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The Collectors Newsletter #700 -- April 2009

The Collectors Newsletter #700 -- April 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.

National American Glass Club

The National American Glass Club, Ltd. is an international organization for those interested in the study and appreciation of glass, regardless of type, period or origin. Our mission is to bring together people with our same passion for glass so we can expand our appreciation for the medium. Explore these pages and you will see the benefits of joining the NAGC. Share with us your passion for glass. Reflect on its mystical properties, myriad forms and its ability for artistic expression. Receive our publications, attend our seminars and attend meetings of a local NAGC chapter. For more information, click here: http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/clubs.cgi?OIKey=710&listByKey=710&groupKey=1

Are you interested in collecting glass? Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/showcase/1/Glass/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.
--NEW TOPIC FOR NEXT ISSUE -- Tell us about an antique or vintage collectible that you feel might have a personality or "spirit" and tell us why. We've had a number of readers in the past tell us how items seem to find their way home after being lost years earlier and hundreds of miles away. We've also heard stories about items that move on their own or seem to give the feeling that a dear relative or friend who has passed on is somehow present in the item. Has anything like this happened to you? Email your story to phil@tias.com and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
When I was a child, my great-aunt gave me a book for my 5th birthday. That was in 1957. It was AA Milne's Now We Are Six. She thought that it was my sixth birthday. The book was too old for me at the time, but I had it in my room for several years. Finally, about the time I was 8 or 9, I started reading it, and it became my favorite book for quite a few years. It is a book of poems about Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin, and I had almost the whole book memorized at one time. In fact, I can still recite several of the shorter poems. Another family favorite of my older brothers and mine was Mistress Masham's Repose by T.H.White, the author of The Sword in the Stone. One of my brothers claimed the book as we grew up, but I was able to find my own copy at a used book store, and am so happy to have it. It is the story of an ill-treated orphan girl who comes upon a community of Lilliputians (shades of Gulliver's Travels). Both of those books were wonderful to have and to share with others. Ruth C. Vandalia, MO

--Another Story--

I have written about my own collections before, and really didn't think my kids had inherited my collecting "bug", but maybe in thinking about it they have just a little anyway. My daughter loved trolls, which maybe started when she happened upon one I had from my own teenage years when they first became popular. She got trolls in several sizes, in every kind of costume, clothes with troll motifs, and even a place mat with trolls in A-Z costumes....astronaut, baby, clown, doctor, etc. My son, on the other hand, loved the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and had all kinds of stuff to go with them. The cutest was his PJ set which included a headband and turtle slippers, which he faithfully wore to bed when he was about 3 or 4. We still have his action figures stored away--maybe someday they'll be worth something, and even if not, they're a reminder of his childhood. The photos I have of them with their "stuff" are in MY collection and are priceless to me! Kathy from Moline

--Another Story--

After reading the Kitty Litter Cake recipe I had to tell my story! We have a Halloween party every year & I thought this would be a good thing to bring. One thing they forgot was you put green food coloring in the cookie crumbs b4 sprinkling on top, it just has that kitty litter look to it. But anyway our party is out in the country with a big old spooky barn & little lighting....it was so funny the reaction!! For sure the cat owners could not bring themselves to try it...they even asked did I use a new/clean litter box & scoop?!!! The dog owners thought it was a hoot & the cake is very good. I will never forget it! Kim Indiana

--Another Story--

The subject of books caught my memory! My mother was not a reader and still isn't but I had a aunt that read all the time to her children & would read to us when we visited. When I had my children she sent me a recording of the speech the Teacher of The Year in New York City (I think) gave. He told how reading to your children make your children want to read! He made a rule at his school, every day for the last 15 minutes of the day, no matter how busy every teacher was to stop & read a book to their class. The test scores for that school soared and he turned the inner city school completely around. So I was a believer! I began at the ages of 3 & 5 to read the Little House on the Prairie books and never stopped! To this day my boys are avid readers. I still have one old book from my childhood "There Was Tami" about a little Scotty dog. My little sister came along when I was 8 yrs old, I read to her "I Can't Said The Ant" and still have fond memories. Thanks for the newsletter it is so fun! Kim -Indiana
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
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1. iGavel Presents Asian, Ancient & Ethnographic Works of Art Auction
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2. Have bat, will travel - Babe Ruth's 11-notch homerun hitter in
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3. Bertoia’s March 19-21 debut sale of Kaufman collection breaks
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5. Couture and Vintage Fashion Auctions Available Live
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6. Jonathan Fairbanks, Vice President of Research at
Artfact, Receives Honors
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7. Multi-estate sale slated for May 2nd by Stevens Auction
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8. artnet Launches April in Paris Photographs Sale
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9. Antiques Estates Auction Featuring 19th Century Prints
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10. “Change can Become Dollars” - Daryle Lambert –
“Don’t look at coins the same way today.”
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11. President Obama & Antiques?
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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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4) Your Classifieds...
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Antique Majolica Vase Josef Strnact Leaves Tree Branch

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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 newsletter@tias.com and we may run it in the next issue.
Reading your funny story today from Newsletter #694 -- April 2009, it
took me back my years to when my son was seven.

Coming home from school, it seemed he found a cat or kitten at least
a couple times a week. I, being sneezy when it came to cats, would tell
him he had to take it back.

After many tries of getting a kitten or cat into our house he finally gave up,
and walked out, with cat in hand saying;

"Thats alright, when I grow up I'll have my own cat house".

Needless to say he was more upset with the laughter that followed.

Keep up your good work. Love your newsletter. Ruthie B. - Wakefield, NH
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?
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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 Jess requested a recipe for "Irish Coffee Cake" We received the following.
From an Irish reader in Oregon

Irish Coffee Cake

(8 servings)

For The Cake:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter - softened
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup toasted slivered almonds
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

For The Coffee Syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup strong black coffee
1/4 cup Irish whiskey

Optional Topping (Recommended):
1/2 cup whipping cream
2 Tablespoons Irish whiskey
1 tablespoon sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8-inch round cake pan with a
generous coating of cooking spray.

In a large glass or metal bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric
mixer until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. In a very small bowl,
dissolve the coffee granules in the vanilla extract and beat this into the
butter mixture.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, almonds, baking powder and salt. Mix

Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix well. Add batter to
the cake pan.

Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out

Allow cake to cool completely. Remove it from the pan. Poke holes all over
the top of the cake with a fork with long tines (this will help the syrup
mixture absorb). Return the cake to the cake pan.

For the syrup: In a small sauce pan, bring the coffee to a boil and stir in
the sugar until it dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in the whiskey.

Pour syrup over the cake. Place cake in refrigerator for one hour until the
cake absorbs the syrup.

Place cake on a serving platter.

For the topping, whip the cream with the whiskey and sugar. Pipe the topping
along the top outer edge of the cake.

Serve and enjoy.

This recipe has a bit on an old-fashioned Irish kick, namely about 1/4 cup
of good Irish Whiskey. Also makes a wonderful dessert.

Mr Breakfast would like to thank campbell for this recipe.

--Another Recipe--

Below is a recipe for Irish Cream Coffee cake. Its is excellent and I use it for my afternoon tea catering business, www.invitationtotea.com. It goes GREAT with a cuppa! Happy Sipping!


1 1/2 cups butter, room temperature
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs
1 1/2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
1/4 cup boiling water
1/2 cup Irish Cream liqueur
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
Preheat oven to 300º F. Grease and flour a tube pan.
Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until soft and creamy. Gradually add sugar at medium speed for 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until the yellow has disappeared.
Dissolve coffee granules in boiling water, stir in liqueur.
Add flour to butter mixture alternately with coffee mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix at low speed just until blended after each addition.
Stir in flavorings.
Pour batter into a greased and floured tube pan. Bake for 1 hour and 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/8 cup Irish Cream liqueur
3 tablespoons toasted sliced almonds
Mix confectioners' sugar and liqueur until a thick syrup is formed. Drizzle over the cake and top with toasted almonds.

--Another Recipe--

Serves 8

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder or coffee granules
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/3 cup toasted slivered almonds
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup strong black coffee
1/4 cup Irish whiskey
1/2 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons Irish whiskey
1 tablespoon sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat butter and sugar until fluffy; beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Dissolve espresso powder in vanilla; beat into butter mixture.
Mix flour, almonds, baking powder and salt; stir into butter mixture. Spread in greased 8-inch round cake pan.
Bake for 30 minutes or until tester comes out clean. Let cool on rack for 5 minutes.
Run knife around edge; turn out onto rack. Let cool completely. Return cake to pan; using toothpick, poke holes all over top.
Bring sugar and coffee to boil, stirring to dissolve sugar; boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in whiskey. Pour over cake. Let cool for 1 hour or until syrup is absorbed. Remove from pan; place on flat serving plate.
Whip cream with whiskey and sugar; pipe along top edge of cake. Carol Thomas....Cullman,AL

--Bonus Recipe--

A few issues back, a reader requested recipes for (I think) root beer. I have made both of these recipes and can vouch for them. Everything must be scrupulously clean when making and bottling your own soft drinks.

Homemade root beer

4 lbs granulated sugar
3 oz. bottle root beer extract (you can find this in bigger grocery stores in the spice or canning departments, next to the rennin and junket)
5 gallons water
6 lbs dry ice, broken into pieces

Mix sugar and extract, add water and dry ice. Let stand 20 minutes and serve icy cold.

Ginger Beer

1 tsp of compressed yeast or 1 tsp of packaged granulated yeast, regular not fast rise
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp ground ginger
1 c. warm water

Put yeast in a quart jar, add the sugar, ginger and water and mix. Cover with muslin or cheesecloth and leave for eight days in a cool dark place (I use the floor in a corner of a closet). Add an extra teaspoon of ginger and an extra teaspoon of sugar every day to feed the "plant."

8 quarts water
2 lbs. granulated sugar
1/2 c. lemon juice, strained

Prepare 8 recycled plastic or preferably glass soda pop bottles with screw tops...wash in a solution of 10% chlorine bleach, rinse in very hot water, and invert to drip dry in a clean rack or on a towel. If you don't want to use bottles, prepare 8 quart glass canning jars and lids the same way.

Combine sugar and five cups of the water in a big pan. Heat until boiling and sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add the remaining water and the lemon juice. Let cool for about 15 minutes.

Strain the plant (fermented mixture, above) through a strainer lined with two layers of muslin. Add the strained plant to the water mixture, stirring well. Pour through a funnel into 8 clean quart bottles or canning jars, stirring as you go (the sediment settles quickly). Seal the bottles or jars.

Put in a cool place. If you see the plastic bottles beginning to bulge, you can release the pressure by unscrewing the caps for a second and then just loosely re-tightening the caps. The ginger beer is ready when bubbles rise to the surface (about 5-6 days). I like to strain mine through several thicknesses of muslin to remove the plant (discard this sediment), but it is also fine to drink it cloudy (don't shake the bottle and tip it up slowly).

To make additional plants, divide the sediment in the muslin at the first stage (making the plant) and put into two jars. To each jar, add a cup of warm water and a teaspoon each of sugar and ginger. Proceed as above. Keep refrigerated if you aren't going to use the plant right away, but you will need to keep it fed with sugar and ginger.
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
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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 remember my grandmother making a lemon pound cake from scratch. She used lemons from a tree in the empty lot next to her house. It was a very dense cake that she drizzled a glaze on, but the lemon flavor was amazing. If anyone has a recipe like this, please send it in. Thanks, Tim
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

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