Postcards and memorabilia from a year John's grandmother and her children lived in Europe . . .
The story goes that the decision was made that they could live more cheaply over there -- the grandfather stayed in the states and worked while Olive and her children were abroad.
Lots of postcards which I'll undoubtedly be sharing in days to come . . .
There was a picture of Olive's mother -- Kathryn Florence Rakestraw. (I was absurdly delighted at the Rakestraw, having loved the name ever since first seeing a grammar school production of HMS Pinafore in which my brother played Ralph Rakestraw.)
I spent the afternoon reading the letters and putting them into chronological order as best I could and came away with a real feeling of knowing John's family much better -- what his grandmother thought of her daughter-in-law, a hint of an unhappy romance in the aunt's past, my father-in-law's description of his children . . . this is wonderful stuff!
We'll be sharing all this bounty with John's brother and sister, of course. And I'll be sharing more right here. Stay tuned!