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The Collectors Newsletter #542 -- July 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #542 -- July 2007
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10. A Vintage Recipe
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
American Society of Jewelry Historians
Welcome to the American Society of Jewelry Historians, an organization dedicated to the study of jewelry history and the dissemination of jewelry-related information through its educational programs, which include lectures, special events and a newsletter. We encourage you to join us in this quest to understand jewelry as it relates to many subjects within social, political, economic and historical context. For more information, click here:
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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.
When I read the story of the man who paid $60 for paintings and then returned to gloat over what they were worth it did upset me. The only thing I find more despicable than that is antique dealers who cruise around looking for elderly people out in their yard, ask them if they have anything to sell and then offer them far less than it's worth because the owner doesn't know any better.
My father-in-law fell prey to just such a man, but we never told him just what he had given away. For example: 6 press-back chair and a claw leg piano stool were sold for $125, lovely old dressers were sold for $150 each and one dresser that was done entirely in "tramp art" was sold for $150 and much glassware that we know were some good pieces went for very little. All were in good condition. Much was from his family before him. (my father-in-law was in his early 90's at the time). The dealer was from Iowa and my FIL lives in Wis.(we found a list of what he sold and the dealers name and state he was from.)
They were his things. He was certainly entitled to sell them. But his 80+ yr. old wife was in a nursing home at the time and the money would have helped with her care. The money would have helped my FIL a great deal, too, but when the sum total of what he got for every thing was about $600 and the dealer could that and much more from one item I think it's tactless.
We did try to tell him to ask us before selling things, but he is very independent and wouldn't listen to our advice.We didn't tell him the horrible mistake he had made. It wouldn't have served any good purpose.
I just find it sad that dealers circle like vultures over the elderly and then gloat to each other about getting things for a song. Surely we can treat our elderly better than this. Maybe you could put yourself in their place when making an offer. I understand the whole " I have to haul it, clean it, store it, pay taxes on it " thing, but it's very sad that some dealers take advantage of people this way. I don't trust any price a dealer is willing to offer me. DA Wis.
A friend of mine saw that one coming when his rather wealthy grandmother passed in 1999. He knew that his rather wealthy cousin was going to try and take all he could get. His solution was to hire an appraiser and value the entire estate. He then passed out monopoly money for the value of the estate divided by the six heirs. They could only buy what they had the monopoly money for. In the end everybody got pieces that they wanted because they spent the fake money only when they really wanted a piece. It worked out beautifully. All left over items were sold at auction later and not a single piece was purchased by an heir. They already had what they wanted. Tim Charlotte, NC
I love reading the stories on this newsletter!
I go to thrift stores several times a week and my apartment is filled with strange and unusual objects from all over the world. My favorites are pottery and lamps from the 1930's-60's. There is a huge amount of items to pick from if one wants to decorate an apartment in this style.
I was shopping at a Goodwill store a couple months ago when I spotted a large, lobed vase with a nice blended glaze on it. I put it in my basket and continued to browse. A worker mentioned to me that this vase may be older and worth some money. I was leaning towards not buying it as it was bigger than most pieces in my apartment and I had no good place to put it. After this person told me that I took a gamble and bought it for $5. After taking some pictures and posting them on a good pottery forum, I got a response saying it might be an earlier William Manker Ceramics piece and was listed in the guide book as rare. I sent the pictures over to an expert in California Pottery and he confirmed it. I ended up listing it a couple months later and was surprised to see the bidding shoot up to $300 in the last minutes of the sale. The other item I had listed was a Etruscan Majolica leaf dish I had found the same trip for $4 and it sold for $65. Not a bad investment return from that one trip to the store.
You never know what sort of things you can find at a thrift store. Chris
This story about picking up a mirror from the curb just breaks my heart - I worked in property management and had the unpleasant job of evicting tenants from time to time. What happened here is that the people did not move during the time given them and the sheriff's department placed their belongings on the street, which is what happens after a detainer warrant, etc is filed. What Marian did is steal the items that they had not been able to get in their car, or truck or whatever. I have to assume they were coming back for them. Nothing like kicking someone when they are down. Trish in Tennessee
Thanks for posting the stories about antique and collectable finds. I always look forward to reading them. My greatest find was at my church’s rummage sale a few years ago. I had made my purchases and was on my way out when I decided to stop and look at the jewelry table. There was just the usual costume jewelry, which I had expected to find. One little pin caught my eye, just because of the color of the glass gem it contained. I thought I could incorporate it into a piece of bead-work I was working on. I purchased it for 25 cents. The “gem” hung from a metal banner that was marked P.P.I.E. 1915. I was curious about what the letters meant and went on line to investigate. I found a web page of somebody’s personal collection of pins like mine and other ephemera from the Pan Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco in 1915. One of the most popular attractions there was the Tower of Gems which was covered with “gems” like the one in my pin. I sent an inquiry to the owner of the web page, who wrote back wanting to purchase my pin for his collection. His passion for the thing was much greater than mine so I agreed to sell it to him. He paid me $250.00 for the pin and sent me a photo of the Tower of Gems. Debora in CA
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3) Antique News
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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.
Love your newsletter. I look forward to each and every edition. I am looking for a Popeye the Sailor Man doll from the late 70's. The doll had a stuffed body but the head (hat and corncob pipe), the muscled tattooed arms, and the boots were plastic. The boots were brown and the outfit was the usual blue, red, and yellow navy suit. He was 12 to 16 inches tall. My son took him with him everywhere he went. Now my son is 30 years old and having his first son. I would love to surprise him with Popeye for his child. I have looked on ebay but haven't found the right one yet. Any help I can get would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Cheryl 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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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.
Another kitchen faux pas - this one committed by my husband of 42 years. It was our first Thanksgiving, and we had been given a turkey by his folks. It was the smallest they had raised, but still at least 20 pounds. You can imagine how much was left over with just the 2 of us eating. I had worked the night shift as an RN and my husband woke me up to ask me how to make creamed turkey. I told him how to make a white sauce using butter, flour, and milk, and told him how much to use. A couple hours later he woke me up telling me we weren't going to have creamed turkey after all. When I went into the kitchen I found every pan I owned, including the large roasting pan, dirty and in the sink. When I asked him what happened, he said the "gravy" wasn't getting thick enough so he added more flour. When asked how much, he said "about a cup or two". Of course he added more liquid, too and the more he made, the bigger the pan he had to use, and by the time he was done he said it tasted like paste. Needless to say, the "creamed turkey" ended up in the garbage, and he never attempted it again!
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.
In the last issue, Marie requested a recipe for "canned corned beef casserole" one version was emailed in....
My Mother In Law's Corned Beef Casserole
12 oz can corned beef, broken into pieces
1/4 pound chopped American cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped onion
Combine all together. Alternate in layers in 2 quart casserole dish
with an 8 oz package of noodles, cooked and drained.
Top with 3/4 cup buttered bread crumbs.
Bake 30-40 minutes at 375 degrees,
Serves six to eight
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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.
How do you make Turkish delight? I had it once as a child and remember it quite vividly, but candy stores don't seem to carry it. Scott
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
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