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The Collectors Newsletter #684 -- February 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #684 -- February 2009
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6. Funny Old Stuff
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8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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Back in 2006 some of you might remember that my Dad was diagnosed with Lymphoma (It's now in remission!). In September of 2006 my two very athletic sisters decided to run the Long Beach Marathon as sponsored runners for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Many of the subscribers to this newsletter helped them raise over $2500 in donations.
This year, my sister Dorien and her friend Kenny are going to run the Rock and Roll Marathon in San Diego on May 31, 2009. Their goal is to raise $5000 by March 17, 2009. If you'd like them to run in honor or in memory of someone in your life who's been affected by a blood cancer, please send their name in an email when you donate, and Kenny will put their name on his race day shirt. If your employer participates in a donation matching program, Kenny and Dorien will work with you to setup a corporate match for your donation.
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1) 1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
The Madame Alexander Doll Club
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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.
Same TOPIC for the next few issue ---Tell us about the very first thing you ever acquired for a collection. This can be as a child or an adult. It can be about a collection that started by accident, or one that was carefully planned. Just tell us about that first item and why you picked it or rather why it picked you :-) . Email your story to email@example.com and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
My mother read to her 4 children quite often and said that we knew every nursery rhyme and lots of Christian children’s songs at a very early age.
The most memorable experience was my mother and I taking turns reading ‘Where the Red Fern Grows’ to each other. If you don’t know the story, I won’t spoil it but it is quite sad. By the time we got to the end were both crying so hard that neither of us could read anymore. I cherish those memories and believe I have a love of reading today due to my mother taking the time to read to us as children. I would highly recommend ‘Where the Red Fern Grows’ to anyone of any age and especially those who love dogs. Robin
I love whimsies - the kinds of items carved from one piece of wood; chains, canes, balls in cages, all sorts of fun things. I have amassed quite a collection, most obtained in the last two decades. I have started to sell off some of the lesser detailed ones since I have run out of room to display them. My first one though, I will never part with. There was a boy in my third grade class in the sixties, who was playing with something that caught my eye. He had a piece of wood not more than an inch and a half square that rattled! I asked to see it, and inside was a ball, carved and worn round and the whole thing intrigued me. My first whimsy! I quickly went home that day and obtained one of my brother’s die cast cars, very popular at the time (I can’t remember how – probably a trade of some kind) and got the boy to trade me for the ball in cage. My first negotiation in antiques acquisition! The piece has a little extension with a hole in it and for a while I wore it as a necklace. Then it was put aside in a safe place. Discovered much later, it started the collection when I was exposed to folk art and I realized that I already had a piece of my own!
I have a distinct memory of a picture book about a tiny puppy that rode around in a little cage on the back of a great dane.
I have no idea what this book may have been - in all my years of preschool teaching I never came across any story remotely resembling that one.
I also remember sitting on my grandfather's lap (we used to visit my grandparents in Idaho for a month in the summer - I was about 4 in 1955), while he read Uncle Remus' Briar Rabbit to me. The illustration of the fat little Tar Baby unstitched me - and I loved the line, "Don't throw me in that briar patch!".
Fast forward 40 years. I was reminiscing with a colleague about a Babar story my grandfather used to read to me. All I remembered about the story was a picture of the monkey houses in the trees. She went to her bookshelf and presented me with the book. It was a powerful and moving experience to page through, seeing those long forgotten images, while the story resurfaced from my pre-literate consciousness (mermaids, monsters!). CK
A book I read in the 5th grade had a lasting impression on me. It was about a brother and sister, about 10 and 11, during one summer. Their beloved older brother had gone somewhere for the summer, and they were missing him when they found a rhymed clue that led them to another, and so on. At the end of the summer, the last clue led them to their brother, who was arriving back home. All very Hallmarkish. The same kind of couplet clues are used by the “Survivor” TV show in their “tree mails”.
I cannot recall the name of the book or the author. I even contacted the lady who was the librarian at the time, and she didn’t remember it. I thought it had the word “web” in the title, and no, it wasn’t Charlotte’s Web.
When I inherited a 5-year-old boy and 6-year-old girl in my 1975 marriage, I often made up similar clues and that’s how we would spend a Saturday. The prize might be a special pizza dinner or a trip to the mall game room. Now 39 and 40, my step-kids still remember those days fondly.
After I had my daughter in 1979, I was too tired to continue the game, and didn’t play it with my daughter very much, unfortunately. However, my grandson just turned 11, and he, his little sister (4) and their mom are coming over Thurs to visit me. Hey! I’m inspired again! I’m going to make up clues to lead my grandson to his presents. Perfect!
I don’t know that this book had more influence on me than just a fun game, as I have been writing since I was six, but I have published poetry and sold several articles to national and international magazines as an adult, and I’m now writing “my book” about me….
Thanks for the opportunity to remember some very fun times. Lisa - Lakewood, Colorado
Many years ago I had a Great Dane- German Shepherd mix dog, who was a pure love. When he was puzzled about something, he would look at me with his head tilted to one side, and one ear up, the other at half-mast. Anyway, our local 5 & 10 store was going out of business, with everything marked down to rock-bottom prices, so of course I had to go see what bargains could be had. I found a little pig with very large ears that looked exactly like my dog, in that his head was tilted to one side, with one ear up and the other at half-mast. So I bought him for 10 cents and took him home. I put him in my curio cabinet where everyone could see him. And you know the rest of this story………..everyone started giving me a pig for birthdays or Christmas. I now have a huge (and quite valuable) collection of pigs, none of which remind me of my dog except the first one that I bought for that reason. Lois in Norwich, NY
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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.
Enjoy the funny stuff here is one on my wife's sisters little girl about 4-5. They were setting down to Sunday dinner and when something was put on her plate that she didn't care for she made a big a fuss. Her mother said there are a lot of little Missionary kids on the mission field that would be glad to get that to eat. She piped up, without missing a beat, and said "Send It To Them Then" Everyone got a laugh. Mike NC
My daughter recently threw a birthday party for her 5 year old. At the end of the party as the invited children were leaving, my daughter was giving treat bags to all. One little girl said, “Look, Mommy, I got girly stickers in mine!” Then she thought a second and said, “I wonder if the boys got boy-ly stickers?” We all cracked up laughing! Helen in Texas
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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 James requested a recipe for "Eggs Eleganté" We received the following....
Could this be the recipe that James from Texas was looking for?
Eggs Elegante With Mushroom Sauce
1 .5-oz. pkg. Frieda's Dried Sauce Blend Mushrooms, soaked according to package directions, drained, and chopped
2 tbsp. butter or margarine
2 tbsp. flour
3/4 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup dairy sour cream
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/8 tsp. hot pepper sauce
3 to 4 English muffins, split and toasted
6 to 8 poached eggs
Frieda's Watercress for garnish
For sauce, saute mushrooms in melted butter or margarine for 3 minutes or till tender. Stir in flour. Add broth; cook till mixture thickens. Stir in sour cream, pepper, Worcestershire, and hot pepper sauce. Cook and stir 2 minutes more. To serve, place 2 English muffin halves on a plate; place a poached egg on each muffin half. Spoon sauce over; garnish with watercress. Serve immediately. Makes 3 or 4 servings. From Frieda's site.....Beth
Sauce: 2 oz fresh Mushrooms 2 tbs butter 2 tbs flour 1/2 cup chicken broth 1/2 cup sour cream few drops of hot pepper sauce few drops of worcestershire sauce fry mushrooms in butter, add flour, then chicken broth, cook till thicken. add sour cream and serve over poached eggs on toasted english muffins. Carol Thomas---Cullman,AL
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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.
Years ago my mother used to make rice pudding, it was nothing like the tasteless stuff you can buy already made or that I have tried in restaurants. I remember that she used eggs and flavoring and milk and sugar, then she baked it and it came out golden brown. I can't remember whether the rice was precooked or not. Also she used to make bread pudding out of leftover biscuits. Does anyone know how to make these delicious old favorites of mine. The Golden Corral comes close with their bread pudding, but it is make from leftover rolls. Thanks Edge
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