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The Collectors Newsletter #690 -- March 2009

The Collectors Newsletter #690 -- March 2009

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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.

McCoy Lovers

Veteran collectors and those starting on their McCoy venture will find most anything about McCoy Pottery here. The Reproduction link will take you a list of reproduction McCoy pottery and cookie jars. It's an endless struggle, but a necessary part of McCoy collector information. On line shopping will link you to our favorite websites selling McCoy, including eBay lists. McCoy Lovers support fellow collectors and their community - they proudly belong to the McCoy Lovers' family. Click here for more information:

Are you interested in McCoy pottery? Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Porcelain_and_Pottery/McCoy/1.html

2) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your story to phil@tias.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.
Editors Note:
Same TOPIC for the next few issues ---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 phil@tias.com and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.

Many years ago my Mom gave me a cast iron mechanical bank "Speaking Dog". Mom explained to me that it was my Grandfathers 16th Birthday present in 1900. When I received it, it was painted gold. I found out later that one of my Grandfather's brothers had painted it gold. I took my pen knife and just chipped away the gold just enough to see what the original colors were. I gave it to a professional cast iron expert and he repainted it for me that got me started in collecting antique toys mostly cast iron. I now have an extensive collection.of Hubley toys.The Speaking dog bank sits on a shelf in my office an i can see it when ever I look across from my desk. Thank you for your news letter I read it every time I get it. J. Karl

--Another Story--

The first thing I ever remember collecting were Bicentennial quarters. I was 13 that summer and had received one from a friend in a thank you card she had made for me when she was a guest at a slumber party I hosted. (What a misnomer slumber party is!) Then it was wheat pennies. My first collection as an adult was Jewel Tea dishes. I read an article in Reminisce magazine about the Jewel Tea Company and it featured a picture of the Autumn Leaf dishes. I remembered that my mom and aunt had sold my grandmother’s Autumn Leaf dishes to a lady who turned around and sold them for a huge profit in her antique shop. My mom and aunt always said that they didn’t think the dishes were worth much because a lot of them were crazed but there must have been some valuable piece in that collection. Even though I can never have the actual dishes that Grandma used, I became very interested in acquiring some of my own and, with my husband’s generous support I now have a nice collection of dishes as well as accessories. My other passion is vintage postcards. That started quite by accident. We bought an antique oak buffet at an auction. Inside I found a big stack of postcards from the early part of the last century. I looked them over and fell in love with them but I knew they had to go back to the auction house. When I returned them the auctioneer was very grateful. I made sure to be at the auction when they were to be run and, bless his heart, he held them to the end when the crowd had dwindled. I got them for $15 which I have come to realize was a real steal! That was several years ago but his wife always gives me a heads-up when there are postcards in an auction. Kelley

--Another Story--

Hello Phil- I read about mango forks in a Miss Manners column, back in 1992 or 1993. I had started teaching etiquette a few years earlier and used odd utensils to keep kids, who were not used to eating at set tables but from fast food bags, interested in utensils and place settings. (Parents couldn't understand why their kids didn't know how to behave at wedding receptions and nice restaurants, but they weren't exposed to these tools of the table.) So I always collected the oddest I could find.

Other than Miss Manners description, I could find nothing in all my old books on silver or etiquette, other than occasional mentions of mango forks. Osterberg's book "Sterling Silver Flatware for Dining Elegance" mentions that companies produced mango forks, but that none were available for photos. I had to go strictly by the description from that old Miss Manners column as to what one looked like. I finally found one, listed as an "unknown fork" in a junk/thrift shop in 1998. I made phone calls to find out its value, but someone at Sotheby's, a tabletop specialist at Butterfield's, the staff at Silver Queen, and several employees at Replacements, all told me mango forks didn't exist, though I was clearly in possession of one at the time.

It wasn't until I found one buried in the back of Warman's book on silver in 2005, that I had an actual photo. By mid- 2006 I had found another listed on Ebay as a "cheese fork". I wondered how many others were out there, listed as unusual things. I found them listed as having some crazy purposes; Snail fork, pickle fork, chicken fork. One listing read, "Obviously for decorative purposes only, as one can't use it for food." I also started to notice a pattern with them. Several had windmills and Dutch designs, so I started Googling all sorts of antique websites and Ebay in the Netherlands. I found them all over the Netherlands listed as, of all things, cake forks! By May of 2007, I wound up in Amsterdam for 10 days to find out why they believe their forefathers made them for cake. I still haven't gotten an answer that makes sense.

Mango forks were (and still are) produced in Mexico, Germany, Spain, France, Cuba.... all over. They were a Victorian dining implement that was created for a delicacy that only the wealthy could afford at the time, or was thought to appreciate. The Dutch are the only of the forks that are highly decorative, while the others are very utilitarian looking. I am currently finishing a book on my collection of forks. I lost count at 150, and still buy them when I see them. Maura Graber -Director/The RSVP Institute of Etiquette-Ontario, CA -800 891-RSVP

Editor note: To see a photo of these unusual forks, I published this story online at news-antique.com as well see: - http://www.news-antique.com/?id=786531

--Another Story--

Back in the late 60's, I worked near a wonderful old antique shop. I often spent my lunch hour at the shop just looking at everything. One day, however, something special caught my eye - a pair of antique twin dolls. They were 10 1/2in composition twins dressed in matching, original outfits. The price for the two of them was $125. (a tremendous sum at that time, especially to me!!) I only made a little more than that a WEEK!. Since I had come to know the owner pretty well, I asked if I could put them on Lay-a-way. He was happy to do that for me and told me he thought they were Madame Alexander dolls. At the time, that mattered little to me - I just loved the dolls and wanted them badly.
After several weeks, the twins became mine. This was the beginning of my now extensive collection of antique/vintage composition and porcelain "baby dolls". The babies have always been my favorites (I never like dress-up dolls). I set about learning everything I could about composition dolls and later discovered that my twins were named Johnny and Janie - they was from a series of Pla-Mate dolls made by the Eugenia Doll company (not to be confused with the Eugene Doll Co). They were made in the early to mid 1940's. The outfits have a tag sewed into the waist band "made by the Eugenia Doll Company, N. Y.) These little "dolls" have a place of prominence in my doll cabinet. They share it with many other 1920's, 30's and 40's baby dolls, doll bottles, and several baby items; like a teething ring from 1930 and one from 1940, still in the original package. I have a collection of baby bottles from the turn of the century through the 1940's. These babies hold a special place in my heart. I have loved baby dolls for as long as I can remember; apparently I always will since I'm now nearly 60 year old and still playing with dolls!!!! js. jacksonville, fla
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 newsletter@tias.com

3) Antique News
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the #1 listing on Google for "Antique News" Your news release will get published online and will also appear in this newsletter so that 15,000 people can read it. To post a release, go to http://www.News-Antique.com
Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from http://www.News-Antique.com

1. Alan Rosen Space Toy Collection
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2. “Where is it Hot?” - Daryle Lambert
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3. Thomas Swann Auction Galleries Offers Edison
Archive Through Artfact Live! Auction
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4. Pearl Harbor memorabilia up for bid on Internet auction
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5. Viintage Paper Items All Original Pieces Victorian
Beauties/MUST SEE
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6. Autograph Store Charity Fund raising Helping Kids With Cancer
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7. Australian Art Market Blog Goes Live
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8. Cookbook Collecting at Mama's Treasures
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=786508

9. Historical Baseball Find! 1871 Base Ball Broadside
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=786502

click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=786501

11. Chicago Antiques Market Randolph Street Opening
Weekend May 24th and 25th
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=786500

12. Chicago's Newest Big Swap Bonanza Flea Market
May 2nd Soldier Field
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MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at:
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It's easy to do. Go to: http://javafeed.news-antique.com/ to get the code.

4) Your Classifieds...
Here are your classifieds...

John Maddock & Sons Semi Porcelain Hand Painted Compote

Do you have antiques or collectibles you are just itching to sell? A simple classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 15,000 readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
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AntiqueArts - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=3
Earthling - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=6

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 newsletter@tias.com and we may run it in the next issue.
The humorous story from Judy in Florida about a young child's behavior in church reminded me of an event that occurred several years ago in my church.

One Sunday morning the pastor of my church was really on a roll giving one of those fire and brimstone sermons. This was unusual for him since he was a pretty laid back type of preacher. He had the congregation really worked up with the exception of one individual sitting in the second row.

I happened to be sitting next to one of the deacons who fell asleep during this sermon and I could tell it really bothered the pastor since he felt he had a very important message to convey. After about 20 minutes into his sermon, he stopped and asked me to wake up Brother Bill.

After considering the pastor's request and seeing that Brother Bill was in deep dreamland, I said "No Pastor, I can't do that since I'm not the one who put him to sleep." Needless to say, the entire congregation lost it and the sermon ended on a note of laughter. John - El Paso, TX
We need stories for our humor section. Tell us some funny, family related stories and we'll share them with our readers. Send them to newsletter@tias.com
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to newsletter@tias.com and we may publish it here.

7) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?
GET YOUR WANTED AD HERE! Just $10 and we'll send it out to 15,000 people who get this newsletter. Go to http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/submitClassified.cgi
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over 16,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to: http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/submitClassified.cgi

9) A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our vintage recipe archive online at: http://www.tias.com/newsletter/topics/A%20Vintage%20Recipe.html Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.

In our last issue Phyllis requested a recipe for "Chocolate cake made with coca cola & almond cookies" We received the following....
Double Fudge Coca-Cola Cake
1 c. Coca-cola
1/2 c. oil
1 stick margarine
3 T. cocoa
2 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/2 c. buttermilk
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla

In a saucepan, bring Coca-Cola, oil, margarine and cocoa to a boil; mix the sugar, flour and salt, Pour in the boiling liquid and beat well. Add the eggs, buttermilk, soda and vanilla and beat well. Pour into a greased and floured sheet cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

1/4 lb. margarine
3 T. cocoa
6 T. cream or milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 to 1 c. pecans chopped
1 lb. confectioners' sugar
In a saucepan, combine butter, cocoa and milk and heat until the butter melts. Beat in the remaining ingredients, and spread on the hot cake. Cool and cut.

Almond Cookies

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup ground almonds

In a large bowl, cream the shortening, and sugar. Separate the eggs and refrigerate the whites. Mix in the egg yolks and almond extract. Dissolve the baking soda in the water, and stir into the mixture along with the milk. Combine the flour, cream of tartar and salt; gradually stir into the sugar mixture. Fold in the almonds.
Roll the dough into a log about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap in waxed paper and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut the dough into 1/8 inch thick slices and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Brush with egg whites and sprinkle with sugar.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly colored. Let cool on wire racks.
Carol Thomas....Cullman,AL

--Another recipe--

Here's a couple of recipes that I think Phyllis in Cherry Hill might like:

Cracker Barrel Double Fudge Coca-Cola Cake

1 c. Coca-cola
1/2 c. oil
1 stick margarine
3 T. cocoa
2 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/2 c. buttermilk
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla

In a saucepan, bring Coca-Cola, oil, margarine and cocoa to a boil; mix the sugar, flour and salt, Pour in the boiling liquid and beat well. Add the eggs, buttermilk, soda and vanilla and beat well. Pour into a greased and floured sheet cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

1/4 lb. margarine
3 T. cocoa
6 T. cream or milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 to 1 c. pecans chopped
1 lb. confectioners' sugar

In a saucepan, combine butter, cocoa and milk and heat until the butter melts. Beat in the remaining ingredients, and spread on the hot cake. Cool and cut.

2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 tablespoons pure almond extract or Amaretto
1/2 cup ground almonds
1 cup blanched almond halves

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together shortening and sugar (shortening bay be 0 trans-fat Crisco, butter, non-hydrogenated lard or coconut oil, etc.) When shortening and sugar is light and fluffy, add almond extract. Add one egg at a time, beating until blended.
Add flour mixture slowly. Blend in ground almonds (if grinding almonds at home in the food processor, use only blanched almonds in which the skins have been removed).
Cover bowl and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F.
Divide dough into 4 parts and form a cylindrical shape with each portion by rolling out until each log is 1 inch diameter.
Cut the logs into 1 inch sections. Roll these into 1 inch balls. Press an almond half into the center of each.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.

--Another Recipe--
I have made this recipe for many years and always get raves over it. Bev Whitlock

Coca-Cola Cake

1 cup margarine (Softened)
2 cups sifted flour
1-3/4 c. sugar
3 tbs. cocoa
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup coca-cola
1-1/2 c. miniature marshmallows

Combine all ingredients except coke and marshmallows.
Blend at low speed, then 1 minute medium speed.
Add coke, blend well, then add marshmallows.

Pour into 9 x 13 pan, bake 350 for 40 - 45 minutes.


1/2 c. soft margarine
3 tbs. cocoa
1/3 c. coca-cola
4 c. confectioners sugar
Beat until smooth - add 1 c. chopped nuts

Spread on cooled cake.
If you enjoy these vintage recipes, you should buy a vintage cookbook from us. They make great gifts too. Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/cookbooks
Buy a Vintage Kitchen collectible from us. We've got lots of them here: http://www.tias.com/kitchen

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.
Growing up in Iowa, our mother used to fix the best stuffed bell peppers using fresh peppers from the garden but I don't remember her ever using a recipe to do so and there wasn't one in her recipe box that I inherited years later. They were made with ground beef, rice and tomatoes but not sure what else. I know we did not have Minute Rice back then and I don't remember her cooking the rice separately as most current recipes I have found indicate. I have tried to duplicate hers but mine always seem to come up "lacking" in flavor. Does anyone have a good, old-fashioned recipe for stuffed bell peppers they could share? Karen P., Jerome, ID
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to recipes@tias.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to recipes@tias.com and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at: http://www.tias.com/kitchen

11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
Blackwater Treasures
A quaint Antique Shop located in Historical Downtown Blackwater, Missouri. Large variety of all types of antiques and collectibles.

Daisys Vintage Shoppe
Welcome to Daisy's Vintage Shoppe. We deal with all kinds of fine collectibles, dolls and antiques. We are family owned business and your satisfaction is our priority. New items are listed daily.

Mickey & More ! My inventory mainly consist of Mickey Mouse collections. I have been a collector for over 20 years.

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We carry wide variety of inventory. Glassware, kitchen collectibles, pottery, china, toys, paper, lighting, jewelry,furniture,prints, etc...If I don't have it, I'll find it for you.

Collecting collectors of collectibles
Ephemera & Paper Collectibles, We are specialist dealers in all forms of paper ephemera. We maintain a large amount of stock in a wide variety of areas at all times. Themes & subjects in all categories;
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Thanks for reading. Feel free to forward this to a friend. To subscribe to this newsletter go to: http://www.tias.com/subscribe Please note that stories and recipes from readers are not checked for accuracy. They may be edited prior to publication. For questions or comments, you can reach us at newsletter@TIAS.com ©1995-2009 TIAS.com Inc.

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