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One Present: Christmas Top Spins for 140th Year
As people all over the country consider the implications of scaling back their holiday shopping this year, they might be interested to learn about a little boy, born during the civil war, whose love for one simple present has lasted more than a century and is still being celebrated today.
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One gift, lasting tradition: A family with Morris roots keeps 140-year custom alive
Morris Sun Tribune
Morris, Minnesota
December 31, 2008
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Christmas Top Spins for 140th Year
Lancaster Farming

The leading northeast and mid-Atlantic farm newspaper
December 27, 2008
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Christmas tradition is the top: Linsley family first gave toy a spin in 1868
By Denise Alt
Red Wing Republican Eagle
Red Wing, Minnesota
December 26, 2008
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One Gift, 140 Years Later
Litchfield Independent-Review

Litchfield, Minnesota
December 25, 2008
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140 Year Old Christmas Tradition Spins on in Time
By Terry Campbell
West Concord News-Enterprise
West Concord, Minnesota
December 24, 2008
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One Present: Christmas Top spins for 140th Year
The Outpost Weekly Newspaper
Serving South Stevens and Northwest Spokane Counties (Washington)
December 24, 2008
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Short Circuits
By Randy Silas
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis, Minnesota
December 15, 2008
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Holiday Spin: One small brass top carries the stories of many lifetimes for a Deer Park family
By Shawn Vestal
The Spokesman-Review
Spokane, Washington
December 22, 2008
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The 100-Year-Old-toy — A Brass Top
The Litchfield Independent Review

Litchfield, Minnesota
May 7, 1969
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Brass top, Made in 1868, Part of Family's Christmas
Oshkosh Daily Northwestern
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
December 24, 1964
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The Top
The Top
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David Linsley and the Top
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Spinning the Top
Spinning the Top
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James Linsley spinning the top, Christmas 1964
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Lucy Jeanne
Director of Public Relations
Dear Daddy:
The Farm Letters

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