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Reader's Exchange: Might 'Real story of a Real Doll' be in your book collection?

It's frustrating to look for something high and low, only to never be able to find it. That's where REX readers come in to help. Mildred Vinas of Pinellas Park has been looking for a rare children's book for quite some time, to no avail. The book is titled The Real Story of a Real Doll, by Violet Moore Higgins, published in 1929 by Robert M. McBride & Co. She has tried looking for it in bookstores and libraries, but no one has it. If anyone in REX land has a copy, she would like to borrow it. She may be reached at (727) 546-2166.

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It's also frustrating to lose something, especially a recipe. Gertie Hart of Largo is looking for the recipe for making beads from rose petals. She has made them before, and enjoyed making them, but she lost the recipe. If anyone out there has it, please call (727) 403-2245.

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Anita A. Smith of St. Petersburg is hoping someone out there has a Kodak Caramate automatic projector to replace her broken unit. She says they were made in the '70s or '80s, and they have a round slide carousel and can show slides on the unit's screen, or on a larger screen. The unit also has a tape recorder and a remote control, which allow a show with sound to be run automatically. She wants to use the projector for educational presentations. If anyone has one lying around, please call Anita at (727) 576-6156.

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Rosemarie Inghilleri has misplaced the startup disc for her HP Photosmart 2575 all-in-one printer. As a result, she is unable to scan or print. If anyone either has a disc or knows how she can restart it, she would really appreciate the help. Rosemarie may be reached via e-mail at or by phone at (352) 686-1060.

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Bob needs parts for his DeGeorge ceiling fan. He says it's not made anymore, and that if someone has a working or nonworking fan to donate, he could fix his. He can be reached at (727) 725-2413.

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Charles Haig of Spring Hill is a WWII veteran who is looking for a Sony Handycam Hi-8 CCD-TRV107/TRV108/TRV308. His is broken, and he has many videos that he would like to put on DVD. If you have one to donate, please call Charles at (352) 597-1210.


Billie Stewart would like to thank the kind woman who gave her the travel wheelchair she recently requested. The woman who donated the wheelchair was able to use the wheel covers Billie was offering, so it worked out well for both of them.

Send requests to Reader Exchange, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731, or e-mail Please put "REX" in the subject line. Requests will be accepted only by mail or e-mail. This is an exchange column, so we will not run items that are for sale. Readers must agree to publication of phone numbers, including area code. Due to the volume of REX requests, it might take several weeks before your item appears in the paper.

Reader's Exchange: Might 'Real story of a Real Doll' be in your book collection? 03/27/09 [Last modified: Friday, March 27, 2009 10:50am]
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