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Letters to Frank…

February 28, 2011

I have a collection of letters that belonged to my Dad.  They were written to him by his grandmother and his great grandmother, mostly in the early 1950s.  It turns out my dad was curious about his family history when he was about 15 years old.

This is one of the letters.

Some stamps from Mrs Martin, Frank dear – have left them for you to lift.  I guess you know how to handle them now. Hope they are new for you. So glad to hear such splendid reports from Dad about the school work of both you lads. Keep it up Frank – school days are all too short aren’t they? Yours are going all too quickly. How are the concert rehearsals going? Be sure to be near enough to attend.  Isn’t today’s news of our Aussies over-seas just “beaut” (As Janice would say).  Can’t beat us by much, can they – Oh, I meant to tell you before, & I hope you will not mind me saying it – but you want to concentrate more on spelling – sometimes you make big mistakes – may be just careless – you write a nice letter, & I hate to see your words mis-splet – Our love dear – Aunty

Haha ‘mis-splet’.

The reference to the Aussies overseas may refer to the Helsinki Summer Olympics, as the letter was probably written around that time, but it could also refer to tennis or cricket, I suppose.

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