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The Collectors Newsletter #733 -- September 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #733 -- September 2009
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2. Stories From our Readers
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4. Your Classifieds
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6. Funny Old Stuff
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8. A Vintage Recipe
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Society for Preservation of Antique Radio Knowledge
The Society for Preservation of Antique Radio Knowledge, Inc. (SPARK) is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1992 in the State of Ohio. The organization was formed with the intention of preserving the knowledge, history and equipment of electronics including, but not limited to, radio and television.
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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. 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.
Dear Celeste, As anyone who reads the newsletter knows, I am a great proponent of returning items I purchase in antique stores to family members and descendants of original owners. I have returned photos, photo albums, autograph books, a Bride's Book from 1910 (to a daughter of the bride and groom) and many other items. One item was a set of hand bound school work from a little girl who did the work in the 8th grade in 1897. Each set was tied together with yellow and lavender silk ribbons. It was an extensive collection - ranging from artwork to tests to detailed reports. I kept all of this material carefully stored away for a couple of years. But, knowing how wonderful it was, I felt that it was not something that should be stored in a drawer where only I could enjoy it. After failing to locate a descendant of the young girl, I finally contacted a museum in the town where she had lived. I found that she and her husband had died childless and the museum would be thrilled to have these documents to display. The young girl had detailed many of the things going on in the town - a new rig was drilling a deep well for the town, and she told of many other things happening in 1897. So, I made the decision to donate all of it to the museum and I have never regretted it.
I personally, feel that the document you have is extremely delicate and needs to be where it can be properly preserved. Also, I agree with you - it belongs to the museum and should go back to the country of origin. Tell your sister that they will display it with a card naming the two of you and the benefactors of the document - forever ensuring that your names will be associated with a most generous gift to the museum. Please do try to convince her to do it. I think she'll be happy that she did the right thing. You've taken care of it for half a century, but you can't be assured that when you are no longer here - it will continue to receive that same care. That's my personal opinion and I hope you are successful in convincing your sister to donate this marvelous, special document.
God Bless you, Judy, Jacksonville, Fla.
Phil, Where to begin on my many collectible finds I don’t know that I have many true antiques or at least not many over 100 years old but they all mean so much to me they are not the type you would find in high end antique stores there just the everyday things that remind me of the working class of the past. The old beat up lunch box I bought for a quarter at an estate sale, that the Lady shared a story with me that her father had carried into the coal mines every day for 40 years that he brought home every night and kept it above their stove at night before it was filled again to go down into the mine with him, he even brought it across the country with him after he retired, I can see it now on it’s Journey and it makes me think of all the hard working people of the past the hard work they endured to make a better future for their families for all of us really. Old tatting hooks my great aunts used to make those beautiful dollies they decorated their homes with that I now cherish so, The day to day things people used in their working lives or the lovely things they made or bought with the few dollars they had to beautify their homes or the things they bought to help lighten their load. I look around my home at the day to day items that tell such a story. I think I collect like someone in a museum would to tell a story to remember the past of what my family and even strangers belongings were used for and how they repurposed things and built things to last. We have become such a disposable society I find comfort in my collecting. I collect so many things I don’t think I collect for the value it’s the history the people, times gone by this is what matters to me I do not live in the past but I do respect the many things that have done and made the things which have made it down through the years the things used in day to day life the things they cherished. They did not hoard or go over board they made do, they repurposed they took pride. Things of the past can teach use so much. I hope all of you have as much fun collecting as I do every time I go looking I find a new story a new treasure. I feel collecting is a small way to connect with those lives and maybe a little of there values, their hard work will rub off on those who view my collection. Please all of you keep collecting around every corner is a new story a new adventure. I love reading every ones stores. DH in California
Dear Phil, While cleaning out my mother's home in Burghill, OH, we came across several Bibles, none of which were the family Bible. I don't want to throw them away (I'm sure there is some sort of bad luck associated with throwing a Bible away), and before I put them in a tag sale I would like to see if I could find the owner(s) or someone from their family who would be interested in them.
The first Holy Bible, dated 1901, belonged to an Eunice Rees from Sharon, PA. The Bible was a gift from her mother and is inscribed.
The second belonged to a Mrs. Catherine D. Rees, also from Sharon, and the inscription indicates she got this bible in 1930.
If there is any family members out there please contact me. Thank you. Barbara Heimlich - email@example.com
I just read the story about collecting coins and thought I would pass on my recollection. I was about 10 in 1958 when I became the milk monitor at my school in Seattle. Back then milk was 3 cents so I checked every penny to see if it was old. I noticed a lot of old coins several times and bought all of them. We decided that someone was raiding old coin collections to pay for their milk. we always wondered who got in trouble for that. Our little corner store used to get a lot of old coins especially quarters and half-dollar liberty coins. The store manager used to let us buy them from him too. The best day my brother and I ever had was in Canada. We went to a small bank in a small town and bought $100 in coins. Boy do I wish we had stayed the night there. About one-third of the coins were pre-1940 American coins. We just went crazy finding all the old coins from that bank. We begged our dad to go back but we were too far away by the time we realized what a treasure trove we had stumbled on to. We still talk about that stash. I am moving for the first time in 37 years and it was fun to browse through all those old coins I collected years ago. When I get to my new location I'll have to organize it and check out the value of some of those old coins collected 50 years ago. Linda
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10. The Great Lehigh Valley Train Meet is Coming soon
11. Multi-estate auction slated for Oct. 21 in Wayne, Penn.
12. Aspire Auctions presents the Muriel S. Butkin
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13. Showdown Over Historic Firearm at Kaminski Auction
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15. California Clubhouse Whiskey bottle soars to $30,240
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6) Funny Old Stuff
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Our daughter, who has 3 older brothers, had attended kindergarten for 3 days and my wife was anxious to know some of her new friends' names. After naming all boys, my wife asked who some of the girls were. Our daughter responded, "I don't know. They don't play football." A proud Dad for sure!.... Ken
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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 Marilyn requested a recipe for “Black Walnut cream ” here is one of the responses that we received.
Black Walnut Cream Pie
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 pinch salt
1 cup water
1/2 cup molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup broken black walnut
2 cups whipping cream
1/3 cup sugar
1 (10 inch) unbaked deep dish pie shells
Beat eggs in a bowl, set aside.
In saucepan, add sugar, cornstarch and salt.
Mix to blend.
Then add water and molasses. Use a spatula to get all of the molasses.
Cook and stir until simmering. Take off burner. Add 2 tblsp molasses mixture to beaten eggs, stir.
Then add beaten egg mixture into the saucepan.
Add vanilla and nutmeg. Stir and set aside.
Preheat oven 350* Place dry beans in the pie shell after it is in the pie pan so it will not puff up.Bake the pie shell for about 6 minutes. Take the beans out.
Pour in the cream sauce and top with the nuts. Bake in the oven for about 35 minutes until a knife is inserted near the middle of the pie comes out clean.
Chill before serving.
Chill mixing bowl and slowly add sugar to whipping cream and beat with mixer until peaks form.
Serve pie with whipped cream.
Serves 8......Carol Thomas
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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.
In the 70's I went several times to the Top of the 6's restaurant in NYC. They served a salad with a french dressing that I still think of occasionally. It was a french dressing that was white/opaque in color. Anyone able to help would be highly appreciated....Thank you, Babara
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