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The Collectors Newsletter #532 -- 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
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
American Civil War Society
The ACWS is one of the largest Civil War reenacting associations in Southern California, boasting an annual membership, by year-end, of about 800 re-enactors. We are a family oriented, nonprofit, organization dedicated to educating the public through both military and civilian impression. For more information, go to:
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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.
oooohh.. when I read the story about baking hard cookies, i got chills, because my story can relate to cookies, and also buried items, , and, this is a "haunted house" story, all true, so help me God. This all took place in the 60's, we lived in Dallas, in a suburb near Oak Cliff, I was about 9 or 10, sister Mimi about 6 or 7. Dad worked on call around the clock servicing vending machines at clubs, airport, etc.(saw the Beatles arrive at Dallas airport) but that's another story! Anyway, my mom didnt drive, and a supermarket would deliver our groceries, Mom called in the order, and they would bring it. There are so many aspects to this story, I may get off track. One day, I decided to make cookies, why, I dont know, as I never cooked anything much, but I had an instinct that someone was telling me what to do and how to do it. Taking each ingredient and putting in the bowl, and into the oven and the cookies were totally bakery quality, it was strange, they were cinnamon crisps, something like that, anyway Mom & all couldnt believe it, I said, "I just did it". One day, not too long after we moved in, there was a knock on the door, we thought it was the grocery delivery. Went to the door, a man was there, he said he used to live there but left something in the kitchen on a top shelf, we went and looked and saw nothing. When we went back to the door, the man was gone. As we were settling in the house, my Mom started working in the flower beds, or what was once flower beds,. We unearthed a pipe, a baby rattle, false teeth, and a whooper of an amethyst necklace, broken, but still a beauty. Mom was intrigued, as were we all..fast forward a bit, one night Dad had a call, Mimi & I piled in the bed with Mom.. We started hearing organ music & singing. We went down the hall, the curtains in the "formal" (unused) living room were billowing, hmm, no air in there.. we were a little spooked, I went to the bathroom, heard boards creaking in the hall, no one there...we also heard baby crying and a squeaking sound, like maybe from a rocking chair?? anyway, there is so much more that went on in that house. So much so, that we implored Dad to let us move, He didnt understand why, as he was not witnessing these thing happening, We had visitors come once, and after they got back home, they wrote us a letter to say they heard a baby crying. After months of this, Dad relented, and we moved, The very next week after we moved, a semi truck failed to round a corner, and slammed right into the bedroom we would gather in at night!!!! We went to the house to look, after we heard about this, people were gathering,, the things we heard from folks were that a grandmother died there, rocking her grandbaby, apparently had a heart attack and when she slumped over, smothered the baby!! And the grandmother used to bake cinnamon cookies all the time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( i still have the amethyst necklace!) SO much more in this story, and some horrible things, I chose not to mention.. Suzanne from Florida..
-- Another Story --
We got this note from a reader. I thought I'd ask everyone for their opinion as well. What is happening in the antiques & collectibles market in your area? Is it robust, depressed or just the same as it ever was? If it has changed, what do you think the reasons are? Write to us with your comments at Newsletter@tias.com
I don't expect you will print this letter but, we have to know why the antique mall business here in N. Ill and S. Wisconsin has "died?" Is this nation wide? The information is needed so we can adjust, I and many of the small antique mall dealers are not even making rent and some are pulling out. Some blame e-bay, which may be the future. I think it's the aging population with the first 'Boomer's" turning 60 last year who are flooding the market as they size down (like us) plus higher fuel prices limiting shopping the malls. I and many dealers I've talked to are asking the same questions. What are you hearing? We enjoy your newsletter. Thank you, Frank (Send email to Newsletter@tias.com)
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Comments, thoughts? Write to us: firstname.lastname@example.org We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find, unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send your story to email@example.com
3) Antique News
The latest news about antiques and collectibles..
1. The Latest News in the June 2007 Issue of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter. Click here:
2. Society of Inkwell Collector's Inkwell Auction. Click here:
3. Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) collection presented by Manion’s International Auction House. Click here:
4. ItsOnlyRockNRoll.com Auctions John Lennon’s Favorite Recording Piano July 3. Click here:
5. The Top 20 Searches for Antiques and Collectibles at Kovels.com for May 2007. CLick here:
6. AUTHOR PREDICTS LOTTON GLASS TO BE THE NEXT TIFFANY. Click here:
7. Charity auction with chocolate center set for late June. Click here:
8. Philip Weiss tops $1 million mark at June 9-10 auction. Click here:
9. Hemingway items to be sold in Atlanta, Sunday, 6/24. Click here:
10. MONSTERS OF MYTHOLOGY WILL HEADLINE AT MATHESON’S IN MELBOURNE. Click here:
11. John Wayne's 100th Birthday & Original Memorabilia High Demand!. Click here:
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13. Smythe’s Memphis Sale Should Be Their Best Ever. 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.
We found a large book with a dedication to Terry Rose, Chicago, an Honoray Member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America in the 1950s. There are letters, copies of letters, photos, and certificates of appreciation and membership, and newspaper clippings. We would like to find Mr. Rose's relatives to return this meaningful item to them. Our e-mail address is Kashbox@Earthlink.net.
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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Some of the special features:
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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 can identify with Diana's story about learning how to cook. When I was a newly wed (32 years ago!!) my husband kept asking me to make an apple pie like his Mom made. I tried every apple pie recipe I could find and he said they were
all "okay" but not quite as good as his Mom's. Finally one day I got the nerve up to ask her for her recipe. She looked a little surprised, went to the cupboard and handed me a box of ready to make pastry and a can of apple pie filling!
I took then home, made the pie and my husband said it was just like his Mom's. Barb McNamara, Toronto, Canada
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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10) A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our NEW! vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
A Betty requested some recipes for "Cheesecake" We received this response....
Sernik Babci...Polish Cheesecake
1 1/4 cups All-purpose Flour
1/4 tsp. Salt
3/4 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 cup Butter
1 whole Egg
3 Tbs. Sour Cream
1/3 cup Confectioners' Sugar
6 whole Eggs (1 separated)
2 cups Confectioners' Sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 lb. Farmers or Ricotta Cheese
2/3 cup Butter, melted
1 1/2 cups plain Mashed Potatoes
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 cup Orange or Lemon Peel, grated
To prepare the dough, sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl, then cut in the butter with a fork.
In a separate mixing bowl, beat together the egg and sour cream. Stir the mixture into the flour. Add the confectioner's sugar and blend again. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead until well mixed and smooth.
On a floured surface, roll out the dough into the shape of a rectangle. Line a 9-inch by 13-inch pan with the dough, bringing the dough part-way up both sides of the pan.
To prepare the filling, separate 1 egg and reserve the single egg white; beat the remaining yolk and five whole eggs with an electric mixer in a small mixing bowl, gradually adding the confectioners' sugar as you go. Beat for about 5 minutes at high speed. Add the vanilla and continue to beat at a high speed until the mixture is soft.
In a separate mixing bowl, press the cheese through a sieve and blend with the melted butter. Add the potatoes, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. Stir in the orange or lemon peel.
Thoroughly blend all the ingredients and fold them into the egg mixture, then turn the filling into the center core of the prepared sweet bread crust in the baking pan.
Wrap the excess dough over the top of the filling and pinch to close the gap as you go. Brush the top with the remaining egg white, and bake in a pre-heated 350-F degree oven for 45 to 55 minutes, or until set. Let cool before cutting. Refrigerate to store, but serve at room temperature.
Serves 8 to 10
Grandmother's Cheese Cake (Sernik Babci)
1-1/4 cups flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup butter or margarine
3 Tbps sour cream
1/3 cup confectioners sugar
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 lb. farmers cheese or ricotta
2/3 cup melted butter
1-1/2 cups mashed potatoes (not seasoned)
You can save the ones from the night before.
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup grated orange or lemon peel
For the dough, combine the flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl. Cut in the butter with a fork.
Beat egg into the sour cream. Stir into the flour mixture then stir in the sugar. Knead the dough until well mixed and smooth.
Roll dough on a floured surface into a rectangle. Line a 13x9x2 inch pan with the dough and bring dough part the way up sides.
For the filling, separate 1 egg and reserve the whites, beat remaining yolk and whole eggs with the the sugar for 5 minutes at hight speed of a electric mixer. Add the vanilla, beat at high until the mixture is soft.
Press cheese through a sieve, blend cheese with butter add the potatoes, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. Stir in orange peel. Fold into the egg mixture. Turn into prepared crust in pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F for about 45-55 min. or until set. Cool well before cutting.
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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 have lived in Texas for over 30 years but I remember a restaurant in Sioux City, Iowa that made Bread Pudding and had an inch or more layer on the bottom of pure sweet custard. I have tried to duplicate that but the bread always soaks up what I wanted to be custard. Anyone have a clue how they done that. It is sooooooooo Good. joyce Binns
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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13) Collectors Tip
The summer of 2007 will be remembered as the “Summer of the Blockbuster” films. Many original movies and sequels have been or will be released in the next few months. There are “Spider-Man 3”, Pirates of the Caribbean: At the Worlds End”, “Shrek 3”, “Transformers”, “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, “Live Free or Die Hard”, “Hairspray”, “Rush Hour 3”…whew! Plus many more releases that may become surprise hits. A beautifully autographed photograph of one the stars or casts would be a perfect gift for the man that loves movies. Go to Strickler’s Celebrity Autographs, a trusted name in the autograph hobby and give that unique gift. Visit
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