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The Collectors Newsletter #594 -- February 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #594 -- February 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.

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CCCA is dedicated to the collecting, preservation and enjoyment of the world's finest automobiles which were manufactured from 1925* through 1948. Usually the cars recognized as "CCCA Classics" were built in limited production numbers and were quite expensive when new. As a group, they represent the pinnacle of engineering, styling and design for their era. While it is desirable to have a sincere interest in these fine automobiles, it is not a requirement to own a CCCA Classic to enjoy membership in the Club. For more information, Click Here: http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/clubs.cgi?OIKey=278&listByKey=278&groupKey=1

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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.

To Betty and Linda, I have my mother's (1919-2002) original copy of The Boxcar Children copyright 1924 (not 1942 as Linda had indicated) by Rand Mc Nally and Co. I read it several times as a child and my children read it in the 80's when the series was popular again. In the first few pages of the original, the mother is dead and the father is an alcoholic or mourning his deceased wife from the bottom of a bottle and drinks himself to death. Either way I did not know that the story had been "cleaned -up" and made politically correct when my daughter read it for a book report. Imagine our dismay when Sr. Eileen gave her a failing grade for not reading the book and making up the beginning of the story! We had to produce the book to prove she had read it. Needless to say, after that she only read current books from the library deemed PC and PG. Lenna in Tennessee

--Another Story--

I just have to write and say I have been buying "old things" for forty years, and it has never been because of it's value. I didn"t and still don't know the value. I bought these things because they stirred something inside of me. Now these things are affecting my daughters in the same way. The value to us is the way it makes us feel when we look at it.

I know not everyone sees these things in the same way, because I have relatives that only see the value in dollars. But thank goodness we still have so many million people of all ages who experience this "feeling". My eleven year old granddaughter treasures these things and they teach her how good we have it compared to the people who had to use many of these items. She is in awe. I still believe in "the value is in the eye of the beholder".

Please keep up the wonderful job you do. I only recently found your site and look forward to each mailing. Thank you, Betty

--Another Story--

HI.. I too remember the old cemeteries when I was a child. My grandmother's house backed up to an old private cometary, so when we went out to play, we always headed out to the old cemetery. The old trees were so beautiful,and we loved the shade and noise of the trees blowing in the wind. I remember playing under the mulberry trees, making them a hidden fort. We never did anything to the old stones, but respected them, and because we played there so often, we got to ''know'' the people buried there by their headstones and family names. I still feel a connection to some of the old headstones, because their information gave us so much knowledge of who they were and how they died. I know it sounds morbid, but it wasn't at all. As we grew up, it felt like they were all our family, and since I have family members actually buried there, when I visit it feels like the whole cemetery is a part of me. The cemetery is now locked and fenced to keep vandals out, because the kids of today weren't taught to respect the dignity and sereneness of the old gravesites. So much can be learned from reading the old headstones. There is also an old pet cemetery in the area, where there are hundreds of pets that are buried and have headstones and obituaries to read. It is really interesting. From mice, parakeets, cats, dogs to horses and pigs ! all loved by their ''families". Amazing! Linda, Illinois

--Another Story--

I have been getting your newsletter for about 3 months, and find it very informative. My sister and I are both avid collectors, and attend several annual yardsales a year, for example, we go on the highway 11 annual sale and the highway 127 annual sale. We go for 2 or 3 days each year. My wife and her husband are not as interested as we are, so they just stay home and we go by ourselves. We are especially interested in vintage dishes, and we always come back with a truck load of dishes and antiques. You can find anything you want on these 4 day yardsales, and we usually do. As far as the younger generation being interested in antiques, I have a open policy with my children. If they want an item, they can have it as long as they keep it and use it. Our two older children have gotten several items, but my younger one is not into antiques yet. I fully believe that this is a trait that comes with age, and eventually she will be come around. One thing she has asked for is my collection of vintage Christmas decorations. Of course, she can have them, I can always find more. Venton T.

--Another Story--

I love frequenting the thrift stores, Salvation Army and Goodwill. I also love antique stores. I read every article on collectibles and antiques that I can find. One day I walked into our local Salvation Army to see a large (14 inch) Lladro figurine of a "lady physician". It was priced at $7.00 and was in perfect condition. What a thrill! I had only seen these figurines in the local Sam's Club. My daughter put it up for auction on the Internet for me, I started it at $50.00 and sole it for $165.00. Sure was a thrill. I have not sold very many things, as I love them too much to even find out their value.

About 25 years ago I wanted an antique round oak table so bad. My husband held out for quite a while, but I convinced him to buy one by telling him that it would outlast any new one on the market. We had 3 children at home and had already gone through 3 dinette sets. This beautiful durable table is still being used in my kitchen today and I expect it to last the rest of my life. I am 65 years old and never expect to have to buy another kitchen/dining table. I dearly love this newsletter! God bless you all. Anna

--Another Story--

I have been reading the responses concerning the comments made about the younger generation not appreciating antiques. Even though I think it's wonderful that the people responding have children who love the things they have grown up with, I think the original point has been missed. As a dealer, I, along with everyone I know in the business have noticed the disappearing sales of antiques. In fact, there are numerous publications stating that the "brown furniture" (a term for antiques) sales are almost nonexistent because the younger generation have different decorating ideas. Just look at the magazines and decorating shows on tv that are geared to the younger set, and you will see the present trend is a more modern and streamlined look. Percentage wise, the number of young people interested in antiques is just too low to support the business overall. For the past 3 years I have sold many more new items, instead of old, out of an antique store, and those sales were not to young people. The average buying customer is a woman between the age of 35 and 55, with the older, more often than not, being a dealer buying for resale. And, these sales aren't always antiques, but more in the junk, or vintage category. Again, I think it's great to have kids that want antiques in their own homes, but there are many more families who continue to get rid of their items because of no interest. Many antique stores are stacked to the ceiling with these "treasures". I really like reading all the different opinions in this newsletter. Thanks. Margaret in TX
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

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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.
When my two sons were 5 and 7 back in the 60's, the oldest began to question whether or not there really was a Santa. Believing in Santa is half the fun of Christmas and I was not ready for my boys to stop believing, so I came up with an idea to reinforce the story of Santa coming down the chimney to deliver his gifts.
Christmas Eve, after the boys were sound asleep, I gave the fireplace hearth and floor leading to the tree, a dusting of powdered sugar snow. I then had my husband put on his big boots and make a trail of boot prints in the snow, from the hearth to the tree and back. Of course he stopped for a moment to partake of the cookies and milk left on the mantel. The next morning, the boys screamed with joy when they saw Santa's boot prints. After the initial excitement, the 7 year old said to his little brother, "Boy, Mom is going to be really mad when she sees what a mess Santa made! We better clean it up fast or she will never let him come back again!". They promptly dragged out the vacuum and cleaned up all evidence of Santa's mess, so we just had to take their word for it that it was real.
Little did they know, Mom and Santa Dad were hiding behind the drapes, watching the entire scene. It was really hard not to snicker! We love the newsletter! Jackie J.
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
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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 our last issue, Mary from KY had asked for a Spanish Bar Cake fro A&P ”. The following was sent in by readers...
My family also shopped at A & P Stores, I miss them a lot now that we no longer have them in western PA.The cake was called:

Spanish Bar Cake

* 4 cups water
* 2 cups raisins
* 1 cup vegetable shortening
* 2 cups granulated sugar
* 2 teaspoons baking soda
* 4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon ground cloves
* 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 1 teaspoon ground allspice
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 2 large eggs, beaten
* Buttercream Frosting (optional)

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 13- by 9-inch baking pans. Set aside.

Combine the water and raisins in a saucepan, heat to boiling and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the shortening, then allow the mixture to cool.

Meanwhile, into a bowl, sift the sugar, soda, flour, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt. Add the cooled raisin mixture, then blend well. Add the eggs and stir well.

Turn into the prepared pans and bake for 35 minutes. Let cool completely on wire racks. If desired, ice with Buttercream Frosting.

Buttercream Frosting

* 1 pound confectioners' sugar
* 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
* 3 tablespoons milk, more if needed

In a large bowl, beat together the confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla and 3 tablespoons milk until smooth. If necessary, add more milk until the frosting is of spreading consistency.

Makes enough to fill and frost a 2-layer cake, or a 13- by 9-inch sheet cake, or 2 dozen cupcakes.

Editor's note:. One cup of chopped walnuts can be added to the cake batter, if desired. ..Nancy Zadernak, Butler PA

--Another Recipe--

I lived in Cleveland Oh growing up and remember A&P stores too,lol. The cake you maybe looking for is called Spanish Bar, there are a few stores yet that do carry them even. Here is a recipe I found for one though....
Spanish Bar Cake.......3c seedless raisins (15oz) 3c.water 2 1/2 - 2 3/4 c flour 1tsp baking soda 1/2tsp salt 2Tblsp cinnamon 1 tsp nutmeg
1/2c butter, soft 2 eggs 1 1/2c white sugar Cover raisins and cook 20 min. Simmer after they start to boil. Drain, keep 1 c liquid. Cook raisins and liquid well, add raisins to cream mixture after eggs. Add dry ingredients plus liquid. Bake 9"x13" loaf pan at 350 degrees for 60 to 70 mins.
Nutmeg Icing 2c powdered sugar 2Tbsp butter, melted 1 tsp vanilla dash nutmeg 2Tbsp light cream put on cooled cake.
Hope this helps you.......Sue

--Another Recipe--

Yes! The Cake was called Spanish Bar! Here is the recipe...from Pat Harris in Bridgewater, NY.

A & P Spanish Bar Cake recipe
This makes one 9 x 13-inch cake. It can be cut into bars by running a fork lengthwise across the icing to make it like the A & P Spanish Bar Cakes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9 x 13-inch pan.
Dry ingredients
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
Sift the above ingredients together and set aside.
Next ingredients
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup solid shortening
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup chunky applesauce
1 cup plump raisins (soak the raisins in warm water to plump them
up while mixing the other ingredients-drain before adding to batter)
1/2 cup rough cut toasted walnuts
Cream the butter, shortening together, add eggs and beat well. Turn mixer on low speed and add vanilla extract and applesauce. Add raisins and walnuts-keeping the mixer at low speed start adding the dry ingredients. DO NOT over-mix. Just make sure the flour is all in, then stop mixing. Pour into the pan and bake in the middle of the oven for 45 minutes or until the center tests done.
Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounces cream cheese softened
4 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Beat well, adding more milk or confectioners sugar to make it smooth and easy to spread.

--Another Recipe--

For Mary in KY - newsletter #593 - from Rhonda in SE Ohio
My Mom also loved the cake she got at the A&P store- she bought at least one when grocery shopping every Saturday (what a loss when they went out of business!) -- it was Apple Nut Bar Cake , & I think it was made by Nickles Bakery. They are still in business, but I haven't seen that particular cake for years. Both she & I hunted for a recipe for it , & this is the closest I have been able to find. Every time I bake this, I have to think of Mom - she loved this. Enjoy!!
Apple Nut Bar cake
Beat together:
3 eggs
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
2 cups flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
Mix well, fold in 2 cups apples, sliced fine, 1 cup finely chopped nuts, 1 cup raisins (if desired).
Pour into greased & floured 13X9 pan, bake @ 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Dust with powdered sugar, or frost with cream cheese frosting.

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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.
Looking for a recipe for something called "Date Nut Loaf". I remember my mom bought this from a a grocery store called AlphaBeta when we lived in California. It was an absolutely amazing treat to have in the morning when it was cut into thick slices and toasted with butter. Thanks for your help. Bryan
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.
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