More Stuff from the Vault…

February 11, 2007 at 1:39 am (From the Vault)

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Something I don\’t tell a lot of people is that my great grandfather on my mothers side was an Austrian Count.

I don\’t usually tell people because I don\’t know much about him except his name was Von Radgio (I am not even sure how that should be spelt) and that he wasn\’t a very nice person, quite violent from what I understand.

My great grandmother needed to get a divorce from him, which was unheard of in those days, so she stood in the crowd as the Tsar passed by and threw a letter into his carriage. She was immeadiately arrested but then released after the Tsar read her letter and granted her a divorce. Pretty amazing story!

This was his cutlery, if you look at the close up you can see the letter \”R\” with a little crown above it. My mother kept it and divided it up between us kids many years ago. So we all have a few pieces.

Her family used to use this cutlery for as long as she could remember.

I am not sure how old it is but it would be at least as old as when the last Tsar ruled Russia. So about 100 years old, maybe older.

Its very nice to have it and I will cherish it forever.

 

Love Me xxxx

 

P.S For those of you who were wondereing, they were living in Russia at the time. My great grandmother was Russian.

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Stuff from the Vault…..

December 21, 2006 at 11:49 pm (From the Vault)

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When my mother first immigrated to Australia with her first husband in 1952 they established a toy factory making soft toys. They made everything from teddy bears to poodles.

She imported her fabric from Germany from the same factory that made the mohair fabric that the famous Steiff teddy bears were made from. She designed all the patterns for the toys and they made a huge range of breeds of dogs as well as having the rights back then to make Noddy, Blinky Bill and Snuggle Pot and Cuddle Pie.

Her first husband sadly died of cancer in 1958.

In 1959 she met my father and they continued on with the toy factory for a while but as my father was a pastry cook they decided to open a cake shop.

I still have today boxes of fabric, glass animal eyes, faces and some full toys like a family of teddies and a panda from their 1950’s factory.

So above is a photo of my mum (in the polka dots) and my dad, in the toy factory.

Next to that is a photo of rubber and plastic faces, I have a box about the size of two shoeboxes full of these faces and still don’t really know what to do with them, but they always were fascinating to me as a child.

Its nice to have them, even though I wasn’t born when mum and dad had the toy factory, mum still made toys for us and friends, and the memory of her cutting the fur, sitting at the machine and helping her stuff the toys as a child is something I remember with unexplainable happiness.

 

Love Me xxxxx

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