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While most collectors keep their stamps in albums, Genevieve Carlsen preferred to incorporate them into clothing. At the Spellman, you can see the dress she modeled for "ladies night" at the Gateway Philatelic Society of Chicago on January 28, 1935. The dress contains 7,000 stamps representing hundreds of countries, according to a report at the time in Linn's Weekly Stamp News. The canceled stamps were glued onto a linen backing. Miss Carlsen must have been petite; the dress is size 2. It was donated by Newton stamp dealer Steve Waxer, who bought it in the 1970s "on a lark." Waxer said his wife never wore it. "I had it hanging in a cedar closet for years and then thought maybe the museum could use it. It ended up where it belonged." A WAX MAIDEN AND BURIED SPOONS GOLDEN BALL TAVERN MUSEUM 662 BOSTON POST ROAD, WESTON 781.894.1751 or WWW.GOLDENBALLTAVERN.ORG Who knows, but had it not been for Isaac Jones's loyalist sympathies, the shot heard round the world might have been fired in Weston rather than Concord. That tantalizing, if highly speculative tidbit, is one you might pick up visiting the 245-year-old Golden Ball Tavern in Weston, which also served as Jones's home and the base of his many businesses. Prior to the Revolution, British spies taking the political temperature of towns outside Boston spent the night at the tavern. Evidently, they heard enough about rebellious sentiment in the area that they decided to advise General Gates to send his soldiers a little farther north, out to Lexington and Concord, rather than west. Besides serving as the backdrop of American history, the Golden Ball is a repository of many historical goodies. One of the most unusual items is the waxworks sconce believed to have been crafted by Isaac's first wife, Anna (Cutler), when she was a 104 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 Genevieve Carlsen's Stamp Dress Size 2 1935 inn's tamp C O U R T E S Y O F S P E L L M A N M U S E U M O F S T A M P S & P O S T A L H I S T O R Y Waxworks Sconce by Anna Cutler circa 1740s C O U R T E S Y O F G O L D E N B A L L T A V E R N M U S E U M

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