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The Collectors Newsletter #597 -- March 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #597 -- March 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.
Coin Operated Collectors Association
The Coin Operated Collectors Association (C.O.C.A.) is a club for those who collect antique (pre-1951) coin operated slot machines, trade stimulators, arcade machines, vending machines and related collectibles. For more information, Click Here:
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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.
To Sue from Michigan...
Our local dollhouse miniatures clubs have put on numerous displays at senior centers and libraries in our region. There are a number of clubs in the State of Michigan affiliated with our national organization (the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts ~ N.A.M.E.). The main website is www.miniatures.org. If you go to that website and select "About NAME" and then "Regional Info and Map," you will see a list of State Representatives. Michigan has two ~ Michigan East and Michigan West. If you are interested in having a club put on a display at your library, the State Reps should be able to help you coordinate with a local club who can help you with it. ~ Anita in Maryland
Wow, this newsletter has great powers.
I asked a few issues ago about a cookbook for my newly acquired antique electric frypan. Lovely Marcia from Alaska not only found that she had the very books, but then copied all and sundry and sent them to me from Alaska. I now have the books, and have also met a lovely lady from all the way across the world. So to the person who thinks this is an old ladies forum, I can only say "find somewhere else to whine". I am not old, but I do appreciate hearing about the events and antiques from across the planet. We are quite isolated in Australia, so please keep up the good work! Yours in friendship, Deborah
I am an avid reader of all the stories in this newsletter and after reading the one from Sue from Michigan about displays in Libraries I felt I should respond to her request for other ideas. I have been collecting Cosmetic related items for over 25 years, especially perfumes and compacts. I wanted to share with others the wonderful items and noticed a display cabinet at our local Library. I put together a display of perfumes, powders,compacts, perfume lamps, Perfume Fans, purses, and books showing items representing the time period from the late 1800 to present day. It was there for a month on display and I had wonderful comments on the uniqueness of the items. I had hoped to have a seminar during that month to let people ask more about the various items but it didn't work out. It is a wonderful way to help the public be aware of these wonderful objects.Great Newsletter, keep it going.Elaine from Massachusetts
Here is another story about maintaining the patina on silver.
At our house I do the cooking and my husband does the dishes. This is all well and fine and I'm not really complaining. BUT.. Where he and I don't see eye to eye is that he REFUSES to hand wash anything other than the large pots & pans. Because of this I am unable to use my silverplate flatware on a daily basis. The dishwasher is an absolute NO-NO as it cleans the patina right off the pieces and I understand that the detergent is not good for it either. I have found a way around this problem! I gathered up a couple of my favorite patterns (Deauville and Nobless) and took them out to our camper. We are retired and spend a lot of time on the road. When we are camping there is no mechanical dishwasher, so no problem with using the flatware that I so enjoy. No roughing it for us!
I read with interest Sue’s story about the local library displays, and wanted to share a few ideas with her:
* Old time laundry / ironing displays are great with a wooden ironing board, sad iron, wash tub and rub board, sprinkler bottle, and clothes line in the background, etc. This is also a great way to display a redwork collection, or any beautiful vintage hand work.
* Also, an old General Store display is always fun and educational using old egg crates, vintage advertising, milk cans, lanterns, etc.
* Petroliana and old service station collectibles are very eye catching – ideas there include the many small give-away items, as well as great travel maps, and sales displays for tires, fuses, oils, etc.
* A display of old office items would be great – typewriter, document stamps and stamp tree, adding machine, ledger books, pencil sharpener, etc.
We used to have an antique shop in Amarillo, and a big part of the fun was coming up with unusual displays! Thanks for the great newsletter! Lynn in Fredericksburg
All the cemetery/gravestone stories have reminded me of my granddaughter’s fascination with the local cemetery where Chief Sealth (Seattle’s namesake) is buried. The cemetery dates back to the 1800's and is regularly visited by tourists. Chief Sealth's grave features a colorful wooden canopy, carved and painted in the Northwest Coast style. Since the cemetery is on a reservation, many (if not most) of the dead are Native American. It’s the custom on this rez to decorate graves with items that represent things the person loved in life – model cars, toy houses, a deck of cards, you see most anything. These things remain until they become weather-beaten and “dissolve.” My granddaughter was 8 or 9 when we first visited and it became a regular (if not very conventional) destination. We would walk along and read the names and dates, connecting family groups and telling “maybe” stories about these folks – maybe they did this, maybe they did that. Soon, my granddaughter would ask me to stop whenever we passed a cemetery. She learned to be interested in other people’s lives, to exercise her imagination, and not to fear the dead. We never tried to do any rubbings, but we both cherished the quiet time together, the storytelling, and all the “maybes.” Linda
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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
Here is the latest news about antiques and collectibles from
1. Noel Barrett's April 11-13 auction features fabled Jerry Smith Americana collection
2. Legend Numismatics, Morphy Auctions launch new venture
3. Spink Acquires Smythe, New York’s oldest dealer and Auctioneer in coins, paper money, Antique stocks
4. Daingerfield oil fetches $83,950 at Leland Little auction
5. SATURDAY@PHILLIPS TO PREMIER MARCH 15 VIA LIVEAUCTIONEERS.COM
6. Art Market Blog - How Artists are Attracting Attention
7. INCREDIBLY WELL RESEARCHED COLLECTION OF ASIAN ARTS ACQUIRED IN THE 1960S AND
1970S TRAVELS TO FLOR
8. MERCHANDISE MART INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUES FAIR™ TO OFFER ARRAY OF ANTIQUES AND
FINE ART FROM THE WORLD
9. Antique Clocks Online Updates Web Presence
10. RARE ROMAN STATUE IS EXTRAORDINARY HIGHLIGHT OF CHRISTIE'S ANTIQUITIES SPRING SALE
11. 72 carat, flawless white diamond on view March 10th at Sotheby's New York
12. SOTHEBY’S HONG KONG TO HOLD CONTEMPORARY CHINESE ART SPRING SALE ON 9TH APRIL, 2008
13. GEORGE BARRIS' REPLICA OF JAMES DEAN'S RACE CAR - "LITTLE BASTARD" - TO BE AUCTIONED BY HERITAGE
14. Sotheby's London - Contemporary Art Day, including Wrap-up of the Week - February 27-29, 2008
15. New, free and unlimited on Artvalue.com, a service of classifieds dedicated to Art & antiques
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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.
When my grandson was about three years old, his Mom bought him a new pair of sneakers. When we went for a visit, he ran to greet us as usual and proudly showed his new shoes. He said, "Look at my new pair of 'sneakahs' Grandma. I got them at the new shoe store". I asked "Which one?" He looked down at his feet with a puzzled look and said "Both of them!!" Nancy B, Connecticut
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In our last issue, Maureen requested a recipe for "Kuchen Bread”. The following were sent in by readers...
3 c. all-purpose flour
1 pkg active dry yeast
3/4 c. milk
6 Tbl butter
1/3 c. sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 beaten egg
3 TBL light cream or milk
1 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 c thinly sliced peeled apple (*), sliced rhubarb or cottage cheese
In large bowl: mix 1 1/2 c flour and yeast.
In sauce pan: heat 3/4 c milk, butter, 1/3 c sugar, and salt just till warm (around 120 degrees), stirring constantly. Add to flour mixture, then add 2 eggs. Using an electric mixer beat at low speed for 30 seconds, scraping sides of bowl often. Then beat at high speed for 3 minutes. By hand, stir in remaining flour. Divide dough in half. With lightly floured fingers, pat into 2 greased 9x 1 1/2" baking pans. Cover and let rise til double (45-50 minutes). Combine the beaten egg and 3 TBL cream or milk. Stir in 1 c sugar and cinnamon. (If cottage cheese is used, stir into sugar-cream mixture.) Arrange fruit atop risen dough. Carefully spoon sugar-cream mixture over fruit. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Cool slightly. Cut into wedges and serve warm.
(*) If desired, cook apple slices for 3 minutes in boiling water....drain, and then arrange on top of dough.
Cinnamon Swirl Kuchen
SUBMITTED BY: Nancy Brown
"This is an old family recipe that we love to serve for breakfast or brunch. It's moist and keeps well, so you can make it a day ahead."
PREP TIME 20 Min
COOK TIME 1 Hr 15 Min
READY IN 1 Hr 35 Min
* 1/2 cup butter or margarine
* 1/2 cup shortening
* 2 1/3 cups sugar
* 4 eggs
* 1 cup milk
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 3 cups all-purpose flour
* 3 teaspoons baking powder
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and shortening. Gradually add 2 cups sugar; cream until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine milk and vanilla; set aside. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk mixture, beating just enough after each addition to keep batter smooth. Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar; sprinkle 1-1/2 teaspoons into a greased 10-in. tube pan. Pour 1/3 of batter into pan. Sprinkle half of remaining cinnamon/sugar; top with 1/3 of batter. Repeat with remaining cinnamon/ sugar and batter. Smooth top with spatula. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack to cool thoroughly. Lori
5 C. flour
1/2 oz. cake yeast
1 t. plus 1/2 C. sugar (divided)
1 pint scalded milk (remove 1/2 C. and let cool to lukewarm)
1/2 C. butter
1 t. salt
2 egg yolks, beaten
Warm bowl and flour
Crumble yeast into cup with 1 teaspoon of sugar and the 1/2 cup lukewarm milk. Set in warm place to rise.
To remaining scalded milk add the butter, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, salt and nutmeg, and, when lukewarm, add beaten egg yolks. Using flat wooden spoon, stir in the yeast and flour. Mix well, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Cover loosely and let rise until doubled in bulk.
Divide into four equal parts. Use dough in one of the following ways:
Take one part of the raised kuchen dough. Roll out 1/2 inch thick and spread well with melted butter. Sprinkle generously with scraped maple, brown or granulated sugar and cinnamon, then roll it up. Cut the roll into equal parts about 1 inch thick and place close together endwise, on a well-buttered pan; spread with layer of brown or maple sugar.
Let rise until light, and bake 10 to 20 minutes in hot oven (400°F.), until golden brown.
For coffee or sugar kuchen:
Flour the board and take one part of the raised dough. Roll 1/2 inch thick and place in well-greased oblong hollow pans. Brush melted butter over the top and sprinkle with sugar and a little cinnamon. Let rise until light and bake a golden brown in a hot oven 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from pan.
Maureen Thompson wanted a recipe for Kuchen Bread. Here is the recipe from my grandmother's old recipes - Robin in Illinois
1 ½ Cups Flour
1 Cup Butter
2 Eggs – Separated
1 Cup Milk
2 ¼ Cups Flour
4 Teaspoons Baking Powder
Grated Rind of 1 Lemon
Chopped or Sliced Almonds
First, cream butter and sugar, then add egg yolks and lemon rind, stirring constantly.
Second, mix flour, baking powder, and the butter mixture, alternatively with the milk, then stir in stiffly beaten egg whites.
Third, place in well greased, shallow coffee cake tins and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and a few almonds.
Fourth, bake in oven at 350 degrees.
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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.
Does anyone know what a Nanaimo bar is and how to make them. I remember chocolate is involved. Beth
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