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The Collectors Newsletter #721 -- July 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #721 -- July 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
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11. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Ohio Art Collectors Club
Club is for those interested in collecting toys made by the Ohio Art Co.; especially sand toys including pails, sieves or sifters, sprinkling cans, water pumps, sand molds, sand hoists or lifts, sand mills, tin litho tea sets, drums, tops. For more information, click here:
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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.
Thank You! to everyone that has been sending in stories. Our story inbox was getting very empty, but many of you helped us out over the past few weeks. If you've been waiting for the right time to send us your antiques & collectibles story, now is the time.
Email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
Several years ago, while visiting in St. Petersburg, Fla., I decided to attend a doll show I had seen advertised in my Doll Reader Magazine. I walked around the show first, as I always do - just to check out what the dealers have and to spot any good "deals".
At the last booth I came to, all of the dolls looked very ordinary - until I spotted a Queen For A Day Doll. She was all original and was obviously from the very early days when the show was on the radio - long before it debuted on television. The little doll was 8in tall and was completely original and unplayed with. She even retained a tiny, delicate paper wrist tag which read "Queen for a Day". It is almost impossible to find one with this tag!! She was very clean but without a box, her clothing was somewhat crushed, but I knew a bargain when I saw one. I had been collecting dolls for about 15 years at that time and had NEVER seen one of these. Hanging from her other wrist was an actual ticket to the show at a location in Miami, Fla., hosted by Jack Bailey (also the TV Host later on) It gave the show times and included a luncheon. I was thrilled with my "finds" but put on my best "bargaining" face for the seller. As I said, I paid $10 for all three!!
The second doll, all cloth, also retained it's original tag but was pretty dirty. Her tag read - "Baby Wiggles" and the original winding key was still there!! When Baby Wiggles was wound - she appeared to be having a "seizure" rather than wiggling like a baby!!! But, she did still work.
The third doll was a Christ Child from and Italian Creche set and the baby was wonderful quality, with inset glass eyes and a decorative, metal starburst attached to his head.
I BOUGHT ALL THREE FOR $10.00!! I was thrilled. It took me several years to find out more about my best buy of the day - my Queen for a Day doll. Once I got her home and steam cleaned her cape - I found that it was in perfect condition and was trimmed in rabbit fur and tiny "ermine" tails. The cape is a lovely red velvet. Her gold crown is completely intact - it is sewn into her hair. I learned that she was given to the contest winners and was from the 1940's - she is composition and not plastic like later versions and is 8in tall. I keep her on a taller doll stand so her gorgeous cap can be displayed in it's best light. In her perfect condition, she's worth a few hundred dollars. Through an inquiry about her own Queen for A Day Doll , I made a wonderful new friend. An elderly lady to whom I wrote to for over a year, until her untimely death. Her Aunt had actually WON Queen For A Day back in the 40's.
After all these years, I still am unable to locate anyone who's ever seen or heard of Baby Wiggles (distributed by Geo. Borgfeldt & Co, Ny). Surely, there is someone out there has seen this little 8in doll. She appears to be from the 40's.
The Christ Child is definitely Italian and I've not been able to put a value on this one either. For me, it's not the value, it's the uniqueness of each of these dolls and the special memories that one of them evokes for me.
I have those wonderful memories of watching early b/w episodes of Queen for a Day on television when I was very young and I was recently able to purchase 4 original TV episodes from the early years of the show. I also found an original program from the days of the radio show with an interesting bio of Jack Bailey. Dolls can evoke strong feelings from our past or create wonderful new memories for us. One doll happened to bring back a long forgotten, wonderful memory for me, of an early show that successfully made the transition from radio to television. I treasure each doll I have collected over nearly 30 years now, for they are all special and each of them holds a place in my heart. Judy , Florida
I would like to share my story about my very first antique find. I was born in 1947 on a dairy farm in central Wisconsin. The families in our community were extremely large and ours, with 10 children, was no exception. When I was about 11 years old, my two younger brothers and I went on a search for a new litter of puppies that our dog, Cindy, had given birth to. The babies were found at the base of a large rock pile behind one of the farm sheds. Along the rock pile was a lot of cast off junk. While I was sitting on a huge rock, I noticed an old coffee pot with no cover. I immediately retrieved it and took it to my mother, asking her of its origin. It was missing the flip-up cover and was made of cast aluminum with a wooden handle. I thought it was the neatest coffee pot. Mother explained that it was a wedding gift to her and dad but it was worn and missing its cover, so she threw it out. Today, the coffee pot rests on a shelf in the kitchen of my
farm house, along with a set of ultra-large antique porcelain salt and pepper shakers, a tiny grocery store bell, and a set of red and white earthenware dishes that my mother-in-law had cast off. I study the pot occasionally and think about the many early morning breakfasts that it was filled with steaming coffee for my dad, and brothers, who had just returned from the morning milking. Being the "everyday" coffee pot, it must have rested on the table while the many discussions of spring planting, snow storms,and neighborhood news was discussed. It greeted the teams of thresher men in the summer and the woodcutters in the fall. A blacken bottom was evidence of many days heating on the old wood stove. The once black handle had been worn to bare wood and it probably resided alongside my mom at the cook stove for 3 meals a day and 7 days a week. Well, maybe six days a week...since this was the everyday pot! G. Gibbs, Amherst Jct., WI
One of my first serious antique purchases was when I was in college - my adopted grandma from church was getting ready to move into a condo and had to sell everything from the house she and her husband had lived in all their lives. I bought a few things, an oak chair, some costume jewelry and my best buy - a cobalt blue pitcher with clear crystal handle and six matching tumblers. They were probably from their early marriage in the 30's.
I thought this was so cool and knew that someday I would decorate my kitchen around this beautiful blue. We got home from the sale and I headed into the house with my antique pitcher and tumblers wrapped up in a big cardboard box, but no lid. I was charging through the doorway to take my treasure to my room where I tripped over a step. In slow motion the box flew up into the air, while the tumblers tumbled. Yes, foul language happened.
Thankfully, the pitcher and three glasses survived and they did go on to star in my first kitchen. Another fatality happened somewhere along the way and I'm down to two tumblers. And, I'm a LOT more careful when moving my new treasures! Amy in Iowa
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6. Add to your movie poster collection with these
7. Rare Delaware Sampler Coming to All Saints’
8. Us and Foreign Coin Auction July 30th
9. Michael Jackson Memorabilia Goes Live Online
10. Mike Peterson Auctioneers’ Rare Coin Auction
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11. The Estate of Psychic Jeane Dixon on Artfact Live!
12. Tail Wind Ranch Auction
13. Dazzling diamond ring brings $77,000 at Hal Hunt sale
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15. LiveAuctioneers launches auction sector’s first iPhone
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16. Art Nouveau Enamel Egret Bird Pin
17. iGavel Presents Summer Sale of Jewelry, Silver,
Books, Maps & Photographs
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19. 1971 John Deere 2520 tractor brings $64,000 at auction
20. Happy Endings Antiques contents to be auctioned 8/15
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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.
I'm not sure if this is appropriate for the Humor Section or not - you decide. It's more "Strange than Funny".
In April of 2006, I lost my darling mother to cancer. Before her death she asked if I would take her tiny, teacup poodle, Muffy. I said I would be happy to have her. I was the only one of the three daughters who did not work and she wanted someone who would be home with her "baby" each day. Muffy was very close to my mother and during the 8 days that Mama lay dying - Muffy lay on the floor either beside or under her bed. After Mama died (at home), my sisters and I spent a week together at the house - just looking through old family photos; not wanting to leave the cocoon we had made for ourselves that week. One evening, I was holding up a recent photo of my mother while I was also holding Muffy (she was 5 years old). I noticed that she deliberately looked away from the photo. I couldn't believe it so I said "Muffy!" When she looked back, I again held the photo of Mama up in front of her face. She turned her head all the way to the side as far as it would go and would not look at the photo. Just to "test" her - I held up a photo of someone else - Muffy looked at it, sniffed it and paid little attention to it but didn't avoid it in any way.
Then, I held up the photo of Mama again - Mufffy glanced at it and AGAIN looked away - turning her head all the way to the other side to avoid the photo and would NOT look back. We tried it several times over the next few days and it was only a photo (any recent photo) of my mother that she reacted to in this way. We were in disbelief.
I had been staying with my mother during the daytime in last weeks. Each day when we arrived - Muffy would FLY down the hallway to my mother's room. On the day of the funeral - the first day Muffy had been back to the house since Mama died - she would NOT go anywhere near the hallway or Mama's room. I tried to call her back there - she would not come.
About 3 weeks later while visiting my Dad in the nursing home, I was telling him about Muffy's reaction to Mama's photo. He didn't really believe me so he got a photo of Mama and held it in front of her. She did the SAME THING - turned her head as far from the photo as possible and refused to look back in that direction as long as the photo was there. This behavior lasted for about 3 months. I was simply amazed at her reaction and have never heard of a dog doing this before. She recognized my mother!
During that last week - she also knew something was terribly wrong and refused to sleep for 3 days and nights!!! I finally had to lock her in her carrier to get her to rest. This little dog loved my mother so very much. I wish I knew what had been going through her mind that week. Each sound my mother made drew a concerned look from Muffy - she'd look at me like "DO SOMETHING"! She has been such a great comfort to me since the loss of my sweet mother. I think we comforted each other. I don't know what I would have done without her. Judy - Jacksonville, Fl.
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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 Ron requested a recipe for "sweet cole slaw " here are the responses that we received.
Sweet Cole Slaw
1 large head green cabbage, shredded
2 medium carrots, shredded
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise or salad dressing
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon vinegar
In a large bowl, toss together the cabbage, carrots. In another bowl, mix salad dressing, or mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar.
Spoon the dressing over the cabbage mixture.
Store, covered, in the refrigerator.
Makes 8 cups coleslaw.
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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 was so thrilled to see the recipes for yeast-free cinnamon rolls since I too am allergic to yeast. I am hoping that someone may have a good, yeast-free recipe for bread that will allow me to make it as a regular loaf? I would love to be able to have a slice of toast or a sandwich.
Thanks so much,
Rita in Bellingham, WA
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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