Archive for January 29th, 2013

IT’S AN AMERICAN CLASSIC!

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Each roll of Necco Wafers contains eight flavors: wintergreen, chocolate, orange, cinnamon, licorice, clove, lime, and lemon.

During the Civil War, they  were called “hub wafers”. By 1912 the confection was  
being advertised as “Necco Wafers”, a name they still go by today. Necco Wafers 
were invented in 1850 by Oliver Chase, an English immigrant. His company merged
with two others, forming the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO).

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Oliver R. Chase with Americas first candy machine, a
lozenge cutter. Chase was inducted into the Candy
Hall of Fame in 2006. 

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1913

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The water tower of the NECCO facility in
Cambridge,
Massachusetts
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ONLY FIVE KNOWN TO EXIST TODAY!

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A humble 5-cent coin with a storied past is headed to auction and bidding expected to top $2 million a century after it was mysteriously minted.

The 1913 Liberty Head nickel is one of only five known to exist, but it’s the coin’s
back story that adds to its cachet: It was surreptitiously and illegally cast, discovered
in a car wreck that killed its owner, declared a fake, forgotten in a closet for decades
and then found to be the real deal.

It all adds up to an expected sale of $2.5 million or more when it goes on the auction block this spring in suburban Chicago.

"Basically a coin with a story and a rarity will trump everything else," said Douglas
Mudd, curator of the American Numismatic Association Money Museum in Colorado Springs, Colo., which has held the coin for most of the past 10 years. He expects it
could fetch more than Heritage Auction’s estimate, perhaps $4 million and even up
to $5 million.

"A lot of this is ego," he said of collectors who could bid for it. "I have one of these
and nobody else does."

The sellers who will split the money equally are four Virginia siblings who never let
the coin slip from their hands, even when it was deemed a fake.

The nickel made its debut in a most unusual way. It was struck at the Philadelphia
mint in late 1912, the final year of its issue, but with the year 1913 cast on its face,
the same year the beloved Buffalo Head nickel was introduced.

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NEWS THAT MADE HISTORY!

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Opra as a High School freshman, 1968

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Orpah Gail Winfrey is 59 today

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TOM SELLECK HAS TURNED 68

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High School yearbook

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Actor/producer Thomas William "Tom" Selleck is best remembered
for his starring role as the
private investigator Thomas Magnum in
the CBS
television series Magnum, P.I. (1980 to 1988). He appeared
in more than fifty film and television roles since the Magnum series
including a co-starring role in the highest-grossing movie of 1987,
Three Men and a Baby. Before fame, Selleck received a scholarship
for and played on the University of Southern California basketball
team.

 

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