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Carpenters giving for a good cause

March 29th, 2010

Today someone stopped in at work who was looking for old pictures of the Shoppers World soldiers being built because he is part of a carpenters union volunteering their time to build replicas off the soldiers.  The town is providing the materials and workspace while these generous men are donating their skills and effort.  The town asked them to make 6 soldiers to better balance the amount of soldiers displayed throughout town during the holiday season (most soldiers are placed downtown and around the southside)
I was kindly invited to the shop to check out the progress and as you may know from reading this blog, I was a big fan of the original Shoppers World so it was a real treat to get to see this project in action.

There are two original soldiers that they’ve taken apart to investigate all the support beams and angles.  These guys are replicating every inch of the interior and exterior to make them look and hold up just like the originals.
Here are some pictures from my visit.
A dissected original soldier:

Four pairs of new legs

Almost completed new soldier:

Dismantled original:

Upper half of an original next to legs and feet of a new soldier

Thanks to Charlie Ryan and the members of Carpenters Local 475 for taking the time and effort to take on such a noble task.


  1. WOW! What a timeless way to preserve a bit of local history.

    Comment by ptcakes March 31, 2010 @ 4:56 am

  2. WOW! I remember them from the 70’s growing up in Framingham. Now a million miles away, what memories. Keep up the great work and thank you for preserving the soldiers and my memories.


    Comment by Chris April 1, 2010 @ 6:52 pm

  3. Wow, that brings back memories. Sure, you still see them in season but more is always good.

    Comment by Ray April 1, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

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