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    Posted 4 years ago

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    Fifty-nine years old!!! This is a truly "canned" - as in hand-soldered-shut after packing - piece of cake which is 7 3/4" in diameter and 3" high. On the top is written, in felt marker, "1959 / Wedding Cake of / David H. Rhinelander / Ann S. Rhinelander / 11 June." There is some fading due to the container aging but it is legible. And, it weighs 4 1/2 pounds! - I can't imagine what kind of wedding cake weighs that much . . .maybe fruit cake?
    I know that people freeze a piece of wedding cake for their first anniversary but does anyone know of a tradition of actually canning a piece? Possibly German since this came from Lancaster County, Pa.

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    1. OlofZ OlofZ, 4 years ago
      Divorced in the 70's Nobody wanted the cake! :)
      Amazing what you can find on the internet:
      David H Rhinelander, born Jun 1935 Massachusetts, Divorced 20 Jan 1976 in Connecticut
      Education Level: 4 years college
      Spouse's Name: Anne, born Feb 1937, Massachusetts
      Spouse's Previous Marriage Number: Not Stated
      Marriage Date: Jun 1959
      Marriage Place: Massachusetts
      Separation Date: Jan 1975, Middletown, Connecticut
      Number of Children Under Age 18: Four
    2. UncleRon UncleRon, 4 years ago
      That's interesting, OlofZ! It makes me wonder how it got to the auction house near Lancaster, Pa. where I purchased it. It was in a large lot of miscellaneous junk - nothing particularly valuable or precious. I thought it was quite odd, and strange that it was kept all these years and then, essentially, discarded.
      I'm still wondering if anyone has ever heard of this sort of thing. Especially since the cake is so heavy!
    3. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      It goes well with the 1950s milk I found still sealed in the bottle.
    4. UncleRon UncleRon, 4 years ago
      Thanks, all. I (my wife, actually) made fruit cakes a few years ago. It was a several-month procedure but the ones we didn't give away were quite tasty and lasted forever. I vetoed the addition of those "candied" fruit bits commonly found, which taste like colored paraffin, so we used raisins, currents, coconut, and mixed nuts.
    5. slackjack, 4 years ago
      I find this so foolishly interesting ! If the marriage didn't last WHY would the cake ? A fellow once warned me about the green fruit bits in fruit cake. He called them spondoolix and claimed it would lead one to an early grave. This is the same guy that always brought donuts to work on one day in April. They never realized they were helping him celebrate Hitler's birthday ! It takes all kinds to make a world I guess. Oh the can and find a cake tester, please.

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