The benefits of charity and thrift shops, at least if you know what you’re looking for.
Do you like Charity Shops? I do as you never know what you might find in them, and in my case where the discovery might take you.
A little while ago I was in a local shop when I spotted a pack of playing cards in a glass case. I could see that the numbers had been written on, which told me that they were of some age as I knew numbers had been added to cards in the nineteenth century. Incidentally this had led to the term ‘Jack’ becoming socially acceptable, before this the lowest value court card had been known as the Knave in polite society, Jack was a much more lower class term (like using serviette instead of napkin). Thus in Great Expectations;
“He calls the knaves Jacks, this boy!” said Estella with disdain.
But when there was a need to put a letter on a card…
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Love old stuff – this was quite a find!
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Utterly typical of him too; how he makes the links is beyond me