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Winner of Purcell’s Father’s Day contest, 1956

Posted on June 17, 2018 | in Uncategorized | by

Theresa Graves, 19, was congratulated by George S. Wiedeman Jr. with Purcell’s Department store after winning a weight guessing contest in June 1956. The contest, sponsored by Purcells in connection with Father’s Day, “Dad is worth his weight in gifts”. All the contestants had to do was guess the total weight of gifts that Purcells prepared for the occasion. Graves used a simple formula for her guess, reversing her age to the number 91 for the pounds. She was born on the 10th of the month, so she added this to the form as ounces, making her guess 91 pounds and 10 ounces. The total weight of the gifts, which ranged from cuff links to a radio, was 91 pounds, 14 3/4 ounces. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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