Friday, January 05, 2007

Measuring Marks Maintained

Children in the Hunt family have had their heights marked on a wall at Beall's Department Store in Venice, Florida, for about 40 years. The tradition began when the family's matriarch worked there as an alterationist.

Beall's staff who still remember Helen Hunt have protected the wall from demolition. Today, the partition sits in a storage area removed from the hustle and bustle of Beall's Outlet patrons, awaiting its next mark.
Helen's daughter, Sheila Bailey, says it's "miraculous" that the wall has survived all these years.
Bailey said she recently spoke with the current Beall's Outlet manager, and was assured if the wall were to be removed the store would call Floyd Hunt Jr., who lives in Venice, to retrieve the wall. [Link]

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