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The Collectors Newsletter #587 -- January 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #587 -- January 2008
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2) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
In Newsletter 584, Ginny in Connecticut recalled a favorite book from her childhood. She may be looking “Fou Fou Discovers America”, by Jean De Botton, originally published in Paris by Les Arts de France, in 1945. It is a children’s book about a black poodle named Fou Fou and her sister, a white poodle named Fi Fi. Several online book sellers offer the English Translation of this out-of-print, oversized (12” tall) book. There is a copy at Abebooks.com for about $12, but a quick Internet search will undoubtedly turn up many more offerings. Good luck. Sandra in Midway, Kentucky
I think these stories of late are great! My husband is the genealogy buff in our extended families and we have "photo documented" all the family tombstones we have been able to locate through-out New England. His research even showed that I have ancestors from the 1700's buried somewhere in the small New Hampshire town where we live. It is a small world! We discovered that one of my husband's great-great aunts died a pauper and was buried in the back of a town cemetery without a tombstone. The only indication is an old paper diagram of the plots showing where we think she is. I'd like to put a marker on her grave but so far I am the only one in the family who feels this is necessary. I have a collection somewhat along these lines that some consider "ghoulish." As a medical professional who has worked with the elderly for over 15 years, I have become accustomed to reading the obituaries daily. Frequently, a name I recognize will appear. I began to find it rather interesting some of the euphemisms that are used for "died." Eventually, I started clipping them out. I now have two pages of these clippings (just the specific phrase.) Some people think this incredibly odd but when they read the collection, they see the humor and creative writing in them! My favorite is, "Big Mama sang her last solo and went to join the Heavenly Chorus!" Others include "shimmied through her last dance", "moved on to a better place", "sprouted his wings", left this world." As I jokingly justify my odd hobby and collection, I tell folks, "At least it keeps me off the streets at night!" Love the newsletter! Thanks! Rebecca in NH
I too absolutely love gravestones and graveyards. One of the best was in New Zealand and there is a very lovely, very old one on the island of Maui in Hawaii. I love wheatland cemeteries. A plot at the crossroads of fields of wheat. Of all the gravestones I have captured on photo is a handmade one from our local cemetery. Its so poignant. Evidently the parents couldn't afford a stone when the child died, or maybe the father wanted to make one last thing for his son. Its made from a small sheet of 1/2 inch steel with the letters drawn with welding rod. It has the date of death and the date the child was 'borned'.
Still on the subject, about 15 miles from here is two small graves in the forest, unmarked. All the locals know they are the graves of the drowned young sons of P.T. Harris. The boys perished in the early '30s. P.T. was so grief stricken he wouldn't allow anyone to touch the boys' bodies. He put them in the back seat of his car, took them home and built their coffins. Somehow (by horse and sledge?) he took them up the Loup Loup Road and up to a small outlook of land and buried them there, safe and protected. He was with the Forest Service at the time. The graves are still there, undisturbed by time. They say you never truly die as long as someone speaks your name. Old folk tale. Yours Judy Berzina
My mother handed this tip down to me many years ago (I'm going on 72 now) for cleaning silver and jewelry. It's quick and easy. Mix about two parts water and one part household ammonia in a shallow glass baking dish. This cleans the tarnish from silver and puts the sparkle back into jewelry, especially diamonds! Let the mixture work its magic for about 30 minutes or so, rinse with clear water and dry. She cleaned all her jewelry a couple of times a year, and it's certainly a no-hassle method of cleaning the silver! Kim, Edmonds, WA
When I was about 14 (16 yrs ago), my friend, cousins and I all went to an old cemetery. It was described as an "indian cemetery" and we had been told not to touch anything or something bad would happen. This cemetery is located on private land my Grandparents tended and we rode our motorcycles there. My cousin, mocking the warning, picked up and rearranged some rocks on one grave top because it was strange that such an ill attended grave had many different sized rocks arranged that hadn't moved despite the weather. Anyway, when we went to leave, my friend's bike wouldn't start. Knowing that her Mom would be really mad if we had to call her she kept trying to start her bike. After the call was made from the house about a quarter mile away and her Mom was on the way of course her bike started easily and we were ready to go. Then one of my cousins ran her bike into the other one and busted a light. When we got back to my friend's house we found that her Mom had twisted her ankle going up the steps into their house. It's been a while, but seems like there was some other accident. Needless to say, we haven't been back there in a long time. And my friend ended up grounded. All of the letters about old cemeteries made me think that I should go and look again, just not touch anything...
There is another very old cemetery just along the highway and I understand that even though they're rerouting they will have to go around it because it is in a very small area on the corner of the property with trees around it. I had no clue it was there and just found this out a few years ago from my Mom and imagine those would be very interesting to see. Joni, Oklahoma
I am 61. I am looking for a book called The Box Car Children I was probably written between 1940 and 1952. It was a lovely story a teacher read to us in the 2nd grade. If I found the book I would like to share it with my grandchildren. -- Thank you. Betty
I like the newsletters so much! Reading the letters from people makes me feel as if I have friends telling me stories. I have always liked old or used items better than new ones. I had always gone to garage sales and took mother (deceased 1992) to all the resale shops on the week-ends. She loved her nick-nacks. My husband and I retired 2 years ago and moved to a very small town (5,000) in another state from a metroplex of around 6-8 million. I discovered auctions. I haven't missed one since moving here. My last one was in November 2007. I have gotten to know a lot of the regular attendees, their professions, etc. Now, these are not poor or needy people I am going to talk about. The last auction of goods was from a 2 story house, basement, attic. Also a "house" behind it which was as large as one floor of the main house. It housed a photography lab with all the equipment, professional cameras, etc. Also an artist studio and a library as large as the one in town. There was also a very large garage, workshop, and equipment storage area. Books were to be sold by the shelf. Well, the regulars were going through al l the books and putting the ones they wanted in a pile. Also, brushes, easels, canvases, etc. That was the artists. The "cooks" were doing the same. She had 2 or 3 of every stainless steel item you can buy on the market. Antique and resale shop reps were there from several states and they were out bidding almost everyone. I sat, watched, and rocked in a wood rocking chair with a cane back for about an hour. It looks like a Stickley piece and has "patent pending" on the bottom. I know it is not. I really got disgusted and decided that I was going to come home with what I wanted. I paid too much for a lot of the items. Greed, getting mad, and revenge is a terrible thing and can get a person in a lot of trouble sometimes (me). This was the largest auction I had been to and it lasted 14 hours. Anyway, I have learned so very much from your subscribers and I will sit in the back next time and really watch! I have always sat on a front seat so I could see good. The best to everyone. And yes, I use everything! Sarah
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5. Longtime Hummel Collection to be Auctioned by Central Mass Auctions Inc.
6. SOTHEBY’S SALES OF OLD MASTER PAINTINGS AND EUROPEAN WORKS OF ART TOTAL $82.5 MILLION
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8. "Toronto Collection" of 1950s Comics to be Auctioned by Heritage
9. James Dean's "Lucky Charm" Watch to be Auctioned by Heritage
10. Old Master Drawings - results
11. Results: Chinese Export Art & The Hodroff Collection, Part II, Christie's NY, January 23
12. CHRISTIE'S MID-SEASON PRINT SALE OFFERS WORKS BY MASTERS, MODERN AND
13. Sotheby's Announces the Appointment of Ronald J. Gard, the Esteemed American Decoy
14. $4.18 Million Realized in Heritage Inaugural Natural History Auction
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6) Funny Old Stuff
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My husband now retired from the navy has one very special Christmas memory. He came home from his second to last deployment on Dec. 23. just in time for Christmas. Our daughter and I had a blast getting ready for Christmas and daddy's home coming. We did all the Christmas shopping and I picked up several items for daddy that were from his favorite football team. One of them was this little soft vinyl football which was to be for him from her. She even wrapped it all by herself. After picking him up from the ship and by the time we arrived home she told him every thing we did since he left and everything he was getting for Christmas.
As soon as we walked in the door and before he had a chance to put down his sea bag she ran to the tree and grabbed the little wrapped football and threw it at him yelling 'Catch daddy it's a football!'
Now 11 years later we still tease her and keep telling her not to tell daddy what he is getting for Christmas! Diane in VA Beach.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue, Belle requested a recipe for "Depression Cake". Here are the responses that were sent in.
Yes, there sure is a Depression cake (sometimes called War cake or Boiled Raisin cake). It's made with boiled raisins and lots of spices, and is distinguished by what it does NOT have - ingredients that were scarce or expensive during the Depression. Raisins were boiled with the sugar and spices to make a syrup base, early in the recipe. Boiled raisin type cakes date back to the Revolutionary War.
2 cups sugar
2 cups strong coffee *
1/2 cup shortening
2 cups Raisins
1 peeled and grated apple
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup chopped nuts
SIMMER together the sugar, coffee, shortening, raisins, and grated apple for 10 minutes in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally.
COOL for 10 minutes.
BLEND together the remaining dry ingredients and stir into the saucepan mixture.
POUR batter into well-greased and floured 13"x9" pan.
BAKE at 350 F for 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
COOL and dust with powdered sugar if desired.
*Water may be substituted for the coffee. Makes 12 servings.
Below is the recipe for true Depression Cake.
It is spicy and moist and just plain easy and good.
Have been fixing this for my family for over 30 years.
Please note that the original recipe called for 1/4 cup shortening.
I tied everything from lard to vegetable shortening and oleo, all work fine.
I found that if need for a no fat recipe, sub the applesauce.
I often donated the altered recipe to bake sales,
Marked Fat Free Depression Cake, sold immediately.
Fix your husband the either version and I am sure you both will like it. . .
Enjoy, Sheilla, Rossville, Illinois
( Eggless, Milkless and Butterless Cake )
1 cup raisins
2 cups hot water
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup shortening or ( for Fat Free Cake ) applesauce
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
Boil raisins in water about 15 minutes, and cool.
Then drain the raisin liquid, if needed add water to come to 1 cup liquid.
Cream sugar and your choice of shortening or applesauce.
Add the one cup liquid to the mixture.
Add all of the other dry ingredients, mix.
Add raisins and mix.
Bake at 350 for aprox 45 minutes. According to pan size used.
Test with toothpick for doneness.
DO NOT OVER BAKE
This cake is moist and spicy and needs no icing,
my family liked it baked in a round pan,
cut in wedges and dusted with powdered sugar. . .
I batch makes aprox. 4 cups of batter.
9 inch round works well.
With the cost of milk and eggs these days, this cake is a real bargain. . .
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I am looking for a recipe for a sweet cake-style corn bread. Can anyone help me. Thank you. Pat
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