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The Collectors Newsletter #574 -- December 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #574 -- December 2007

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1. Featured Collectors Club
2. Stories From our Readers
3. Antique News
4. Your Classifieds
5. Newly listed items
6. Funny Old Stuff
7. Wanted ads. Can you help?
8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
10. New On line Merchants
11. Helpful Resources For Collectors

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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.

Big Little Book Collectors of America
The Big Little Book Club has been in existence since January of 1982. In that year, six issues of The Big Little Times, the club's bimontlhy newsletter, were published by John Stallknecht. All issues from 1983 to the present have been published by Larry Lowery, the current President of the BLB Club and Editor of The Big Little Times newsletter. When Larry took over the Club in 1983, he established a wallet-size club card for each member. On the card is a BLB whose title is reserved for the member's name. Titles have been given out in the order of their production. At the time of this writing, over 1,000 enthusiasts have become members in the club. When the total reached 1000, the Club numbering system, by necessity, is recycling the book title/numbering system.

The club serves as a conduit of ideas for collectors and dealers. It helps individuals make contacts with other individuals. And it often helps collectors find elusive books at reasonable prices.

Once in a while the club holds a meeting at a toy-and-collectibles show. Meetings in the past have been held in California, Texas, and Maine. For more information, Click Here:

Are you interested in Big Little Books? Take a look at: http://tinyurl.com/2bzo8e

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: http://cache.tias.com/cgi-bin/clubs.cgi

2) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your story to newsletter@tias.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.

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About old stuff still in use ...
I collect old clocks, but not all that seriously - I have a few, but not a house full. One treasure (the oldest I have) is a Birge & Mallory that my great-great-great grandfather purchased just before he died in 1838. It
keeps perfect time and just keeps on tickin'. It's a shelf clock, about 3 ft. high. It's my favorite treasure and I wouldn't give it up for all the money in the world. Jerry near Buffalo, NY.

--Another Story--

My grandparent's on both sides of my family were far from wealthy, but there are a few items I that were handed down to me that are very precious. I have my maternal Grandmother's enamel pots that I use to make large quantities of food. I always use it to make my Grandma's Hungarian pumpkin soup. It makes me feel really good to know that she used these pots to cook in and that now I am making the same recipe. The other item I have is a small side table that was always in my Grandparent's living room. It is far from fancy, but the story that goes with it is the best. When my Auntie Helen was a young woman she won it at a church Bingo game and carried it home on a public bus. Sometimes it's not the value of the items but the stories and memories they bring back that make them special. Carol, Fairfield, CT

--Another Story--

I was fortunate enough to be given my grandmothers wedding dress (era early 1900's) I would like suggestions on how to display it. I do not want to take it apart. Thanks to anyone with a suggestion. Jean

--Another Story--

How surprised I was to see a reader's recipe request for ham baked in bread dough, like the local bakery did for her parents in 1940. We had the same thing in our family in Ohio in the l930s. I always thought the bakery did it as a special favor for us because my parents ran a country general store and purchased all their bakery items from that particular bakery located in the county seat, nine miles away. I doubt, though, that this could be duplicated in your home stove. The ham was always one of those very large country home-cured hams and I think the trick was to bake it overnight, wrapped in bread dough, in one of the bakery's huge ovens. When the bakery's delivery truck brought it back to us the following day, still warm, the bread dough was charred black and mother had to peel it off the ham and throw it out. Delicious doesn't fully describe those hams! And here's a little humorous side note. The name of that bakery was Sexauer. When you said their name out loud everyone snickered and made some sly joke about it. Dode P., Long Beach, CA

--Another Story--

Your latest newsletter reminded me about one of my "favorite" antiques. It is a hand painted china demitasse cup that was given to my mother back in the early 40's by my paternal aunt's mother-in-law. My mother cherished it as I do today because there was a note with it, "I painted this when I was 14 years old in 1890." How sad our sons never met this gentle "lady!" I remember her well from the many "family" holiday dinners held at my grandfather's house where the table was set up in the finished basement ... complete with a full kitchen -- used for cooking in the warm weather & at holiday times ... when there would be 18-30 people. No one was ever a stranger -- once you married a family member, your family was included at all "family" events so we could all be together. And I remember one of my uncles always took a "little catnap" on one of the couches while we chatted & exchanged gifts around the tree. Thank you for letting me "share" one of my childhood memories. I love the stories & recipes -- wouldn't dream of not reading your newsletter! Thank you so much! --Peg from FL by way of CC

--Another Story--

I read with interest the story by Joan of Florida about her elderly mother beginning a new collection. I too, have several of those from my deceased mama's darning basket. But the most used and the most popular of all of the types were two, an old light bulb and a small gourd which still rattles its seeds when shaken. I treasure those as much as the regular darning 'eggs' as they, too were her favorites. D - Memphis

--Another Story--

Still in use at my house is a chrome toaster Model 1B14 - it does a better job than the new one, cool to the touch, with four wide slots. The mixmaster dates from the 50s, though I keep breaking those white bowls.

Also still in use is a set of stainless steel Flint kitchen tools from the mid 50s, and very rarely, I can find these at resale shops. Even though Corning ware has produced hundreds(?) of patterns of dinnerware, mine is still the first pattern they made - the one with blue snowflakes.

--Another Story--

About vintage things we still use I have a cast iron skillet that was my grandmothers .It makes the best fried potatoes ever. I also have a heavy aluminum roaster that was my mothers. Also many small kitchen gagets that were theirs. I have a T.V. lamp my parents got as a wedding gift .It is pressed glass and has 2 black metal dogs on top that hold it together. It makes a good night light in my hall which is not lighted very well.
They were married in 1940.
I also have a 6ft Christmas tree in my family room that is almost totally decorated with vintage ornaments that were from my family. Some even came from Germany when my great grandparents came over here in the 1800's.I also have little people and snowmen that came from there ,that in all my searches in antique stores and flea markets I have never seen any like them.
I also on another subject have a fancy embroidered hanky that belonged to my grandmother. It was brought from France during the 1st world war and given to her by her brother ,who was there fighting the war.
I happened to find a trunk shaped display case that has a glass top and glass front I have it displayed in it along with many family treasures. I love your news letter and have learned a lot from it . Charlotte from Ohio
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 newsletter@tias.com

3) Antique News
Here is the latest news about antiques and collectibles from http://www.News-Antique.com

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3. Geppi’s Entertainment Announces New Price Guide to Character Toys
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5. Christie's "Magnificent Jewels" total $24.3 million - Annual US jewelry sales totals a record $120 m
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8. Rinkya’s First Annual Yousei Report
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9. MacBeth Evans Dogwood – Lovely Depression Glass at Cat Lady Kate’s Elegant and Depression Glass
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10. 1898 - 1902. Decorative Chromo Lithographs.
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11. Francis Bacon, important painter, signed Postcard
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13. Geppi’s Entertainment Unveils Impressive New Slate of Offerings in Next Hake’s Americana Auction
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=783401&keys=Auction-Disney-Hake

14. Ultra-Rare Walt Disney-era Oswald One-Sheet at Hake’s
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15. Christie's sales of Antiquities and Ancient Jewelry Total $9.3 Million
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=783398&keys=christies-Greek-Venatrix

16. Over $2 Million Realized in Heritage Jewelry Auction
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=783396&keys=heritage-Jewelry-Timepieces
MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at http://www.news-antique.com
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4) Your Classifieds...


Do you have antiques or collectibles you are just itching to sell? A simple classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 17,000 readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
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6) 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 newsletter@tias.com and we may run it in the next issue.
My mom died in 1966 when I was about 12, but I'll always remember the Easter Baskets she would assemble for my sisters and me. One year they had edible Easter grass; we each got grass of a different color.

When I grew up and had kids of my own I wanted to duplicate that. I went to every store I could think of, and nobody had edible Easter grass. Every year for YEARS I would try again.

For some reason, a few years ago, it finally dawned on me; my mom had dyed coconut to make the "edible Easter grass." I mentioned my realization to my older sisters, both of whom died laughing and said, "Well what did you THINK it was, Dufus!" Wherever my mom is, I hope she got a laugh out of it too! Judy
We need stories for our humor section. Tell us some funny, family related stories and we'll share them with our readers. Send them to newsletter@tias.com
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to newsletter@tias.com and we may publish it here.

7) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?

WANTED: Old postcards wanted

If you are looking for something, let us help you find it! Our wanted ads are affordable and they work! go to: http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/submitClassified.cgi
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over 17,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to: http://www.tias.com/classifieds

9) A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our NEW! vintage recipe archive online at: http://www.tias.com/newsletter/topics/A%20Vintage%20Recipe.html Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.

In the last issue, Ruth requested a recipe for "Easter Bread" with a mixture of sausage and egs in the dough. Here are the responses that were sent in.
Italian Easter Bread..

1 lb Italian sausage
1 lb Ricotta cheese
2 x eggs
2 x eggs, hard boiled
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup shortening
2 cup flour
1 tbl baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 x eggs

* Filling: Take sausage out of skin, crumble and cook. Drain on paper towel and cool. Combine with remaining filling ingredients (except hard boiled eggs) and let sit for 1 hour. Set aside hard boiled eggs.
* Dough: Heat milk until hot. Add shortening; stir until melted. Mix all ingredients together and add to milk mixture. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour on floured board. Roll out half of the dough into large rectangle. Place in lightly greased jelly roll pan. Pinch at corners of pan. Spread filling over dough. Slice the 2 hard boiled eggs over top of filling. Roll remaining dough into rectangle and place on top. Pinch edges together with dough in pan. Beat 1 egg white and brush on top. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes, until golden brown.

--Another Resipe--

Italian Sausage Bread
2 (1-pound) packages frozen loaf bread dough
2 pounds Italian sausage
7 eggs
2 pounds ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons Italian seasonings (any combination of oregano, basil,
rosemary, garlic, red or black pepper, celery, and salt)
2 tablespoons bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 pound provolone cheese, sliced
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
1/2 cup sliced black olives (optional)
2-3 green peppers, chopped (optional)
10 ounces frozen spinach, thawed, chopped, and patted dry (optional)
Olive oil

Thaw the bread dough according to the package instructions. Allow it to complete its first rising. Lightly grease a 13 x 9-inch deep casserole dish. While the dough is rising, cook the Italian sausage and green pepper. Boil 6 of the eggs. Slightly beat the remaining egg. In a large bowl, mix the ricotta, Italian seasonings, beaten egg, bread crumbs, Romano and Parmesan. Add the cooked sausage,
mozzarella, and tomato sauce to the ricotta mixture. Chop the hard-boiled eggs, and fold them in. Add the olives and spinach, if desired. Place half of the bread dough into the prepared dish. Press the dough evenly on the bottom of the pan with about 2 inches of extra dough rising up the sides. Spoon the sausage filling into this shell. Cover the filling with the provolone slices. Roll the second piece of dough out flat enough to cover the top of the provolone slices. Pinch the edges of the dough all around to seal. Punch holes in the top with the tines of a fork. Baste with a thin coat of olive oil, and let it rise for 30 minutes, covered with plastic wrap in a warm place. While the bread is rising this second time, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. After the second rising, bake the stuffed bread for 45 minutes, until lightly browned and well cooked in the center.

Yield: 12 to 16 servings

Tips From Our Test Kitchen:
Make this recipe ahead of time and freeze it if desired. This hearty dish
makes a great meal with a green salad.


Egg & Sausage Wraps

(25 servings)
a.. 18 large eggs
b.. 3 lbs ground breakfast sausage
c.. 1-2 lbs of your favorite cheese (shredded)
d.. White Bread Dough for about 2 1-pound loaves
Brown the sausage in a large. skillet until fully cooked. Scramble the eggs
the cook until done in a large skillet. Put the cooked eggs & sausage in a
bowl & fold together till blended. Add seasonings to taste such as salt,
pepper, garlic etc..

Separate the bread dough into 2"-3" balls. Roll each ball out to 1/8 in
thick rectangular shape. Spoon on about 2-3 TBLS of the egg & sausage
mixture, top with desired amount of cheese. Fold the ends over then roll
untill sealed. Place on a greased baking sheet and cook for 20-25 min or
until golden brown.

Allow to cool on pan for 5 - 10 min and serve imediately or allow to cool
completely and store individually in zipper sealed baggies in the fridge for
the next morning. If you refrigerate them they only need to be heated in the
micowave for approximately 30-45 sec.

Yields 20-30

You can also substitute bacon for the sausage. Just cook it through and dry
off as much of the grease as you can so that the bread doesn't get soggy.
You can then either crumble it into the scrambled eggs or leave it whole and
lay it ontop of the eggs before you wrap them.

--Another Recipe--

Interesting. In our house, this was (and still is) Christmas Morning Sausage Roll...made only once a year and the "best" of all the holiday foods.
Enjoy! Diane

2 packages crescent rolls –roll into rectangle about 12”x10”. Make sure all perforations are sealed.
Brown 1# mild Italian sausage and 1# hot Italian sausage. Drain and break up.
Beat 1 egg and add to sausage. Spread on dough, leaving small edge.
Sprinkle on 1 c. shredded Swiss cheese
3 T. Parmesan cheese
2 tsp. basil
2tsp. parsley
1 tsp. garlic salt
Roll jelly roll-fashion, tuck in edges. Place on cookie sheet with seam side down.
Let rise ½ hour. Beat one egg and brush top of roll.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes . (If made ahead, may be reheated wrapped in foil, from cold at 300 -325 degrees for 30 minutes.)
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10) 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.
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to recipes@tias.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to recipes@tias.com and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at: http://www.tias.com/kitchen

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