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Edna Earle (Ladd) Burrage was raised by the founder of our company and her grandfather, J.E. Ladd Sr. In the photo, the top two quilts on the stack of furniture pads to her left were handmade by her grandmother Fannie Ladd. When Edna Earle was just a young girl she would play under the large quilting frame while up to ten friends and neighbors stitched away at the "quilting party" as she described it. Tonight she pointed to patches in the quilts "I remember having a dress made out of that material." At 88 years, Edna Earle (and the quilts) are still going strong! In fact, we are considering bringing Edna Earle out of retirement to move furniture for us. I told her to report to work in the morning at 9am. "I'll be there...with muscles!"
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Here is a delightful story from one of our customers whose piano we moved. There are also pictures of 3 very handsome movers and a beautiful Mason & Hamlin grand piano!
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This Wednesday's issue of the Durham Herald Sun is their 125th anniversary commemorative issue. It will also be the very first newsprint advertisement that J.E. Ladd & Son Transfer has ever run! To see our 1/2 page full color ad with all generations of Ladd owners, pick up an issue or download the PDF from their site on Wednesday.

http://www.laddmoving.com/category/news/
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Last week we had the privilage of moving this gorgeous Salvi concert grand pedal harp while moving a household in Chapel Hill. How cool is our job?!
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We know from how helpless it feels to have to waste priceless and few vacation days when service comapines only keep "banker’s" hours during the same schedule you have to work. So we've decided to offer alternatives to our customers. And the best part is there is no additional charge for this option. Go to our website blog and comment on the thread if there is anything else you think would help make your move easier."
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We now accept Mastercard and Visa, and offer Storage!
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Our moving company was front page news in last weeks Durham Herald Sun newspaper!  See the story below

http://www.heraldsun.com/business/x1401027525/Still-trucking-from-one-J-E-Ladd-to-another
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Today we moved a two-thousand year old statue! Not a typo, it dates to 200 B.C (as in Before Christ). Needless to say, J.E. Ladd V cradled it carefully in his arms like a little baby in swaddling clothes! Our slogan is “We moved your antiques…when they were new”. In this case, not entirely accurate. The Blizzard family trusted the Ladds to move their priceless treasure, trust them to move yours!
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When I was five years old my dad told me that a wooden piano slide could fly through the air like a magic carpet, and I believed him.

He was lying on his belly across the homemade seven-foot piano slide like a surfer and I was perched up on his back right there in the middle of unpaved, dead-end Benjamine Street.  He pointed to the space between the slats and the runners and said “If you crumble up some of them sycamore leaves and stuff them in there, this thing’ll float right up to the sky”.

I remember how disappointed I was when that old oak frame with dirty carpet tacked onto it didn’t take flight after I fed it handfuls of fresh green leaves and sycamore balls.  But for a moment there was not a flicker of doubt in my mind that it would raise right up off the gravel, in just another second.

When I was sixteen I started working on the moving truck in the summers and a couple of years after high school, and decided I was going to college and study science!  I was going to be so much more than just a furniture mover.  I had purpose.  Aspirations.  My future lay far away from East Durham and the stubborn old man.  I put myself through college because somewhere along the way, I had learned something from someone about hard work and sacrifice to get what you want.  My life actually would take me around the world, and I would eventually find my way right back to the blue gravel on Benjamine Street.

Forty years later I think of that short moment siting on a piano slide with my dad in the middle of the road, every time I tie down a piano to that same creaky old slide.  And I realize how my young father taught me how to use my imagination that day.

On December 31st of this year, J.E. Ladd IV will retire as caretaker of our 131 year old family business after almost 50 years of backbreaking work.

When I was five years old my dad told me that a piano slide could fly through the air like a magic carpet, and I believed him.  And if you don’t…you should see him move a grand piano.
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