The Golden Lion Bed & Breakfast
War Ration Wallet-WWII (part 3) Distilled Spirits 27 Nov 2013, 8:27 amOne unit of wines in excess of 14% alcohol by volume it reads. Void if detached follows. That was stamp 28 as shown below. You could also get one pair of shoes, and a 5 pound bag of "pure cane sugar". ["Every Kind For Every Use"!]
Thus continues the rations during WWII on the home front. Don't waste paper...it is needed for defense.
War Ration Wallet - WWII (part 2) The Stamps 19 Nov 2013, 7:19 amRation stamps were the next section of this wallet. They were numbered in order starting with "Ration Stamp No. 1". On the front side of the stamps were military symbols such as a tank, airplane, ship, etc...
On the back of the stamp was the name "sugar", "coffee", "spare", "flour", etc., etc.
A gasoline and mileage ration sticker was required to be placed "...only in that location which conforms with the state law." A "Gasoline Ration" and "Mileage Ration" sticker was included on the 4th page of the wallet. There is no information given as to where the correct location on the "vehicle".
Let's see now; sugar, coffee, and flour to be rationed. I wonder how many cups of coffee it was good for on a typical day?
War Ration Wallet - WWII (part I) 3 Nov 2013, 8:43 amRationing was part of the daily life during the war years of World War II. A family was given a "War Ration Wallet" which gave the admonition: " When you think of RATIONING ... Remember what our boys are doing WITH those things we are doing WITHOUT! "
The following few posts will give a copy of each page of such a wallet. It is given to help remind us in this day of easy access... that it was not always so.
Official looking, yes. The front cover page is shown above. It also listed a suggestion to buy war bonds which became part of the American thought process of the day.
The second page gives a warning.
Collecting 15 Oct 2013, 7:19 amFor some, collecting things begins in childhood. Stamp collecting and coin collecting usually start things off for boys. The stamps and coins started things out for me, but there was soon, bottle cap collecting, insect collecting, leaf collecting, rock collecting, arrowhead collecting, book collecting... you get the picture. The following picture is some of my Boy Scout patch collecting.
There were all sorts of patches. Camporee, "Scout-O-Rama", "GO" Roundup, fall encampments, from all sorts of activities they were collected. Many colors, many shapes, many sizes, and many memories.
Just a few are shown above.
Now this thing called "genealogy" came to be important for me...you know...ancestor collecting.
Corridor In Time 30 Sep 2013, 7:29 amA continuum which lacks spatial dimensions and in which events succeed one another from past through present to future is one definition of time. It is considered the measured or measurable period during which an action, process or condition exists or continues. As a genealogist, we often deal with measurable periods of time during which our ancestors existed. Mostly, it is time spent going from present to past. Here is a picture of my grandson and I sharing some time in one of those passageways which leads to other places.
Hand in hand, moving on down this hallway...we walked, and talked...and shared. Past, to present, and hopefully to the future...this corridor in time.
Those Thousand Words 6 Sep 2013, 5:20 amThe Henderson side of the family comes through my great grandmother Ellen Dorcas Henderson. Family records show that "Richard Henderson had a son named Samuel Henderson who had a son named William Henderson who had a son named: Abraham B. Henderson (nickname Sonny)...". He was born October 22, 1843 and died April 12, 1908. He married Armilda Berryman (nicknamed Millie) who was born January 12, 1844 and died November 14, 1914.
The picture above is Sonny and Millie. Their faces appear stern... foreheads wrinkled... and a determined look that seems to say life is rough, but we are determined to press onward. Sonny's beard is full, hair kept, and a penetrating look that passes through the picture that seems to say...I've seen a lot...done a lot...and know a lot about life's difficulties. Millie shares the same facial expression, but her eyes are a little softer. Her hair is parted carefully down the middle, and must have been pulled tightly into a bun at the back of the head. What stories they could tell. Their faces already speak those thousand words.
In Those Days 12 Aug 2013, 6:43 amScouting in America has a very lengthy story. It actually began in South Africa, where a young British army officer was placed in charge of training new soldiers from England in the skills of tracking, trailing, and wilderness living. [Can you imagine such a thing today?] His efforts led to a series of activities that came to be known as "Scouting". Robert Baden-Powel was his name, and reaching the rank of "General" he returned to England. Here he took a group of twenty boys to camp on little Brownsea Island which came to called the first Boy Scout Camp. In 1908, he published the first Boy Scout Handbook, Scouting for Boys, and the rest is history. On February 8, 1910, Boy Scouts of America was formally incorporated. [What a deal!]
Some 50 years later, Scouting continued in the heart of the Bluegrass.
The patch above was worn on my first scout uniform. The "Blue Grass Council" was the name, which was certainly appropriate for the location. Troop 84 of Winchester, Kentucky was the title. A Scout is: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Wow, what a list. In 1962, it seemed like a good list to apply to any life. No one flinched when saying "The Scout Law". We talked about these things in those days.
Good Conduct Medal 20 Jul 2013, 5:35 am"Efficiency, Honor, Fidelity" are the words which appear on the obverse (front) of this medal.
A Stitch In Time 27 Jun 2013, 10:02 amA counted cross-stitch is what it is. Done with Aida fabric, embroidery threads, needle, backing felt, and a full charted set of instructions. What a deal! My middle daughter, Lesley, with her heart and hands made this for me as a symbol of our family's heritage...the Welsh Dragon, the heraldic symbol of Wales.
Now a symbol is something that stands for or suggests something else by reason of relationship, association, or convention. A red dragon...hmm...where in the world did this come from in the annals of history?
The earliest reference to a red dragon connected to the legends of Wales can be found in the writing of a Welshman of the early ninth century. [ ca. 829 AD] The writer introduces himself as "Nennius", and the formal title is Historia Brittonum or the "History of the Britons". He certainly had a chip on his shoulder because in his introduction he states:
"I, Nennius, disciple of Elvodugus, have endeavoured to write some extracts which the stupidity of the British nation had cast away..."
Well anyway, in his book, part III, chapter 39 - 42, he gives a fairly lengthy story regarding the building of a fortify city [citadel] by a fellow named Vortigern. After traveling "...far and wide..", he came to a province called "Guenet", and "...having surveyed the mountains of Heremus, they discovered, on the summit of one of them, a situation, adapted to the construction of a citadel." This of course is believed to be the mountain range of Snowdon.
To make a long story short, every time Vortigern built a foundation, it disappeared in one night. Frustrated, he got some help from a fellow named "Ambrose (in British Embresguletic)" who uncovered a "pool" with two vases in the pool. The two vases contained two tents, that contained "two serpents, one white and the other red". After a lengthy struggle, the red serpent "expelled the white one from the tent".
Ambrose explained "...this wonderful omen..." as follows:
"I will now unfold to you the meaning of this mystery. The pool is the emblem of this world, and the tent that of your kingdom: the two serpents are two dragons; the red serpent is your dragon, but the white serpent is the dragon of the people who occupy several provinces and districts of Britain, even almost from sea to sea; at length, however, our people shall rise and drive away the Saxon race from beyond the sea, whence they originally came..."
Wow, the red dragon of Wales...our first stitch in time.
A translation of this text can be found at Medieval Sourcebook: Nennius: Historia Brittonum, 8th century, for those who would like to stitch together the rest of the story:
Circa. 1920 28 May 2013, 7:02 am"Gertrude Monroe Circa ; 1920" is written on the back of this family photo. We knew her as "Mam maw".
She was born August 11, 1904, and she would be around 16 years of age when this picture was taken. I have never thought of Mam maw as ever being a teenager until this picture crossed my path this morning. Flipping through a stack of family pictures, this one caught my attention. Mam maw as a teenager! What a deal. She certainly looks like she is ready to go to where ever life was to lead. Maybe it was one of those first dates with Pap paw. Hair fixed, purse in hand, and a hat of some sort that helped block the sun from the eyes. I am ready to go...she seems to be saying. There is a lot of life yet to live. She certainly did.
She died March 17, 1989 at the age of 84 years. She introduced me to cinnamon toast, coffee, and a great number of family stories that remain alive in my heart. Thanks Gertrude Monroe Circa. 1920...it is good to see you as a teenager. Your coffee cup sits on my mantel as I write... still dancing with your stories.