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The Collectors Newsletter #740 -- October 2009
The Collectors Newsletter #740 -- October 2009
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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.
The Hat Pin Society of Great Britain
Following an auction of several hundred pins by Phillips in November 1980, The Hat Pin Society of Great Britain was launched. The Society attracts Membership from all over the world. Twice yearly meetings are held at places of interest up and down the U.K so that as many Members as possible can attend, meet up, become friends and enjoy themselves. The meetings feature speakers on subjects that are of great interest to the Members, enabling them to widen their knowledge and benefit from the expertise of other fellow members about this absorbing hobby that grips us all. At these meetings, dealers and Members offer pins, stands and holders for sale. For more information, click here:
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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.
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 email@example.com and we'll run it in an upcoming issue.
Hi Phil, The issue of ethics and dealers have come up in this great newsletter in the past and it has been very interesting to see the different viewpoints. I think it is important that we don’t lump all dealers into the “dirty rotten scoundrel” category. Unfortunately, as with every profession, even the most noble ones, one bad apple can cast dispersions on all. Several years ago I read an article, I believe by Randy Cohen, The New York Magazine Ethicist, whose position was that it is completely ethical for a dealer to purchase an item at its asking price even if they are aware it is much more valuable. However, offering less than the asking price, would be unethical. Or, an example I offer myself, in the case of online auctions, asking a seller to end an auction early with an offer, knowing that the price could escalate.
I believe it is up to each individual dealer, knowing that they will profit well from an item, to stop while they are already ahead and that not haggle over an asking price. I agree fully that it is the responsibility of the seller to do a little homework before putting something like an old and unique large marked pottery vase out in a yard sale for $1.00. I am sure there are some sellers and families who simply want to get rid of “stuff” and are not concerned with value but for everyone of these, there are sure to be families for whom that extra $100 or so would make a big difference. Just my $0.02 worth for today. Cheers! -Rebecca in NH
Hi, Phil - my name is Danese Theisen and I have advertised in your magazine several times. In fact, I have bought many of what I collect - milk bottles - from the TIAS website.
I was raised in a very small town in W. Va. (Hedgesville, WV). I am the 3rd oldest child of 13 children born to Cecil S. ("Chick") and Mary Wilma Avey Donaldson. I am the oldest of 7 girls. All of our names begin with a D. My maiden name is Donaldson, so we were known as the DD family in that little town. Oh, those were the 'days, my friend'.
Our parents raised pretty much everything we ate in their garden. Potatoes, corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, cabbage, everything. My mother even canned her own sauerkraut and made our own ketchup. What I wouldn't give to have that homemade tomato catsup recipe again. It was a 'thrill' to have a box of Kellogg's Corn Flakes for breakfast. We had pigs, cows and chickens and of course had our own pork, beef, etc. And Fried Chicken Every Sunday!!!!!!
Well, I seemed to like the cows the most. Maybe that is why I collect milk bottles. I am trying to put together a 50 state collection. If anyone out there has any milk bottles to sell, please let me know and if they are the type I am looking for, I would be happy to buy them from you. Although I prefer the painted label bottles as opposed to embossed (where the lettering is written in the glass), I will consider all.
In fact, I collect anything 'dairy-related' - to cups, etc. with Elsie the Cow on them to old dairy scales and a whole lot in between. I look at my beautiful bottles on my kitchen shelves and it takes me back to a much simpler time in my life - when we would come home from school and go to help our parents in the fields, hoeing, weeding, gathering eggs, milking cows, etc.
I really enjoy my hobby. There is so much stress in today's 'world' and all I have to do is to go into my kitchen and look at my collection and I can smile again...Danese Donaldson-Theisen
I loved the letter from 'the Big Bad Dealer'. He is soooo right on everything he says. I`m not a dealer. I was at one time, but things are too hard to find now days at an affordable price...most everyone having an estate or garage sale want high prices for their items. I still go out and waste gas on Saturdays hunting for treasures, but they are few & far between. I mostly find clothes or household items for myself or for friends who give me a wish list. As long as the seller gets the price he is asking at a yard sale, why does he care if its being sold to a dealer? Dealers are not 'bad guys'. I know a lot of them, and they are out every Saturday on the hunt but not finding enough wonderful things to make much of a living on them. Its mostly a pass time and they also have other jobs (if they are lucky enough here in Ca. to be employed). Bless their hearts for trying to make a few dollars on their knowledge of antiques & collectibles, and stocking the antique malls with varied treasures for us to enjoy. Arlene in California
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Antique News
If you want to tell the world about your antiques & collectibles business, auction, club or upcoming event related to the antiques and collectibles trade, you can post it for free at
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
Here are the latest news headlines about antiques and collectibles from
1. Colt Model 1883 Gatling Gun hits $172,500 at Fontaine's
2. Vintage Yard offering all types of jewelry products
at one place
3. $149,500 Marklin fire pumper tops prices at Bertoia’s
$3M sale of Kaufman toys, part II
4. Wizard of Oz Turns 70: Collecting Oz Movie Posters &
5. Red Baron's next big auction will be 3 days, Nov. 6-7-8
6. LiveAuctioneers to provide online auction bidding for
NYC AIDS charity, Housing Works
7. First James Bond book, Casino Royale, inscribed to
'M' by Ian Fleming, at Heritage Auctions
8. Kanawha's Amberina Glass
9. Dallas Auction Gallery to Auction Derrill Osborn’s
Lifetime Bovine Collection Oct. 14
10. October 3, 2009 - Estate Treasures Auction -
11. Traditional Auction Houses Flock to Artfact to Host
12. Oktoberfest and Hidden Treasure!
13. Kaminski Auctions Hosts Major Two Day Appraisal Event
14. Artfact Live! Presents Fine Art, Antiques, Jewelry &
Decorative Objects from Morton Kuehnert
15. Artfact Live! Presents English/Continental Furniture
& Decorative Arts from Freeman's
16. Artfact Live! Presents Firearms from Poulin Antiques
17. Become a Facebook Fan of Appraisal Course Associates
18. Rare Cereal Box Store Displays at Auction Oct 4, 2009
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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.
Hello, Maybe my fellow readers will get a kick from this! When my oldest son was not quite 2 years old, I took him around the yard telling him the name of the plants. When we came to the peonies, I knelt down and said, "These are peonies. Pee-yon-ies. Can you say that?" Well, he just looked at me and stated, "I'm not allowed to say that!"...Pat
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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 Leslie requested an easy recipe for “jordan marsh muffins” here are some of the responses that we received.
Jordan Marsh was a Boston-based department store founded in 1841 by Eben Jordan and Benjamin L. Marsh. With the rise of retail conglomerates, Jordan Marsh became part of Allied Stores (1931) and then Federated Department Stores (1988), a move that renamed all stores, including the flagship store in Boston's Downtown Crossing shopping district (pictured at left), Macy's.
The Jordan Marsh flagship store was home to the legendary Enchanted Village, an elaborate holiday display which, at times, spanned entire floor of the store in addition to its windows.
Perhaps even more legendary was Jordan Marsh's bakeries. Infamous, however, were the blueberry muffins.
A December 2004 Boston Globe article put it best: "For decades, any decent downtown shopping trip ended at Jordan Marsh, where the promise of a sugar-crusted blueberry muffin could make annoying children angelic."
Manning the ovens was John Pupek, who made the muffins by hand, one batch at a time. In the 1990's, when Jordan Marsh was no more, Pupek opened the Jordan Marsh Muffin Company in Brockton to fulfill the cravings of blueberry-muffin hungry Bostonians. He did so until closing up shop on Christmas Eve 2004.
Pupek may not be baking Jordan Marsh blueberry muffins any longer, but the recipe lives on.
Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
2 cups blueberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream the butter and cups sugar until light and smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift together the flour, salt and baking powder and add to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk. Crush 1/2 cup blueberries with a fork, and mix into the batter. Gently fold in the remaining whole berries. Grease 12 large muffin cups, including the surface of the tin (alternative: grease surface of tin and line tin with paper liners). Fill generously with batter. Sprinkle sugar over the tops of the muffins, and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
Cool 30 minutes before removing. Store, uncovered, because the muffins are so moist.
Yield: 12 muffins.
I've seen versions of this recipe that call for different baking methods: 375 for 30 minutes, 450 for 5 minutes and then an additional 30 to 35 minutes at 375, etc. These variations have yet to be tested in my kitchen (give me time, I've got plenty of blueberries left).
Depending on how sweet your blueberries are, you may want to reduce the amount of sugar in the batter to one cup. When it comes to sprinkling sugar on top of the muffins, be creative! I used vanilla sugar and raw sugar on mine, but good old granulated sugar works just fine.
If your berries are particularly large, consider mashing up more than 1/2 cup. I'll likely do this the next time, since the whole berries can take over the batter and cause the muffins to fall after baking.
I came across a recipe that includes 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla, something that deviates from the original. Go for it, if it strikes your fancy. I prefer sans-vanilla.
For extra large muffins, chill the batter in the fridge for about 15 minutes before scooping into large muffin tins. Visit - The Diva of Dining -
A trip to Boston always included going to Jordan Marsh, and a visit to the bakery for these wonderful muffins. I remember how proud I was as a working 18 year old to open a charge account at Jordan Marsh at Shopper’s World in Framingham, MA, (one of the earliest shopping “malls” in the US) which I had until the store was sold to Macy’s. Mimi, from Maine
JORDAN MARSH'S BLUEBERRY MUFFINS
1/4 c. butter
1 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1/2 c. milk
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 c. blueberries
2 tsp. sugar (for top)
1 tsp. vanilla
On low speed cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and mix until blended. Sift dry ingredients and add alternately with milk. Add vanilla. Mash 1/2 cup blueberries. Stir in by hand. Add rest of berries whole and stir by hand. Grease muffin tins well with butter and grease top surface of pans, as well. Pile mixture high in each muffin cup. Sprinkle sugar over tops. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes. Cool in pan at least 30 minutes.
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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.
Back in the late 1950s, my first job was working briefly at Blum's in San Francisco. Not a great job, but the pastries and candy were delicious!
A great favorite were the honey glazed bran muffins. I think that the glaze was put in the bottom of the muffin tin and then, while still hot, they were flipped over so the glaze was on top, crunchy and great. I've never forgotten them but can't figure out how to make them. Thanks, peggy from lenox
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
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