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My Great Aunt Norah's wartime diaries, 1938-1948

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Norah’s 1941 photograph

  20th September 1941: Photos from Winter’s arrived. Sent Danny one.  Norah’s visit to W.W. Winter, a professional photographer on Midland Road, Derby, was her second attempt to acquire a … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

The extraordinary adventures of ordinary girls: blog relaunch

After a difficult few months with very little time in which to write, I now have space ahead of me in which Norah’s story can unfold at the pace it … Continue reading

July 4, 2014 · 4 Comments

‘Wrote back to my minesweeper’: introducing sailor Jim

J. Lowman 2 Mess HMS Elgin GPO London 26.2.1941 Dear Friend, I have just received a lovely pair of hand knitted socks, from our Naval Base comfort fund.  Seeing your … Continue reading

March 2, 2014 · 4 Comments

Dancing with Frank: January 1941

 1st January 1941: Went to Hemington with Ma.  2nd: Snowed  9th: Bombs dropped at Diseworth and Wilson. 10th: Helen, Ma and I went to Long Eaton to buy coat for … Continue reading

January 26, 2014 · 7 Comments

Norah’s American twin

‘Got my hair set today. In my opinion, if I had hollower cheeks, I’d be a perfect double for Garbo.’ This is not Norah Hodgkinson writing, but fourteen year-old Joan Wehlen … Continue reading

August 6, 2013 · 2 Comments

Scraps of stories: ‘The New Umpire’, 1929

I was delighted to receive this little gift via email: ‘my’ missing poster from Labour’s 1929 election campaign (see Setting the Scene). Thank you John Baxendale! ‘The New Umpire’ acknowledges the recent enfranchisement … Continue reading

July 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

The ancestral home

Arthur the removal man appears mid-table on thirteen year-old Norah’s list of school-girl crushes. He was present in her life for one day only: the Saturday in June 1938 when he drove the … Continue reading

June 28, 2013 · 5 Comments
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