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Rita Shattuck of Hudson has received the four-cup coffee percolator she was seeking, but for others who may be interested, a number of readers have suggestions about where to find one. Dee Bowholtz of Clearwater writes that Gulf Discount on Drew Street in Clearwater carries them, while Gertrude McNesby of Holiday bought a glass two-to-four-cup percolator at Phar-Mor. And if you happen to travel to the other coast, Joe and Anne Nolan of Trenton in Gilchrist County looked all over and finally found one at Murphy's department store in Daytona Beach on A1A, across from the Howard Johnson's Motel. They also feel sure that the store carried the drip coffee pot that Virginia Endres of South Pasadena was seeking. But a neighbor of Virginia's read her request in last Sunday's column and walked over with her drip pot as a gift.

Foam-back furniture throws are a popular item among our readers, judging by the response we got to the request from Mrs. O. A. Seaton of Safety Harbor. Seems they're available all sorts of places, from Montgomery Ward, McCrory's in Gateway Mall and Kmart (they had them several years ago, at least) to Dollar General stores. For folks who prefer to shop by mail, Hanover House, mentioned last week in connection with romeo slippers, also sells furniture throws with a thin foam backing. Write to Hanover House, Hanover, PA 17333-0812, or call (717) 633-3377. Finally, Blair Shoppe, Warren, PA 16366, also offers the throws.

From shopping to cleaning. Several weeks back, Ms. Florence Marquo of Largo and Thelma


Wohl of Port Richey asked for help removing sun film from windows (car and home). Dot Lionetti of Largo passes on this tip that she read in the Manchester, N.H., newspaper. "Put about a half-cup of water in a spray bottle with \ cup of ammonia. Spray window till saturated, then cover the whole thing with Saran wrap, making sure the entire surface is flat against the glass. Leave on 24 hours." It will then easily peel off and any spots of glue can be removed immediately by razor.

Lynda Bedard of Palm Harbor consulted a window film company and had great success following their advice. "Mix warm water in a bucket with dishwashing soap. Wet the glass liberally and after a couple of minutes start scraping with a razor scraper. Be sure to keep the glass wet and you won't scratch the glass." Lynda says this is a great method for removing spattered paint from windows and mirrors.

Here's yet another source for romeo slippers for Charles Andrazyk. Warren A. Bradish of Tampa orders his from Mason Shoe Manufacturing Co., 21 E Grand Ave., Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.

They've been searchin'

Now who can help find the following items for the following folks?

A small mobile home washing machine with a separate spin basket for J. F. Lawrence of Tampa. She saw one some time ago and would love to have one as her apartment is some distance from the laundry room and she has difficulty carrying her clothes to and fro.

Parts or service for a Gibson refrigerator for Mr. and Mrs. Howard Heinze of Holiday. The company has gone out of business and they need the drive spring that dispenses the ice through the door.

A replacement for the ceramic cup that is part of a bathroom set for Sarah Pearson of Tampa. The set was purchased at a Cracker Barrel gift shop about three years ago. It is white with a basket weave imprint and floral trim of purple, rose and yellow tulips. The bottom of the cup is marked "Mary Ann Baker Design."

An instruction booklet for a Proctor Silex toaster oven model 0504N type 05 Mfg B8731 for Laurence McLaughlin of Gulfport.

A Prego "3 in 1" baby carriage and stroller for Elaine Osher of Palm Harbor. The style is about 18 years old. She already has two bodies but needs the frame. Any condition will do, she writes.

Anyone from the 1946 class at Somerville High School in Somerville, N.J., for Marion I. Smith of Clearwater. She also is interested in the class yearbook of that year.

A pattern for a "Holly Hobby" for Mrs. J.


Scott of Largo, who wants to make one for her granddaughter.

Instructions for the game UPWORDS by Milton Bradley for Bernadine White of St. Petersburg.

A card game called Bridge For Two for Mrs. O.


Gregory Jr. of Dunedin and a card game by Parker Brothers called Water Works for Victoria


Nalli of Port Richey.

A store or other source in West Pasco County that sells French or Italian Provincial (white and gold) furniture for Annette


Kress of Port Richey.

The author of the poem Gingerbread Ann for Mrs. E. Uhlmann of Palm Harbor. She found the poem among her grandmother's possessions in 1940, after she died. The first two lines are: "This is the story of Gingerbread Ann, Who was raised in an oven and baked in a pan."

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