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The Collectors Newsletter #599 -- March 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #599 -- 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
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Collectors of Rare and Familiar Tools Society (CRAFTS)
In 1977, a small group of tool collectors formed CRAFTS, meeting informally to talk about tools. In 1980, the Club was incorporated as a non-profit organization with the purpose of encouraging interest in early trades and industries and fostering the identification, study, preservation and exhibition of early tools and implements. For more information, Click Here:
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If you are a member of a collectors club or you are looking for collectors with similar collecting interests, check out our new Collectors Club Directory at:
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.
I so enjoyed Jackie's story about helping to keep Santa alive for her two children. So many parents are too quick to take away this joyous part of childhood. I don't believe in lying to children, but I telling them about Santa is a special part of being a child. When our two boys stopped believing in Santa - it took a lot of the fun out of Christmas - for them and for us.
My grandchildren still believe in Santa (ages 5 and 7) and I will do everything I can to preserve this bit of holiday fantasy for them. Children have to grow up so fast these days - being taught about strangers, good and bad touching,etc. Preserving Santa for them is a wonderful way to prolong the childhood that goes away all too quickly on its own.
Thanks for the darling story, Jackie. If I didn't have carpet, I'd do the same thing!!! My g.kids think that Santa has a special key that allows him to visit children who don't have a fireplace (we do).
I enjoy reading this newsletter each time it arrives. I am quite a collector myself, at the ripe old age of 45. I collected rocks as a child, and my collecting has grown exponentially since then. In my twenties I began collecting trinket boxes, and as people learned of this, they would give them to me as gifts. I have probably over 300 now. I also have my grandmother's green marbled Bakelite/celluloid? vanity set, and have added pieces to it. I have many of her pieces of costume jewelry from the 30s, 40s & 50s, that I wear proudly.
In the past 10 years I've begun collecting porcelain. I have a nice collection of cornucopia style vases, cups and saucers, numerous Bavarian and Limoges pieces, boxes, small pin dishes, Goebel birds and hummels, and a handful of Roseville vases.
I take my younger son (7) with me on my treks to thrift shops, Goodwill, and antique shops (I used to take my older son, but when he became a teen he became more interested in girls and music). I have instilled in both of them the appreciation for things from the past. I am passing on to them the love of collecting, and they enjoy learning about it. As long as we continue to teach to those who are willing to learn, the art of antiques and collecting will never die.
I'll have to visit Funhouse, since I'm in the Phila area!
There is a grave marker in a historical Toledo, OH cemetery that is marked "All of Us", no other names just this. So I guess you would have to be a family member to know who is buried there because there is no
other markings with names or dates on the headstone. What a shame that there are no other marks, what if it was a distant relative someone was looking for. You probably would have to go to the main building & look up the record to find any names. Really enjoy the many stories they're so interesting & connect many people. Linda Nash
I forwarded the request for the "Spanish Bar Cake" from A&P to a family member who also remembered it fondly. She wrote to A&P, and this is their response! .. They had, and shared (below) the ACTUAL recipe from years ago! The Krall family, originally of Monaca, PA
Thank you for your e-mail. It was a pleasure to read of your satisfaction with our Jane Parker Spanish Bar Cake.
In answer to your inquiry, we no longer offer the Jane Parker Spanish Bar Cake that was prepared in the A&P bakery. Our bakery closed in 1996. There is a Spanish Bar Cake offered in some of our stores, prepared by a supplier for our private label. For your information, we do not offer any mail order service for any of our products.
However, we do have the original recipe available and it may be found below. Our former bakery has reduced the proportions as small as they could and still retain the cake's integrity. Therefore, this recipe makes a large cake or two smaller ones.
It is so nice to hear of your special memories. Once again, thank you for contacting us.
Cordially yours, Suzanne Pasinski - A&P Corporate Customer Service
( Editors note - We love it when companies go out of their way to help our readers. - You can see the recipe in issue #594
I have read the many comments about gravestones. Whenever I have moved to a new town I always check out the local cemeteries. They are a wealth of information about the history of the town. Here in the frozen north (Burrrmidji, MN), our local historical society goes one further. Every year near Halloween, they sponsor a "Cemetery Walk". Local actors in period clothing are stationed at various gravesites. The actors portray the person buried there. It gives wonderful insight of not only the town, but the people who settled it. One year a presenter informed the crowd that "her granddaughter" was standing right over there. And she was !
Love the newsletter, have been reading it since the beginning !
Cheryl in Bemidji, MN
Hello- I am a newbie to this group, and as I just had my 88th birthday, I belong in your seniors group.. I am thinning out a LOT of my family collections, and the first one to get my attention is the bunch of baskets.... There are probably 2 dozen or more, and I would appreciate any advice on how to find good homes for them.... They would not present problems for shipping, as they would be fairly light weight, and not breakable.... Any ideas ? Muriel - email@example.com ( Editors Note - If you send Muriel a note be sure to cc Newsletter@tias.com as well, so we can share )
I am a long time collector of many diverse items, among them being postcards. Many photographs were and some still are printed on "postcard" stock. While looking through some miscellaneous postcards I came across one that was probably just intended as a family photograph. The picture is of a family in a room with a large nickel plated stove, a Christmas tree and decorations and antique furniture. The era would appear to be the mid to late 1800's. On the reverse is written "Mr. & Mrs. A.J, 'Andrew & Mary' Ferguson, Newton & Gerald 'baby'" Also, "Hugh Watson 'in center' worked in Elsie Bank. Boarded with Mary and Andrew" Also, "Lived in Feuch (sp?) house. Corner of Ovid & Pine St. across from Gas Station on corner South of Elsie School. A search on the Internet brought up Elsie, Michigan which has an intersection of Ovid & Pine Street. If anyone related to any of the persons shown and listed on this piece will contact me, I will gladly forward it to them. send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nita, I loved your coffin stories. "Deady Bear" indeed!! Now don't leave us all hanging, what happened to the SKULLS?? Rennie
My sister and I were cleaning the basement of our late Mother's this summer and ran across a wooden rolling pin. The pin had obviously never been used as the handles are still bright red and interestingly enough on the pin itself are names of ladies written in pencil. A lot of the names are familiar including our Mother's, our grandmother's, our great grand mother's, our aunt and great aunts, our mother's best friend and best friends mother and names that we recognize from the small town in western Kansas where she grew up. What we are wondering is whether there was a shower game that was played in which guests signed the pin or if it was just a shower gift that all guests signed as a guest book? We are also wondering if any other shower "guest" book was popular in the late 50's early 60's? Betty's girls from Kansas
My wife and I are fairly new to the antique-booth business and are interested in arranging our 15x10-foot space so that is useful and intriguing for shoppers and at the same time successful. We would love to hear from readers about what they like in their favorite booths and from dealers about setup strategies that they've found most successful. Thus far we've tried to arrange our array of small furniture, accent pieces and art in the kind of vignettes you'd find in high-end antique shows and have gotten lots of compliments and done fairly well with sales. But we've also had one customer ask permission to buy an item (!) and apologize for spoiling our design, so we don't want to overdo it and intimidate anyone. Dealers, in particular, might help us with this question: Is it better to put our highest- or lowest-price items out front to be immediately seen by browsers walking down the aisle or a blend? We've tried both approaches, but mostly concentrate on putting our newest items in the front. Thanks for an informative and entertaining newsletter!... Cohos
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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5. Property from the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection - Sotheby's, May 2008
6. Christie's Hong Kong to Offer Important Private Collection of Rhinoceros Horn Carvings
7. Heritage Vintage Movie Poster Auction Posts Strong Results
8. Single-Owner Wine Sales This Season at Christie's Americas
9. Just Art Pottery Unveils Design Upgrade for Art Pottery Website
10. Philip Weiss Auctions has big sale planned for April 5-6
11. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Public Appraisal Event
12. Smythe March 20, U.S. & World paper money auction features the only known examples of Siam banknotes
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14. Asian Art Exhibition Begins at iGavel as Site Sees Record Sale
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16. Morphy's May 17-18 Doll & Miniatures debut auction stars Yvonne Baird, Virginia Gordon collections
17. Route 66 Spring Arrivals at Mama’s Bargain Shack
18. Midwest Decoy Collectors Association to host 43rd Annual National Convention
19. Great Lakes map brings $5,040 at Old World Auctions
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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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
When my oldest son (now 37) was in high school, he and two of his friends his age were coerced into playing the part of the three wise men in the children's Christmas Pageant held in the church recreation hall. They thought they were too old for this, but the wise men costumes we had fit them and were too big for the little ones. We Mothers insisted.
The night of the pageant, they were to wait in the church kitchen until time for their entrance. One of them set his gift of gold (box wrapped in gold paper) on top of the range. While they waited, one of them leaned against the stove and accidentally turned the burner on under the gift, and it caught fire. We Mothers in the choir section heard the ruckus coming from the kitchen. I was sitting on the end, so I went to quieten them down and got there just as they'd gotten the fire beaten out.
Finally, it was time for their entrance to present their gifts, including the previously charred gold. When they got on stage and approached the manger with the Baby Jesus nestled in, they began to laugh uncontrollably. We Mothers were really glaring at them and shaking our heads at them from the choir section--but it didn't help. What we didn't know until afterward was that the preacher's wife (who loved to play tricks) had chosen a crawling baby doll for the manger and had turned on the switch to make it crawl. When the boys looked into the manger, there was baby Jesus with arms and legs flailing, kicking off it's covers. No wonder they were laughing! Millie, Louisiana
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In our last issue, Marianna requested a recipe for"Monkey Bread”. The following were sent in by readers...
Marianna wanted a recipe for Monkey bread. It was all the rage in the late '70s in Texas. Nothing could be simpler!
Defrost a package of frozen dinner rolls.
Pull them into different shapes
Coat each with melted butter
Place the pieces randomly beside each other, on top of each other, generally mixed up in a bundt pan.
Cook according to the instructions on the dinner roll package.
You can sprinkle the spice(s) of your choice between each stretched out roll for a different twist. We often used cinnamon and sugar and had it for breakfast. Lis from Texas
Grands!® Monkey Bread
There's no monkey business involved in making this cinnamon-scented pull-apart.
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cans (16.3 oz each) Pillsbury® Grands!® Homestyle refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, if desired
1/2 cup raisins, if desired
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 12-cup fluted tube pan.
In large plastic food-storage bag, mix sugar and cinnamon. Separate dough into 16 biscuits; cut each into quarters. Shake in bag to coat. Arrange in pan, adding walnuts and raisins among the biscuit pieces.
Mix brown sugar and butter; pour over biscuit pieces.
Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in center. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate; pull apart to serve. Serve warm.
Marianna requested this recipe. Enjoy. Dorothy/OH
1 cup chopped pecan pieces 4 cans buttermilk biscuits
1 cup sugar 2 tsp. cinnamon
Cut biscuits into quarters - roll in cinnamon/sugar mixture. Layer in greased bundt pan. Alternate layers with pecan pieces. Pour remaining cinnamon mix over biscuit pieces.
Mix for top:
1 cuup packed brown sugar 1 1/2 stick butter
1 T. cinnamon
Melt butte r in sauce pan. Add brown sugar and cinnamon. Stir constantly until boiling. Pour over biscuit pieces.
Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes Remove from pan as soon as possible. Serve warm. Barbara Lafayette, IN
monkey bread is so good, it's dangerous! It's basically a variation on cinnamon rolls. You can make the bread dough yourself, or you can often find it in the frozen food section of the supermarket. Sometimes
there is a recipe for monkey bread on the frozen bread dough package.
1 or 2 pounds of regular yeast bread dough
1 or 2 sticks of butter
a few cups of sugar
cinnamon to taste
Butter an angel food cake pan or bundt pan. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and take it off the heat, but don't let it harden. Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Break the bread dough into pieces about
the size of a walnut, or a little smaller. Roll the bread dough pieces into balls with the hands, then carefully roll in the melted butter, roll in the cinnamon sugar, and put into the buttered bundt pan. Continue until all the dough is coated with butter and cinnamon-sugar and the pan is filled. Sprinkle any remaining cinnamon sugar over the top of the dough balls in the pan, shaking it into the spaces in between the dough. Drizzle the remaining melted butter on top, too. Bake as for cinnamon rolls. When done, turn out of the pan onto a plate and pull apart while warm, or slice when cold.
More years ago than I care to remember, we thought tube biscuits were the greatest cooking shortcut ever invented. We made everything from donuts to mini pizzas out of them. Even before monkey bread, I simply made sugar/cinnamon snacks out of them.
Tube biscuits ( I think I used 3 tubes)
Sugar/cinnamon mixture ( Mix according to your taste)
Cut biscuits into quarters.Shake in sugar/cinnamon mixture. Place in well greased 9x13 pan.
Place in cooking pan:
1 cup sugar
1 stick margarine
1 tsp cinnamon
Bring mixture to a full boil. Pour over biscuits. Bake in 350º oven for 30-35 minutes. Let stand in pan for 5 minutes, then remove from pan.
Eleanor, Sheldon, IA
The quickest, easier monkey bread is:
1 pkg refrigerated biscuits
1/2 c melted butter
1/2 c sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
Cut biscuts into fourths, place in a sprayed bundt pan, sprinkle with remaining ingredients. Bake at 375 15-25 min. Turn out onto plate or eat from pan, best served warm.
But the best Monkey Bread is made from yeast dough from scratch. (I grind my own wheat & make bread every week)
1/2 c butter
2 c milk, scalded
1/2 c sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 c warm water
2 t salt
2 pkg yeast
5-7 c sifted (I use 1/2 white, 1/2 fresh gound wheat, the next best thing is sold at some stores now, even fresh ground, it is Montana Wheat Farms Praire Gold)
Icing: 2 c powdered sugar 1-2 T milk to make a thick consistancy.
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Cut butter into chunks in large mixing bowl, add scalded milk to melt butter. Add sugar & eggs, beating well. Add 1/2 flour and salt beating well. Add remaining flour as needed to have a soft elastic dough cleaning the sides of the bowl. Knead 7-10 min. Put in greased bowl turning to grease all sides, let rise til doubles. Punch down dough, let rise again. Roll into smaller balls placing in greased bundt pan only about 1/2 full, sprinkle with 1/2 melted butter, 1/2 c sugar & 2 t cinnamon. Bake 350 30-35 testing the middle with a toothpick for doneness. This makes a ton! Makes several batches. Can be rolled out into cinnamon rolls also, or yummy dinner rolls. Kim in Indiana
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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 "cookie", maybe more of a "tea cake" that came out in a Bisquick recipe circular in the 70's. My mom and I have been searching high and low for this recipe and can't find it anywhere. We are from the Kansas City, Missouri area and think it came out in the mid to late 70's. These were the best, not too sweet, cookies, very soft and they had an icing on them. They were the best. They were round, but not as flat as a regular cookie. My mom is thinking they may have come out around Easter in a special recipe "circular"....or maybe in a magazine?! Can anyone out there remember these?? I would love to surprise my mom with them, we all loved them so much and I never had much of a sweet tooth, so these were awesome for me! Thanks, in advance, for any help! Jennifer G.
( Editors note: For our readers outside the U.S., Bisquick is a popular prepackaged, flour mix used for baking biscuits, pancakes and other goodies. See:
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