Monday, April 11, 2011

View to the past

Prudence is very partial to a garage sale - bargains, treasures, good- (or not-) natured haggling.

This week's haul included some divine vintage sewing patterns, a set of bathroom taps, brass hooks and some books.

An Enid Blyton (Claudine at St Clare's) and the delightful Jean Behind the Counter by Nancy Martin. Prudence hadn't heard of her either.

To quote the blurb: "Jean had always wanted to serve in a shop, and in the large store where she began her career she sold all kinds of things, from haberdashery to baby-linen. At Stacey's she made new friends and was soon caught up in a whirl of swimming galas, cycling clubs, skiffle groups and staff dances. But it was only after she had battled with discouragement at work, difficulties at home and jealousy over her friends that she made a success of her chosen career."

Published in 1960, it is most definitely a book of its time - more than once Jean's ambitions are dismissed with an off-handed comment that she'll probably get married anyway.

But the most amusing aspect was the bookmark - a series of Christmas stamps, not issued by the post office, designed, one presumes, to be affixed to a card. They say: From a supporter of the Slow Learning Children's Group.

Now there's an encouraging name!

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