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From: Pat Cook <>
Subject: [B&D] FOOD FOR BRITAIN - Flour bags etc;
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2008 20:57:13 +0000 (GMT)
Trevor, you are stirring up the memories.
I have several beautifully embroidered table cloths, done by one of my maiden aunts during the war. They are bleached flour bags, she failed to get rid of the writing on one bag, it still has the name of the company, contents, weight etc; clearly visible.
Another aunt was a wartime bride, her trousseau was made from parachute silk, ( my grandfather worked as a civilian maintenance man at a local airfield)
I belonged to a Guide Troop, 1945-51 we received a 'Comfort Parcel' I think it came from America. My prize was a tube of tooth paste. At home we all used the same round tin of toothpaste, which contained a pink hard paste, you had to scrub your brush hard on it, but it tasted lovely, a tube, was a real luxury.
After the war, the aunt who was a wartime bride, went to live in East Africa with her new husband. I can see my grandparents now, parcelling up the goodies, the parcel was wrapped in calico/canvas twice, each time securely sewn with strong thread.
The most popular request for stuff to be sent were, Sunday Papers and packets of dried peas
I was born and grew up by the sea in Lincolnshire, my mother would meet me from school carrying a wicker basket. We walked the beach picking up nuggets of coal that was washed ashore from the trawlers coming up the River Humber from Grimsby. When the basket was full, we took it home, shook out all the sand, and washed the coal under the outside tap, tipped it into the coal house to dry. My mother could make one basket of coal last 1 - 2 days on our old black range. Using the waste cabbage leaves and potato peelings helped eek out the coal.
The stringent wartime scrimping, and 'make do and mend', has stayed with me to this day. Old habits die hard.
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