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Former President Jimmy Carter is asking his neighbors for help in furnishing his rural boyhood home, now part of a national historic site.

To look as it did in the 1930s, the farmhouse needs an old icebox, Depression-era books and games, a peanut thrasher and a two-horse farm wagon, among other things.

Carter's personal plea for period items appeared in the Farmers and Consumers Market Bulletin, a publication of the Georgia Department of Agriculture that goes to many south Georgia homes.

"There are a few items needed to complete the furnishing of the home and farm," the 76-year-old former president wrote. "I would like to ask for the assistance of your readers in this regard."

Donors will get a tax deduction and a letter of thanks from the National Park Service, but no money, the notice said.

Officials at the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site found a few items in time for the November opening of the boyhood home in the community of Archery, but more are needed, according to Alan Marsh, a cultural resources specialist with the National Park Service.

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