Brookline Says Goodbye To Ethel Weiss, Who Ran Irving's Toy And Card Shop Since 1939

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Wednesday afternoon at Congregation Kehillath Israel, Brookline said goodbye to a beloved woman — Ethel Weiss.

She had been running Irving's Toy and Card Shop on Harvard Street in Coolidge Corner for 77 years. She and her husband bought the space in 1939 and kids have been coming in to buy toys and candy for three generations.

Weiss passed away last week at 101 years old, leaving two daughters, a stepdaughter, 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was laid to rest Wednesday at Lindwood Memorial Park in Randolph.

WBUR reporter Bruce Gellerman spoke with Ethel Weiss — and some of her many small customers — back in 2013.


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  • "The storefront at 371 Harvard Street, in Brookline, Mass. is tiny, but you can’t miss it. It’s the one with the candy-cane striped awning that looks like a place Hansel and Gretel might call home."

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  • "Items as timeless as the proprietor filled the shelves of Irving’s Toy & Card Shop in Brookline. Have a hankering for a Slinky or Silly Putty? Ethel Weiss had ’em. Need a witch’s hat? She could make one magically appear."

This segment aired on December 16, 2015.


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