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The Collectors Newsletter #603 -- April 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #603 -- April 2008
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Editors note -- In our next issue, send us you best tip that you would like to share with other collectors. This could be how to clean a stain on a quilt or how to make brass polish or what is the best time of day to hit garage sales. Any handy little tip that will help other collectors would be hugely appreciated. We'll start publishing them in our next issue and keep going until they run out. The person who submits the best tip will get a TIAS shirt mailed to them. Send your tip to firstname.lastname@example.org
To Julie, whose little brother entertained his family with his special rendition of “I’m a Little Teapot”: I born the same year as your brother and I remember my friends and me singing it the same way, albeit a few years later. I guess we were all products of the “Laugh In” generation! Kelley in NY State
Hello, This isn't about antiques but I am responding to the letter from Barb. M in your 601 newsletter who said not to throw out children's art work. It is very difficult keeping everything your children bring home from school but there is a way you can do it. Take the artwork, stand your child beside it and take a picture. When the picture is developed write their age and grade, even the teacher's name, on the back and put it in an album used only for the artwork. This way you have a collection of everything they did without filling an attic. From another Barb M.
I must comment on the recent posting about saving children's artwork. The art projects of one's child obviously mean a great deal to a parent so they are saved for many years, often tucked away in an attic or closet. It was very emotional for me to discover after my mother's passing that she had kept so much of my art projects (my brother's also). However, after a good long cry, I threw it all away. It may have meant a great deal to my mother but it meant nothing to me, other than knowing how much she loved me. And I guess that was enough. Kathie, Kailua, Hawaii.
I agree with the antique seller who advises moving merchandise around monthly. I'd go further and recommend removing things that don't sell after being moved once. You can always put them back, but as a
shopper, I notice when a booth gets "stale" - my eyes just pass over the whole area as a unit. I love old books, but one of my favorite stores has a bookcase where nothing has changed in nearly ten years. I just
don't even bother looking - it makes me sick to think that those sad, shabby books have cost their owner more in rent than the whole case was worth ten years ago! They were junk then, and they are worse junk
now. Always remember that every inch has value and if an item doesn't "pay its way" -- ditch it! Remove it, mark it down, put something fresh in its place. Unless, of course it's a signature item that identifies your booth. Susan in New Jersey
A few weeks ago, I wrote an article for TIAS concerning an old photo of a family in Elsie, Michigan. With the help of a third person, I was put in touch with a relative of the picture subjects. I have subsequently sent her the photo which she is pleased to be receiving. This shows the importance of writing all the info on the back of a photo that a person in the future may need to identify the subject. I have many pictures of persons that I have no clue as to who they are. Edward
When my dad was in England and Europe during WWII, he brought back a 2 things, which I still have. One was a Victorian locket, which he bought in London. He was in a 2nd hand store, when the owner was going through a piece of furniture they’d just bought. They found a velvet bag containing 3 gold lockets and 5 gold rings. He traded the shop owner some ration coupons, some cigarettes, and couple of dollars. His parents had to sell the rings through the wartime and 2 of the lockets were stolen in later years, but I still have one which has an emerald, ruby, and diamond filled, diamond and arrow shaped appliqué on the front. It was worn by my grandmother, my mother, now my wife,…and someday my daughter. The other was a hand crafted, German target pistol, which he bought in Germany. He is gone, but every time I look at it, I remember all of his stories….as the Visa commercials say, PRICELESS! Jim D., MO.
Some things will never be destined to become an antique or collectible, one of them being the one unmatched sock recently mentioned in one of your letters. Rather than designate them to the landfill, I use a cotton one over my bottle of cooking oil. It catches the drips and the bottle never becomes sticky nor the shelf underneath......and then it meets its fate in the landfill afterwards.
Helow again, I love the Newsletters!
ERIC posed a point in one of the recent issues..Eric said didn't want to sound mean, and he didn't, really, when he expressed his distaste with Antique Booths set up with same colors alike, etc, and the mention of new MIC (made in china) stuff,,actually i call the MIC stuff %^&&, but that's another story!...
Anyway, I have been a dealer/collector for about 25 years. I had collected many items over this time, all the while working for someone else. In the past 10 years, I have worked in the antique business, either as managing an antique mall, renting booths, and/or doing ebay.
Eric's statement of "after the buck". well what is one supposed to do when they rent a booth? granted, in the mall I am in now, they have about 50 dealers, and only about 5 are bona-fide antique dealers (me included). by that I mean, serious seller who actually sell antiques. I routinely go throught he mall and buy and then resell on ebay or in my booth just a few feet away where that item was. i "service" my booth regularly, dusting, moving things around and yes, arranging in colors! Color is a universal stimulant. Sometimes, a customer may be looking for cobalt blue glass, ruby glass, black, white, silver, pewter, etc.... SO why not attractively display like colors, or like items? All my barware, cocktail shakers, etc are grouped together, they make a very attractive display, and one can pick and choose, without having to spend time searching, and by the same token, i have colors together, like cherries, rooster, & other kitchen items....what is wrong with using creativity? I am selling. That is enterprise. "For the Buck" is rather harsh, but antique malls are not a museum, it is a retail business.
OK so Eric's story, maybe he purchased an item which he thought may have been an antique, but was really not. Recently, a customer put on the counter, an item to buy, a MCCoy? mammy string holder. Price 14.99. I discreetly mentioned that, perhaps this was not an antique, The customer questioned, and I guess I lost a sale for the dealer, as the ticket just had a price and not a description "reproduction mammy"..ok so I am honest..
I love what I do, and thank you for this newsletter. Suzanne from Placid Florida.
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1. Clinton, McCain and Obama's Political Memorabilia Likely to be of High Historical Value
2. April 2008 issue of Style Century Magazine now available to view online
3. Rare, Eight-Sided 1915 San Francisco Gold Coin at Santa Clara Expo
4. Highly Anticipated Asian and Ethnographic Art Auction Set To Begin On iGavel
5. American Folk Art Festival 2008
6. Tradewinds All-Cane Auction
7. A Bevy of Chevys
8. Collector Takes a Look Back at Life Through Colored Glass
9. Teapots To Tempt Many Tastes
10. 10 Tiffany Lamps in Morphy Auctions' May 29-31 Spring Sale
11. Morphy Legend Coin Auctions’ May 6 debut features 1876 Proof Set
12. How Collectibles Roam!
13. Exquisite Historic Royal Memorabilia to be Auctioned by Heritage
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14. Rare 1920 Gold Dollar Struck in Manila to Honor President Wilson to be Offered in Heritage's April C
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18. Sotheby's - Contemporary Art - The Collection of Helga and Walther Lauffs to be offered in New York
19. Spink Smythe to Offer Part 14 of the Schingoethe Obsolete Currency Collection, April 9th, 2008
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I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. One day when I was about 4 or 5 my mom & aunt and a couple of us kids went shopping. We took the streetcar to downtown. Shopped a little and then it was time for lunch. It was either Kresge’s or Woolworth’s 10 cents store where they decided to have lunch. The store had an escalator that took us to the basement. They said we were going to eat “Pronto Pups” I started crying my eyes out. When they finally discovered why I was crying, they laughed their heads off. I thought we had to eat little puppies. A “Pronto Pup” is a hot dog in dough on a stick! Barb, Calif.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In our last issue, Dianna requested a recipe for "lemon custard ice cream”. we had several response
This recipe is from the New American Cookbook, circa 1930's ? (sorry the cover and title page have long been missing). I have not tried it, but it may be what Dianna is looking for. Years ago, it was common to make frozen desserts using the metal ice cube trays with the dividers removed. I'm sure any freezer-safe container would do just as well. Linda
2 1/4 cups sugar
Juice of 4 lemons
Juice of 1 orange
Grated rind of 1 lemon
3 well-beaten eggs
2/3 cup heavy cream
Dissolve sugar in 1 quart water and boil 10 minutes. Strain juices and add to syrup. Add rind and mix thoroughly. Chill very well in freezer. When mixture is well chilled, but before freezing starts, remove from freezer, add 3 well-beaten eggs and 2/3 cup heavy cream. Mix well. Return to freezer until well-frozen.
Frozen Lemon Custard
3 egg yolks
1/2 c plus 1 tbsp.sugar
!/4 cup lemon juice + grated rind of 1/2 lemon
1/8 teasp salt (optional)
3 egg whites or 1/2 cup plus 3 tbsps
pasteurized, liquid egg whites (avoids raw egg
1 cup heavy cream, whipped
3/4 cup crushed vanilla wafers (about
22 cookies) Beat egg yolks and sugar together, add
lemon juice, rind and salt. Cook in double boiler
until mix thickens or coats back of spoon. Cool, then
fold in whipped cream. Beat egg whites or pasteurized
egg whites until stiff and fold into pudding. Cover
bottoms of old metal trays (makes enough for 2) pour
in pudding, cover w/ foil or plastic wrap and freeze
and enjoy. Dione
This recipe sounds like it could be the one you are
Sunkist fresh lemon ice cream
2 c whipping cream or half and half
1 c sugar
1 to 2 Tablesp. grated lemon peel
1/3 c fresh squeezed lemon juice
In large bowl, stir together cream and sugar until
sugar is thoroughly dissolved. Mix in lemon peel and
juice. Pour in 8 inch square pan, or directly into
sherbet dishes. Freeze several hours until firm.
Makes about 1 1/2 pints
Lemon Custard Ice Cream
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice 2 1/4 cups sugar 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 cup milk 2 whole eggs 2 egg yolks 1/2 cup evaporated milk 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
1. Mix the zest, juice, cornstarch and sugar in a 4 qt saucepan.
2. Place over medium heat and slowly whisk in the milk.
3. Heat to 175 degrees, or until bubbles form around the edges, stirring quite often.
4. (scalding) Meanwhile beat eggs in a large bowl.
5. Temper the eggs with 1/2 cup of the hot milk and then whisk the eggs into the milk mixture.
6. Heat to 180 degrees, stirring constantly.
7. The custard should coat the back of a spoon.
8. Do NOT allow the mixture to boil.
9. Immediately stir in the cream and evaporated milk.
10. Strain through a siever into a glass or metal bowl and chill in an ice bath or allow to come to room temperature, then chill until cold.
11. Freeze in an ice cream maker.
NOTE: Sugar can be reduced for a more tart product
LEMON MOUSSE:1 1/2 tsp. unflavored gelatin (1/2 pkg.)1/2 c. lemon juice3
eggs, separated2/3 c. sugarGrated peel of 1 lemonPinch of salt1 c. whipping
creamRASPBERRY SAUCE:1 (15 oz.) pkg. frozen raspberries with juiceJuice of
1/2 lemon1/2 c. sugar1/2 tsp. cornstarch1/4 c. kirsch or grand
marnierDirections:Dissolve gelatin in lemon juice in top of a double boiler.
Set over simmering water. Beat egg yolks with 1/3 cup sugar until mixture is
lemon colored. Fold lemon gelatin mixture and peel into beaten yolks. Beat
egg whites with a pinch of salt, gradually adding remaining 1/3 cup sugar,
until they form stiff peaks. Blend large spoonful of beaten whites in
lemon-egg yolk mixture. Whip cream and fold remaining whites and cream into
lemon-egg mixture, don't overblend - allow some white to show. Fill souffle
dish or individual glass dishes 2/3 full. Freeze for 2 or 3
hours.Sauce:Combine thawed raspberries and juice with lemon juice in
blender. Puree until smooth and strain to remove all seeds. Pour raspberry
mixture into saucepan and add sugar. Bring to boil over medium high heat,
then simmer for 15 minutes. Dissolve cornstarch in liqueur and stir into
raspberry mixture. Remove from heat and cool. Cover and refrigerate. Serve
over lemon mousse. Serves 4.
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Does anyone have a good recipe for "King Cake"? It's a traditional cake recipe from New Orleans and there are many different versions. I'd love to hear some favorites from your readers. Burt
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