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View Diary: "Dear Aunt May": Letters From Post-War Britain, Part I; "Hands Across the Pond" (22 comments)

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    •  This was how it was...the world I was born into... (5+ / 0-)

      Somewhere, I still have the first Ration Book issued to me, and the Identity Card of my Mother.

      Commonmass is doing us all a great service (I am uncertain if I could have done this, as parts of it are too painful for me to set down).

      A note for CM..

      .the 15 [illegible] to last 3 months
      will mean '15 cwt', or '15 hundredweight'. Since a 'hundredweight' was NOT 100lb, but 112lb, it is fairly unintelligible to Americans! '15 cwt is therefore 3/4 of a 'long ton'.

      19/4d is '19 shillings and 4 pence', or just 8 pence under a Pound. I would like to point out that a coalminer was earning about 4 Pounds a week at this stage. I should know, Pops was one!

      Thank you CM...please Kosmail, me, OK?

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 04:07:43 AM PST

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