When I was about 1 year old, my Dad went off on a supply ship for the Navy, he was gone a long time, in fact apparently when he returned I didn't even recognised him! Anyway he did it because at the time he could earn a lot of money doing it, and he was prepared to sacrifice time with me at such a young age in order to provide well for us. It must have been a hard choice to make, except my Dad was a lot older than my mum and he was brought up in much harder times - he was born in 1916, he was 50 when I was adopted at birth - so for him the choice of providing is what men did. When I was younger I didn't understand that, but as I've got older I can see he was from a different generation and that's how he viewed a father's role, as a provider.
Anyway I digress! He travelled all over the Far East region, I don't know exactly where he went but he brought lots of strange exotic gifts back. I remember vividly the battery operated elephant which lifted it's trunk and trumpeted, which fightened the living daylights out of me! He brought wall hangings, tablecloths, china, gosh you name it he brought it, lots of oriental design stuff. Ooooh doesn't writing stuff make you think, I've always loved oriental 50's stuff, maybe that's why, wow never thought of that before!
This visit to my mum's I finally took home the coffee set I've been meaning to for years. I love it, as I said before I love oriental design. He bought it in the mid-late 60's but I guess the design probably hadn't changed much for years!
Here it is
And this is a picture of my Dad he was always a sharp dresser!
It now has pride of place on display in the kitchen with some of my 50s china, cheers Dad!