I was chuffed to find these two cheap as chips (£1.50 for the two) Just William books in their original dust jackets, as I have loved these stories ever since I was a child and still dip into the books even now.
Further buys included three Woods Ware Jasmine breakfast bowls for £1.25...
...a stash of Sylvanian Families stuff for £4, which has pleased Monkeychild no end as she she loves playing with the houses and little animal figures...
...and a Lee Bender Bus Stop suit brought for a completely barganious £2! The lady selling it told me that she brought it from the Bus Stop shop in London in the 70s for her first job interview. I've had it dry cleaned and although I won't wear the skirt as its a bit too tight, I'll definately wear the jacket.
However, I have left the most intriguing item to last.
I came across this book with its tatty dust jacket bearing the stirring title: Wings on her Shoulders - a vivid picture of life & work in the W.A.A.F. I didn't pay much attention to it at first and brought it for 50p thinking that it would be a good read as I'm interested in WWII history. However, when I got home and opened it up I found two intriguing things inside.
First was the inscription which reads To Eleanor in memory of many happy times on the "Jous....l" together. Mabel'. I can't work out the spelling of the name though, which may be the key to finding out more about Eleanor and Mabel.
Secondly, I found a folded up sheet of paper which has what looks like a syllabus timetable carbon copied onto it with subjects such as 'Map reading and map plotting' to be held in the Billiard Room on the 29 November between 19:30 and 21:00 hours with the instructor Mr. B.J. Taylor.
|What's even more poignant is that you can see where a flower has been pressed between the sheet|
This is really fascinating stuff and wouldn't it be brilliant to be able to trace Eleanor and Mabel, and possibly where they undertook their training.
I've only just started to read the book, which is an account of the author's experiences in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force and have just got to the part where she has been issued with her W.A.A.F. uniform: "How to do credit to the R.A.F. with no more than a black tie, blue overall, thick grey stockings, beret and badge gave cause for thought. For weeks they were all we had; but we did our best to be neat, fairly bursting with pride".
Its illustrated with photos by Cecil Beaton which provides a glimpse into the life of a W.A.A.F.