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From: "Ann.Day" <>
Subject: Re: [B&D] FOOD FOR BRITAIN - Flour bags etc;
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2008 08:48:18 -0000 (GMT)
Gibbs had four colours for different family members .I remember green .A
rival firm -probably Boots made silver only.
We learned cross stitch on sackcloth samplers
> 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
> 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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