Three Copper Pennies


Bill & Dovie came for a visit this weekend. We had a wonderful time catching up on one another’s lives. We shared some of the travel photos from their childhood that we have recently had scanned from slides to digital. That conjured up some fun memories! And Bill brought the three copper pennies that Great Grandpa Blanke had in his pocket when he arrived home in Cincinnati after the Civil War. Two were dated 1848 and the third was minted in 1852. They are significantly larger than modern pennies. It was awesome to hold items that had been held by so many members of four generations of family.




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Arctic Circle Ceremony

Arctic Circle Ceremony

After a few days of exploration in the realm of the Arctic Circle, we aboard the Jewel of the Seas celebrated with a Blue Nose Ceremony and will receive Arctic Crossing Certificates!

Magerøya Island

Magerøya Island

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