Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Something Special...

Hello there...

I'm not sharing a card today but I hope you don't mind me sharing something very special that I received on Monday

To give you a little background - Many years ago I was interested in my family tree...By chance I came across a book written about Wilkie Collins (Playwright author and best friend of Charles Dickens) and discovered my Great Great Grandmother Caroline was his partner...
I contacted the author of the book and cutting a very long story short I finally made contact with my Aunt's 2nd cousin Tim in Australia and his wife Jeanette who was a keen geneologist and had done tons of research. We corresponded for some time and then Tim sadly died and we lost touch...

Out of the blue, a month or so ago, Jeanette contacted me... Sadly she has some health issues and she asked me if I would like the heirlooms she held, belonging to my Grandmother and Great Aunts.
Of course I said yes and despite the cost I had them sent over...

What a treasure trove of things, including amazing jewellery and trinkets.... But by far, my favourite thing is this little album...


This is over 100 years old and is filled with memoirs, drawings and watercoloured paintings as well as photographs.

My Grandmother and her sisters were all Gaiety Girls and toured the UK starring in various shows... In the album are entries from many of the well known actors and actresses of the early 1900's...

Here's a peek at some of the pages 

An entry by Gertie Miller


 Entries from the cast of one of the shows together with a photo of the whole cast
 
The person referred to as Da is my G.Aunt Doris Beresford 
 

The Iris referred to next to that beautiful painting is  my G. Aunt Iris
 

This pencil drawing is just stunning ... See the date? 1907 
 

And one last painting and verse ....


 I am just over the moon with this and there is so much more to go through...

I hope you enjoyed seeing these as much as I did

Till soon

~ Ros ~
 
 
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