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COAL & COCA-COLA: Small Town USA 1949 (Short True Story w/Photos) by [Shelnutt, Linda G.]
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COAL & COCA-COLA: Small Town USA 1949 (Short True Story w/Photos) Kindle Edition

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Length: 99 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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This is the 14th unabridged 2015 edition of this short work dedicated to an entrepreneurial woman who has earned respect beyond words. The author says she always admired her mother's bull dog determination as a divorced single woman supporting herself and two kids from a small business as a professional baker. Against various odds for a woman in 1949, when Marge Hudnall's son was around five years old, and her daughter was two, Marge borrowed $6,000 from a local bank in her small town of Florence, Colorado (around 3,000 population), opened a bakery, and repaid the loan in two years. Through that venture, Marge accomplished more than earning a living, as Linda discovered when she interviewed her mother for this story, and Marge began recalling events which were news to Linda and almost news to her.

Linda recalls typing furiously in her personal shorthand as her mother began talking, seeming to fall into a trance reliving her personal and professional history. The interview flowed on its own so freely Linda didn't have to pause typing to ask more than a few questions. Within the historic ambiance which Marge described in this interview the Sloppy Joe sandwich was originated in the 50's in The Malt Shop Bakery and Bus Depot in Florence, Colorado. Margie's bakery story, COAL & COCA-COLA proves the origin or that juicy sandwich and more.

Read this energizing short story while it steams is this upgraded unabridged KINDLE edition with a photo essay.
A collection of short true accounts [with photo collections] based around the mining industry in Fremont County, Colorado:
1. Coal & Coca-Cola
2. The Price of Black Diamonds
3. I Worked
4. Coal Dust in Their Hands
5. Dark Diamond Twilight
6. The Last Lunch Box
7. We Work All Our Lives and What Do We Get?
8. This is Someone’s Loved One: An Undertaker’s View

The VH definition/code has been enhanced and updated with that new version included in this 2015 unabridged 14th Kindle edition of COAL & COCA-COLA.
APOLOGY from KINDLE GLOW BOOKS: This story is engrossing enough to feel too short even with the photo essay. The original 8 VH's were written for the official local newspaper in the late 1990's and early 2000's and were too long for that venue, but were allowed significant extra column space because they were special types of offerings [only a few photos were in those publications].

However, the main story content in these Visceral Histories is longer than many Kindle short stories, and the VH's expand that length with photo collections and the Visceral History concept definition. In the five mining stories an extensive historic capture of related events is also included. Due to the unique content of these stories and photos, KINDLE GLOW BOOKS feels that these titles give more than a fair value for the price. If one story leaves a reader wanting, there are 7 additional VH's in this collection to go to for more!

A 3 Star review complimented this story then rated it poorly noting that 50% of the content was advertisements for other books. That is true of "Coal & Coca-Cola" and "We Work All our Lives and What do we get?"... if you don't count the essay on the Visceral History definition and code in that percentage, which we believe belongs with the content and enhances it.

The rest of the appendix content contains a biography, author photo, title page, dedication, hyperlinked list of books by the author sorted into categories, and book covers of a few other books by this author. The publisher believes that this appendix material can be helpful, and would appreciate it in books they read, because if a book feels like it ends too soon, we like to know where to go for more.

For those who prefer the story without these extras, a special abridged edition of Coal & Coca-Cola [with photos but minus appendices] is available: ASIN: B00AR63D7O.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6551 KB
  • Print Length: 99 pages
  • Publisher: KINDLE GLOW BOOKS; 14th KINDLE unabridged edition (April 30 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028QG7B0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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I didn't particularly find it engaging. I thought the book would have been about how Coca Cola got started etc etc etc but not so much ..
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa06b8ee8) out of 5 stars A True Story of Family Love and Warmth, Along With Mouth-Watering Cozy Treats June 2 2009
By Andrea - Published on
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This is a very beautiful and sweet tribute to a mother. The dedication Linda makes to her mother is very awesome and tells you what kind of person her mother is. (I'm not going to tell you what she says in her dedication; you have to read it for yourself - I don't want to ruin it for you.) I don't even know Linda's mother, but after having read the dedication, and the story, I know that I admire her more than I can say.

Before any book or story is read, one sees the title and cover art/photo. Linda picked a wonderful title for this story. "Coal and Coca Cola" sounds refreshing, and the crisp alliteration brings out the beauty in the smoothness of the title. The cover photo is cozy and reminds one of coal and coca cola.

Title and cover photo aside (as wonderful as they both are), the story is very heart-felt and sweet, and also cozy. It is heart-felt and sweet because of the love, support, and closeness of the family members. They encouraged and built each other up. It is cozy because of all the breads, rolls, burgers, and sloppy joes!

This story, "Coal and Coca Cola" is the true story of Linda's mother, Marge opening a bakery to support her two children. Yes, the bakery was to support her two children, but Marge had baking talent (the pictures of her bakery case are evident of that!) and baking interest, so I think it was a labor of love rather than just labor out of necessity. When I saw the pictures of her bakery case full of mouth-watering treats, not only was I amazed at this hard-working mother's talents, but I also wanted one of her treats! I was even more amazed when Linda said she had these cases full by 8:00 am each day except Sunday. That is truly amazing! Yes, her mother had talent! And her mother was indeed a hard-working professional! Her bakery was a success.

I feel this story is also a tribute to the sloppy joe. Reading about the spicy red sauce that her mother made them with was mouth-watering. The sloppy joe story is a very interesting story.

This edition contains some wonderful pictures. As I mentioned earlier, there are pictures of the bakery cases full of mouth-watering treats. And there are also more interesting pictures of Linda's mom, the streets of Florence, Colorado, and many more.

Yes, Linda's family is Italian. It has Italian written all over it. It has all the characteristics: the warmth, love, and support of family; the hard work and baking talent; and the physical characteristics are very obvious.

This story is very well-written and interesting. I am grateful to Linda for sharing this dynamic true story. A whole sky full of stars are not enough for this story's rating.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa06b8f3c) out of 5 stars Tugging at the Gossimer Strings of Memories July 24 2012
By Daniel Cole - Published on
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I'm not a person given to enjoying short stories or at least I wasn't until I read "Coal and Coca-Cola. There is much to pleasantly remember that I had long ago assumed forgotten by me in this story. The plight of women back in those days having to raise children on their own in a Man's World. Finding any kind of job back then was a Miracle but, A Woman starting a Business was a wrestling Match with Hell's Legions on you heels. Any and every obstacle would be thrown, INTENTIONALLY, in the womans way. Coal and Coca-Cola tells you and shows you how one very stubborn and courageous woman overcame many stumbling blocks, weariness, the doubt of banks and the world in general to become a success in bleak economical times. She remained a lady and a woman without becoming what some call today a "woman trying to do a man's work". She proved that she could take whatever was thrown her way, shrug it off, keep on working towards success, raise her children by herself and still remain the Ultimate Confident Lady and Mother, she was at heart. If you like stories about being rewarded for hard work and ambition, while remembering simpler but much harder times, You will fall in love with Coal and Coca-Cola. G. Daniel Cole
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa06b9390) out of 5 stars The beauty of Bulldogs, June 12 2009
By Edd Voss - Published on
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This story hit home for me. My grandfather built the soddy (a house made of blocks of prairie sod) that my mother was born in on the Colorado plains. The spirit of the people who carved out a living on those plains could best be described as tenacious as a bulldog. And here I thought that Sloppy Joes were named after my uncle Joe Masterson. Ohh well I like Ms. Shelnutt's version better since I had my first one after moving to Denver. Her depiction of the people in her family make them recognizable as all of those who have fought to overcome life's boulders. I look forward to her next story.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa06b9378) out of 5 stars Loving tribute June 30 2012
By Cheryl - Published on
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A loving tribute to a hardworking mother who faced down adversity and made a good life for herself. I really enjoyed looking at the pictures and appreciated the care that was taken in captioning each one well.

About 50% of my copy of the book is reprinted reviews and advertisements for other books.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa06b9738) out of 5 stars Small Town History Sept. 13 2013
By CJ Rocchio - Published on
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Brought back lots of memories. Wonderful short story with great old pictures. It shows what strong single women did when they said you couldn't. Very well written and interesting. Simulated curiosity about that time in history and that location. This is a thought provoking story and with the photos it stays with you long after it's been read.