This has been my favourite ever find at a fleamarket. A suitcase full of about 100 letters dating between 1957-59 between two sweethearts, Cecil and Ada, who appear to have written religiously every few days to each other until their marriage. Although I find it sad that something as precious as this would turn up for sale on a market stall, I am secretly pleased that they have come into my possession! Haven't managed to read through many yet but the few I have are fascinating. Can't wait to do a project with these...
I found Cecil's interest in Ada's possibly transparent nightie, and desire to rub her cold ridden chest, particularly amusing.
I have been reading a book called 'One thousand beards; a cultural history of facial hair' by Allan Peterkin, and so have been making some collages inspired by growing and cutting hair. Along the way I have found some interesting facts like- A fifteen year old boy will trim thirty feet of beard by the time he is eighty, a man has 2500 whiskers, and 90 percent of men shave.
And my favourite quote ' The glory of a man's face is his beard'. Too right.
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