While sorting out some of my father's things the other day, I came across a small - very small - leather purse containing two tatty pieces of paper. It took me a while to work out what they were. The one above is in the name of my maternal grandfather, Thomas Graham. It is - I realise - the bill for his wedding tea. £3 15s 5d (less a 9s 5d staff discount) for an order which includes four dozen Fr [? French] cakes, one small Bride's cake and two 3lb steak pies - along with the use of forms (folding tables), knives, forks, plates and spoons.
This dates from July 1928, when Tommy Graham married Elizabeth Brunton - I assume that it was her who merited the staff discount, as her husband-to-be worked in Glasgow's Govan shipyards (having served his apprenticeship as a boilermaker at Harland and Wolff in Belfast).
The other scrap of paper is a typed list of 'necessities for confinements' which - I guess - my grandmother must have been given in preparation for the birth of her first child, my mother, in 1929. 'Have a little Spirits in case it should be required' - sound advice from Nurse Livingston!
Elsewhere among Dad's papers is a photograph album which includes a photo of his parents-in-law - here are Thomas and Elizabeth on their wedding day, 16th July 1928.
I wondered what to do with these two precious mementoes of family history - the more precious because they are so very humble. Having copied them, and now blogged about them, they have been returned to their purse, which has housed these papers for the past eighty years or more - and which will shelter for some time yet, I trust.
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