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Backgrounder and Quick Facts

Backgrounder and Quick Facts
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For the past 19 years, Edie Clark has written a column for Yankee Magazine. * In its earlier years, it was titled “The Garden at Chesham Depot.” When Edie moved to a new home, the column was renamed “Mary’s Farm.” Readers love Edie’s stories of life in rural New Hampshire and the intimacies of living in an old house. Until *Yankee’s redesign in 2007, Edie’s column appeared on the last page of the magazine; when we moved it to the front of the magazine, this relatively small change outraged Edie’s legion of fans, proving how dedicated her following is.

“House for Sale”

House for Sale has appeared in Yankee Magazine for more than 50 years. In each column, full of idiosyncratic wit and perspective, the Yankee Moseyer describes a New England house for sale, as well as the people who currently live there. The Moseyer’s identity has been protected since the column first ran: * “Yankee* likes to mosey around and see, out of editorial curiosity, what can turn up when you go home hunting,” claims the columns introduction in each issue. “We have no stake in the sale whatsoever and would decline it if offered.”

“The Original Yankee Swopper’s Column”

Arthur “Abe” Bennet, Yankee’s first printer, had a personal habit of leaving his false teeth around in unusual places — such as near the paper cutter or balanced precariously by the glue pot. None too pleased, Robb Sagendorph secretly inserted this tiny notice in one of the first issues: “Will swop one set of false teeth for a broom.” When readers appeared — some 40 of them, each bearing a broom — demanding completion of the swop, back the teeth went where they belonged and where forever after they stayed. And Robb had an idea for one of his most popular features. “The Original Yankee Swopper’s Column” also served a more practical purpose for the fledgling publication. Robb also inserted these notices: “Will swop two mahogany tables, an accordion, and a pair of skis for a typewriter that will write” ? “Will swop one year’s subscription to Yankee for three laying New Hampshire or Rhode Island pullets.”

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