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From: Josephine Jeremiah <>
Subject: Re: [B&D] FOOD FOR BRITAIN - Flour bags etc;
Date: Tue, 05 Feb 2008 21:49:52 +0000 (GMT)
On 05 Feb, Pat Cook <> wrote:
> Trevor, you are stirring up the memories.
He is, indeed!
> 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.
My Mum wrote about doing the same thing. The cotton flour bags had to
boiled and bleached repeatedly to try to remove the blue and red lettering.
Pillow cases as well as tablecloths were made out of these flour bags and
once my Mum even made pants for my sister out of some fine cotton bags.
> Another aunt was a wartime bride, her trousseau was made from parachute
> silk, ( my grandfather worked as a civilian maintenance man at a local
We were still using parachute silk well after the war. I remember the
creamy colour of it. My sister, painstakingly, unpicked the seams, which
were sewn with brown silk thread. She used this thread to make the hair on
a small doll she had made for me out of padded pipe cleaners.
>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.
I remember those small round tins! I think ours were red or blue and the
toothpaste was made by Gibbs.
Josephine's Books, Ian's Pages, The Clutton 'Do' and
the Glamorganshire Canal.
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