Saturday, 5 September 2020

MY DAD'S CHRISTENING GOWN ,,,,,,,,,,





This is my Dad's christening gown. He was born in 1917 so would have been 103, July just gone, but he died when he was 91.



I did think that this was a photograph of him at his christening but, it is a different dress. I remember being told that my grandmother entered him in a baby competition and I think this must be a photograph of him at said competition .... apparently he had chicken pox but they still entered him and he won !!! 


Here he is in RAF Summer/hot country gear ..... he went to South Africa, Iran/Iraq and Egypt among other places. He didn't talk about the war very much, like so many others.



I've been sorting out a pine chest and found my Dads flying instructions !!! ..... written on a tiny piece of paper !


XXXX



all photographs via me


Jackie

27 comments:

  1. Those flying instructions on a scrap of paper are amazing, speak volumes about what it was like in wartime. He was a good looker, your dad. xx

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    1. Exactly what I thought about the flying instructions Rachel. My daughter-in-laws step brother is a pilot for BA ... I must show him.
      Everyone always said my Dad was good looking .... I obviously take after him 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂 XXXX

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  3. Handsome, AND he could fly a plane. They don't make them like that anymore.

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    1. They really don’t, do they ? Life was so different then. I cannot imagine what many went through. XXXX

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  4. Love all this memorabilia Jackie - and yes, a very handsome gentleman. My dad (mum in WRAF also) was in the RAF during WW2 but never talked about those days either. Mum told me a lot about her days as a 'plotter'- underground on the south coast!
    It's always great to find family photos, notes, histories etc. I was 'found' by a second cousin last year from a photo of my grandmother with her 5 children (one being my mum) put on FaceBook by my daughter! Guess the Internet is good in some ways.

    Happy weekend Jackie - stay well. We are still stuck at home other than grocery shopping and a few errands. Our days are long, awfully hot, and uninteresting for the most part. Roll on Autumn.

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    1. Hi Mary, my mum was in the ATS.... and you mum was a plotter ... WOW. When you think what they all went through .... our generation have been so lucky. I sometimes think that Covid was sent to give us something to deal with !!! Brilliant that your second cousin found you. Life is pretty uninteresting here as well and feels like Groundhog Day every day !
      Look after yourselves & keep positive Mary. XXXX

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  5. I have a very exotic Christening robe in a box somewhere, but I'm not sure who wore it. I don't suppose it will ever be worn again, as things have changed.

    I love your Dad's hand written manual; I had a friend who spent years writing a book about modern fighter jet manuals. I can't imagine it would have sold many copies; if indeed he finished writing it. He died a few years back (from boredom maybe).

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    1. As we have a late Victorian/Edwardian house, I washed the christening gown and it now hangs on an old wooden hanger ( one with an hotel name on it ! ) in one of our spare bedrooms ! It’s in perfect condition as I suspect many are, only being worn a couple of times ! The flying instructions are so basic .... I wonder what pilots of today would make of them ? I’m going to show my daughter-in-laws step brother who is a pilot for BA and see what he makes of them ! XXXX

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  6. "Memories are made of this...."
    A lovely and touching post, Jackie.
    xox Karin

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    1. Hi Karin,
      I do love looking back and going through old papers and photographs. Very nostalgic and interesting.
      Hope you are well and coping with the changes that we have all had to make. Look after yourself. XXXX

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  7. Aren’t you happy you saved those treasures
    and recently discovered them again.
    I love it when it happens . . .
    and seeing a loved ones handwriting
    almost puts me over the moon.
    Brings Life Back . . . for a bit . . .
    Thank you for this sharing . . .

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    1. Hi Lynne,
      I actually did know they were there but hadn’t seen them for a long while so I thought I’d share them ! I have loads of other photographs, amongst them, more of my Dad in the war. I also found nearly all the birthday and Father’s Day cards that I had sent my Dad over the years ! I have SO much stuff in this house 🤣 !!! XXXX

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    2. Are you related to me . . .
      I have sooooooo much . . .
      Trying to sort through gets me very distracted!!!

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    3. Haha ! I take after my Dad .... can’t throw anything away !!! XXXX

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  8. Oh Jackie, what treasures! I have an infant's gown very similar to the one that is on your hanger, but the sleeves were too skinny to fit the arms of my well-fed infants!
    Like you I have a home full of STUFF. I made a blog featuring one hundred objects that were meaningful to me because I became aware that these things have their own life and may be part of ours for just a short span. It would be fascinating if you would record your 'stuff' for us to read about.

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    1. I think babies were much slimmer 100 years ago !!!
      I never think that people will be interested in my ‘ stuff ‘.... I’ll have to see what else I can find ! XXXX

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  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!HE WAS VERY HANDSOME!!
    I have my Christening gown in a glass frame........in a wooden box!
    LOVE THE PILOT INSTRUCTIONS.........FRAME THAT!!!!
    XX

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    1. Hi Elizabeth,
      I washed and starched the christening gown .... it looks as good as new even though it’s 100 years old !
      ... & I think you are right... I should frame the flying instructions ! XXXX

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  10. Beautiful memories of your loving dad...so precious...love this post.....love Ria 💕🍀💕

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    1. 💕 Thank you Ria ... wishing you a lovely week 💕 XXXX

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  11. How wonderful! I have my mothers christening gown. My grandmother made it.

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    1. Hello Susan,
      How lovely to have your Mothers christening gown. They were all so beautifully made, weren’t they ? .... and to be made by your grandmother makes it even more special. I would think that my dads aunt would have made his ..... she sewed beautifully. Thanks so much for commenting. XXXX

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  12. What a handsome father you had! I love all the little details you've furnished us with to get a sense of him as a young man. Those Flying Instructions are great. Land (?), as if it is an outcome that can't always be assured, hahah!! xx

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    1. My Dad would have been over the moon to hear people saying he was handsome ( especially from the ladies !!! ) ... and, yes, I think ‘ land ‘ was a given 🤣 XXXX

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  13. You had a beautiful father, Jackie - no wonder he won in the baby-contest - he would have won at the grown-up age too! Amazing are the flying instructions. Great to find these witnesses of his life. Britta XXX

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    1. Oh Britta .... my dad would have loved you and all of the other ladies who have said he was good looking ..... he lived a bit of flattery ! XXXX

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