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The Collectors Newsletter #548 -- August 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #548 -- August 2007
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Antiquarian Horological Society
The Antiquarian Horological Society (AHS) is a learned society formed in 1953.
It exists to promote the study of clocks and watches and the history of time measurement in all its forms. 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.
Over the years I have ran across many great finds at yard sales. I was taught at a young age, my great grandmother and grandmother loved going to them.
My great grandmother gave me many things while she was living and enjoyed seeing me bring an item home to find it a spot on a shelf. She would give me something for helping her with her plants and flowers or when she would run across something she thought I could use. I enjoyed the times that I spent with her and listening to all the tales of fun and hardships they went through. I see now that not many people enjoy their elderly family members anymore. All of the items I have from family members have meaning and love behind them.
Just a few months ago the elderly lady that lived behind of us died .She had a bad few years after the death of her husband (which was like her) a friendly and gentle man who loved company and looked forward to seeing you. He always told me and my husband that if something happened to him that their kids would come in and take everything away from her, that was exactly what happened. Their grown children never visited or came to help them at all but before the funeral was even over the yard was full of cars and people all going through out buildings and home belongings. It was sad.
After all of the people had picked through everything they had a yard sale and I just couldn't bring myself to go, knowing how they were treated and that these people didn't care about the people that their parents were.
A friend of mine ask if I was going to go and I told her I didn't think so but she and her husband should go and look. Her husband loves collecting depression glass.
He was the first person there at 6:30a.m. and spent about 4 dollars. He took his find home and they looked through their books to find that his 4 dollars spent was actually about 3-4 hundred dollars worth of depression glass. I was tickled to see him tell me about the trip and what he had found and I was glad I didn't go to the year sale after all. I was even a little happy that the family didn't know what they had placed in the yard sale to be sold for 4 dollars.
I told my friend that I had something from our neighbors that their children would never have and that was the elderly couples friendship. I have seen many families forget about their parents and only care about what they can get from them. Losing all the memories of a lifetime for just what can go in their pocket. I could have never treated my grandparents or parents that way, I enjoyed their lives more than I enjoy the items still on the shelves in our home. Maybe running across a steal at a yard sale isn't a bad thing in some cases. Dawn in N.C.
First, let me say, hooray!!!! the newsletter is once again arriving in my inbox, no longer blocked by earthlink. Thanks to the many folks who wrote with suggestions to the problem and the special person (you know who you are) who was kind enough to forward the newsletter to me for the many issues before the problem was resolved. In the end, nothing I tried from my end worked. Earthlink just stopped blocking it.
Anyway, I wanted to comment on how sad it is for me when I read the letters about family heirlooms callously sold for practically nothing or hauled off to re-sale and thrift stores. When I am out browsing in thrift stores or yard sales and I see things so incredibly personal, like old photos, wedding memorabilia, yearbooks, items made as gifts and signed, etc., it makes me want to cry. It is heartbreaking to see those family tapestries unraveling before my eyes. I have been working on my family genealogy and heirloom inventory for well over 20 years now and it is so hard for me to believe that there are people who care so little for their family history. I realize that there are circumstances that would explain some of this - broken families, families where there is no direct heir, etc., but I fear that in far too many cases it is more the case of a lack of reverence for what has come before. It is all about the now, the new, the innovative. Perhaps one day more people will manage a balance between embracing the new while respecting the history that made it all possible. I still have copies of the heirloom inventory handbook. Karen Loparco
Thank you for your newsletter. I am not a dealer but rather a frequent buyer. Many years ago, a much loved family member died in another state and there was a need for an estate sale. A family friend who was closer did most of the work and, prior to the estate sale, contacted several antique dealers in the area. One spend at least a few thousand dollars and helped us dispose of much of the estate for fair prices. After the sale, I realized that the dealer had purchased a print I meant to keep for sentimental reasons but lost track of in the rush to get the sale completed. I called the dealer and he said he would sell me the print for what he had paid for it, plus shipping. He also said it was more important that a family member keep something than it was for him to sell it. He kept his end of the bargain and I sent him some regional food (along with my check) in appreciation. Through the years, I have had more positive transactions with dealers than negative ones. Anne in New Mexico
Honesty goes both ways. I had some furniture I was trying to sell on a garage sale, a bed and a dresser. I was asking $50. and it didn't sell so I called a dealer and she offered me $75. I said "No, I was going to sell it for $50. and I can't see charging you more than someone else." She was shocked and said "For Real"? joyce in Texas
Your newsletter is such an eye opener! It is most enjoyable, and people share so many interesting and educational stories. So thanks to you and thanks to your readers for making it possible for those of us, who have little knowledge about collecting, become wiser by reading this great Tias Newsletter. Unfortunately, I have learned valuable lessons too late, but here is my story.
My husband and I bought two side chairs in 1970. We had used them very little, prior to moving to a larger house. We considered them as being stored away, because we placed them in a room that was seldom used. A room I kept my Betty Boop collection and my collection of Khalil Gilbran books and other treasured items. Over all these years, the chairs were kept in beautiful condition. Recently, we decided to downsize so that our children would not have to go through the time-consuming task of having to sort through so many things accumulated over the last 47 years...knowing they will have enough to do at the time of our demise. So, we hauled the Danish Modern chairs to a local auctioneer (not an easy task for two old people). Not having auctioned off anything before, we really didn't know what to ask for, nor did the auctioneer ask the questions that should have been asked of people new to the auction world. We just thought that he would see that they were of good quality and try to start the bidding at a reasonable price...thinking maybe $30 total for both chairs at auction end. We went to the auction barn the day of the auction, but because this is a very large auction of accumulated items from many individuals, the bidding started with boxes of smaller items and outdoor items located outside of the building. We stayed as long as we could, but being elderly, we tired and went home prior to the auction of larger and more valuable items that would be auctioned off later in the evening. The next day, we called to ask him how the bidding went. He said the pair sold at $5.00. He must have started the auction at a dollar for both chairs! We spent $2.00 on gas to go over and pick up $3.25 for our beautiful reversible cushioned 1970 Danish Modern Chairs. I guess we all live and learn! Thank you, again, for this amazing newsletter. Betty Schultz
After reading so many letters of people picking up "trash" on the curb, I had to write and share mine. Years ago my husband and I had hit some really hard times and were evicted from our rental house, we had found another place to move to and were in the process of doing so, when the landlord and the sheriff showed up to put us out. Well to make a long story short, we were made to put the rest of our belongings out on the carport so the landlord could have the keys. We complied, they left and we loaded up our truck with as much as we could get in the truck (we probably had 3 loads left), and took a load to the new place. When we returned for another load we found that someone had gone thru our belongings and taken several things out of boxes and some furniture. A neighbor said that a man in a truck had pulled up and put the things into his truck and drove off. A couple of weeks later I was in a resale shop and came across my things, well most of them anyway. The owner of the shop said that he had picked them up on a curb and I could buy them back if I wanted too. I was so mad, because I knew that the stuff was under my carport 4 car lengths off the curb, and he stole them. I purchased what I could just to get back some of my treasures, and reported him. Only to be told that I had no proof and I should just let it go. Some people just have no sense of decency or compassion! But you just have to believe that they will get theirs someday! Susie
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4. Rare Texas map fetches $27,440 at Old World Auctions
5. P. Mallard bedroom set brings $55,000 at Stevens sale
6. Now Accepting Consignments -Upcoming 20th Century Decorative Arts Auction
7. Wilt's 100-point game ball at GFC auction Sept. 8
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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.
Have you found something like an old photo album or an old bible that needs to be returned to it's family? Tell us about it and we'll help you find them. Send your description to LostAndFound@tias.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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
My now 60 year old husband came from a large (10 kids) farm family. His mother told me this story about how one day many years ago she had baked a chocolate cake for dessert that evening. She needed to go shopping and since she knew that with six growing, always hungry boys that the cake wouldn't be there when she got back so she decided she should hide it. She had been prodding her husband to fix the dryer for weeks (the drum wouldn't turn) and he still hadn't gotten around to it so she hid it in there. Confident no one would ever think to look in the dryer she went off to town to shop. Of course, that was the day her husband decided he'd surprise her when she got back by having the dryer fixed. He pulled it out from wall, looked at the back and saw what was wrong with it and fixed it. Without ever having looked inside he turned it on to see if it worked. It did. He just had to figure out what that thumping noise was. Ginny
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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, Paul requested a recipe for "Dinah Shore Baked eggs" several recipes were mailed in by readers...
Toad in the Hole
3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp freshly ground white pepper, 2 large eggs, 3/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup water, 1 Tbsp oil, 1 pound pork sausage (patty-type)
Preheat oven to 425° F. Make batter by sifting flour, salt, and pepper into bowl. Make a well in the center and drop in eggs. Mix well with a whisk or electric beater. Add milk and water and mix well.
Put oil in the bottom of an 8-inch round cake pan and place it in the oven to heat. When oil is hot, line bottom of pan with sausages. Pour batter over all. Transfer to highest shelf in oven and bake for 40 minutes
Paul M. requested the Dinah Shore recipe for Baked eggs. This is from her book, "Someone's In The Kitchen With Dinah."
Sunday Baked Eggs
2 tomatoes sliced medium thick
8-10 eggs (figure on 2 per person)
6 slices of ham or Canadian bacon, thinly sliced
and cut into wide strips
1/4 cup bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup grated American cheese
Line buttered baking dish with ham or Canadian bacon. Lay tomato slices flat on ham. Salt and pepper generously. Break eggs over tomatoes carefully. Cover with Cheese Sauce. Top generously with American cheese, bread crumbs and butter dots. Bake in pre-heated 325 degree oven for 20 minutes (or longer if harder cooked eggs desired.)
1/2 cup of either Cheddar, Monterey Jack or Swiss Cheese
(or a combination of all, cubed)
2 heaping tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
Dash of Worcestershire sauce (optional)
Dash of Tabasco sauce (optional)
Melt butter in pan and blend in flour, add milk very gradually, stirring constantly. When smooth and thickened, add bits of cheese, salt, pepper, and dash each of Worcestershire and Tabasco.
Dinah's cookbook was published in 1971. Enjoy! Meg in Palmdale, Calif.
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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.
My husband would really like to find the recipe for the Lemon Sponge Pie that his mother used to make. Anyone out there have the recipe?
Yvonne G. Morriston, FL
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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