Hampstead collectors have a knack for finding Victorian-era mementos NORTH--Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

NEIGHBORS

December 16, 1992|By PAT BRODOWSKI

Jim and Dolly Norris of Hampstead have an eye for Victorian flowers, doves and handshakes.

"The rose is for love, the little forget-me-not, just as it says," said Mr. Norris. "There's the dove for peace, and the hand for friendship."

It's a paper garden they've acquired. They collect Victorian-era calling cards, a business-type card that expressed genteel friendship in the 1890s.

"At the end of a visit, you'd lay one on a tray as you left. They weren't expensive," said Mr. Norris.

Shopping at flea markets, antique shops, and estate sales in Carroll and Pennsylvania in the past five years, they've discovered more than 2,000 cards they liked. Several dozen are on display at the North Carroll Public Library.

Some portray sailing ships, lighthouses, dogs or horses. Messages are included, such as "True happiness be thine."

The best ones are from the Civil War, said Mr. Norris, such as his prize card of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. When he started collecting, the cards sold for dimes and quarters. Enthusiasm among collectors has raised the price to several dollars each.

Collecting keeps the Norrises roaming Carroll County. "We hunt for things together," says Mr. Norris.

His wife, Dolly, collects glass slippers. Part of her collection is on display, too. She also collects dolls. "Whatever catches her eye," he said. "We do flea markets and go out quite a bit. That's our hobby."

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The long-awaited Hampstead Business Association Directory, listing all businesses in Hampstead, will come off the press in January. If you live in Hampstead, Lineboro, Upperco and points between, you'll find it in your mailbox. Extra copies will be available at Town Hall and the Hampstead Business Expo, scheduled next April.

The green and black directory will feature "The New Hampstead" through photographs by Porterfield Photography. They'll illustrate "the progress and changes being made," said graphic artist Robin Leidner, whose hours of desktop publishing bring the volume together.

There's still time to be included. Information: 239-4273.

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Since 1985, Lynn Fleming Beard has designed a well-thought-out collection of handcrafted country textiles and folk art. Her quaint shop, Mrs. Tiggywinkle's Treasures, is part of her home at 2415 Harvey Gummel Road.

Mrs. Tiggywinkle, you might recall, is the motherly hedgehog who launders and starches clothing for fellow animals in a Beatrix Potter story. Finding Mrs. Tiggywinkle in both story and shop requires similar jaunts over country lanes and up hillsides. The shop is, of course, surrounded by animals: the family's dogs, sheep, ducks, a pony and a goose.

Mrs. Fleming Beard will show you delightfully detailed Christmas ornaments, including snowmen sewn with clove buttons and painted fabric blue jays.

She creates a new Father Christmas annually. His beard is sheep's fleece. Her daughter, Miriam, age 7, adds a lovingly penciled wish list.

Mrs. Tiggywinkle's will be open by appointment until Christmas. Information: 374-6198.

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A new life can begin at retirement for seniors who join the American Association of Retired Persons. Ruth Brown, who has lived in Manchester for 38 years, joined after leaving Black and Decker eight years ago.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd be president," she said.

Ms. Brown became assistant secretary back then, and later was vice president. She stepped down Dec. 4 after two busy years as president.

She feels she's earned a respite from working with legislators on state and local issues that affect the elderly, and the travel to Hancock with chairman William Lauterback that was required to do it.

"I do like time for myself," she said. She also likes to keep in touch with daughters Sharon and Beverly, who live in North Carolina.

Carroll County Chapter No. 662, with 357 members, meets monthly at Friendly Farm in Westminster. The chapter holds a health program before lunch that includes illustrated talks by medical professionals who know about illnesses that affect retirees. Anyone age 50 and above may join.

It's a lively group, with such members as Felix Baker, who's now dancing through his 93rd year.

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