January 19th, 2019



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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