CARE Then and Now: “I still have the labels”

The customs declaration on the package label

Mrs June Darby, now living in London, told us:

My parents and I received at least three parcels and I still have the labels and correspondence. We were living in Bermondsey, South East London, and the labels list the contents and are dated 1949, 1950 and 1951.

Customs declaration

There is a letter from Mr & Mrs Waller [from Seattle, Washington, USA, who paid for the packages] to my family in 1947... Sadly my parents are no longer with us. I am aged 74 today!

Handwritten letter

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