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The Collectors Newsletter #768 -- January 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #768 -- January 2010
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6. Funny Old Stuff
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8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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2) We are in desperate need of some new stories to start out the new year. Do you have any stories related to your adventures collecting? Share them with us. Put together a few choice words and email them to me at Phil@TIAS.com
I had asked readers to write in and tell us about antiques and collectibles they use every day. We got some great responses. We'll run more in upcoming issues, so if if you want to contribute a story, we definitely want to hear from you. Send your story to email@example.com
I've subscribed to the newsletter for many years and enjoy reading each issue. The couple of paragraphs in letter #765 struck a personal cord with me about why I use and enjoy some of my many collectibles. One example is my love for coffee. I've drunk coffee since age 2 (I was born in the mid 50's) and collect lots of different sets of dishes. Dishes have coffee cups and/or mugs which usually trigger a childhood or young adult memory. First are my Jadeite Fire King green mugs that I use and remember my grandfather drinking his coffee from those along with a saucer. Since coffee was mostly boiled on the stove back then, it was way too hot to drink directly from the cup; therefore pouring a small amount into the saucer to cool the liquid quicker was how I remember his drinking from the saucer. Then next are the Pyrex coffee percolators that mom used to make our coffee when I was a small child. I loved watching this coffeepot perk/boil since they are clear glass. We had an electric stove so the "wire" always had to be under the Pyrex ( since Pyrex would explode) if put directly onto the heating element. I have each size of those coffee pots, and actually as a treat, make myself some coffee in them from time to time. Then in the early 70's Holly Hobbie things were all the rage and I was given one of those mugs from a friend so I still drink from "that mug" and also have collected several of the other mugs in that series. I could go on and on with not just coffee mugs/cups, but many of my other collectibles that I have and try to use daily. I constantly change which dishes my husband and I are eating from depending on the time of year. Once when 2 friends came to our house for the weekend, they said it was like staying at a bed and breakfast. I laughed at them and said, if you all had as much of this "stuff" as I do, then you'd use it too. Glenda from Arkansas
One of the things I use almost every day is my mother’s WagnerWare Magnalite pot with a nice lid. She received it as a wedding present in 1949. It’s in perfect shape and I would never dream of putting it in the dishwasher. The weird thing is that she had 2 of these but I gave the smaller one to a friend at the time of her death. Okay, that’s not the weird part, but last year I was at an estate sale close to my home. There was the smaller size, and it had its original label on it, since it had never been used. I don’t know why anyone would keep a pan for over 50 years and never use it! So for a dollar, I replaced the pot I gave away. Yay. Nancy in Wisconsin
In regards to the request for old things still used--I just took a stroll around my house and found about a dozen vintage/antique things that I use daily:
*An old Singer sewing cabinet is used for a table in front entry. I simply love the color of the wood and the black iron pedal. Makes me feel good when it's the first thing I see, coming home.
*Old icebox (wooden piece of furniture where the food was kept on the bottom and a block of ice was kept up top to keep the food cold) is used as a filing cabinet/storage area in my office.
This thing is beat to heck but I just like looking at it. And it never fails to get comments from visitors.
*Beautiful old late 1800’s tiger oak buffet is used for my dresser—drawers used for sox and undergarments, PJ’s and extra sheets kept in the bottom. Still has the original hardware. Also, the cat is clever enough to paw at the bottom so the doors open and he climbs inside to go to sleep.
*My everyday dishware is the Hull brown. Why? Because my son is clumsy and these things are almost unbreakable, even though the plates are 50+ years old.
*Red handle kitchen utensils—I have two sets, the nice one with most of the paint is kept on display, while an old set I’ve had forever is still used. Not even a hand mixer works better than this 60 year old egg beater!
*My glass juicer dates to 1898. Works better than any newfangled plastic one. Living in Arizona, with all the citrus available, mine sure gets a work-out.
*Ancient chair too rickety to sit in is used as a quilt rack, of a sort. Quilt is draped over it and a stuffed doll sits on it (so no one sits on the chair by accident!)
*I have a collection of seven old ironstone transferware pitchers that I use in rotation to hold fresh flowers each week. I like the way flowers look in them, better than any plain glass vase.
*An old 1940’s cookie jar with no lid is used as utensil holder. And yes, I do have a 1960's cookie jar (with lid) that I use for cookies!
*Old steamer trunk and leather valise hold blankets in warm weather. Stacked, they’re used as a side table year round. These things have so much character it'd be a shame to have them hidden away somewhere.
*In the summer I use a vintage lightweight chenille blanket on the bed, in the winter I use an old 1930's quilt. I suppose I could buy cheap new knock-offs and put these up to save, but I love 'em, so I use 'em.
*I also repurpose vintage linens—badly stained tablecloths cut into throw pillows, pretty stitched quilt blocks framed and used as art, etc.
I just hate to throw things out. . .give me long enough and I can figure out another use for almost anything! Ali K, Mesa AZ
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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
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2. Sohn & Associates Brings Major Four-Day Antique
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3. Winchester Firearms And More At Fairfield Auction
4. Appreciation of Antiques Can Begin During
5. Promise to Deliver the Best Designs in Vintage
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6. Historic Fort Worth Antiques Show
7. Important Chinese Antiques from an old European
Collection for sale
8. Fine Art, Decorative Art, & Modern Design
9. Estate sales planned for Jan. 23, Feb. 20 in
10. Internet bidding packs a powerful punch at Tavern
on the Green auction
11. Artfact Live! Presents Multi Estate Antique And
Fine Art Auction from Point Pleasant Galleries
12. Sotheby’s to Offer La Belle Ferronničre Famous
13. SOTHEBY’S TO OFFER A MAJOR
MONUMENTAL SCULPTURE BY ALBERTO
14. The Deland Florida M-T Antique Bottle, Insulator
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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.
My husband and I were on our way home from somewhere, we were in the car, he driving, me on the passenger side and our daughter who was about 3 at the time was in the car seat in the backseat. It was summer and I told my husband “I could sure go for a milkshake, I think I’ll make one when we get home”. A little voice from the back said “I want a milkshake, can I have a milkshake?, I want a milkshake!!”. I responded “Sure honey, you can have a milkshake”…. About 3 seconds later, the same little voice asked “What’s a milkshake? “ Pam in Philly.
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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 Becky requested a recipe for “churros” we had two replies...
Vegetable or Olive Oil
1 cup water
1/2 cup margarine or butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Prepare to fry the churros by heating oil in a pan (1 to 1&1/2 inches) to 360 degrees F.
To make churro dough, heat water, margarine and salt to rolling boil in 3-quart saucepan; stir in flour. Stir vigorously over low heat until mixture forms a ball, about 1 minute; remove from heat. Beat eggs all at once; continue beating until smooth and then add to saucepan while stirring mixture.
Spoon mixture into cake decorators' tube with large star tip (like the kind use to decorate cakes). Squeeze 4-inch strips of dough into hot oil. Fry 3 or 4 strips at a time until golden brown, turning once, about 2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. (Mix Sugar and the cinnamon); roll churros in sugar
* 1 cup water
* 2 Tbs brown sugar
* 1/2 tsp. salt
* 1/3 cup butter
* 1 cup white flour
* 2 eggs
* 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1/2 to 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, depending on taste
Preheat 1 1/2 to 2 inches of vegetable oil in a 10 to 12 inch frying pan to 375 degrees F. In a separate dish mix the 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon and set aside.
In a 3 qt. sauce pan add the water, brown sugar, salt, and butter and heat to a good boil. Remove from the heat and add the flour. Stirring in the flour will take some muscle. Mix it in until well blended.
In a separate bowl, mix the eggs and vanilla together and then add this mixture to the flour mixture. Stir until well blended and all the egg is completely mixed in.
Fill your decorating tool with the churro recipe dough and attach the largest star tip you have.
Test your oil by placing a small amount of dough in it. The dough should bubble up right away or that means the oil is not hot enough and a soggy churro is on the way.
Once the oil is hot enough, squeeze some dough (with decorator) into the oil about 4 inches long. I used my finger to release the dough from the decorator. Careful not to burn
You should be able to cook 4 or 5 churros at a time. Cook them about 1 minute and turn them over with a slotted spoon. Cook an additional minute or two. You're looking for that nice golden brown color.
Remove the churros with the slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel-covered plate to absorb excess grease.
While still warm, roll each churro into the dish with the sugar and cinnamon until coated.
Tips for making our churro recipe is to make sure your oil is hot, otherwise you may end up with soggy churros and we can't have that.
Also get yourself one of the frosting decorator tools. They make your churros look like the kind you buy at the fair. Very professional.
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.
The weather here in the North East has been cold and I like to make different kinds of soups. I'm wondering what favorite soup recipes our readers have and if they would share them. there is nothing better than a cup of soup and a slice of fresh baked bread and butter on a cold day. Phil
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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