Hidden History #23 – The Shovel

The cap, the bandana and the shovel.

The cap, the bandana and the shovel.  All things a railroad worker might have used.

Typical railroad decor with hidden history.  The shovel actually belonged to my grandson.  My husband bought it for him as a small child to work alongside him on jobs, making him feel an integral part of the project.

My grandson is now over 6 ft tall so the shovel is far too “small”, but it holds a “large” piece of our heart.

Click here to go to Hidden History #24

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service

Random me:  I remember helping me dad paint our house as a teenager, realizing I had no idea how to paint!

Junior Flanagin Fairies and Applebees

Our Local Applebees

Our local Applebees recently shut down to remodel.  When they re-opened the walls were lined with murals of local people and events.

To our amazement, there they were, our Jr Flanagin Fairies from the 2011 Popcorn Parade.  Madison and Reese (aka Ginger Glitterdrop and Scarlet Sunflower)

We are so proud and so happy for the girls.

Kudos to Applebees for highlighting our community, people, and local events.

The original picture

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service

Random me: I usually put too much pressure on myself.

Hidden History #22 Today’s Specials

Today’s Specials

Yes, we have no bananas…….we have no bananas today. 

We do have apples, oranges, milk and eggs.

It’s not the produce that is special but the chalk board it is written on.

This chalk board was mine when I was a child. 

“Have a nice day!!”

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Donna Flanagin

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service

Random me:  Not too many items left from my childhood.  Kind of interesting when you stop to think about it.

Hidden History #21 The Fairy Glad Mother

The symbolic Fairy Glad Mother

The Flanagin Fairies added just the right touch of whimsy and joy to Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service. 

Created in 2008, their first appearance was in the Valparaiso Popcorn Parade.  As much fun for us, as for the children we entertained.

It was imparative to add a symbol of the Fairies to the Hidden History of our company.

2011 JDRF Walk

Have a wonder-filled day,

Click here to view Hidden History #22

 

Donna Flanagin (a.k.a. The Fairy Glad Mother)

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service

Random me:  Originally The Flanagin Fairies did not include the Fairy Glad Mother.  I felt left out 🙂

Bulk Mail Service Tip #5 – Print Enough

Bad Kissingen Germany

Remember to provide your bulk mail service with enough mail pieces to cover your mailing.

If your list is 512 do not give them 500 pieces. 

Print a little over so your bulk mail service has one for their file, one or two for setup and a couple for spoils.

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service

Hidden History #20 Roses are Red

A Rose is a rose is a rose

For sale at the general store are varies flowers. 

Look closely and you will see one single red rose for sale.

This red rose symbolizes the  Unsung Hero R.O.S.E. Award presented to our company in 2010.

Definitely an important part of our hidden history.

Click here to view Hidden History #21

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service

Random me:  For most of my life, I never “really” saw the grandeur of a sunrise.

Hidden History #19- The Glasses

My mother’s glasses

In yesterday’s blog I talked about the book “Inez” on the park bench.

Casually placed on the book you’ll find a pair of reading glasses.

My mother was an avid reader, and these were her glasses.

The “reader” is gone but not the memories.

Click here to see Hidden History #20

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service

Random me:  childhood memory – watching movies in grade school and struggling to keep my eyes open. They seemed so boring at the time.

Hidden History #18 Random Book Titled “Inez”?

Inez by Evans

The park bench, the cane, the luggage, the glasses, the book all meant to make you feel like someone is waiting for the train.

Or maybe just took a moment for themselves in the park to read a book.

Ah yes, the book.

Note the title of this book. 

“Inez”

Hidden History #18.  Inez was my mother’s name and also the middle name given to my granddaughter.

Not just any book, but a book by design.

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Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service

Random me:  childhood memory – my least favorite meal was lima beans and spare ribs. 

Bulk Mail Service Tip # 4 – Using Abbreviations

Be careful when using abbreviations in addresses.

Example:

St Rd 2 vs State Rd 2

The abbreviation “St” means “street” to the post office.

So if you type in St Rd 2 you are telling the post office you want to mail to “Street Road 2”.

Spell out the word State. 

Don’t forget your bulk mail is being processed by computers that read what they see.

Click here for a complete list of USPS abbreviations

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service

Random me:  Still have my “Presidential Fitness” patch from grade school.

Presidential Fitness Patch

Hidden History #17 Our Daily Bread

Hand made doily with love.

The bakery is a façade.

The scent is fragrant.

The bread is faux.

The doily is fabulous.

Made with love by a very special person to our company.

Thank you Betty.

Click here for Hidden History #18

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service

Random me:  I have always had way more shoes than one person should.

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