Friday, June 30, 2017

Mom's post cards of castles - One

My mother graduated from high school in 1934.  I remember her saying she went to some Catholic college for about a year, but don't know the name.  She didn't marry my dad until '39...so I don't know what she did during that time.  She did have a pen-pal.

It's interesting for me to remember writing letters to many people in my youth.  Sometimes you'd get assigned a pen-pal, who you didn't even know, that some group or another wanted to give young people a way to communicate across the world.

One of the few things my mother left me was her post card collection. Many of the cards are stored away somewhere, and I doubt that my kids or their kids will care about them.  I have scanned a few that at least had a note on the back indicating who wrote them from where.  They have no postmarks, so they may have been sent in envelopes with letters.

Hazel Autley wrote my mother on postcards, from Birmingham, England to San Antonio, Texas.  I think Hazel had probably been in school with my mother. There was a Hazel Pabst in her class, so perhaps she had married by 1937-8 when the cards were sent.

First let me share these three cards.  There will be more that I'll share in the future. After all these years, I only want to put a few up at a time.



Mataley's note in her handwriting says this card was received April 10, 1937 from her friend Hazel Autley, living (I think) in Birmingham, Eng.


Shrewsbury Castle was built around 1074 by Roger de Montgomery[16]. Today the Castle is home to the Shropshire Regimental Museum, Shropshire, England.
History - The castle was built as a defensive fortification for the town, which was otherwise protected by the river. Town walls, of which little now remains, then radiated out from the castle and surrounded the town (although the area known now as Town Walls still has a small section of it and a tower known as Town Walls Tower and in the care of the National Trust).
In 1138, King Stephen successfully besieged the castle held by William FitzAlan for the Empress Maud during the period known as The Anarchy. The castle was also briefly held by Llywelyn ap Iorwerthprince of Wales, in 1215. Little of this original physical structure remains.[2]
The Shropshire Horticultural Society purchased the castle from a private owner and gave it to the town in 1924. 
Source: Wikepedia



I think the typed note came from Hazel, with my mom's note saying it was now 5/38

  5/38 Postcard of Queen's Closet sent from Birmingham, England to my mother from her friend Hazel A.

You may notice discoloration of two tabs on the back sides right of each one, which may have been from tape which was applied in a scrapbook in which they were afixed so the backs could still be seen.

I confess I know next to nothing about  Windsor Castle. There are many folks in Sepia Saturday who have more knowledge about it, and have probably even visited it.  Take a step over to see what the Sepia Saturday folks are up to this week.
 I obviously wasn't able to follow their suggestion very well this week.



I used this resource and was overwhelmed!  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windsor_Castle

So I'll be satisfied just to share my mother's pen pal's contributions, and not attempt to learn too much about the castle itself.

Today's quote:

Like a tree our growth depends upon our ability to soften, loosen, and shed boundaries and defenses we no longer need.
Madisyn Taylor on Daily Om


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