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The Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum
The Airfield
Manston Road
Ramsgate
Kent CT12 5DF
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Tel: 01843 821940
Email: enquiries@spitfiremuseum.org.uk

  1. Hidden Letter

    by Natalie Düwel-Bou Orm

    Here we have an unused box of ‘Wild Woodbine Cigarettes,’ produced by W.D and H.O Wills; Bristol and London.  The box contains pristine packets of cigarettes, as fresh as when they were produced during World War Two. However, the real gem lies in a tiny piece of paper sandwiched between two cigarette packets.

    How we discovered the hidden letter in the box of cigarettes

    How we discovered the hidden letter in the box of cigarettes

    The letter, still in situ, was cordially addressed to ‘My friend’ and continues…

    We were very pleased to have a letter from you; no doubt you think I have quite forgotten you, but I think of you every day and trust when you go to France you will have good luck and a safe return.

    There seems to be terrible fighting out there.  Pleased to tell you that we are all in good health. I hope this will find you the same.

    From your true friend, 

    D (?) Brown

    This poignant letter immediately raises concerns. Did the dear friend ever see the letter? Was the sender ever able to reconnect with his/her friend? Why weren’t the cigarettes ever smoked? Were they a sentimental keepsake or a love lost? There are endless scenarios; however, I somehow feel that there may have been a sad ending to this story.

    The box of cigarettes and the hidden letter

    The box of cigarettes and the hidden letter

    The hidden letter revealed

    The hidden letter revealed

    The second page of the hidden letter

    The second page of the hidden letter

    One of the tiny unused packs of ‘Wild Woodbine’ Cigarettes, dating from WWII

    One of the tiny unused packs of ‘Wild Woodbine’ Cigarettes, dating from WWII

     

     

     

Donations are very gratefully received. Not only because they let us know that we enjoy the support and interest of our visitors but also because, like many charities, we can claim Gift Aid support which could add an additional 20% to our donated income.

 

 

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