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The Collectors Newsletter #529 -- June 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #529 -- June 2007
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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.
My grandfather had a huge farm about 200 acres with crops, barns, a creek and woods. Whenever he got a new car, he would park the old one in an area between two barns. I can remember walking to the pond as a child and admiring the old Pontiac four door, another really old one with suicide doors (they were framed with wood) and a 42 Chevrolet that he parked in the chicken yard.
When he died, my aunt and uncle moved in and started clearing the property. My uncle decided that instead of having the old cars hauled off, he commissioned a bulldozer and dug a big hole in the pasture by the pond and shoved them all in and covered them with dirt. What a find for a future forager!!!
My grandfather also let all the people in town dump their rubbish in a small wooded area on another side of the pond. I have found many bottles, toys, car parts and appliances there. One of my best finds was a huge ceramic insulator that weighs about 15 pounds.
My grandfather saved everything, from receipts to cars and lawnmowers. I think I inherited his gene for this. God bless him and his wonderful life. LuAnn in KY
My step grandfather would buy a new car, cash, every 10 years. He would not trade in the old cars, instead- he would borrow a friendís backhoe and bury his old car in his backyard. So, somewhere here in Tampa, there is a yard with a Model A, Model T, and a 1930ís Chevrolet suburban (I donít remember the 40ís car). I bought his 1956 Ford Fairlane from him for 400$, and when it was T-boned in the late Ď70ís, he wanted to tow it back to Tampa so it could join the other cars in his backyard cemetery. My grandmother nixed that, but there is an acre full of old car bones moldering here in Tampa.Cat
Mom and I hunted for deer in the wooded ravine across the street from Grandma's house (Mom's Mom) outside of Mill City, Oregon every fall since I was 11 or 12 (early 1960s). The ravine was accessed by walking
down a steep logging road. Or, by sliding down one of the many deer trails along that road. Mom slip-slid down one of those freshly tracked trails, and her boots kicked up lots of glass and cans along the way.
She picked up an old chicken salt shaker and a small green glass medicine bottle out of the leaf mold. Buck fever was replaced by garbage miner's fever! I thought my Mom was silly digging up old garbage
instead of deer hunting. She spent many happy hours there over the years, and proudly displays other people's trash, now her treasures. Mom turns 84 this Memorial Weekend. Proud Daughter
I too live in Wisconsin, and my best friend Laurel's cat Fuzzy died, and it was in the dead of winter when the ground is too hard to bury anything. The vet was going to charge way to much for disposal, and Laurel lived on a farm and wanted the cat buried there with her and her family. Knowing that I had a freezer in our garage she asked if she could put it 'on ice' until spring fall. The cat was wrapped up in a small blanket, then in a plastic bag, and then put in a box. While this was all going on, my husband was away with the Army National Guards, and I didn't think to tell him. When spring came he decided to defrost the freezer and came upon the box and Fuzzy. He came into the house and asked me "Did you know there is a dead cat in the freezer?", and not thinking I just responded "of course it's dead, it's cold in there ". Well after explaining the story to him, we called Laurel, and my dear husband took the cat to her house and buried it for her. We still laugh about his discovery yet today. Another Debbie, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
When I was in grammar school, our next-door neighbor was a retired schoolteacher. After she died, her younger brother came to the house, cleaning it out and throwing stuff in a pile in the back yard. Of course, after he left for the day, I would go through all the stuff, looking for goodies he didn't want. I found old...really, really, old...books, stick pins, photos on glass depicting younger days of our community. I gave all these to my dad. The historical pics went to the historical society in our town. I also found a ring. Gold with a strange-looking emerald surrounded by seed pearls. When you looked at the ring sideways, the emerald was glass for the top-thirds, with the point a really deep green. When you looked down at it, you couldn't tell that the center stone was two different colors. I've never seen anything like it, before or since. I gave the ring to my mom. She had the missing seed pearls replaced and gave the ring to me for my 16th birthday. I still have it. Marj
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3) Antique News
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4. Ragoís Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction Sets Records in Record Market. Click here:
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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.
When I was little (I am 53) I remember reading a story about a young girl who was very lazy. She was taken by a fairy godmother to a cottage to live for awhile to learn better habits. The cottage was very cute and when she used the dishes they would ask nicely to be washed afterward. She said I'll wash you later. And so on. After a week the fairy godmother came back and the place was a mess. Then she got a second chance for the next week and did each task as it came along. If anyone recognizes this story I would really love to know the name of it. Jacque Noy - 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
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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.
I have very blue eyes and I am always complemented on them. The best one by far was the day when two young sailors ( I worked at the local navy base store) came up to me to pay for the items they had and the one turned to the other and asked him if I didn't have the same kind of blue eyes as the husky puppy they had seen at the pet shop at the local mall the night before. Boy did I ever turn the tables on them and they both turned beet red when I commented back "Oh gee thanks alot for comparing me to a dog!" They felt so bad for thinking they offended me they went to the flower shop and bought me a red rose for saying they were sorry. Diane in VA
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.
A reader requested some recipes for "strawberry rhubarb pie filling " We received this response....
This recipe comes from "Stocking Up III", Rodale Food Center c1986.
Strawberry Rhubarb Preserves
2/3 C Honey
4 C hulled, washed and sliced strawberries
4 C washed, diced unpeeled rhubarb
3 1/2 tsp low-methoxyl pectin
3 T lemon juice
4 tsp dicalcium phosphate solution (below)
Drizzle 1/3 C honey over berries. Leave at room temperature for 3 - 4 hours.
Combine berries, their juice, and rhubarb in a medium size stainless steel or enamel saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until rhubarb is tender, about 10 minutes. Dissolve low-methoxyl pectin in 1/3 C honey and add all at once to simmering strawberry-rhubarb mixture. Stir until pectin is completely dissolved. Remove from heat. Add lemon juice and dicalcium phosphate solution, stirring it in well.
Pour into hot, scalded half-pint jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace, and seal. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.
Makes 6 half-pints.
Dicalcium phosphate notes:
It enables the LM pectin to gel without sweetening. The powder comes with the pectin when you order it. Make up a batch of Dicalcium phosphate solution: 1/2 tsp dicalcium phosphate powder, 1 C water. In a small jar, shake together the powder and water. Store in refrigerator. Shake well each time before using.
An Internet search for "low methoxyl pectin" came up with www.pomonapectin.com, and other sources for this same brand. Hope this helps! Bev Gelfand
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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.
About 45 years ago my aunt, who lived in Minneapolis, made the best bar cookies. The dough was like shortbread, but it was shaped into a loaf with an indentation down the center into which she put raspberry jam. They were then baked and cooled. Then the loaf was drizzled with an almond flavored icing. They were then sliced. The recipe came from a cookbook that Holy Trinity Church had published. I haven't been able to find the recipe and would love to have it. I hope someone has the recipe and will be happy to share it. I love the monthly letter. Betty E. in Florida
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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Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
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12) Collectors Tip
When writing a letter to request an autograph from a celebrity, it is advisable to write no more than one page. Although celebrities may be thrilled that you appreciate their work, or liked their acting in a certain TV show or movie, they simply do not have enough time to read multi-page letters from fans. Also, when writing to a celebrity, try to include some specific references to their work that you particularly enjoy. Be very specific in your descriptions. Mention character names that they have played and movies in which they have starred or appeared. This makes a much better impression than just simply saying... "I enjoy all your movies. Send me an autograph". Be courteous and respectful. My experience has been that celebrities are truly impressed with kind treatment from their fans and they usually reward it. Is there a particular autograph you need for that special gift on Fatherís Day? Please check a trusted name Stricklerís Celebrity Autographs...."where the Star's Sign". Visit
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