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The Collectors Newsletter #531 -- June 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #531 -- June 2007
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1. Featured Collectors Club
2. Stories From our Readers
3. Antique News
4. Your Classifieds
5. Lost and Found
6. News from the Kovels
7. Newly listed items
8. Funny Old Stuff
9. Wanted ads. Can you help?
10. A Vintage Recipe
11. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
12. New On line Merchants
13. Collectors Tip
14. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
American Ceramic Society
The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) is a 108-year-old non-profit organization that serves the informational, educational, and professional needs of the global ceramics community.
Are you interested in porcelain and pottery collectibles? Take a look at:
If you are a member of a collectors club or you are looking for collectors with similar collecting interests, check out our new Collectors Club Directory at:
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.
For our Next issue, we are looking for stories about unusual collections. If you collect unusual items or know about an unusual collection, write to us at email@example.com and we may publish it in our next issue.
Thirteen years ago we moved to the country. We purchased a renovated one-room schoolhouse that had been converted into a 2-story , 4 bedroom home, using the overcoat entry room as the kitchen. While digging under the front porch we found old, glass medicine bottles & old silverware. Sometimes in the yard we will run across pieces of cast iron that were once on the school desks as erosion or digging makes them appear to us.
A couple of years ago we were burning at the previous owners trash dump on our property & after all these years of soil erosion had occurred, my husband found the headboard of a very old cast iron bed. He dug & dug & brought it up to the house as a surprise for me. It was bent & corroded but absolutely beautiful. We have since restored it & painted it. We placed it as a garden wall for the backdrop of some flowers. It will look pretty when the huge, blue morning glories start climbing it! He also found an older, possibly 1940's metal outdoor double seater glider with one broken leg piece. It had bullet holes in it but can be restored. The glider still works fine. I am anxious to see this piece restored! I am sure we will find more as we continue to live here. I often wonder if the other parts of the cast iron bed are covered with soil in the dump. Wouldn't that be nice? Tina
My husband was doing some fixing up in a basement of our rental property.He had to get at the wiring in the ceiling that was covered with sheets of hardboard.(Merilite?)When he pulled them down,he found they were all 1941 Coca-cola signs,54" x 18".A lot of them had been cut to fit but,there were quite a few that were in one piece.Because they were put up with the picture facing in,they are in perfect condition except for a few little nail holes on the edges.Guess who ever owned the house before maybe worked for the company and had put the signs to good use. Nadine Oshkosh,WI
We had just moved into a small country house that one family had occupied over 70 years since they built it when they married. They only had one son who, unfortunately, was born with some disabilities. Being a boy, he still liked to play in the yard and he mostly loved to bury things. Well, there was this beautiful peach tree in the edge of the woods that was trying to survive all the growth around it, so I decided to clear out the brush and try to rescue it. One day as I was pulling weeds, I noticed an old green plastic soldier sticking out of the ground. As I was digging it out, I realized that I had found one of his favorite "burial grounds". The more I dug, the more I found. I ended up with 31 of the old toy soldiers, all in great condition, an old Lone Ranger star badge, three marbles, a tiny whistle shaped like an ice cream cone that still worked, and two Bible School lapel pins. Besides all of these great finds, the best was a tiny 1" white ceramic dog with a blue spot on its head. On the underside was JAPAN in red letters. Needless to say, I kept trying to find other burial grounds, but no luck. I guess he played in the woods behind the house as well. As I was walking one day, I noticed something sparkle from beneath the root of a dead tree. As I got closer, I realized it was a Carnival glass tumbler. That was very exciting to me. As time went on, my mother-in-law became very ill and we had to move away to take care of her. I have often wondered what other treasures I had to leave behind. Oh, the peach tree did survive and we ate peaches from the tree the following year. Thank you for letting me share part of my pleasant memories of treasure hunting. Alice Wilson, Paducah, KY
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3) Antique News
The latest news about antiques and collectibles..
1. EVERYDAY OBJECTS TELL THE STORY OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY IN RALPH AND TERRY KOVELS’ 95TH BOOK.
2. OWENSBORO’S NATIVE SON, DARYLE LAMBERT, PUBLISHES BOOK ABOUT SELLING ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES.
3. SOTHEBY’S SETS A NEW WORLD RECORD FOR SCULPTURE AT AUCTION.
4. $3.5 Million Ancient & World Coin Signature Auction at Long Beach
5. ItsOnlyRockNRoll.com Auctions Rare Beatles Concert Poster July 3.
6. Dale Earnhardt fire suit a hot item in $1.5 million Grey Flannel Sale.
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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.
I have some paintings by a very talented artist from the early 1900's. They are signed Fred Laude. This man also used to work in a small town in California painting window signs and such. If anyone else has heard of this artist, I'd love to hear from them. I am Diana and can be reached at email@example.com. Thanks, and I look forward to reading every issue of this newsletter.
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
6) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
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8) 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 loved Liz's story about the 5 spareribs and steaks. (#530) It brought back memories of my early days in the kitchen as a newlywed Air Force wife. I did not know how to cook and our breakfasts consisted of peanut butter on toast and instant coffee for quite a while. I was part of a trio of newlywed friends who were in the same boat. We had to learn by trial and error...and there were many. Our first Thanksgiving together with husbands, Shirley fixed the turkey and didn't know that the little bag of stuff was supposed to be removed from the cavity...Barbara called one day and asked if she could keep some "very expensive" veal in our freezer. She was going to surprise Bob with his favorite dish and didn't know how much to buy, so she special ordered 20 lbs. from the butcher. She didn't want her husband to know the cost nor the amount of veal, so we were her personal supplier for a while. One time I poured an entire can of popcorn in the pot and as my husband held the lid, I was running for every bowl available to put it in...it was like Lucy in the chocolate factory. The best story is my first roast. My husband kept asking when I was going to cook a roast like his Mom made with the little browned potatoes around it. I looked in my only cookbook under roasts and found a recipe that sounded just like what he was talking about. It said 5 lb. beef rib roast. Each time we'd go, he'd say are you getting that roast today? I'd answer "no". I kept reading the labels each time and they had 3lbs.,4lbs.,6lbs, but never the 5 lb. that I needed for the recipe. After a few months of frustration, one day my husband just plopped a roast in the cart and said "cook this one!". It was one that should have been braised and it turned out like shoe leather! This all seems surreal today as I became an excellent cook...and my hobby? Collecting cookbooks! Diana
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10) 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 "orange cupcakes" We received this response....
Orange Cupcakes With Orange Icing
These are as light as a cloud!
For the best results make certain all ingredients are room temperature. Erica Williams, Elgin, SC
2 1/4 cups pastry flour
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup buttermilk (room temperature)
1 tablespoon vanilla (or use 2 teaspoons orange-flavor extract)
1 1/2 tablespoons grated orange zest
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 egg yolks (room temperature)
2 egg whites (room temperature)
1/4 cup sugar
orange food coloring (optional)
Set oven to 350 degrees.
Line 18 muffin tins with paper liners.
For the cupcakes; sift together the flour 1-1/4 cups sugar, baking powder and salt.
Add in oil, buttermilk and vanilla or orange extract, beat one minute using an electric mixer. Add in the orange juice and egg yolks; beat for about 1 minute more.
In a another bowl beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually add in 1/2 and beat until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in the whites to the creamed batter. Evenly divided the batter between the muffin tins.
Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until cupcakes test done.
Allow to cool completely before frosting.
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
3 1/4 cups icing sugar (more as needed)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
orange food coloring (optional)
orange sprinkles or colored sprinkles
FOR THE FROSTING; in a bowl beat the butter until fluffy (about 3 minutes).
Add in the vanilla, zest and orange juice; beat until combined. Add in 3 cups icing sugar to start, adding in more if needed to achieve desired consistency. Add in a few drops orange food colouring if desired. Spread on the cooled cupcakes, then sprinkle with orange sprinkles if desired.
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11) 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 a Polish cheesecake recipe. This cheesecake use to be sold at the Broadway Market in Buffalo NY. This cheesecake did not have a graham cracker crust, instead it had a cake type crust that seemed to cook up around the cheesecake filling. It also was not round, but a rectangle. This recipe was printed in the Buffalo Courier Express Newspaper once. I have searched my Mom's recipes over and over and unfortunately Mom, the stand we bought the cheesecake at and the newspaper are sadly long gone. Thank you. Betty Kaiser.
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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12) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
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13) Collectors Tip
Autographs have been called “frozen moments in time.” Autograph collectors are curators of history. The most personal item that one person can give is his or her signature. Anything that can be signed can be considered collectible…letters, documents, photographs, books, memorabilia, etc. Few objects give a collector the opportunity to own a unique or one-of-a-kind item that is actually part of someone who is known by millions of people. That is the main reason why autograph collecting has become one of the fastest growing hobbies in recent years as well as a unique gift idea. A gift from Strickler’s Celebrity Autographs will be a one-of-a-kind memory. Visit
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