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The Collectors Newsletter #583 -- January 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #583 -- 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
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Campbell Soup Collector Club
The Executive Board of CCI, Ltd. invite seasoned and new collectors of Campbell memorabilia to join today! Our goals are to promote fellowship, encourage interest in collecting Campbell Soup memorabilia and to preserve its collectibility. We are a "souper" group of collectors who love those famous Kids.
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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.
Responding to the writer who asked about the rudest thing anyone ever said about my collection, it was in 1983. We lived in Ohio at the time and had a collection of antique tools, farm implements and
household items hanging from the walls of our rustic family room. My husband had just accepted a transfer to Orlando so we had old friends over for a visit. She made a sweeping motion with her arm towards all
the things hanging on our walls and said, "Well, if you're moving to Florida, you might as well plan on not taking any of this stuff with you. It won't fit in down there." I was so crushed. I didn't know Florida but I did know me and I liked my "stuff." I swore then that it would go with me and would hang on my walls in Orlando just as it had in Ohio. And guess what? It did and it fit in just fine. Florida is not just beach houses with flamingo decor. There are just as many people in Florida who appreciate the history of old items and are proud to display them in their homes. My collection has grown and guests in our home always are interested in looking at the variety of items and trying to identify exactly what things were used for.
I was married 53 years ago and received 4 Revereware pans as either shower or wedding gifts. I am still using 3 of them (one I managed to burn beyond all hope many years ago) I had a friend who wanted them
too...they were the "in thing" in cookware then. However, her fiance refused to let her ask for them saying that cleaning the cooper bottoms after every use would soon wear it off. Well, I use mine daily and
have cleaned them with every use and they are still going strong. Maybe they will be the kitchen antiques of tomorrow that people can say they are still using! Dione,MD
A reader had an excellent subject for your newsletter: "What is the rudest thing anyone has ever said about your collections and what was your response?" If you decide to do this, here is my contribution.
During the height of my collecting career I had my house filled like a museum with, perhaps, too many items but since I live alone I am accustomed to doing whatever pleases me. Neighbors often added to my collections and always loved coming to see what new (old) things I had found. They often brought out-of-town guests over for a personal tour. On one occasion, after a particularly rude visitor spent a good deal of time bragging about someone he knew who had a much better or bigger or more valuable collection than mine, he ended his tour with this question: "How are you ever going to get rid of all this stuff?" My answer: "The same way I get rid of rude visitors...right through that door behind you." Dode - Long Beach, CA
I laughed when I read about the tactless brother-in-law commenting on the $1.39 Christmas tree; my brother has a wry sense of humor, and once, when referring to my love of antiques, he said, “Oh yeah, you like to buy that used sh*t.” We still laugh about my love of “used” things. Beth, Phoenix.
I had to laugh when I read about the $1.39 tree. I used to make the mistake of opening my new treasures from Ebay in front of my daughters before they were cleaned up etc. My favorite comment was "but Mom it's OLD!" and "Why don't you buy a new one?" As for my many buttons I've "collected" over time, they finally have reached the point where they will say to their friends "Ask my mom, I bet she has a button that will match." Cindi H.
For many years now I have collected antique/vintage blown glass Christmas ornaments. Sadly, many that I find have scratches on them from the old fashioned metal hangers that most people would leave on them from year to year. About 4 years ago, while shopping at a major discount store, I found some interesting looking ornament hangers. They were dark green, very flexible plastic and are shaped sort of like a safety pin that doesn't lock. I bought all of the packages they had on display and used them that year. I LOVE THEM!!! There is NO way the ornament can get accidentally knocked off the tree and they can be safely left on your ornaments from year to year. When I'm putting away over 800 ornaments each year (from a large tree and two small ones), being able to leave the hangers on sure saves a lot of time. I've seen two types of these ornament hangers but both work extremely well. Just wanted to let you all know how great these little items are. They would be especially great for collectors like me. God Bless, Judy
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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 email@example.com
3) Antique News
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2. Four Generations in Authentic Sears Roebuck Kit Home Built in 1st Quarter of 20th Century
3. LiveAuctionTalk.com Highlights Figureheads in its Weekly Free Article
4. The Romance of Vintage Stemware at Cat Lady Kate's Elegant and Depression Glass
5. Art Market Blog – Most Valuable Artist of 2007
6. Antiques Auction Houses tap into online tools to increase revenues
7. Showtime Auction Services April 11-13 sale will be big
8. 1790 map of Florida Keys brings $38,640 at Old World
9. Kaminski Kicks off 2008 with New Year’s Estates Auction
10. Eight Major Works by Egon Schiele To Be Offered At Christie's London In February
11. THE HODROFF COLLECTION PART II LEADS CHINESE EXPORT ART AT CHRISTIE'S NEW YORK
12. A FRANCIS BACON MASTERPIECE LEADS CHRISTIE'S LONDON POST WAR &
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13. APPRAISAL COURSE ASSOCIATES RECEIVES ENDORSEMENTS
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
Our church Sunday program always had a program for Christmas in which the younger children participated. Mrs. Santa Clause in the play was rather “roly poly.” The youngest children sang a song to her which finished with the words, “Three Cheers for Mrs. Santa Claus.” To everyone’s amusement, my tiny sister’s voice continued, “for her to sit down on.” Barbara S.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may publish it here.
7) Wanted ads. Can you help?
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9) 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, Hampton H. requested a recipe for "Nabisco fruitcake". Here are the responses that were sent in.
Dear TIAS, I have found a recipe that calls for Nabisco graham crackers and is a no-bake fruitcake. I am sending it to you in hopes that it may be what the reader was looking for in the request for a 1930 Nabisco Fruitcake recipe.
No Bake Fruitcake
Classic fruit mix
8 oz golden raisins (or a mix of golden raisins, and dried
currants or raisins)
4 oz dried pineapple, chunks halved (not candied pineapple)
4 oz dark rum (or white)
1 oz butterscotch schnapps or liqueur
1/4 tsp rum flavoring
2 oz butter
12 oz pecans
24 oz graham crackers (2 14.4 oz Nabisco brand), ground in food processor
1/2 cup malted milk powder (vanilla)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
12 oz dates, chopped (3-6 pieces) (or half dates and half dried figs)
16 oz candied fruitcake citron (1 lb)
8 oz candied cherries(red), halved
4 oz dried cherries (Mariani brand)
4 oz dried granny smith apples, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces (or
16 oz marshmallows
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup honey
2 Tbsp molasses
1/2 tsp brandy flavoring (or rum)
optional decoration materials - 12 candied cherries, halved; 24 pecan
halves; 12 chunks dried pineapple, fruit string licorice or gummies.
In a 2 cup sealable container add the weighed out raisins, pineapple,
measured liquor and flavoring. Turn over every 8-12 hours for 3 days or
until liquor is absorbed. Optionally you may also soak the dried cherries
and apples in 1/4 cup brandy, cognac, kirschwasser liquor, or red wine.
Place about 2" of water in a pie pan or empty sink. In a 1 qt saucepan,
melt the butter on medium heat. Add the weighed pecans and stir constantly
until the butter starts to foam on the pecans. The pecans are done. Remove
from heat and dip bottom of pan in water to cool while still stirring.
Cool until the pan is no longer hot then set aside
Grind graham crackers in food processor 2 packs at a time using the
chopping blade and pulsing the processor. Weigh and add ground crackers to
8qt or larger stock pot. Add malted milk and spices to pot and stir. Add
pecans reserving the butter in the small sauce pan. Weigh and chop the
dates adding them to the pot. Add rest of weighed out fruit to the pot and
stir well, coating all with crumbs. Just pull out the soaking raisins and
pineapple leaving the heavy syrup in the container. If you only soak 1
day, do not add leftover raisin soaking liquor to the graham crackers
directly. The raisin soaking liquor (about 2 tsp heavy syrup after 3-4
days) is added to the marshmallow mix later in the recipe. Pick out 12
cups worth of containers and coat with pecan butter from saucepan or
butter using paper towel as brush. Small give-away 1 c plastic containers
with lids work well. Chop decorations and arrange in pans remembering that
the bottom of the pan will become the top of the fruitcake
In a large glass bowl add marshmallows. Pour cream, honey and molasses
over marshmallows. Add any raisin soaking liquor, if any. Microwave on
medium for 1 min and stir. Repeat heating cycle and stirring until
marshmallows are smooth and dissolved. Add flavoring and stir. Pour
marshmallow mix over dry mix in pot and blend by using a sturdy spoon,
spatula, and by hand (only use one hand and keep the other clean). The mix
gets sticky. Taste a bit to gauge the spice level, some like another 50%
of cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg. If you do, mix the spices then
sprinkle on half, stir the mix, sprinkle on the other half and stir well.
Note the change above so you can customize it next time. I do not use
cinnamon or chocolate graham crackers.
Using your mix hand, press fruitcake mix into the prepped containers.
Level off and press lid on. It is important to completely fill the
container and remove large air pockets. To vent large pockets, slide a
butter knife (or chop stick) down the side of the container and then press
the mix out to fill the air pocket. Re-level as needed. Clean up.
Refrigerate at least 4 weeks. Give away in containers or un-mold and
slice. Running the container under hot water helps the fruitcake release
from the mold. Cut into 1/4" slabs or thinner so you can see the various
colored fruits and nuts.
NABISCO GRAHAM FRUITCAKE
1 pkg. (16 oz.) HONEY MAID Honey Grahams, finely crushed (about 5 cups crumbs)
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
3/4 cup raisins
1 cup pitted dates, finely chopped
1-1/2 cups mixed candied fruit
1 cup PLANTERS Walnut Pieces
1/2 cup orange juice
1/3 cup light corn syrup
LINE 8x5-inch loaf pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan; set aside. Mix graham crumbs, spices, raisins, dates, candied fruit and walnuts in large bowl. Mix orange juice and corn syrup until well blended. Add to crumb mixture; stir just until crumbs are moistened.
PRESS graham mixture firmly into prepared pan; cover tightly. Refrigerate at least 2 days.
REMOVE cake from pan just before serving, using foil handles. Discard foil. Drizzle cake with Powdered Sugar Glaze (see Tip), if desired. Let stand until firm. Store, tightly wrapped, in refrigerator.
1-lb Nabisco Vanilla Wafers, crushed very fine like four (I use my cusinart)
1-lb candied pineapple - diced small
1-lb candied cherries - diced small
1-lb date - diced small
1-lb pecans - diced
1 can sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated but sweetened condensed milk)
Mix all together with your hands. You can pat this into one large loaf pan or 5 of the little pans, which is what I use. You can fancy it up with a row of 1/2 cherries or pecans on the top if you like. Needs to be refrigerated and it is not really as tasty until the next day. Slice very thin.
This is also called the 'fruitcake for people who don't like fruitcake". My MIL offered me some when I was a new bride and I cringed as to how to get out of it. I really hate fruitcake. But this is wonderful - like a candy cake! I make it for Christmas presents and now everybody really looks forward to it. You have to tell most people it is the 'fruitcake for people who don't like fruitcake". But people who DO like fruitcake also love this. Sterling H.
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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.
I AM LOOKING FOR A RECIPE FOR A BOILED RAISIN CAKE THAT MY GRANDPARENT USED TO MAKE. I LOVED IT BUT NEVER GOT THE RECIPE BEFORE SHE PASSED. Thanks, GRACE S.
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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We have an assorted inventory including Avon, Books, Bottles, Collectibles (Primitive, Antique, Vintage, and Modern), Clothes, Dolls, House Decorations, Linens, Movies, Records, Tableware, and Toys.
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We have womens and men watches and a small line of costume jewelry. Included in our inventory is Maria's closet with a children's collection. Many of the watches are vintage but we also have new models.
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