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The Collectors Newsletter #778 -- February 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #778 -- February 2010
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2. Stories From our Readers
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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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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
American Cut Glass Association
The American Cut Glass Association is a nonprofit, national organization devoted to the advancement of this unique American industrial art form. Generated by an increased interest in the antique specialty, the American Cut Glass Association (ACGA) was formed in the summer of 1978 in Indianapolis, Indiana, with a group of 39 charter members. ACGA has grown in size to over 2300 persons that participate in the educational and social activities of American Cut Glass fellowship through the national organization and regional chapter activities. It has been considered by some that ACGA members are not collectors, but rather they are preservers of a superb American antique glass product. ACGA dealers are not merchants, rather they are intermediaries in the continual quest of our preservation efforts. Whatever attributed to be, ACGA members must certainly be known as splendid enthusiasts of beauty, brilliance, and brotherhood.
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2) We want your stories. 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 pulled into a garage sale, but it looked rather questionable, it was in a basement, type garage. I waited a bit, but the girl having the sale came out the door, to toss some boxes. She looked OK, so I went in to the sale. I remember it being a really cold day. burrrrr. I found a box of Jewelry, and could not get a necklace untangled. So asked how much for the whole box? It was also dark and not much light. I had no real idea what I was getting, but decide to take a chance. She said $3.00 for the whole box, and said there was some old jewelry in it.
Off to work I went and later had time to look at my findings. There was some rather cool old pieces, I thought good, I did well. I also spotted a glass piece signed on the back. It was signed R Lalique I knew nothing about Lalique, except I had seen that name in a antique book. Doing research I found it was a piece from the 20's, a woman holding a dove. It was a Pendant 1 1/2 inches long with silk cord. It was the real McCoy.
A friend was traveling to Carmel California, and saw a Lalique Gallery, she went in and told my story, got a leaflet telling about Lalique. It had a few question you could answer, and enter a contest to win a Blue Lalique signed heart shaped Necklace on a silk cord. Not only did I win the Necklace, but I sent a snap shot of the piece I found. They offered me $500.00 for my necklace. Nice as that was, I have just kept my treasure.
Then I went to visit, my daughter in DC and went to the Smithsonian, only to have the Lalique Exhibition, on display there. It was just beauty, what a super experience. It seemed every where I went Lalique was there.
It was just a wonderful experience. This all happened before eBay. I wonder if that would still of happened today. I am still out there every weekend, having fun and enjoying finding treasures. Lola
Wow - where do I start? First by saying that every time I use an antique, whether it came from family or not, I pay a little homage to its former owner. Luckily, I come from a family of savers. When you first walk into my house, you’ll see my Gramma’s souvenir plates from the early 1900’s. My cupboards contain her big aluminum kettles, one of which always had popcorn in it when we visited. Then there’s the biscuit cutter, tin sifter, enamel colander, and 2-tined fork she used almost everyday. Simple items, but the patina of love they wear has never worn off.
My two Larkin secretary desks remind me of trips to Gramma’s, where I visualize their places of honor there. Grandma earned them by selling Larkin soap products. It seemed to this child that her common household furnishings were wonderful treasures, as she schooled me on their use and history. Those lessons were secondary to the love and attention she gave me. My makeup lives in her old Flemish Art pyrography glove box, inscribed to her from her brother for Christmas, 1905, reminding me to put on her ever-present smile each day, in addition to the powders and paints. The Victorian crazy quilt that my Great-Gramma started and Gramma never finished is waiting for me to someday try my hand at it. Her German bisque doll has been entrusted to me, but my lovely daughter will inherit the job of safekeeping this delicate beauty.
My list could go on, but it is not really the issue here. These objects are merely vessels to hold all the thoughts I treasure more than any one thing. As I age, I only hope that I can continue strolling down Memory Lane, and carrying on the legacies of the past. Submitted by Sue N., Pennellville, NY
Today I am upset. I have been using a small ceramic milk jug with a lid. It had belonged to my mother. This morning, as I got it from the refrigerator to use the milk on a bowl of cereal, I dropped it. Milk and bits and pieces of broken pitcher went everywhere. I have enjoyed using it for a long time but am saddened by its loss. If I had just kept it in my china cabinet, I would have looked at it periodically and said, "That was Mother's milk jug." As it is, I used it and enjoyed it. Kitty
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1. 20-30-40 GLASS SOCIETY of ILLINOIS /
DEPRESSION ERA GLASS SHOW & SALE
2. Gallery 63 will be the focus of a new reality TV series
3. Christie's Rare Book Specialist joins Gray's
4. Gray's 27th Fine Art, Antiques and Decorations Auction
5. Everard and Company Presents Polish and European
Art Now live on iGavelAuctions.com until March 4th
6. RAGO’S HOLDS A MARCH 20 AUCTION FEATURING
PROPERTY FROM PA, NJ, NY ESTATES AND MUSEUM
7. The Art of $500,000 Comic Books
8. Blue Dolphin Fine Antiques update:
9. The vintage tee-shirt dealer with the tattooed face
10. Grey Flannel to auction 1956 Yogi Berra World
Series uniform seen in iconic photo with Don Larsen
11. Rinkya says Viva La France!
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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.
Phil, Recently my husband and I turned 70. Our only grandchild thinks we are "as old as dirt." My husband collects antique lamps, especially miniatures. I collect invalid feeders. We also have some varied other antiques in our home. A few weeks ago our 7 year old grandson asked me what would happen to our things when we died. I told him that anyone could put their name and a date on something--on the back or bottom and it would be theirs when we died or broke up the house. I gave him some labels and a pen. He loved that idea and scampered about marking things that HE wanted. It makes me smile and gives me a warm feeling to think at this young age he is thinking ahead and loving some of the same things we love. (Don't worry, there will be duplicate master lists tucked in with our wills!!!) Anne from Bethlehem, PA
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue Diane requested a recipe for "Date Delight". We received the following...
Don't know if this is the same but for sure similar. We called it "Felix Holiday Date Cake with sauce" as we only made it for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Was a Felix family tradition for at least 30 years and then somewhere along the line the family grew bigger and the younger ones didn't like it that much and us older ones decided it was too rich and too much trouble anyway! I had actually forgotten about it until I read your request. I Loved it as a kid and until I had to cut the dates! I found the recipe card. so here it is:
1 Pkg (3/4 LB) dates cut up.
1/2 tsp Soda
2 T. Butter
1 Cup boiling water
Pour boiling water over above ingredients then add:
1 beaten egg
1/2 C Brown Sugar
1/2 C White Sugar
1 1/2 C Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 Cup chopped Pecans
1 tsp Vanilla
Pour into Greased and floured Square baking pan (9x9? or 8 X 8?).
Bake 350 for 30-35 minutes.
While cake baking make the sauce:
1/2 C Brown sugar
1/2 C White sugar
2 tsp butter
1 1/2 C boiling water
2 heaping T cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla
Mix Cornstarch with just enough cold water to dissolve.
Melt Butter in boiling water, then add sugars, then vanilla, then the cornstarch, stir until thickens.
Serve either hot or cold over the cake and top all with 1 pt whipped cream.
Serves 6 - Hope this is what you were looking forward. Enjoy! Nancy Felix Moore
This cake is a winner - I can't tell you how many times I have been asked
for the recipe - I don't keep dates around and often sub with raisins.
Either way it is a dense but very moist cake.
from an Oregon reader
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/8 cups applesauce
3/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 cups chopped dates (1/2 cup more if you really like dates
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
Stir together flour, salt, baking powder and spices
In a large bowl, cream the butter or margarine with the sugar. Beat in the
eggs, then the applesauce and milk. Beat flour mixture into applesauce
mixture. Add oats. Stir in the dates and nuts. Turn the batter into a
greased and floured tube pan.
Bake the cake in a preheated over at 350 degrees for 65 minutes or until it
tests done. Cool and remove from baking pan
I have not made this myself, but it sounds as if it may be what she is looking for. It is in "Meta Given's Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking," New Revised Edition, published in 1959. My husband and I bought an encyclopedia set when we were first married in 1960 (when we could barely feed ourselves!) because a good salesman talked us into it. The cookbook was a bonus with the set, and I still use it, even though the other books are long gone!
Clare, Riverside CA
Date Cake Pudding
1 cup dates, chopped
3 tbsp shortening or butter
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups boiling water
3/4 cup nut, chopped or cut
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Butter a 9x9x2 baking pan. Preheat oven to 350.
Put dates in a 1qt bowl and add shortening, soda and salt, then the boiling water. Stir well, let cool for 10 minutes, then add nuts.
Sift flour and measure. Put sugar into a 2qt bowl, add egg and beat until light with a rotary beater. Stir in vanilla with a wooden spoon.
Add flour and date mixture alternately in 2 or 3 portions, beginning and ending with flour and beating just until smooth after each portion. Batter will be thin. Turn into prepared pan. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until cake tests done when pricked with a toothpick.
Serve warm plain or cold with whipped cream.
To respond to Diane G.’s request, I am forwarding a recipe for what our family has called Date Pudding. Hopefully, this is what she remembers:
Combine and cool: 10 oz. chopped dates
1 tsp. baking soda
1 c. boiling water
Beat well: 1 c. granulated sugar
1 tsp. butter
Add cooled date mixture to sugar mixture.
Stir in 1-1/4 c. flour, then add ˝ c. chopped nuts.
Bake in 8” or 9” square pan at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 min. Serve in squares with whipped cream.
Here's a recipe I've used many times. It's from "Cooking Bold and Fearless," an old cookbook
from 1960. This cake is very dense, rich and delicious.
MORHABA DATE CAKE
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup walnut meats, chopped
1 cup chopped dates
Beat eggs, then stir in sugar, vanilla, flour and baking powder. Add chopped nuts
and dates. Turn in to greased 8 inch-square pan. Spread it evenly.
Bake 30 minutes at 325 degrees. Cool and cut into squares or bars. (It will be quite
gooey and sticky, but that's OK!)
For variety, I sometimes put in a little less of the dates and add a few chopped dried
apricots or cranberries. It's always good, no matter what.
Santa Cruz, CA
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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.
Hi! My mom used to make what we called “chicken fricazee”. It was basically chicken soup but I know she put corn starch in it which made it white instead of clear. It was still a thin broth not thick. She served it in bowls over rice. Does anyone know of a chicken soup recipe made with corn starch in it? Thanks for your help. Love the newsletter. Elaine
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