2017-09-01 19:15:56 UTC
I've spent most of the last week round at Pa's house, trying to
declutter and make some sense of the stuff we want to keep.
In amongst the heaps of absolute and utter junk - which is going to
the tip at a steady rate - there have been some complete treasures.
The problem is that there are papers and photos stuffed inside books
and boxes, so everything has to be checked before it can be disposed
On Wednesday, Bro & I carted a wardrobe downstairs to go to the tip.
It was the one from my bedroom (Bro's before mine) growing up, and has
serious memories. But Pa sawed it in half to get it out of the old
house, so it's not worth keeping. Once we'd moved the wardrobe, we
could then chuck the mattress and stand the bedframe up against the
wall to make more room.
Under the bed, along with the ammunition box with the slide projector
in!, were several file boxes. Most were full of OU units, which were
binned, but one was full of documents from Pa's time in the TA. They
are rather interesting, especially the one about the Subaltern's Ball
that Pa was in charge of organising. There are also a load of
movement orders and briefing notes for several years' camps and notes
from officers' training courses.
These are all on foolscap paper and I want to keep them. I can find
foolscap punched pockets on Amazon, but they are the cheapo ones you
get from office supply places. Yesterday I emailed one of the family
history supply places to ask if they sold archive grade foolscap
folders. I've just had an email back that said "The largest pocket we
do in the A4 size closes to follscap is PPC1 or USLET" (PPC1 = 298 x
222 mm, USLET = US letter). So that's a no, then.
It seems odd that a UK genealogy site should sell US size pockets, but
not a size for documents that would be prevalent in UK family history.
I'll just have to go for the bog standard ones.