Sybil's "A Winter's Tale #44"... The Stockford Children...

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Boys and Girls! Back before the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, cell phones, androids, or even Girl Scout cookies, people used to send each other little notes and postcards made of chewed up lumber products called cardboard! Whole forests across the countryside disappeared so that nice people could be polite and cheerful to each other through 6 mail deliveries a day! Can you imagine?! Every few hours, a mailman would ring your bell to bring you the latest news about Mary Louise's graduation from Posture College or Aunt Zeldeena's bunion surgery. But people also sent very serious and sometimes tragic news through the mail! Here is an early version of today's "Amber Alerts"..... 

It seems that in the brutal Winter of 1897, the four Stockford children went out of their home in Wauseon, Ohio around 5PM to pick up some cheese and Carr's Table Water Crackers at Mrs. Pinckney's Delicious Notions Shoppe on the busy corner of Granger St. and William Henry Harrison Blvd. But they never arrived. As soon as these charming little "Missing-Children-And-Presumed-Dead" cards went out, search teams began looking. Sadly, because of the postal system, many of the cards didn't get delivered to the authorities until a week or so later!.... But everyone thought the likenesses were very accurate and the nice lace borders were very attractive! And who doesn't like getting lovely cards through the mail?....for any occasion!!... 

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