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The Collectors Newsletter #595 -- February 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #595 -- February 2008
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I own a small antique store in Philadelphia. I can't afford high end inventory so I fill it with odd and interesting pieces culled from flea markets, auctions, house sales, etc... I sell them at a very reasonable price, much lower than other area stores and often lower than you can expect to pay on eBay. Most of my customers are under thirty years old. They don't have much money to spend but they do collect and they love to spend time in my store. They are curious, enthusiastic and some are quite knowledgeable. I have an army of loyal young customers, many are students, because I offer them antiques and collectibles that are within their budget. It is my job to seek out inexpensive antiques. And I encourage "just browsing". I know they'll be back when they can afford whatever it is that caught their eye. Thanks Tias!...Funhouse
To those readers who are having problem reading old graves markers. While one reader recommended using shaving cream to increase the definition - experts now know that it contains chemicals that will speed the deterioration of the stone. Even if it's washed off, a residue will remain..
An good alternative is to spray water on the marker and wait a few minutes- the deeper areas dry more slowly, causing the raised areas to appear more highlighted. Pollution is destroying our old grave markers at an alarming rate. Let's not use anything that will speed the process. I know that most people suggest shaving cream because it was recommended for a long time, even by genealogists. We now know better and most web sites are no longer recommending its use..Thank you, Judy
The most interesting inscription that I have seen on a tombstone is "A faithful wife and Loving Mother she was not. So God took her home". The story is that she ran off with a traveling salesman and then decided to
come back. The family let here back but evidently did not forgive her. MLC
My husband's family has a cemetery that has been there since the Civil War. Actually, the first one buried was a Revolutionary Colonel who was the father in law of the grantor of the land for the cometary. My husband's grandfather was a Civil War veteran and his widow received a Civil War widow's pension until she died in 1957. There are about 40 graves in the cemetery. Over in the northeast corner by itself is a upright stele of a stone with the inscription of the name , no birth date, but a death date. He was a stranger that came by and stayed to work for the family. He became sick and no one knew where his relatives lived, so they buried him in the family cemetery, but not among the family - way over in a corner by himself. It has a historical marker and I am sure many cemetery fans come there and they must wonder why Mr. Pierce is over in the corner by himself.
I have always been fascinated and respectful of gravestones. Many are small (or, in some cases, large) works of art.
When I see an old stone, I try to picture the people who would have attended the funeral of that particular person. Think of all the people, gathered in the same spot where I'm standing, dressed in clothes so different from what we wear today. I think there is absolutely nothing odd about taking photos of interesting, old monuments. I recently stumbled across a web site that I think is marvelous. It's called Find A Grave (www.findagrave.com). It's an all volunteer effort to photograph graves and submit them to this site. Using this site, you can find photos of the graves of relatives in places you would never be able to travel to yourself. My husband and I, who live in Connecticut, saw the grave site of his paternal grandparents in Texas. We even discovered that my husband had an uncle he had never known about (a baby who died at birth.) I'm grateful to the person who photographed those graves. It wasn't a relative; it was a kind volunteer that gave us a glimpse of the final resting place of people very dear to my husband. ~Jane PS. When you use the Find A Grave website, you can search by name, state or by the name of the cemetery.
First, thanks to Warren for that wonderful story of "Santa" and the burnt cookies -- I had a great laugh from that, and had to share the newsletter with all my non-collecting friends.
For Judy, who said someone looked at her collection and asked "who GIVES you all this stuff?" and wanted a better response than her "all this stuff wasn't given to me, I bought it," a smile and "only the most discerning" would work. Or, if she wanted to acknowledge that she had purchased the items, an enthusiastic "I was SO fortunate to find dealers and collectors who understood the aesthetics/value/charm/rarity of these items and were willing to share!" Implied insult addressed, without really being insulting in return. Thanks again for all the wonderful stories, links and recipes. Beth in Northridge
I am not sure this is the correct place to send my request but perhaps you can forward it or send me the address I need.
Several years ago I purchased a box lot of items at an estate sale in Arkansas. Recently I have come across a photo album that I would like to give to a family member. The album is in very fragile condition and a number of pictures have been removed. There are still a good number of pictures. Two of these are marked Fox Company, San Antonio, Texas and 1927. Written in the front of the album is Presented to Dollie by: Millwood Sunday School, Sunday, April 6, 1902. There is also a Paid Poll Tax Receipt from Collin County, Texas as well as a document from First National Bank of Nevada, Texas. The last name on the receipt is Feagin. If anyone can put me in touch with a family member I would be so grateful. Please contact me at email@example.com and please put Feagin Photo Album in the subject line.
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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.
This happened many years ago to my Aunt and Uncle but it is a story I always think of at Christmas time. My cousin loved Cheerios and apparently ate them often. One day before Christmas my Aunt and Uncle heard a large crash and ran to the living room to find their son lying under the Christmas tree which had fallen on him. He apparently had laid down under it , grabbed the trunk and tried to lift it. When he saw them he cried out "I ain't eating any more Cheerios"!!!! (The advertising at the time said Cheerios made you very strong!) Love your newsletter and the many wonderful stories, Elaine, Cape Cod Mass.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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In our last issue, Bryan requested a recipe for "Date Nut Loaf”. The following were sent in by readers...
This Date Nut Bread recipe has been in the family for years.It was my mother-in-laws recipe and she was a very good cook. We lived in Carlisle, Ma.
1 package dates, cut fine.
1 1/2 cups cold water...Simmer these two ingredients for 5 min. and then cool.
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons butter....Cream these together
Add 1 egg..beat well.
Add date mixture..blend well
Add 2 cups sifted flour & 1 teaspoon baking soda & 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Lastly add 1/2 cup nuts...Bake 350 oven ,,1 1/4 hrs.
grease & flour bread pan.
Jean Q. Bates
OLD FASHIONED DATE NUT LOAF
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 lb dates, finely chopped
2 eggs, separated
1/2 lb chopped walnuts or pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla or rum
Have eggs at room temperature.
Separate egg whites from yolks. Beat egg yolks until light and fluffy. Add sugar slowly. Add milk and vanilla or rum.
Sift together baking powder, flour and salt and gradually add to mixture, continuing to beat. Add dry ingredients to the egg yolk mixture.
In a separate, clean bowl, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold egg whites gently into mixture so as not to deflate.
Bake at 325°F for 60 minutes or until done...Carol
Hi ~ Love the newsletter and all the wonderful recipes! Lori S.
I hope this is the recipe for Date Nut Loaf that Bryan was looking for... It also has a yummy sauce to serve along with the slices.
* 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
* 1 cup water
* 1/2 cup butter
* 1 cup white sugar
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 egg, beaten
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 cup chopped walnuts
* 1/4 cup butter
* 1/3 cup heavy cream
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring dates and water to a boil. Stir in 1/2 cup butter and 1 cup sugar until melted. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda. Let cool for 10 minutes.
2. Place date mixture into a large bowl. Blend in flour, eggs and vanilla. Stir in chopped walnuts. Pour batter into prepared pan.
3. Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Serve slices with Warm Sauce.
4. To make Warm Sauce: In a saucepan over medium heat, combine 1/4 cup butter with cream and brown sugar. Heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and sugar is dissolved.
Here is a recipe for Date Nut Bread I have used for years - hope Bryan likes it.
DATE NUT BREAD
1 pound date
2 teaspoons soda
1 1/2 c. boiling water
2 3/4 c. flour - sifted
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 c. sugar
1 Tablespoon melted butter
1/2 tespoon salt
1/2 - 1 c. walnuts - chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pit dates (if needed) and cut in smaller pieces, sprinkle with soda, add boiling water. Let date mixture cool to room temperature. Mix dry ingredients, sift. Add egg, butter, nuts and vanilla. Stir. Add date mixture. Stir thoroughly. Bake at 375 F. in two loaf-style bread pans, that have been greased and floured, for 1 hour. Do not bake faster.
About the 50-55 minute mark, watch real close as the top of bread tends to burn really easily...Enjoy. Barbara, Lafayette, IN
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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.
Cookie bars with coconut, chocolate chips, condensed milk and other ingredients. What are these called and what is the recipe? Susan
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