodle died in the coldest part of the winter and she couldn't bury it because the ground was frozen, so she put the dog in the freezer. Everyone in her family knew about the dog in the freezer. When the family came over for Easter she had made her usual Lamb shaped cake and set it out on the table with pride. When her grandson came into the dining room he could not believe his eyes and started to scream. He insisted that she took the poodle out of the freezer and put it on the table for Easter. She said I can't get him to believe it's not the dog so that's why I'm selling the lamb cake mold. Debbie in Portage, Wisconsin
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
Stephanie requested some recipes for "leftover cooked beef" We received these response....
One of my family favorites - so much so that I usually made it from scratch rather than leftover - was "Lazy Man's Enchiladas".
In a large cast iron skillet, very well greased - layer overlapped tortillas.
Then the meat, seasoned with plenty of pepper and chili powder (preferably Gebhardt's)
Then a layer of chopped onion.
Then a layer of chopped green peppers.
Then a layer of sharp cheddar cheese.
Then start over, and continue layering up to the top edge of the skillet. The last layer should be another round of tortillas, topped with more cheese.
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. The top layer becomes nachos, and the rest is yummy! This is also very good cold for breakfast (if any is left). Jean Boling, Grants Pass OR
In response to a reader's request for ways to use leftover beef: My mother used to grind up the beef..along w/onions, peppers and celery..and bake it between two layers of biscuit dough..I think she added some steak sauce...salt and pepper and something for moisture....maybe an egg. It sliced like a sandwich and was good hot or cold...sometimes she put gravy over it. Mary...in Maine
One way we like to use leftover beef in our home is to fix it like fajitas. I start by slicing the cooked cut of meat very thin against the grain. Heat a little vegetable oil in a skillet and add about ½ clove of chopped garlic. Cook the garlic about a minute and toss in the beef, sliced onion and sliced green pepper (and sliced red pepper, if wanted). Stir fry until meat is heated through. Serve with heated corn tortillas and/or flour tortillas, Spanish rice and pinto beans. Helen in Texas
I chop leftover roast into small pieces, place in a skillet with BBQ sauce, and let it simmer until the meat falls apart (might have to add a little water). It makes a great chopped beef for sandwiches or with baked potatoes. Sandy
This is what my mother-in-law did with left over roast beef.
4 to 5 med potatoes, peeled and diced (if using red potatoes, just dice)
1/2 diced onion
1 can diced tomatoes (or 2 large fresh tomatoes, diced)
left over roast beef, shredded
salt and pepper to taste
Put in pot and cook till potatoes are done.
2 pie shells, homemade or store bought.
In pie pan put just a little flour and line with one shell.
Put in mixture.
Top with other shell and crimp edges.
Cut vent holes or use a pie bird in center of pie.
Bake at 350* till crust is golden brown.
Serve with a tossed salad and there is a whole meal. Enjoy. Robin
This is usually made after I've baked a brisket.
After enjoying the roast for a day or few, I will:
Peel approx. 5 Med/Large potatoes and blanch, after blanching, dice into approx. ½” cubes and place in a large sauce pot.
Take approx. a 6-8” leftover piece of meat, slice cold into 3/8” – ½” slices, trim remaining fat off of meat, first trimming off and reserving the “crusty” fat on top and thereafter dicing the slices into approx. ½” cubes. Add diced meat to pot with the “crust”,
Cut 4 or so medium onions into ¼” pieces and add to pot.
Add all the drippings reserved from the brisket above,
Add 1 can Beef Broth, Beef Bouillon or Onion Soup (your choice), and then
Salt, Pepper & Maggi Seasoning to taste (don’t go light on the Maggi.)
Stirring frequently, cook for an hour or so, adding water if necessary for very thick but not dry consistency.
I've heard this referred to as Slumgullion and/or Hash. Chet
My mother would always buy beef on sale and end up with more than just the two of us needed for a meal. Our leftover ground beef became tacos the next night, then the leftover taco meat became crockpot spaghetti sauce, and the leftover spaghetti sauce became chili, and the leftover chili became beef and barley soup. The flavors were different enough that I didn't even complain too much that we kept having 'leftovers'. If you have green beans with the spaghetti, then you can put them in the soup if you have any leftovers of them too. Another thing we would have was beef and cream gravy on toast. You make it just like sausage cream gravy, but it's faster because you just use the leftover beef. It's really good if you add some garlic powder too. Errin
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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 would like to obtain a recipe of a dip that we used to buy in the store when I was a child - it is very similar to a French Onion Dip and came in container like that but it was BACON HORSERADISH DIP - please help
thanks Judy M.
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