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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Acquiring a mannequin figures into making memories for mom

Chris Graham

The history of the mannequin reveals much greater value than simply being used as a figure rigidly posed in a store window.

From the Dutch “mannekijn,” meaning “little man or figurine,” these life-size dolls not only model the latest fashions, but also stand still for artists and designers, help teach first aid and CPR in hospitals, and serve as dummies in nuclear tests illustrating the effects on humans.

A Mailbag reader’s project calls for a mannequin for a perfect fit!

Clothes call

“I am hoping one of your Mailbag readers could help me find a mannequin,” writes Lynne S., of Merrimack (LTR 1,064). “I am making a scrapbook for my mom of different dresses and cannot get them to look good on clothes hangers, and I think a mannequin would do the trick. I would even just borrow it for a week or so so I could get that part of the scrapbook finished.

“I know it may be an odd request, but I thank you so much, Chris.”

Mannequins can be “revealing,” from a Victoria’s Secret display to the discovery of a 1350 BC wooden torso in King Tutankhamen’s tomb. If you can reveal the source of a mannequin for Lynne, call her at 424-0904.

Girl wishes for bicycle

“I would like to get a bike for my daughter, who is 10 years old,” writes Manuel H., of Nashua (LTR 2,789). “Please help me get one for her.”

Road racing cyclist Lance Armstrong, after his third Tour de France victory, was quoted as saying, “Chasing records doesn’t keep me on my bike. Happiness does.” If you have a bike that you would like to pass along to Manuel to make his daughter happy, contact him at 718-4025 or

Please let me know how things work out.

Here’s what’s cooking

“I would like to kindly ask for a large four-slice toaster/broiler oven,” says Lucy W., of Nashua (LTR 2,810).

This mother of four and ambitious cake-baking business entrepreneur could surely put such a convenient cooking device to practical use. Lucy’s number is 880-4592.

Free TV

“I have a 35-inch Mitsubishi TV for someone who could use it,” says Theresa T., of Nashua (LTR 2,905). “Must pick up in Nashua.”

Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Electric Corp. of Japan that’s located in North America, is capable of producing more than 1,000 projection televisions in a single day, living up to the Mitsubishi motto “Technically, anything is possible.” It also may be possible for you to pick up this television set from Theresa if you call her at 888-3762.

Four-legged friends

“I have an urgent request for a charity I volunteer for,” writes Nancy B., of Nashua (LTR 43). “The Lucky Dog Thrift Shop in Nashua, a nonprofit, is in desperate need of donations of dry dog and cat food and also cat litter, or monetary donations to purchase these items.

“One of the many issues we assist our community with is giving pet supplies to local citizens who are in dire financial straits and need help with the expense of maintaining their pets. Our inventory of dry dog/cat food and cat litter is completely exhausted, and we need of help from Nashua’s generous spirit.

“For more information about our charity, Tails to Freedom, please visit Thank you once again, Nashua, for your generosity and for getting involved when hard times warrant it.”

Having just adopted my second greyhound (a rescue dog), I’m familiar with costs associated with feeding and caring for pets, those very special family members. Donations can be dropped off at the Lucky Dog Thrift Shop, 23 Elm St., Nashua, or call 345-1951 for pickup of items or monetary donations.

Computer available

“I have an older Pentium II computer I no longer use,” says Warren M., of Nashua (LTR 2,860). “Is it the latest and greatest? Of course not! Is it adequate for Grandma (or Grandpa) to use for email? Absolutely!”

It seems as if there are practically more people online these days than there are fish caught at sea! If this computer has caught your interest, call Warren at 889-3939.


Ed B., of Nashua (LTR 2,836), board president of a local nonprofit organization, now has an HP laptop computer, along with a 17-inch LCD monitor – which enables the laptop to function much like a desktop PC – thanks to Greg L., of Hollis.

David A., of Wilton (LTR 483), writes, “Just wanted to let you know I found a home for my older Compaq computer. Thanks for the forum.”

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