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debris4spike in photo_scavenger

History

Anyone who knows me knows I love visiting places, so my personal LJ is full of photos of historical items and places. So, I thought |I would do something different ... so here we go.

When I lost Mum & Dad I kept a lot of stuff, and much of it is of sentimental value only. These pictures are truly special for that reason alone ... however they are Dad's history ... and also world history (in the making). dad was great at drawing at school, but was ignored by his parents, so like most kids left school at 14 to work. He was almost 15 when WWII started, and worked in the East-End of London, on the docks. He sketched these pictures (I have about 10), and these are of homes not far from where he lived.
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The last couple of years he was in the Home Guard, and based on the Anti-Aircraft Gun Battery in Barking Park, so sketched this. While his Mum and sister always slept in the air-raid shelter in the garden, hos dad rarely did ... but he captured 3 people asleep here ... maybe a self portrait!
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That is a perfect response. Very personal and special.
Thanks - it was nice to have an excuse to look at the pictures again.
Those sketches are truly family treasures.
Thanks - it was nice to have an excuse to look at the pictures again.
Wow! I'm so glad you copied these images before they fade. They are important history.
Thanks - it was nice to have an excuse to look at the pictures again.

They are now in plastic covers, within a book to try to protect them (but, yes, there are a couple more in the set I need to photograph ... thanks for that)
I love that you have these!
My mom is an excellent artist, but she doesn't draw much anymore. I treasure her little doodles and sketches she used to leave around the house on napkins and on the backs of envelopes. Dragons and horses and faces, dogs, cats, she-bears, night-skies... all sorts of stuff. At times in her life she just couldn't HELP but draw!
Thanks - it was nice to have an excuse to look at the pictures again.

Dad didn't sketch much by the time I was born, so these are even more special ... keep those pics by your mum safe.
What a precious piece of family history!
It was something that I made sure didn't get mislaid when we had to sell Mum & Dad's house