Bring me a bicycle and some nuts and apples.

Wilson Daily Times, 3 December 1924.


Albert Gay, whose letter to Santa was published in 1924, was the son of Albert S. Gay Sr. and Annie Bell Jacobs Gay. At that time, his brothers were Jesse, Harold, and baby Samuel. (Albert Jr. apparently received the bicycle he wished for — seven months later, he broke three ribs when he and his bike collided with an automobile.)


  1. Not being familiar with the term “butter nuts,” I did a little casual research which made me wonder whether butter nuts were readily available in the area in young Albert’s era. I learned that butter nuts are a variety of walnut that is apparently not readily available commercially now. My interest in food makes me want to taste one! Any insights on them would be appreciated.

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