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The Collectors Newsletter #667 -- December 2008
The Collectors Newsletter #667 -- December 2008
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1. Sell your stuff at our yard sale!
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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You can list any antiques or collectibles you would like to sell. Your ad will appear in our online classifieds, on the TIAS Web site and on Google shopping for 1 month. This is a great opportunity for you to clear out your old stuff and bring in some cash as well. So check out your basement and your attic and lets have some fun. We'll feature some of the goodies that are posted in this newsletter as well.
1) 1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
International Old Lacers, Inc.
A non-profit association of people who share an interest and intrigue of old lace: learn to make lace, to identify inherited pieces, to appreciate museum pieces, to collect and preserve examples. click here for more info:
Are you interested in antique lace? Take a look at:
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.
We are still looking for Holiday related "vintage stories" from when you were a child. Send them to me and we'll publish them in the next newsletter. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
For thirty years our family has started and maintained many wonderful traditions for Christmas. After Thanksgiving Dinner, or on that weekend, all the Christmas decorations come out of cupboards, closets, and the attic. Granny will spend days placing decorations around the house. Pappy spends day decorating the outside of our three story Victorian house. On the second Saturday of December all the kids and grand kids arrive to help decorate. Some help decorate a huge cedar tree in the yard. One has the job of checking the candle lights in every window, and changing bulbs. All the grand kids pitch in to assemble a Christmas village with 50 houses, 100 trees, lots of people, and vehicles. This year they added a river cut from blue satin and laid on the Styrofoam base.
Our son and his wife do a magnificent job of cleaning the yard. One daughter decorates over doorways and windows. The other daughter helps where ever needed. Two sons in law also pitch in.
The next day on Sunday we have open house and tree trimming party. We have a huge (10') tree. We invite our friends and the kids invite their friends. We used to ask attendees to bring a hand made, or unusual ornament for the tree, and over the years accumulated some magnificent ornaments. It is special to try and remember who brought which ornament, and a few people still bring ornaments. This year we had 80 guests.
On the third Sunday my wife's family gathers from all around. We have dinner, and trade presents. Some nieces and nephews who were young when we started are now grandparents. It is always a pleasure to see the family and any new additions.
On Christmas eve our family gathers at our house in time for a brunch. Followed by a trip to Walmart by almost everybody. In the afternoon everybody goes out to the shop to paint a yard art decoration. In 2002 everybody painted their own gingerbread man. In following years we have done snowmen, ornaments for a tree, and presents to put under the tree. This year we will do a train. Pappy, being the oldest will do the engine, Granny the coal car, and the youngest has the caboose. Even guests are asked to paint a decoration, so it becomes an interesting chronicle of who visited us. Then we have Christmas dinner followed by the opening of the presents.
We hope we are generating memories that our kids will treasure. We know we treasure those memories. Merry Christmas, Granny and Pappy
I just want to say to Leanne in Australia, thank you so much for sharing that wonderful Australian Christmas song. I loved it! In fact when I was listening to it, I couldn't help but sing along - and I never have heard it before this. It is a pretty catchy tune. You really made my day. Thanks again, and thank you to TIAS - without this newsletter, some people would never experience the joys of other countries holiday songs or share the fantastic (and sometimes sad) stories of others. Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays. Cheryl in NY
When our boys were small, they did every thing possible to guess what they were getting for Christmas by shaking and squeezing the packages under the tree. We, of course, had their names on them, so they knew what belonged to each. When they were maybe 4 and 7, I decided to number the gifts instead of putting names on them. One had even, the other odd. They naturally did not which was which and didn't know what to do with them. The next Christmas, they reminded me they had names, and not numbers. This was the same year each time the youngest would act up, we would tell him that if he was not good, Santa would not come to our house. He woke us up on Christmas morning before daylight saying to the older one, "Bobby, Bobby, he really did come." Frances
Reading about the Toni doll brought back many memories. One year my best friend and I both received Toni dolls for Christmas. A few days after Christmas she invited me to come and play with her and to bring my Toni doll. Well, we were playing away when her older brother showed up. He tried to convince us to let him cut our dolls' hair and that it would grow back. Fortunately, my mom showed up about that time to pick me up for when I saw my friend and her doll the next day, her doll had hair about an inch long. We are still best friends 60+ years later and we often laugh about our Toni dolls. I still have mine.
When we were children, Santa brought our Christmas tree. It must have been hard to pull that off since we had a large traditional Christmas Eve supper at the grandparents home and got to bed late. My dad put the lights on a timer set to turn on around 6 am. One Christmas we three kids got up too early, tip toed to the top of the stairs and - Horrors! - there were no lights shining on the stairway wall. Santa hadn't come. We went back to bed and I prayed harder than ever before, promising to be good and pleading for Santa to come. My prayers were answered as the lights came on in due time and the next time we went down the hall, the magic had happened again. Funny, I don't remember keeping my promise to be good but Santa did come every year. When I was too old for Santa, I still believed in miracles and St. Nicholas could do miracles, couldn't he? I guess I just preferred to live in a magical world. Rose H. in Parma, OH.
When I was about 4 or 5 years old we lived in what had been a "sharecropper's" house in southern Georgia within walking distance to my maternal grandparent's farm. They raised tobacco. For a couple of years, my parents (mostly my Dad) helped my grandfather with the tobacco. Our house sat right at the edge of the field a few feet from the dirt road. Across the road was the tobacco barn. (just setting the "scene" here)
We had little money. To put it quite literally, we were "dirt poor". But, I have one especially happy memory of Christmas in 1952. One of my aunts had sent a "care" package that year which contained a lovely walking, doll. She was "pre-loved", of course, but I never noticed. To me she was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. I've always had an obsessive love of dolls and, currently, at age 60, I am still stricken with the affliction!!! But, Christmas 1952 was special.
My "new" baby was Ideal's "Saucy Walker". She had pigtails, several outfits and when you held her hands, she would take steps with you. I couldn't have been happier. She was all I received that year but I didn't care.
I'm not sure, in all of our moving around during my early life, what happened to my "Trudy" - the name I gave her. I rhymed it with my own name - Judy. But, I always thought of her and looked for one at every doll show I went to and in every doll magazine I read. Searching Ebay was not an option back then.
More than 40 years later, my husband accompanied me to a doll show. I don't remember why, as this was something he NEVER did. As we walked up one aisle and down another; suddenly, there she was - an all original, nearly mint condition, Saucy Walker. I told him the story about how much I had loved Trudy, but we walked on past her since I simply did not have the money to buy her. I'm not sure how he did it, but my husband managed to go back to the dealer, buy the doll and sneak her into the trunk of our car without me even being suspicious. That Christmas would have to be in the running for the "best" Christmas of my life - right up there with the one when I first received Trudy. When I opened the box and saw my "Trudy", I just cried. Today, she stands in my living room along with many fine porcelain, antique babies. But, none of those will ever equal the love and warm childhood memories associated with my dear little Saucy Walker. Judy, Jacksonville
When I was 4 years old in 1936 we moved from town to a farm where my older sister and I, who was 5, slept in an upstairs bedroom and our parents slept downstairs. On Christmas morning about 5:30 I think, my sister woke me up and said "lets go see what Santa Claus brought". We slipped down the stairs and as we entered the kitchen we saw "him" putting things under the tree in the living room. We quickly went back up the stairs and waited until Mother called us later to come down. There were toys of all kinds, dolls, house cleaning toys,dishes, little pans to cook with, and I don't remember what else. My parents were struggling to keep us fed and clothed as there were two younger sisters too. It so happened we lived close to a CCC camp and some of the men from there had gone to Des Moines and bought all those toys for us, and a pair of pink pearls for our Mother. This was the best Christmas we ever had. Rosalie, Pueblo, CO
My daughter’s first Christmas she was only 9 ˝ months old, and we were so excited to have a little one for Christmas that year. I remember picking her up from her baby bed and sitting her in the floor and telling her that Santa had left her presents under the tree, thinking surely she was too young to understand it all. Imagine my surprise when she stood up and took off on her own little feet for the living room where the tree was.
Judy in Texas
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5. Original ‘Superduperman’ art leads Comics and Comic Art auction, Feb. > 26-27/
6. Portions of the Cleveland Collection
7. A gathering of very rare and extremely valuable collectibles from Dallas-based auctioneer
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9. Australian Art Sacrificed for Cezanne - artmarketblog.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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
One week day I was on my way to my favorite hot dog place when, lo and behold, I passed a pile of discarded junk on the side of the road. As I drove by I was sure that I saw the top of an old coffee maker...so I made a U-turn and went back to investigate. Sure enough it was a beautiful deco style coffee maker with the cord! When I entered the hot dog shop I ordered my usual and talked to the owner about my find. After devouring the dogs I went to the counter to pay and the owner could hardly talk to me for giggling so much. She said that a guy that had heard about me having to pick up stuff on the side of the road felt bad for my financial situation and paid for my lunch!! She and I had a great laugh about it and I left enough to pay for his lunch the next time he came in. I will try to spruce up and at least put on lipstick the next time I go so I don't look destitute! Robin Ripley, Chesapeake, VA
In about 1969, my little sister (age 8) answered the phone while our parents were gone. When they came home, she delivered the message that "Roy Sawdustpie" called. My dad puzzled this over because he didn't know anyone with this name at all. A couple of days later the mystery was solved. "Roy's Auto Supplies" called back. We still laugh about this real telephone game mixup! Jeanette
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In our last issue Ann requested a recipe for "Potato Candy" . We had several replies.
1/4 cup mashed potatoes (1 sm. potato)
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 dash salt
1 (1 lb) box powdered sugar
1Mix together all ingredients, except peanut butter.
2Add sugar until it's of dough consistency.
3Refrigerate to chill dough for an hour or two.
4Roll out onto powdered sugar dusted bread board or waxed paper.
5Spread peanut butter over potato dough.
6Roll it up like a jelly roll loaf.
7Refrigerate for about an hour, then slice into pinwheels.
A great way to use up the left over potatoes after the Holiday dinner ....From a reader in Portland - Oregon
This is from a Pennsylvania Dutch cookbook...I have not tried this recipe,but it sounds like ones I knew. 1 small potato, dash of salt, 1 T butter, 1 pound 10x sugar, 1 t vanilla 1/3 C peanut butter Peel potato and quarter. Cook in water until soft. Drain. In a bowl mash potato with salt and butter. Add sugar, one third at a time, beating until smooth and well blended. Mix in the vanilla. If mixture is not stiff enough to roll, add more sugar. Roll out between 2 sheets of waxed paper until it is 1/8 inch thick. Spread with peanut butter. Roll up like a jelly roll. Chill for an hour, then slice into 1/4 inch pieces. D.M. Baltimore
I saw the request from the lady about potato candy and had to reply. I was just thinking about this recipe last week, as I hadn't made it since I was in High School in Indiana in the 70's and couldn't believe I still had the recipe!
Here it is:
Old Fashioned Mashed Potato Candy
1 cup mashed potatoes (warm)
1 1 lb. box confectioners sugar, sifted
1/2 cup peanut butter
Mix potatoes and sugar together to make a "dough". Roll out in oblong shape. Spread with peanut butter.
Roll up like a jelly roll. Chill and cut into slices.
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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.
Corn dogs! Help me find the perfect corn dog batter. I remember having these at county fairs and have not had one in years. Betty
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