London in the Blitz. Fred French, 66 Chestnut Road, Raynes Park, Wimbledon, London SW20 kept this diary, blogged 69 years later, during WWII and peacetime. He loves music, model aircraft, radios, railways, roses. His sister Theresa (Ciss) goes out to work - Fred does the shopping, etc.
'On this day' and other notes by Tony French.
By the same editor Poems Please Me
7 November 2011
Sat 18th Oct 1941: clothing coupons & salted cod
. ...bought four collars... vile smelling cod... I am 53 today... given embroidered handkerchiefs .
Mild, exceedingly windy; some rain. To get the groceries etc. in morning. To Wimbledon along railpath in afternoon. Bought four nice Luvisea faced, polo shaped collars at Hewitts. Had to part with one coupon for each collar. Bought some salted cod for the cats. It is being imported in great quantities from Iceland. It smells vile.I would not eat it but Dinkey went mad over it: it is 9d per lb. Repaired the sliding cloths prop; had to fit two mew metal sliding clips. I am 53 today. The last time Uncle Tom called he gave me a parcel to be opened on my birthday. It contained dome handkerchiefs with my initials embroidered on them and a very nice glossy tie in an art shade of brown.
Note: a reader identified the word Luvisea for us, and described it in the comments. .