Hidden History #27 – An Old Wooden Cane

Resting comfortably

Resting on the park bench is an old wooden cane. 

Along with the luggage, glasses, and open book you may get the feeling someone is waiting for the train or just enjoying an afternoon in the park.

All together they evoke a feeling, individually not so much.

Except to those with insider knowledge that the cane actually belonged to my uncle who lived with my mother and I after my dad died.

Most visitors just see a cane, but I see family history.

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service

Random me:  Daily routine,  one cup cream and sugar.

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Hidden History #26 – Fashions by Inez

Fashions By Inez

I remember my mother doing a lot of sewing in my childhood. 

She sewed clothes, slip covers, drapes and costumes. 

What she is most remembered for is sewing Barbie doll clothes. 

Even with her arthritis crippled hands, she was able to sew the tiniest of patterns.

It was only fitting that she we honor her by being the entrepreneur of our dress shop on Main Street.

Thanks mom for passing down some of your sewing skills to me.

Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service

Random me:  I sewed my costume from scratch for the Fairy Glad Mother.

The Fairy Glad Mother, Ronald McDonald and Ella Seaswirls

Hidden History #25 – The Bakery

Swedish Bakery

By design the bakery is not just any bakery but it is a Swedish Bakery.

From the shingle to the items for sale, it has a Swedish flair.

Why?

The hidden history meaning…. Doug and I are both 1/2 Swedish. Thus are children are more Swedish than anything else.

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Have a wonder-filled day,

Donna Flanagin

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service

Random me:  My first pair of skates were the steel skates with the skate key.  If you’re old enough you know what I’m talking about.

Hidden History #24 – The Knob

This door knob holds years of memories

It has meaning to me, but no one else would have any idea.

The door knob on the bakery is the actual door knob from my bedroom door as a child.

Who knew when the hardware in the house was updated that the old knob would find such a meaningful home?

Not me.

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Have a Wonder-filled Day,
Donna Flanagin

Flanagin’s Bulk Mail Service

Random me:  I do not have a green thumb.

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.

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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!

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,

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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 🙂

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.

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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.

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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. 

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