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The Collectors Newsletter #799 -- May 2010
The Collectors Newsletter #799 -- May 2010
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2. Stories From our Readers
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8. A Vintage Recipe
9. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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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
Kudos to Mary Ann for all her hard work organizing those family photos. One of my favorite haunts is a little research library in the town where I grew up, a place devoted to local and state history, as well as the genealogy of the area. We strive to collect and archive the bits and pieces that we can, from obits to family trees, to books. I'm sure a local historical society or library would be glad to include a copy of Mary Ann's excellent efforts in their collection, saving it for future generations. Isn't that what we collectors really want to do, save the past for the future? Ellen
I must say I admire the project that Mary Ann in the last newsletter has taken on. It is a project that I also plan to do but is very daunting. I like the suggestion to file them according to weddings, etc. Years ago I sifted through boxes and boxes of my Grand parents slides and put select ones in chronological order and had them put on video, it is now time to get them onto DVD's. It is very important to mark the backs of photos, years ago I knew who everyone was in my photos but as time has gone by I am not sure anymore. I was told to mark them but....
Computers are a great tool to help us preserve the past. I have mountains of stuff from my Mom on all sides of our family and I consider myself lucky but the job of sorting, scanning takes a lot of time. Maybe Mary Ann's post will be enough to kick start my efforts.
I love the newsletter but am sick of the Pickers stuff, can we move on please. Sue from Michigan
In response to Jerry's question regarding the ethics of an auctioneer bidding on items for themselves in their own auctions, I believe it is unethical. Certainly if the auctioneer bids on items they own, it is not only unethical but criminal shilling - even if they employ someone else to bid on their items for them. However, if they are bidding on items that have been consigned to them by another owner, it is still unethical. In this instance, the auctioneer has a gross advantage over other buyers: if they win the item, the commission paid to the house by the owner is paid to the high bidder, thus reducing their actual cost; and, if the auction house charges a buyer premium, the high bidder thereby pays themselves the premium. Thus, an auctioneer bidding on items in their own auctions does so with a pricing advantage that other bidders do not have. That is patently unfair and unethical.
By chance, should an auctioneer announce to all bidders that they will be bidding on a particular piece (I've seen this happen), they still have the advantage and it discourages others from bidding. So not only do they have a pricing advantage, now they have discouraged bidders, and that is not in the best interests of the consignor and denies them the ability to collect the highest amount possible - which is generally the reason they employed the auctioneer in the first place.
A few years ago I attended an auction run by an acquaintance; a Newcomb College pottery vase had been advertised. While bidding on the vase I noticed the auction owner bidding. I stopped when I reached my limit and he won the vase. Had he not had the pricing advantage he may not have continued bidding and I may have won. I immediately discussed this with the owner and let him know that was the reason I would no longer attend any of his auctions...David
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6. 400 Years of Lambeth Palace Library's Treasures
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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.
Telling funny stories about adults as well as kids is always good for a laugh so I will tell on myself.
When we got our first computer I was really nervous about what every one said about giving out information over the net. This was 10 years or so when all we had was dial ups. My hubby and I were walking through the steps of setting up AOL and it came to putting in our phone number (all I ever hear was never give it out) so I tried to skip that part and it wouldn't let me. I was really getting mad and looked at my husband and told him I didn't want to put it in and asked what if I didn't have a phone. No sooner then the words popped out of my mouth it dawned on me DUH! I wouldn't have a way to get on line with out a phone! We still have a good laugh over the one. DJ in BG
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue Becky requested a recipe for "Dog Biscuits". We received the following...
Here are a few different types and flavors
Home made dog biscuits
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup powdered milk
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon wheat germ
1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
1/3 cup bacon grease
1 egg 1/2 cup ice water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a medium bowl, stir together the whole wheat flour, powdered milk, garlic
powder, wheat germ and beef bouillon granules.
Stir in the bacon grease and egg.
Add ice water 1 tablespoon at a time until dough is wet enough to stick
On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/2 inch thickness and
cut with cookie cutters.
Place biscuits 1 inch apart onto an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm.
Cool before serving.
Healthy Dog Biscuits
2 cups whole wheat OR all purpose flour 1 egg\
1 cup cornmeal 1 Tbsp cooking oil
1/4 cup wheat germ 1 cup hot water
2 tsp. beef bouillon powder
1/2 tsp. yeast extract (adds additional meaty flavor
Mix flour, cornmeal, wheat germ, beef bouillon powder and yeast extract. Add egg, oil and hot water. Stir well.
Roll out on well-floured surface to 1/2 inch thickness. Place on ungreased cooking sheet. Bake on center rack
at 275 degrees F or 140 degrees C for about 2 hours until dry and very hard. Let stand overnight to dry
thoroughly. Makes 10 big bones and 14 puppy bones.
Vegetable Doggy Bones
3 cups minced parsley 1/4 cup shredded carrots
2 tbsp olive oil 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 tbsp. bran
2 tsp baking powder 1/2 cup water (you may want to add a touch more)
Preheat oven to 35o degrees F, rack on middle level. Lightly grease baking sheet. Stir together parsley, carrots, cheese, and oil. Combine all the dry ingredients and add to the veggies. Gradually add 1/2 cup of water, mixing well. Make a moist, but not wet dough. If needed, add a little more water. Knead for one minute. Roll out dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Using cookie cutter,
cut out the shapes and transfer them to baking sheet. Reroll the scraps and continue until dough is used up. Bake for 20
to 30 minutes until biscuits have browned and hardened slightly. They will harden more as they cool. Store in airtight container. From Carolyn in Alabama
(Dough may be frozen for up to 6 months)
4½ cups whole-wheat flour
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups cornmeal
1½ cups oats
⅔ cup bone meal powder
(available at health-food stores)
OR nonfat dry milk
2 TBSP garlic powder
2 tsp salt
3½ cups beef broth
1 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
Position oven racks to divide oven in thirds. Heat oven to 300°. Have 2 cookie sheets ready. Mix flours, corn meal, oatmeal, bone meal powder, garlic powder and salt in a large bowl. Whisk beef broth, oil, and 2 eggs in a medium sized bowl. Stir broth mixture into flour mixture with a wooden spoon until blended and a soft dough forms. On floured surface with floured rolling pin, roll out dough to ½” thickness. Cut in dog-bone biscuit shapes (or any shape desired) with floured cutter or with floured cardboard pattern. Place ½” apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Re-roll and cut scraps. With a toothpick, prick a line of dots down the centers, if desired. Brush tops and sides of biscuits with glaze made with 1 large egg (beaten) and 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce. Bake 2 cookie sheets at a time for 2 hours. Turn off oven and leave biscuits in 1-2 hours to dry and harden. Store covered, at room temperature up to 3 months. Yield: 80 – 4” biscuits OR 112 – 2½” biscuits.
Note: Bone-shaped cookie cutters may be found in kitchen gadget departments, pet shops, or gift stores.
This is the favorite of my Westie. So easy to do, no preservatives. From Janice
Homemade Dog Treat Recipe
3/4 cup hot water
1/3 cup margarine
1/2 cup powdered milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
3 cups whole wheat flour
(I also add 2 T of peanut butter , my dog loves it) . In large bowl pour hot water over the margarine. Stir in powdered milk, salt, and egg. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time. Knead for a few minutes to form stiff dough. Pat or roll to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into bone shapes. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes. Cool. They will dry out quite hard. Makes about 1 1/4 pounds of biscuits.
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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 think it was called Belgian Pie. I remember it had prunes and ricotta cheese in it. My grandmother made it and have not had any since she died. Is anyone familiar with this recipe? Thank you for your help...Daphne.
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