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The Collectors Newsletter #569 -- November 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #569 -- November 2007
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Auction Sales are our latest hobby. One print that we purchased in its original frame has a typed strip (glued over the glued on back) "The Blue Vase" by Cezanne Louvre Paris C 1937 National Committee for Art Appreciation printed in U.S.A. What is interesting is that on the matting - appears 4 fingerprints (under the glass) which I assume to be glued imprint from the worker as he assembled the art,mats and frames, unnoticeable at first but darkened through time. I don't love the frame and a different mat would certainly be an improvement but for now, its kind of fun just imagining whose fingerprints I have framed We are still looking for that garage sale find that will make us millionaires., Connie
Many ship the Bibles to their families for cost of postage only. Thanks to Joan and other genealogical angels who preserve family heirlooms! Cathy in Williamsburg
I was on the receiving end of a Family Bible last year, I had been stuck on my Harlow Merriman since day one of my genealogy searches (24 years at that time). A kind soul took in a room mate, that wanted to sell this to a antique shop, so he could buy more drugs.... the man that took him in, instead took it to work, and tried to find someone that had my Harlow listed out on the web somewhere. Finally he found me, and went home and told the room mate it was worthless at the antique shop. The guy finally moved on, leaving 200 yr old Bible behind, and the kind man that took the time to find me, called me, and said, he would send it out to me for the cost of postage! It is my most treasured genealogy possession, and with the help of finding Harlow's parentage, I was able to add another 300 years to my genealogy. If any others happen to come across bibles, please buy them (or photo's that are identified), and go to some genealogy sites, I am sure you will find some very grateful people that would love to receive these things for the cost of the postage, and whatever you may have paid to buy it. Kim in Wisconsin
Don't know if you can use this or not but for what it's worth:
I can’t claim credit for thinking up this one but it’s a suggestion for dividing your possessions up among your children. I have four children and I got colored stickers and gave each of them a different color. One had yellow, one had red, etc. I left them alone and let them sticker the things in my house that they wanted when I die. I have family heirlooms that have been passed down through four and five generations. I also collect Depression Glass and have an extensive collection of antiquarian books — among other things. I wanted to make sure each of my children got the things they really wanted. If an item had more than one sticker I would decide which child would get it. Few items had more than one sticker and only one had four stickers — a family photograph. After they were done I video taped the articles and in the case of the heirlooms explained who they had belonged to and the history of the item. Some of the things I have since given them for presents and others they will get later on when I feel the time has come to part with them. A few they will get when I die. But this is one way to make sure everyone gets at least some of the things they want. A brass pair of bookends that are in the form of a pirate with a treasure chest had belonged to my father. They were stolen from my home and about 10 years later I found them in an antiques store and bought them for $40. They will be passed down to one of the children too. Pat in New Hampshire
In response to what to do with an old hankie, we received the following...
FRAME IT WITH OTHER OLD THINGS A OLD JEWERLY PIN - PICTURE - POSTCARD ...BARB
My grandmother, who passed away five years ago, who would now have been 98 years old, purchased a hankie for her mother when she was 13. She bought it from a man who passed through town periodically selling goods out of a wagon pulled by horses. She had saved her money by working in the cotton fields. I went to our local frame shop and asked them to custom frame it in a frame that looked old. It is on the wall in my hall way. In one corner of the hankie is embroidered, "To Mother" in pink. The hankie is trimmed in pink and a beige color. It looks like and feels like it is some kind of silk. Anyway, it looks beautiful framed behind glass. I love reading the Tias Newsletters, also. Cindy, Oklahoma
Why not put it on top of a small table ( a half-moon would do) and have a piece of glass cut to the size of the top of the table to put over the hankie? Then you can enjoy it every day as you pass by! Judy in NJ
This is for Kathy and displaying her grandmothers hankie, I've seen shadow boxes made that contain a photo of grandmother, the hankie, and any other item that was hers (jewelery, glove, etc) They really make
a beautiful display piece. Deb
In response to Kathleen's request about what antique items do people use in their homes, we received the following...
This is in response to Kathleen's request to what antique items do I have and use in my house. We have many antique items that we use regularly...Barb
- an oak icebox - we use it to store canned goods
- many, many reamers that I use every time I need to juice citrus fruit - most often the yellow one
- I have my grandmother's measuring cup made of tin
- I have an old tin French fry cutter with a red wooden handle
- we have an old stained glass that we have hung for decoration
- we have an old Victrola record player that you open the front doors to control the volume and crank it up to control the speed
- we have an old oak library table that hold all kinds of stuff in the study
- I have a collection of old (40 -50 year old) McCoy flowerform vases that I use all the time
- I have some old wooden spoons that were from my grandmother's kitchen
- we have a beautiful antique crystal and silver cruet set (more for display than use)
-I have some antique dishes that we get out for special occasions
Etc, etc, etc. . .
The most practical inherited item that we have used the longest is the bell my great aunt used when she taught in a one-room school. Since we live on a farm, before cell phones were always in our pockets, at lunch time, I'd step outside and ring Aunt Lora's bell. Partly because of having had the bell so long, I now have a bell collection. My family usually brings me a bell as a memento of their travels. Sometimes new, but often a treasure from an antique shop, an estate sale, etc. I enjoy them all as have our grandchildren when we rang the bells for them when they were younger.
I also have the enameled bowl (beige with green trim) in which Mother stirred up biscuit dough--always leaving some flour in it, as well as the biscuit cutter (small evaporated milk can). It originally belonged to Aunt Lora as well. It now sits on our kitchen counter holding small bottles of spices. Anita
Like Kathleen in your newsletter 567 I still use items in my home that belonged to late relatives. My favorite cookie sheets belonged to my grandmother. My mother used them and left them to me. My grandmother died when I was 5 and I am 61 now. I have no idea how old these cookie sheets are but they are excellent. They do not warp in the oven the way new ones do...Barb
To answer Kathleen's inquiry: I still pit cherries with my great Aunt's Cherry pitter. It is a very simple devise,hand held, just a place to rest the cherry and a plunger to pit it. She was married in 1905. I also use my Sunbeam Waffle Iron and Sandwich Grill regularly. It was a wedding gift in 1957.It still makes huge delicious waffles. Carol in New Jersey
In response to the query by Kathleen about what items are still being used that are from a long time ago...I still use the cast iron deep fry pan with lid that has been in my family for ages. I have been told that it
has been passed down from family to family and came over the Oregon Trail to Oregon when my ancestors came. That would probably have been back in the early 1800's since my ancestors traveled from Philadelphia to Oregon at that time. The design is not similar to modern day and I know I used it as a child some 50+ years ago so feel it is probably a halfway accurate tale. Nancy
I use vintage stuff all the time! My flatware is 1930s Holmes and Edwards silverplate, and I keep sugar in a late-1920s/early '30s aluminum Borden's Malted Milk canister. I have two complete sets of 1940s-50s Pyrex refrigerator boxes that I both cook and store in. I also use a pottery cookie jar that is at least 50 years old, maybe more. Plus a James Kent hammered aluminum tray that is about that old as well. All these things came from my grandmothers' estates. I also have a number of pieces of 1970s Corningware that get heavy use, and lots of Pyrex mixing and storage bowls from that same time frame--all of which I bought myself right after college for my first apartment. And somewhere in my house is one of my grandmothers' rolling pins, too, the kind that is one long piece of turned wood that tapers to the ends. I haven't used it in a long time, which is why I have no idea where it is at the moment. ;-) Love the newsletter! --Susan in Virginia
Comment about antique items still in use. My mom is still using a Sunbeam hand-mixer that she received as a wedding present in 1948. Barb
I've enjoyed the stories on how people get started collecting, so I thought I'd share a story, too. I am a writer and, for several years, taught writing classes and workshops. One of the exercises I used in my classes was to bring in an old photograph and ask the class to write a short piece about people in the photo. Since each student focused on a different aspect, it was a wonderful way to explore every writer's unique voice and imagination. Since I've always loved vintage kitchenalia and Bakelite (and so much other stuff!) I often stopped at house sales and garage sales and picked up these "prompt" photos. One late Saturday afternoon, I popped in at an almost empty house, and saw a box of large photos and realized they were wedding pictures. Lovely old wedding photos that I guess no one in the family wanted or could make room for. It broke my heart. So I bought them and brought them home, feeling like it was my job to keep them away from prying eyes and pawing hands. Wasn't there some family member who could rescue them (or dispose of them privately?) It saddened me, but it inspired the creation of my character Jane Wheel, a not-always successful picker, who becomes a detective. In the mystery series I write, I've made the fictional Jane Wheel a sentimental collector of old wedding photos (and everything else.)
I used to refer to my finding these photos as a kind of rescue mission. Lately, I've come to realize that the photos and bakelite buttons and the vintage sewing baskets and the old wooden yardsticks that I "rescue," have adopted me as much as I've adopted them. So many objects tell stories--as the contributors to this newsletter well know--and I often think that the objects I collect have given me enough to write about forever. Have I given them a home? Or have they given me so much more? I would love to hear from others what stories the objects that they collect have told them...Sharon www.sharonfiffer.com
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue, Anne requested a recipe for Hummelfutter. We had several responses mailed in by a readers.
My recipe calls for banana slices dipped in lemon juice to garnish but I'm sure you could use orange slices!
1 cup sugar
2 heaping Tablespoons flour
2 Tablespoons baking powder
1/2 lb. coarsely chopped nuts
1/2 lb. dates, cut in small pieces
Bake in 8 x 8 pan for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.
Cool and crumble into serving dish. Pour about 1/2 cup orange juice over it.
Refrigerate until serving time. Top with whipped cream and banana slices.
Hope this helps! Diane
2 eggs 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons flour 2 tablespoons baking powder 1/2 cup nuts 1/2 lb dates, chopped 6 oranges 6 bananas 1 (6 ounce) container Cool Whip
Beat eggs with hand beater.
Add next 5 ingredients to bowl and stir with wooden spoon.
Bake in 9 inch pan for 20 minutes at 400.
Crumble baked ingredients in bottom of large bowl.
Place sliced oranges on top of mixture.
Add half Cool Whip over that layer.
Put sliced bananas on top of Cool Whip and then add rest of the Cool Whip.
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flower
2 tablespoons of baking flour
1/2 cup nuts
1/2 lb dates, chopped
1 (six ounce) container of Cook Whip
1. Beat eggs with hand beater.
2. Add next 5 ingredients to bowl and stir with wooden spoon.
3. Bake in 9 inch pan for 20 minutes at 400.
4. Crumble baked ingredients in bottom of large bowl.
5. Place sliced oranges on top of mixture.
6. Add half Cool Whip over that layer.
7. Put sliced bananas on top of Cool Whip and then add rest of the Cool Whip.
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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 would love to see if anyone has a recipe that my mom used to make when I was little. We have lived throughout the southwest and Michigan, Ohio also, so I have no idea where this recipe originated nor does she. I have tried to find it in chocolate cookbooks but haven't been able to. She is 74 now and would love to have me locate it for her. It is a chocolate cookie, light texture, called turtle cookie, where you put pecans down, then the batter and I believe melted carmels on top after they cool. With the pecans, i bet it came from Texas or Oklahoma, both states which we lived in! Kim
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