THE A – Z COLLECTOR December, 2010 www.phoenixantiquesclub.org + PABCC's 2010 Club Board: Officers President: Robert Richshafer Vice President: Dave Carr Secretary: Patty George Treasurer: Bryan Grapentine Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 7:00 p.m. Directors Meeting Location: 3030 E. Mission Lane, Phoenix, AZ, 85028 Trips: Lauren Kormylo (Heritage Heights Clubhouse) Publicity: Jerry George Take 32nd Street Exit South (off of the 51 freeway) and turn right at Mission Program: Lisa Helm Lane. Clubhouse is in the 2nd block on the right hand side. Director @ Large: Steve Mares General Information: Newsletter Editor: Betty Hartnett Time: 6:30 PM, on the first Wed. of each month (except July & Aug.) Visitors & Past President: Brent Van Deman guests always invited ! ! ! For more information: Visit our website at: www.phoenixantiquesclub.com, or call Christmas Gifts: Patty & Jerry Robert Richshafer (President) at 480-661-0439. George Hospitality: Steffany & John Knirsch Web Editor: Brent VanDeman Grunt: Ron Hartnett Cookie Volunteers December will be our Holiday Potluck! Check out the list of potluck dishes on page 2 as a reminder of what you are bringing! We will also be voting on our Community Outreach recipients, having our gift distribution and auction! Thanks in advance to Jim Bright who has volunteered to be our auctioneer! Also, bring canned & staple food items if you would like to bring a donation for the Palo Verde Middle School Food Pantry! Ima Jean Dolan will be collecting these at the meeting! January – Ima Jean Dolan & Gary Streit The P.A.B. & C.C. is a proud member of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors since 1966. Website: www.phoenixantiquesclub.org Membership Dues For 2011 are Payable Now Please get your $25.00 dues paid in December if possible, and no later than January. This will help in preparation of the membership list and in the 2011 budget preparation. You can bring a check or cash to the December meeting or you can mail it to the Treasurer, Bryan Grapentine, 1939 W.Waltann Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85023 December 1st POTLUCK LIST Appetizers/Relishes: Laura Ross, Patty & Jerry George, Karen Clifford-Anderson, Karen & Rick Hopwood, Robert Richshafer & Fran Rosenberg Salads: Steffany & John Knirsch, Anne & Earl Colton, John Nielmiec & Craig Carlson, Lauren & Tom Kormylo, Verna and Bob Kilbarger, Bob Luffman Hot Casserole: Pearl & Bryan Grapentine, Lisa Helm & Dave Carr; Arlene & Jim Bright; Betty & Ron Hartnett, Karen & Mike Miller Desserts: Helen & Jack Holmes, Lauren Kormylo, Brent Van Deman, Lyn & Bob Ramsdale, Heather Donnelly & Kevin Jones The following members have indicated they are coming, but have not signed up for a specific dish: Ed & Arlene Anderson, Gary Streit & Sharon Figura, Steve Mares & Colleen Stuart, Ima Jean Dolan If you are planning on coming, and don’t see your name on this list, please let Betty Hartnett know, as we need to know how many people to plan on for seating purposes! Open House at Steve and Colleen's Everyone who went to Steve and Colleen's was blown away by their antiques. Every room, from floor to ceiling, was covered with Steve's porcelain sign collection - most in primo condition. There was a wide variety of subjects, but many were transportation related. Numerous curio cabinets throughout the house displayed bottles, pocket watches, Colleen's thimbles and tatting shuttles, toy trucks, and various glass and china. There was a two-sided glass showcase built into one wall for bottles, which was backlit by a window in the next room. Steve's knife collection was also on display, as was a large collection of railroad locks and cap badges. Their beautiful kitchen had been remodeled with oak cabinets and granite countertops. All of the upper cabinets are lit and have glass doors, to display their fruit jar collection. Antique crocks lined the countertop. The effect is that the entire house is homey and inviting, and so interesting! Colleen made grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. Joe brought his Italian specialty, stuffed shells. Everyone else brought other great food, including yummy desserts, and we were all stuffed. It was nice having a lot of time to talk to fellow club members, which we don't always have at our meetings. Thanks, Colleen and Steve, for inviting us into your house, and for all of your hard prep and cleanup work. We really enjoyed it! submitted by Lauren Kormylo President’s Message As your newly re-elected President. I wish to congratulate all newly elected Officers and Directors. Your all a great bunch. I look forward to working with you all another year. Many thanks to Steve Mares and Colleen Stuart for hosting the PABCC luncheon and tour of the Mare's Museum Collection. A wonderful collection of antique advertising, railroad locks and keys, bottles, pocket watches and knives. The PABCC has a great winter line-up. Staring with our upcoming December Holiday Dinner and Auction - it's always a fun event. Special thanks to Patty and Jerry George for their hard work in getting this year’s gifts and auction items. For our club to flourish another great 40 years I encourage all our members to contribute ideas for fun special events, presentations, trips, perhaps joint ventures with other collecting clubs,etc. Please,don't hesitate to call or contact me -- firstname.lastname@example.org. We finally have a winter date of February 25 & 26th 2011 for PABCC Show. Don't forget to spread the word. With all your help we can make this a great event. I wish all you and yours and wonderful and safe Holiday Season. Drive safe!! Sincerely......Robert Richshafer,Pres. Tele.#(480)-661-0439 Fax #(480)-718-7318 ROSTER CORRECTION Please change address and phone # for Karen & Rick Hopwood to the following: 5529 Snapdragon Lane, Prescott, AZ 86305. Phone 928-925-0656 Looking Ahead - - - - - Dec. 4, 5 – Annual FQ Story Home Tour & Holiday Sale Dec. 4 – Cave Creek Thieves Market Dec. 5 – Merchants Square Flea Market Dec. 10, 11, 12 – AZ Antique Show – same location as above Jan. 21 – Greater Phx Postcard & Paper Show Jan. 22 – Dolls & Friends Doll Show Jan. 28, 29, 30 – AZ Antique Show Feb. 18, 19, 20 – AZ Antique Show Feb. 18, 19, 20 – Las Vegas Bottle Club annual Show Feb. 19 – Sunbonnet Doll Club 33rd Annual Show & Sale Feb. 25 & 26 – OUR CLUB SHOW at North Phoenix Baptist Church Mar. 5 – Cave Creek Thieves Market Mar. 18, 19, 20 – AZ Antique Show Apr. 10 – Antique Gatherings Parking Lot Sale Photos from the November Meeting! Speaker, Brent Van Deman A sample of Brent’s comic book collection Robert Richshafer shares a comic Book Mike Miller with his Show and Tell find Lynn Ramsdale shares a family heirloom find Rich Hopwood and his Show and Tell items FEB 25 & 26, 2011 – SHOW DATES! – North Phoenix Baptist Church Friday: Dealer set-up times: Noon – 3:00 pm Friday Early Bird: 1:00 – 3:00 pm Friday General Admission: 3:00 – 8:00 pm Saturday General Admission: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Contact Betty Hartnett for more info and CONTRACTS! Also, the contract is available on our website, www.phoenixantiquesclub.org ******************************************************************************************** CONGRATULATIONS to our 2011 Club Officers & Directors According to our Bylaws, a slate of officers and directors for 2011 will be presented at the November meeting and voted upon. There are a number of ways you can help out on committees, etc., even if you are not an officer or director! Following is the slate of Officers & Directors to be elected (not appointed chairmen) as it stands at the time of print: President: Robert Richshafer Vice President: Dave Carr Secretary: Patty George Treasurer: Bryan Grapentine Trips Director: Lauren Kormylo Publicity Director: Jerry George Program Director: Lisa Helm Director-at-Large: Steve Mares Also, to appointed Chairmen: Betty Hartnett, Newsletter Editor and Show Chairman Ron Hartnett, “Grunt” John & Steffany Knirsch, Hospitality Brent Van Deman, Web Editor and Past President Karen & Rick Hopwood, 2011 Christmas Gifts *************************************************************** INTERESTING TIDBITS VERKAMP’S CURIOS The first curio shop opened at the Grand Canyon in 1898. It was a rented tent on the grounds of Bright Angel Hotel where John G. V erkamp sold Indian crafts and curios for Babbitt Brothers’ Trading Company. Visitation to the Grand Canyon was not brisk enough to support the business and he closed down after a few weeks, selling his remaining stock to the Bright Angel Hotel. In 1905 he returned to the Grand Canyon to build V erkamp’s Curios at its present location next to the Hopi House. The building is a wood- shingled, “modified-mission” design with a roof that conducts rainwater to a cistern under the porch. The main floor contains the curio shop with storage rooms in the rear. The second floor contained family living quarters. VINTAGE JEWELRY – A BETTER INVESTMENT THAN GOLD? "Estate" (pre-owned) and vintage jewelry is selling at better-than-ever prices. Dealers say buyers find it a good "hard asset" investment since gold has become so expensive and stocks and bonds so uncertain. Buyers also are afraid that new tax laws may regulate trading gold coins and bullion. (In 1933 President Franklin Roosevelt called in gold coins, bullion, and even gold certificates for a set price. The law did not have the result expected. Citizens with large amounts of gold transferred it to other countries.) The best investment jewelry has large precious stones, exhibits fine workmanship, and is marked by a well-known firm like Cartier. Take a good look at any inherited jewelry. It could be more valuable than you think. A NEW WAY TO BUY OLD SILVER Antiques that were very collectible in the 1950s, like Dr. Wall Worcester cups and saucers, were bargains at a charity sale held last weekend. But sterling silver buyers, mostly antique dealers, were crowding the silver tables. Many had their own scales and weighed each tray, bowl or spoon to figure the meltdown value as well as the price they would pay. Since the items were weighed and priced a few days ago and silver has gone up, they may have found some bargains. We thought the silver jewelry was priced low and the gold high. It's strange for us to think about judging an antique tray by its weight. We haven't seen that since the Hunt brothers tried to corner the silver market in the late 1970s. Thousands of antique coin silver spoons and sterling trays were melted as the price of silver went higher than the price of the antiques. Silver went from $1.95 an ounce in 1973 to about $35 in September 1979 to a high of $54 in 1980. It fell to $21.62 over the next two months and millions of dollars were lost. The Hunts went bankrupt. This week silver is selling at about $21.47 an ounce; last September it was $16.68. DID YOU KNOW A BOUT Collectible Autographs Rise in Value The value of celebrity autographs goes up about 10 percent a year, according to the Financial Times, an English newspaper. Autographs that are scarce because the celebrity won't sign are best. In that group are Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who first landed on the moon, actor Paul Newman, and Beatles drummer Ringo Starr. Early death or scandal also ups the price of an autograph. Tiger Woods's autographed photo sells for about $2,750. Insulators from Pole Tops Sell ! Insulators like the ones found on the top of old telephone poles are often overlooked by those who have not been introduced to them. But insulators, fire grenades, target balls, lightning rod balls and other glass made for industry in past years are now collected. A fall Glass Discoveries & Pole Top Discoveries auction by Ray Klingensmith brought amazing prices-- especially amazing for those who are unfamiliar with the hobby. A CD 726 red insulator sold for $24,640 ("CD" stands for "Consolidated Design"). A CD 726 cornflower blue example was $8,400. And a bright aqua CD 736 E.R.W. (Erie Railway) insulator with a threadless bracket brought $10,080. But of course some of the more common insulators sold for prices as low as $168. The most common insulators offered at flea markets can sell for just $1. TIPS: Tips on Hanging Pictures Hang your pictures the way a decorator would. The middle of a picture should be 54 inches from the floor, but no higher than 14 inches above a large piece of furniture. The exception is a dining room or office where most people are seated. The center of a picture should then be 60 inches from the floor. MORE INTERESTING TIDBITS Guess what/who celebrates their 125th Anniversary ? ? ! ! Canned Evaporated Milk: Before widespread refrigeration, raw milk could deliver as much bacteria as it did calcium --- that is, until John Meyenberg’s Illinois factory began churning out evaporated milk. His apparatus killed the bugs, concentrated nutrients, and turned the bone builder into a shelf-stable staple. The company later labeled the product Pet Milk, a brand that is still sold in grocery stores. The Motorcycle: German engineer Gottlieb Daimier was a driven man. Intent on inventing a high-speed, gas-fed, internal combustion engine, he and his partner, Wilhelm Maybach, tested their motor on the simplest vehicle they could find – a wood-wheeled bike. They pulled off the pedals, affixed their engine to the frame, and, with a trial run, the easy rider was born. The duo didn’t monetize their motorized bike; instead, they went down a different road and created a car. But tinkerers took their idea and ran with it. The result: an estimated 200 million motorcycles on roads today. If you have an old American flag(s) that you are not sure how to dispose of, bring them with you to a meeting and give them to Anne and Earl Colton! History of American Christmas Traditions The Santa Claus legend can be traced back to a monk named St. Nicholas. Born around 180 A.D. in Patara, in modern-day Turkey, he was much admired for his kindness. It is said that he gave away all his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick. In the early 1800s, Charles Dickens wrote the classic holiday tale, “A Christmas Carol.” Focused on the importance of charity and good will towards all men, the story resonated with the U.S. and England and showed Victorian society the benefits of celebrating the holiday. In 1809, Washington Irving helped to popularize the Sinter Klaas stories when he referred to St. Nicholas as the patron saint of New York in his book, “The History of New York.” Stores began advertising Christmas shopping in 1820. By the 1840s newspapers were creating separate sections for holiday advertisements, which often featured images of the newly-popular Santa Claus The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree tradition began formally in 1933, when a tree was decked with 700 lights. NBC-TV televised the first tree lighting in 1951 on “The Kate Smith Show” and as part of the nationwide “Howdy Doody” show from 1953-55.
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