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Karson-Dixon’s Hardware and Feed was in downtown Macon on Third Street. The first time I can remember going there was when I was small and we were going to Granddaddy Thomas’s birthday party. Daddy went in and bought that I thought was a silver cup. I know now it was a tin cup to be used at the well for a drinking cup.

Sears and Roebuck in downtown Macon. The first Sear’s store I remember was on Third Street close to Karson-Dixon’s. Then they moved to a new ultra modern building on the corner of Third and Riverside. This was after WWII and introduced a new type of department store shopping to Macon. It also had the first escalator I had ever seen.

A store in south Georgia I remember well. Not it’s name, and I don’t think we ever stopped there but a few times. We went by it on trips to the Okefenokee. I remember it because it had what I always thought was a perfect simple sign. It was on a sandwich board type sign on the highway in front of the store. It only had three words but they applied to almost everyone who came by. The words were “Beer” and “Ice Cream”

Rare Coins

For over thirty years rare coins and coin collecting was a large part of Francine and my life. It started in Hawkinsville, GA about 1961. I was there hanging wallpaper by the hour for Mallory Reeves. Since I was the young guy, in my mid twenties, I was usually the one they sent to the store for cold drinks. I had to travel a stretch where there was only a dirt sidewalk. I looked down and saw a round object almost buried in the ground. It looked like a coin and had the date 1895 on it. I was sure I had found a real treasure. I tried to find out what it was, taking it to the coin shop which I had not known even existed and met Nathan Ward, senior and junior. They didn’t have a clue as to what it was, so I bought a copy of “Coins” magazine which was no help in identifying my item. I went to the library with no success. And for years I didn’t know what I had. It turned to be a medallion from the Cotton States Exposition and later I was offered $150.00 for it. I kept it as it had started our coin career.

Reading about coins got me interested in them and I bought a folder to put pennies in starting in 1940. I had told Francine all about my find and ask if she would like to help me fill the coin folder. She agreed and we started looking at our change. So we going to the bank and getting rolls of pennies to look through. It soon became apparent we were not going to many or any of the S mint coins. They were mostly of smaller mintages and had been released close to the San Francisco Mint. I found a ad in Coins Magazine offering all the s-mint cents from 1939 until they

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