You come across them a lot at church thrift shops that ‘inherit’ them for sale when members of the congregation pass away. I have various items that I have ‘liberated’, including a whole collection of postcards from a European tour in the 1920s and a set of bowls (crown green, not ten-pin).
Usually, all you can do is speculate as to who the owners were and why the items meant something to them, but sometimes the web can cast some light on prior lives.
Mrs P came across two small books this week, one a service prayer and service book and a pocket New Testament to commemorate the coronation in June 1953.
On the inside cover of the former was pasted the prayer that I’ve scanned above, while the opposite page identified the owner, ‘LAC H Hartley, RAF Cosford 1943’.
And at the bottom of that page, in a child’s hand, it says: ‘This book belongs to Angela Hartley’.
The souvenir of the coronation was also presented to Angela by her Sunday school and also gave her address.
Mrs P shares my sadness when items like this turn up among the bric-a-brac and jumble and wondered whether we could find out more about the owners.
This we were able to do, thanks to the web and a little delving at the local studies library so that we have the skeleton of the lives of Angela and Harold, when and where they were born and died and who they married. I even have a newspaper cutting from Angela’s wedding.
But really what we would like to do is reunite them with someone that they might mean something to and I have tracked down someone who has the two in their family tree on Ancestry.com.
So I’ve left a message to see if they will be of interest. Hopefully they will.