| TOW MEETING IN
August 8-12, 2006
The TOW Seattle meeting held in conjunction with the Thimble
Collectors International convention has now come and gone. It was
a great meeting! We met in a private dining room in Spencer's
Steak-house Restaurant in the Hilton SeaTac Hotel and Convention
Center near the Seattle/Tacoma airport. The hotel was beautiful, the
food was divine and service supurb.
Show and Tell participants were Lucerne Wulf (Arizona) with a
story about an amber sewing set she recently purchased in Poland,
and Peggy Carroll (Illinois) with a story of a machauline ware thimble
holder and thimble that she later discovered held a Stanhope viewer
with four scenes of the same city as shown on the case. Both items
were exquisite. Thank you, Lucerne and Peggy.
Jenny Bockel (Johannesburg, SA), author of recently published
book, Thimbles of Southern Africa, gave a talk about her research in
relation to the book, and about some interesting and funny
en-counters along the way. It was a fascinating talk and everyone
enjoyed it. Thank you, Jenny.
Several attendees contributed table favors, door prizes and
mementos for the event, including Lucerne Wulf (AZ), Sue Pickles
(UK), Jenny Bockel (SA), Kit Froebel (TX) and Mary Craft (TX). Thanks
ladies, they were all lovely and very much appreciated.
Seattle is an amazing city and the weather was wonderful.
Temp-eratures were 50/72 degrees (F.) with sunny skies. We had slight
mist early one morning and the rest of the week the weather was
beautiful. Among other things, many visited the Space Needle and
Pike's Place Market. Some took a cruise on Lake Union, through the
Locks and into Puget Sound with Mount Rainier in the distance.
Some visited a quilt shop and many visited the Klondike Museum of
the goldrush days, a glass blowing exhibit, and a giant bead store.
These are only a few of the exciting activities we enjoyed during the
The TCI convention was wonderful as well, with many informative and
interesting programs, including one by our own Kit Froebel on
Ketcham & McDougal thimbles. A previously unknown KMcD
Niagara Falls thimble containing a Stanhope peep surfaced at the TCI
Sales Mall and after "burning the midnight oil" doing photography and
computer work, with the help of Mabel Rogers and Bobbie Howard,
Kit was able to add it to her PowerPoint presentation. Then in the
hospitality room, just 30 minutes before her talk, a second previously
unknown KMcD thimble surfaced which appears to show views of
three different KMcD factories. Mable took photos and Kit was able to
add this beauty to the presentation at the last minute as well. How
fortunate for us all and what a thrill! Thanks Kit -- very interesting and
At the TCI Sales Mall, everyone "shopped 'till they dropped" and there
were several rare finds made there. Thimbles and sewing tools for sale
as far as the eye could see . . . . pure heaven. All in all, it was a great
meeting and a wonderful trip. We hope to see you at the next one.
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