I have been away at my grandmothers. Helping to go through the house so that we can rent it out. So strange to go through someones life and see what they have saved and held dear. Also a peek into times past and how people dressed.
We found so many gloves, many vintage hats, purses each with a mirror and a hankys.
Also some amazing jewlery that has been in our family for generations. My grandmother and grandfather were stationed in Hong Kong before World War II. Once things got dicey my grandmother was sent home and grandfater stayed behind as a Captain in the Navy. While in Hong Knog my grandfather began gathering pearls for necklace for my grandmother.
He was sent to the Phillipines where very early in the war his ship was sunk and the crew was captured. He has an amazing tale. He was a Prisoner of War for 4 and a half years.
During this time he had sewed the pearl necklace into the collar of his shirt and kept it the whole time he was a POW until he could give it to my grandmother in person. When he arrived home he met my mother, his daughter for the first time who was now 5 years old.
My grandfather and my mother right after the war.
The family a few years later.