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The Collectors Newsletter #715 -- June 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #715 -- June 2009
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
New England Magic Collectors Association
Association of serious collectors of magic who reside in the New England area; three meetings/year; all collectors welcome as guests.
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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.
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.
- NEW STORY TOPIC -For the June 23th issue -
For many collectors the story about how they found an antique or collectibles was the real thrill. Basements, Yard Sales, Thrift shops, Flea markets are just a few of the places collectors find things hidden in boxes on back shelves or inside of other items or in walls or even in the ground. Is there an interesting or unusual story behind how you found an antique or collectible?
Email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
As strange as it may seem, I enjoy having a yard sale once a year. Over the years I have made many friends and had people tell me how they enjoy coming to the sales. Some customers ask me to hold an items for them until they go home and get some money. I live at the beach so it is not uncommon for people not to have money on them. While many come back for their bargain, some never return. This year I had an older marble base floor lamp for $25. that a lady just had to have and would return. The sale is over and I still have the lamp. How do your other readers treat situations like this? I don't like to offend people by saying I will not hold the item...Dave
This may be more appropriate for the humor section, but it also fits into collecting.
When my eldest daughter--now 55--lost her first tooth, she asked what the tooth fairy does with all the teeth. I have to add that my youngest was very gullible and trusting, and believed every word I said. So I said that the tooth fairy had little drawers up in the sky, and that she saved everybody's baby teeth, and brought them back when they were elderly and needed a replacement tooth. She said, "I'm glad--do you need any teeth?" I did save her teeth, and recently found them tucked away in an envelope--along with her dried umbilical cord. People have funny collections....Paula
In response to the letter from Laurie who is flat on her back because she moved the wrong way...
My father served during WWI, beginning with the Calvary and then the Artillery. During the war, it was his job to take messages from the commander to the front and he did this on a motorcycle...he also took officers to the front in this same manner. He also was the bugler and during my childhood, I remember him blowing on that old dented bugle, playing Taps, Revelrie, and all the rest of the tunes that were tooted during the war. I can hear him play it now. I can hear him play that bugle, hear my mom play her honkey-tonk tunes on her upright piano, hear us all sing the songs of that era. Good memories!
When Dad passed on, the bugle was to go to one of my brothers who had sons of their own so that the bugle could be passed down our blood line. The brother who received the bugle had married twice and he had two sons, one from each union, and one daughter from the second union. The son from the first union has a son who is not yet married, but will be soon, and by the way, he is the only son to carry on our family surname.
The son from the second union married a woman with three daughters of her own from a first marriage, but together they have no children from their union. You guessed it! He got the bugle. Since I am doing my genealogy, at first I didn't know with whom the bugle ended...I even looked on line to see if whomever got it may have put it up for sale on some auction site. I saw one, but knew it wasn't my dad's bugle...Dad's was dented a little bit, but his mouth and presence were all over that bugle. I can only imagine all the battle fields it had traveled a. In desperation, I finally wrote some letters only to find out that my dad's bugle will never be passed down our blood line. So, I asked if I could just have a picture of that old bugle to put into the family tree books that I am making for all families, yes! even this young man with no children of his own...anyway, he was my nephew...my brother's son, so yes, he gets books, also...one for maternal and one of paternal sides of the family. It got around that I was in need of the picture of the WWI Bugle and I received a call from my nephew. I explained it to him and said that if they were going to sell it, I would be happy to buy it from them, but if they aren't going to sell it, then may I please have a picture of it. While on the phone, in the background, I heard the wife say, she's not going to get it!!! And you know what? That was over three months ago and I still have not received the photo of my Dad's bugle. His heart would be broken if he knew and then again, maybe he does know. So fellow readers of this wonderful newsletter, When it comes time to set things aside to be handed down, I really believe it best to do it while you're still here on this earth and can make sure it gets to the right person.
Now on the maternal side...our ancestors both paternal and maternal, are from Czechoslovakia. My mother had a most beautiful blue vase around 12 to 16 inches high. It also went to this same brother and when he was dying of cancer, he gave it to my sister who in turn wanted it to be given to her daughter. She died of cancer last year. The daughter didn't want the vase so it was given to my sister's son. He has no children of his own...you guessed it! The vase will be given to his wife's 30 year old daughter from Puerto Rico. Oh! My dear parents! They had very little to give to anyone and what they did have they wanted it to be passed from one generation to the next in our blood line. I was fortunate...my other sister was given a small vase and it has come down to me...yes another Bohemian/Czech item straight from the old county.
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8. UNIVERSAL LIVE AUCTIONEERS LAUNCH NEW LIVE
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9. Thirteenth Annual Boston International Fine Art Show
(BIFAS) November 12-15, 2009 at The Cyclorama
10. Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles July 2009 Issue
11. Vintage Baseball Collectibles
12. SKINNER TO AUCTION EUROPEAN FURNITURE,
DECORATIVE ARTS AND FINE CERAMICS JULY 11th
13. Snowbabies, Dept.56, Old World Christmas, Inge
Glass, Kurt Adler, and more
14. Celebrate Independence Day in Bahoukaville
15. Silverdollar Productions Launches Revereclocks.com
16. Medusa-Art.com Launches New Website for Lovers
& Collectors of Antiquities
17. Allan Adler sterling service realizes $15,525 at auction
18. iCollector.com Presents The Torex Coin 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
The bushel basket story reminded me of my grandmother's covered basket. When I visited her big old New England home in the early 1960's, I would carry an enormous covered rattan basket with pink and green bands from room to room tracking Abby, my grandfather's cat (he had black cats for over 50 years, she was the last). When I caught her, I would put her in the basket, cover it, and carry it down the huge flight of stairs to show Grammie or my mom. Abby would leap out of the basket, zip back up the stairs, and we'd start over. When she got tired, she would disappear. I never realized she was letting me catch her, and was having just as much fun as I was!
When Grampa got the cat and named her Abigail, we all thought it was such a funny, old-fashioned name. Who knew it would become all the rage in the 1980's? Similarly, when my niece Sarah was born in 1972, I thought of that as an "old-lady name." Hannah got rejuvenated in the 1990's - remember Hannah Gruen, Nancy Drew's middle-aged housekeeper - elderly in the first books? Maybe in another 20 years, the boomer names like mine - Susan, Nancy, Barbara, Debbie - will be all the rage again! Like antiques, names have trends. Search by year at
just for fun!
Currently back-dated, Susan in NJ
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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 the last issue Karen requested a recipe for "Red Gravy" here are the responses that we received.
A reader asked about red ham gravy - I love red eye gravy, and it is very easy to make. If you bake a ham, when you take the ham out of the pan, put it on the stovetop, and mix in a cup of strong black coffee. Heat it to boiling, and use a whisk to stir up all the browned ham bits from the bottom of the pan. If you didn't use whole cloves on the ham, add a bit of ground cloves to the gravy. If you didn't use a brown sugar glaze when you baked the ham, add some brown sugar (or molasses) to the gravy. That's it, that is all there is to it! It is not thickened, it is a reddish brown clear gravy.
If you pan fry a ham steak, when you take the steak out, pour in the coffee, and mix in a little bit of brown sugar, and a pinch of ground cloves or nutmeg...Laurie S.
Karen can make that dark red, sweet gravy from the ham drippings by using:
3-tablespoons of ham drippings
3/4 cup of strong coffee (or water)
1 teaspoon of brown sugar
Bring ham drippings coffee or water and sugar to a boil. Serve the gravy alongside fried country ham if desired.
Now if I were making it, I'd just leave some of the ham drippings in the pan that the ham had been baked in, add a cup of strong coffee to the drippings and stir thoroughly making sure to get those bits and pieces of ham scrapings mixed in. I'd only add a teaspoon of brown sugar if the ham had not been baked with a brown sugar glaze...Jaci Barganier - Carrollton, Virginia
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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 mom making cranberry nut bread. I have a vivid memory of putting butter on it shortly after it came out of the oven. The crust was slightly crunchy but the inside was soft, tart and sweet all at the same time. I'm looking for a recipe....Lori in MA
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to email@example.com and we might just publish it here.
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