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The Collectors Newsletter #582 -- January 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #582 -- January 2008

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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

Turn Your Collecting Hobby Into A Part Time Business
This April TIAS.com will celebrate 13 years, of selling antiques and collectibles online. 2008 is going to be a great year. Why not join us and turn your collecting hobby into an online business and make a few extra bucks for yourself. There are no startup costs with TIAS and you can pay us on a month to month basis if you like. Want more info? Visit http://www.MakeAShop.com or give us a call at 1-888-653-7883 or drop us an email at support@tias.com . We look forward to hearing from you!

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

Calendar Collector Society CCS
he Calendar Collectors Society, established in 1995, is an organization dedicated to the study and preservation of calendars and calendar art. The history of calendars is tremendously interesting and the calendar collecting area can take various forms. Some examples are wall calendars, perpetual calendars, desk calendars, pocket calendars, postcard calendars, novelty calendars (calendars made from non-traditional materials, usually die-cuts or 3-dimensional), calendar plates, calendar towels, almanacs, diaries, and schedules.

For more information, Click Here:

Are you interested in vintage paper collectibles? Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Paper_and_Ephemera/1.html

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.
I just had to respond to Ali from Mesa about the rudest remark made about my collections. I have several: pictures of bridges in this county, inkwells and dip pens, goats, and cemeteries. Want to guess which one got the comment? I'm actually cataloging all burials in the 33+ historic cemeteries in the county, and several of my favorite tombstone photos are on my walls. The remark made was essentially that it was ghoulish, and "how could you collect these things?" My response: "People are just dying to be included in my collection." Jean B. The Cemetery Crawler - Josephine County, Oregon

--Another Story--

I purchased a large grouping of very old paper items, from maps to sheet music that spans from the early thirties to the fifties. In amongst the items I found several report cards that had been kept together thru several years of the student's schooling. I thought perhaps there may be relatives that would love to get these back into the family so to say. I would really like to send them to a relative of: Harold Ross Fuller. The school attended: The Lincoln School in Downers Grove, Illinois. The cards are from the 1930s.. Jean-So.CA reader.

--Another Story--

I love reading the stories, and especially the Teddy Bear tale, about the bear that 'returned' to its owner. When I was small, and sickly, I was in bed a lot and learned to read very early. One of my favorite books was a pop-up book of Robert Louis Stevenson's verse, and I especially loved the poem about the Land Of Counterpane. Forty years later, a dear friend of mine had a grandbaby, and wanted to borrow some children's books that I have (never throw anything away!) and I loaned her the pop-up book. Shortly thereafter, I moved away, and sadly, my friend died of a fast-moving cancer. With all of the confusion, and the fact that I was
1500 miles away, I just thought that my books had been either sold or distributed among her children. I didn't think of it again for fifteen years, but in a nostalgic mood, went on to eBay and found a copy of the book listed. I promptly bought it, and learned that it was from the town in Texas where I had lived. When the book arrived, some of the small folds and tears, and even the scuffing on the cover were so familiar that I knew I was holding my book that I had loved so many years ago. The seller didn't remember where she had gotten it, but that it was probably at a garage sale. My treasured book came back home, and if grandchildren
want to read it, it has to be right here in this house! Carla McDonald - Stevensville, MT

--Another Story--

In your newsletter #580, Gretchen mentioned that she researched and found a home (and a family) for many old photos she found. I took a different approach. When my grandmother died, my grandfather downsized to an apt. One day my mother caught him at the dumpster with a large box. When she asked him what was in the box, he replied that it was full of old family photos, people that no one else knew. My mom told him that she thought I would like to have the box so he gave it to her. This box was indeed full of old family photos - even some of my own children that I had sent my grandparents through the years. I had the box for several years and then had a thought when my grandfather died. I went though the box and separated some of the photos by relative. I took these with me to the funeral and gave them to the appropriate family member. My relatives were so moved by receiving these old photos that some of them cried. For example, I had a photo of my grandfather, one of his brothers and his brother-in-law, my great uncle, in a canoe fishing. I gave that photo to my great uncle's daughter. He had passed away in the 1980's. She cried with joy to have this wonderful glimpse of her father. Helen in Texas

--Another Story--

I know this is not a cooking recipe I'm asking for but I don't know where else to go with it. I remember my mother making a mixture of something with water and pouring it over the silver. To my amazement the silver turned out sparkling and bright with no rubbing. She is long since gone. Does anyone else know how she did that?? Joyce in Pinole email - joycetemoche@comcast.net

--Another Story--

How best to store our wonderful collections of precious antiques? I recently visited the home of a major Haviland collector, a gentleman who's a member of HCIF (Haviland Collectors International Foundation). Every single closet had racks of Haviland, the formal dining room had 3 display cases filled with Haviland, plus the informal dining area had its own buffet displaying Haviland, and the kitchen cabinets were full of Haviland being utilized every day (2 sets).

I've also visited the home of a couple who are silver flatware dealers. They collect a certain pattern of Victorian-era silverplated flatware, a collection so large it requires 9 flatware boxes for storage. The wife took me on a tour of the house, where those 9 flatware boxes are stored underneath beds, in blanket chests, drawers -- any place that could accommodate them. It was like a treasure hunt! Carissa in Arizona

--Another Story--

Reading the story from Gretchen about returning pictures to the correct families brought to mind a picture I returned this summer.

I have what is left of my mom's first photo album, sadly she had removed a lot of the pictures when she had Alzheimer's. However, left in the album was a wedding pictures of long time family friends. Only the oldest children in our family would know who they were, as we were spread out over 20 years and we had moved away, it probably would have been lost over the years. As I still had contact with the family I sent it to them. They were delighted!!
This summer when we traveled out to Washington State we stopped by for a visit. What I didn't know was that they did not have a wedding picture of their parents. They had taken it in and had it enlarged, so each of them had 5X7'. I was surprised how well that little black and white photo enlarged. Between us, and looking at other old photos, they were standing on front steps of a home, we were even able to identify whose home it was. I so enjoy reading the Newsletter. Thanks for the good work. Bea, a transplant to NC
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
TIAS.com ( http://www.tias.com) the Webs largest online antique & collectible mall, today released their annual report on what geographic locations online antiques and collectibles buyers came from during the previous year. This year the TIAS data includes country and state lists ranked by the quantity of items sold as well as the dollar value of items sold. For comparison, the 2006 lists can be viewed online at: http://tinyurl.com/2otkae

The data is based on millions of dollars in transactions at the web sites of about 540 online merchants in 2007. The lists are in descending order with the highest volume at #1.

This first list is based on the quantity of orders placed from each country in 2007. As an example, more individual items were purchased by people in Japan vs Great Britain.

1. United States
2. Japan
3. Great Britain
4. Canada
5. Australia
6. Sweden
7. Spain
8. Taiwan
9. Hong Kong
10. Germany

1. There was a huge shift in the top 10 countries compared to 2006 data. See: http://tinyurl.com/2otkae .
2. Except for Great Britain, every county on the list showed increases in the quantity of items purchased in 2007 vs 2006
This list is based on the dollar amount of completed orders placed by people in each country in 2007. As an example, people in Great Britain spent more than people in Japan.

1. United States
2. Great Britain
3. Japan
4. Canada
5. Australia
6. Hong Kong
7. France
8. Spain
9. New Zealand
10. Romania

1. When comparing the volume of items purchased in the first list, to the amount spent on those purchases in the second list, there are some very significant differences.
This list is based on the quantity of orders placed from each U.S. State in 2007. As an example, more individual items were purchased by people in Pennsylvania than Florida.

1. California
2. New York
3. Texas
4. Pennsylvania
5. Florida
6. Illinois
7. Ohio
8. Michigan
9. Virginia
10. New Jersey

This list is based on the dollar amount of completed orders placed by people in each U.S. State in 2007. As an example, people in Florida spent more than people in Pennsylvania.

1. California
2. New York
3. Texas
4. Florida
5. Pennsylvania
6. Illinois
7. Michigan
8. Ohio
9. Washington
10. New Jersey

1. In 2007 people in New Jersey purchased more antiques and collectibles online that all of Great Britain

If you have questions or comments about this list, send them to phil@tias.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
to help you out. Place your ad today at: http://www.tias.com/classifieds

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5) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday, January 11, 2008 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
TIAS - http://www.tias.com/showcase
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Earthling - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=6

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.
It was Christmas day, 1947, in Utica, N.Y. and Mom had invited another family to join us for dinner. Mom made her traditional Christmas Salad from a recipe passed down by her maternal grandmother. It took a lot of work to make and she was quite proud of that salad.

Well, we were all seated at the dining room table and passing the food around, when the strangest thing happened. As my uncle helped himself to the Christmas Salad, he exclaimed, "What is this"? Lo and behold, there was a big old nail about 4 inches long, sticking out from the salad. Mom was so embarrassed, especially with company there, but what a laugh we all had, once everyone got over the shock. As long as she lived, we never let her forget that Christmas dinner.

The mystery was never solved, but over the years I've thought about it and I believe that my funny, Uncle Dale was the culprit. He was always up to something.....but he never did admit to being the jokester. To this day, every time I make Christmas Salad, I remember and I smile. Charlotte in Temecula, CA
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?


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, Shirley requested a recipe for "30 day fruitcake". Here are the responses that were sent in.
If you haven't "inherited" the starter, take:
3/4 c. canned peaches in heavy syrup, use only 1/2 c. of the juice and cut peaches in sm. pieces
3/4 c. pineapple chunks, use 1/2 c. of the juice and cut pineapple in 2
6 Maraschino cherries, cut in half (no juice)
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 pkg. dry yeast or quick rise yeast
Place above mixture in glass jar with loose cover in a fairly warm place. Stir several times the first day, then once a day for two weeks. At the end of the two weeks you will have the "starter" for the 30 day fruitcake. BEGIN WITH DAY 1, and continue for the 30 days as directed for 30 day FRIENDSHIP FRUITCAKE.

--Another Recipe--


Yield: 1 servings

20 oz Sliced peaches, chopped
7-1/2 c Sugar, divided
1 Package dry yeast
20 oz Pineapple, crushed
10 oz Maraschino cherries
30 oz Fruit cocktail, cut

Do not drain fruit. Combine peaches and 2-1/2 c sugar and yeast in a 1-gallon glass or crockery jar with a loose fitting lid, stir to mix.
Stir daily for 10 days.
On the 10th day, add pineapple and 2-1/2 c sugar. Stir daily for
another 10 days. Add cherries, fruit cocktail and remaining sugar and
stir daily for 10 more days. Drain fruit, reserve juice for the next
batch. Makes enough fruit for 4 cakes. To make more starter, use
1-1/2 cups starter juice instead of yeast with peaches and sugar.

Fermented Fruit Friendship Cake
1-2 layer pkg of yellow cake mix, without pudding
1-4 serving size box of vanilla, lemon or pistachio instant pudding
4 eggs
2/3 c oil
2 tsp orange extract
1-1/2 c Fruit from Fermented Fruit Starter
1 c chopped nuts
1 c golden raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cake and pudding mixes, eggs, oil and orange extract in a large bowl. Add fruit, nuts and raisins, and mix throughly. Pour into a greased, floured tube pan and bake 1 hour. Let cool 15 minutes before removing from the pan. makes 12 to 16 servings.

--Another Story--

30 Day Fruitcake Starter and Cake Recipe

3/4 c. canned peaches in heavy syrup, use only 1/2 c. of the juice and cut peaches in sm. pieces
3/4 c. pineapple chunks, use 1/2 c. of the juice and cut pineapple in 2
6 Maraschino cherries, cut in half (no juice)
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 pkg. dry yeast or quick rise yeast

Place above mixture in glass jar with loose cover in a fairly warm place. Stir several times the first day, then once a day for two weeks. At the end of the two weeks you will have the "starter" for the 30 day fruitcake. BEGIN WITH DAY 1, and continue for the 30 days as directed for 30 day FRIENDSHIP FRUITCAKE.


Makes 3 Bundt pan cakes or 15 (1 pound loaves).

With a "Starter" follow these directions. (A starter is fruit liquid after 30 day processing period.)

DAY 1:

Pour one pint (2 cups or less) starter into a glass wide mouthed gallon jar. (Sun Tea jar works well.) Add one large can sliced peaches and juice. Cut each slice of peach into four pieces. Add 2 1/2 cups of sugar and stir every day for 10 days. Cover jar with a saucer and leave sitting out for ten days at room temperature. DO NOT COVER AIR-TIGHT. DO NOT REFRIGERATE.

DAY 10:

Add one 16 ounce can of chunk pineapple and juice. Cut chunks in half. Add 2 1/2 cups of sugar. Stir every day for ten days. Color will change and fruit will foam.

DAY 20:

Add two small jars of Maraschino cherries, cut in half; DO NOT ADD JUICE. Add 2 1/2 cups of sugar. Stir every day for the final ten days.

DAY 31:

You are ready to make your cakes. You need:

3 boxes Duncan Hines butter recipe cake mix (for three mixings)
3 boxes instant vanilla pudding mix
1 doz. eggs
1 (16 oz.) bottle Wesson oil (2/3 c. each for three mixings), (you may substitute)
1 (16 oz.) bottle Wesson oil (2/3 c. each for three mixings) (you may substitute)
3 c. raisins (white or dark)
3 c. walnuts
3 c. pecans
3 c. coconut
(You may add red and green cherries, if you desire)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Drain fruit in colander over large bowl for about 15 minutes or until fruit has stopped draining. This juice is your NEW STARTERS. Fruit cake must be started within three days after receiving new starters.

3 MIXINGS: Pour one box cake mix, 1 box pudding mix, 4 eggs, 2/3 cups oil and 1 1/2 cups of fruit into a bowl and stir with spoon (DO NOT USE A MIXER). Add 1 cup raisins, 1 cup chopped pecans, 1 cup chopped walnuts, 1 cup coconut, and mix thoroughly with wooden spoon. Grease and flour either Bundt pan or your loaf pans (I prefer four 2 pound loaf pans for each mix.) Bake Bundt pan or tube pan for approximately 1 1/2 hours. Loaf pans take from 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes-until nicely brown depending on your oven. CAKES CAN BE FROZEN. They are easier to cut in slices, if cut when frozen. Thaws quickly.
If you enjoy these vintage recipes, you should buy an old cookbook from us. They make great gifts too. Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/cookbooks
Buy a Vintage Kitchen collectible from us. We've got lots of them here: http://www.tias.com/kitchen

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.
I am looking for the old Nabisco Fruitcake recipe of the 1930s. A couple of years ago when they were still in business, they claimed they no longer had the recipe.

Unfortunately they have been bought out by Kraft. Perhaps one of your readers worked in Nabiscoís bakery or knows someone who worked for Nabisco. Mother bought a lot of these cakes when she was living for Christmas parents, and I would like to reconstruct the recipe in her memory on special holidays. Please see if you can help. Most sincerely, Hampton H.
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

11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
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If your looking for high quality sterling silver jewelry, loose genuine antique shell cameos, genuine Art Deco stones, and other various items, please visit my store!

This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop. If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at http://www.tiasexchange.com. If you have more than a few items to sell, open your own store at TIAS. It's easy and fun. Over 225,000 customers visit us on an average day. It costs you nothing to get started. Take a look at: http://www.makeashop.com

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Thanks for reading. Feel free to forward this to a friend. To subscribe to this newsletter go to: http://www.tias.com/subscribe Please note that stories and recipes from readers are not checked for accuracy. They may be edited prior to publication. For questions or comments, you can reach us at newsletter@TIAS.com ©1995-2007 TIAS.com Inc.

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