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The Collectors Newsletter #710 -- June 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #710 -- June 2009
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2. Stories From our Readers
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6. Funny Old Stuff
7. Wanted ads. Can you help?
8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
National Shelley China Club
Over 550 members world-wide; provides information and services to member and regional units; holds national conferences; quarterly color newsletter with listed Shelley pubs and ads.
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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.
HELP!! Our story inbox is getting very empty, so if you've been waiting for the right time to send us your antiques & collectibles story, now is the time.
Here is a favorite topic....Tell us about the first item in your collection and how you got started.
Email your story to email@example.com and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
My tendency to collect came honest, as I've descended from some hard-core packrats, cheapskates, and collectors. Nanny Johnson collected glass hens on nests; they were inexpensive but cute decor for their small home. Grandaddy Johnson was the king of the cheapskates, who hated to spend a penny he didn't have to. Since the 60s, my parents took us on Sunday drives, and we stopped at any antique or junk shop. My father collects Civil War era guns (Winchesters, Colts, Zouaves, etc.) along with canteens, belt buckles, and anything else Civil War, plus Indian artifacts, tractors and, well, lots of stuff. Mom collects Rose Medallion and books mostly, and hasn't let go of any of it since 1964! With sister Cynthia, it's dishes, Victoriana, Fox prints, costume jewelry; Brenda goes for the jewelry, too, plus compacts and blue-and-white pieces. With me, again it's jewelry, tins, boxes, purses, and Fox & Parrish prints. Brother Keith collects vintage pumps and gas station paraphernalia. Eddie's the only one to escape the 'gotta have it' gene... it's all about hunting and fishing for him (hey, to each their own!). Now, as prices in Ye Olde Antique Shoppes have become too high for our taste, the hunt still goes on, but at yard sales, auctions, and thrift shops. Our treasures are a great conversation starter, and the decor in our homes will look like no one else's - we love it!
Have thoroughly enjoyed the newsletter for a long time; maybe one day you'll have a section where articles can be appraised, or we can see recent auction prices on vintage & antique items of popular interest?
Donna Johnson, Charlotte, NC
After reading the things that Iris has collected, the last one she listed was collecting her children's baby teeth. I never looked at it as a collection but I did the same thing with my 4 children and I still have them in an old plastic pill container. My oldest is 50 and the youngest is 44. I also added our dogs baby teeth. I guess it is odd if you think about it. I guess I collect a lot of old things, they bring back good memories, but my main one would be Cornflower Corning Ware. Thanks for the great newsletter. Dorothy/Ohio
well i am flat on my back because i bent the "wrong way" today and so i have only your newsletter to entertain me. since you "begged" for stories....here goes....it is not a funny story...it is more of a warning.
we rarely buy anything to add to a collection because we have soooo much. passed down through the families and my great aunt was an avid collector with no children. we have literally tons of glass. beautiful as it is, my brothers never chose any of those items to take with them after their visits home, they only took the things i liked. now they are both dead and 3 ex-wives and two widows have all my favorite family stuff. they have no intention of ever giving it back because they like it too. my brothers and i never had any children, so it's not like it is going to get passed through to family members. so, i would warn everyone to not let go of your favorite antiques because your relative says you can have it back when they're gone. it won't happen. now i am stuck with all these things that i don't really want, but can't give them away because i know they are valuable. my husband says we can't move until i get rid of half the stuff in our house. it took two semis for us to move last time. it is just too daunting of a task. i don't know where to begin. so my other advice is, don't unload a lot of stuff on your kids if you know they don't want it. if you're going to give it away, it would be better to give it to someone who truly thinks it is beautiful and will keep it in their family for a long time.
sorry i didn't have a funny story. i do enjoy reading those the most. but, maybe i was able to share something that will help others. thanks. Laurie
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1. Battles over rare toy soldiers spurred bullish prices
in Old Toy Soldier Auctions’ May 16 sale
2. Ernest Studios NYC Selling 40 Years of Furniture & Fabric
3. “Coppertone Doesn’t Always Mean Sun Lotion” - Daryle
Lambert’s Antique and Collectible Blog – Weller
4. Lledo showroom expands to over 4000 models
5. ART & ANTIQUE AUCTION
6. TIME YOUR REHOBOTH TRIP FOR THE ALL SAINTS’
7. Rupert Wace Ancient Art at Grosvenor
8. RARE Vintage Paper Items/Postcards-Photos-Victorian
Scrap-Books-Diecuts-Valentines/MUST SEE EPHEMER
9. Decorative, large Carpet from the Imperial Palace
(Forbidden City ) in Peking
10. Michael Johnson Market Update - australianartmarket.com
11. Join the Artist of the Month Club – artmarketblog.com
12. Sotheby’s May 09 Australian Art Auction Review pt 2
13. Help Humble Arts and Support the MOCP
14. The James Galley Collection of Chinese Export Porcelain
Available at Auction on Artfact Live!
15. Fusco & Four Marketing and Public Relations Celebrates
15 Years with International Poster Gallery
16. Rare Ark Form Hanukkah Lamp Sells for $314,000 in
Skinner's Fine Judaica Auction
17. Garth’s Auctions Develops Fall Sale for Kennedy Family
Photographer, the late Bob Davidoff
18. "Maiden voyage" returns American Indian tobacconist's
figure to U.S. for June 27-28 auction
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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.
In the mid-seventies our family moved to Florida. It was a military reassignment to Patrick AFB near Cocoa Beach, FL. Our son was eight and immediately made friends with other boys on the Base. Our house was two blocks from the beach, and the boys explored the area in between our house and the water. A large condominium was between the house and the beach. It had a big private swimming pool behind it. Having moved from Montana, my son was still fascinated with swimming pools. One evening our family was driving on A1A, the highway in front of the condo. Our son remarked that there was a huge swimming pool behind the condo. Our four-year-old daughter remarked in a voice dripping with sarcasm, "Doug, it's called the Atlantic Ocean!" My husband and I had a good laugh from that, to the discomfiture of our son.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue a reader requested a recipe "Irish Brown Bread" here are the responses that we received.
Irish Brown Bread
* 1/2 cup golden raisins
* 1 cup all-purpose flour
* 1 cup whole wheat flour
* 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
* 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
* 2 tablespoons unsulphured (not blackstrap) molasses
* 3/4 cup buttermilk
* 2 tablespoons heavy cream
* 2 tablespoons rolled oats
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Place the raisins in a bowl and cover with 1 cup boiling water. Let sit and rehydrate for 10 minutes, then drain well in a sieve.
Into a large bowl sift together the flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the butter into the dry ingredients and work with your fingertips until it resembles dry crumbs. Add the caraway seeds, molasses, buttermilk, and raisins and work with your fingers until just mixed and a wet dough is formed, being careful not to over mix. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and form into a round. Press down on the dough with the palm of your hand and press to form a flat round about 1 1/2-inches high.
With a knife, cut a 1/4-inch deep cross in the center of the dough (you can also use scissors and make two perpendicular cuts). With a pastry brush paint the dough with the cream and sprinkle the top with the oats. Place on a baking sheet and bake until light brown and cooked through, about 30 to 40 minutes.
Remove from the oven and cool slightly on a wire rack before slicing. Serve warm with plenty of sweet butter.
from a faithful reader in Oregon
IRISH BROWN BREAD RECIPE
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
3 tablespoons toasted wheat bran
3 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces 2 cups
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Butter a 9×5x3-inch loaf pan.
Combine first 8 ingredients in large bowl; mix well.
Add butter; rub in with fingertips until mixture resembles fine meal.
Stir in enough buttermilk to form soft dough. Transfer dough to prepared
Bake until bread is dark brown and tester inserted into center comes out
clean, about 40 minutes.
Turn bread out of pan and cool right side up on rack.
Irish Brown Bread
3 cups whole wheat bread flour
1 cup unbleached white bread flour
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 3/4+ cups buttermilk
2 ounces butter
Melt the butter over gentle heat.
In a medium-sized bowl lightly beat the egg and then gradually add the buttermilk all the while stirring to incorporate the egg. Beat in the butter.
In another bowl sift and mix the dry ingredients as best you can (not really a prob if you can't find the coarse flour), and then stir in the buttermilk mixture. If you are using a baking tin the mixture should be on the wetter side -. If your dough is too dry, mix in small splashes of buttermilk until it is the right consistency.
Cook at 400F for 50 minutes on the middle rack. You want to hear a sort of hollow sound when you knock on the bottom of the tin. Resist the urge to take the bread out too soon, or the middle of the bread won't get cooked through.
Makes 1 loaf.
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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 had some wonderful cranberry muffins in MA. They were tart and sweet and so fluffy. Does anyone have a good recipe? Kevin
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