Romance and Jewelry

Turn on your speakers and listen to the war time classic, Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, 1939.

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Ladies Bracelet

Ladies Bracelet

Stunning ladies bracelet with Battalion cap badge. Birks jewellers produced many of these minuature enamelled badges to be used on a vairiety of items.
Ladies Bracelet

Ladies Bracelet

The reverse side is hand engraved "Edna from Lily Dec 23/44"
Ladies Brooch

Ladies Brooch

Ornate ladies brooch that Sgt Harris gave to his wife Anne during the war.
Sweetheart Brooch

Sweetheart Brooch

Sgt. Schlathau gave this unique enamelled parachute wing to his wife during the war.
Sterling Silver Lapel Pin

Sterling Silver Lapel Pin

Sterling silver Parachute wing with enamelled maple leaf.
Men's Silver Ring

Men's Silver Ring

All the Paratroopers were very proud to be a member of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion and many wore rings such as this one to show their affiliation.
Ladies Bracelet

Ladies Bracelet

Delicate ladies bracelet with enamelled 1st Canadian Parachute Battaion cap badge.
Ladies Bracelet

Ladies Bracelet

The reverse side is nicely hand engraved "Alice love Harold".
Ladies Bracelet

Ladies Bracelet

Fine example of ladies bracelet with personalized engraving on the reverse side.
Ladies Bracelet

Ladies Bracelet

Reverse side nicely hand engraved "Pat from Bus"
Ladies Brooch

Ladies Brooch

Beautiful ladies sweetheart brooch that Major Hilborn gave his wife Laurette during the war.
Picture Locket

Picture Locket

Beautiful ornate Birks locket to keep pictures of their loved one inside.
Men's Ring

Men's Ring

Another stunning Men’s silver ring with detailed miniature 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion cap badge. Regimental rings were popular with many of the soldiers.
Ladies Silver Compact Mirror

Ladies Silver Compact Mirror

Stunning ladies silver compact produced by Birks jewellers in Toronto with a miniature Battalion cap badge affixed.
Ladies Silver Compact Mirror

Ladies Silver Compact Mirror

Beautifully detailed hand engraved lid on the makeup compact.
Christmas Card

Christmas Card

Battalion Christmas card.
Love Letter to Pte Blumneauer

Love Letter to Pte Blumneauer

letter to Pvt H. R. Blumenauer from Gini, dated October 25, 1943.
Love letter to Pte Blumneauer

Love letter to Pte Blumneauer

Letter written to Pvt H. R. Blumenauer from Gini, dated October 11, 1943.
Christmas Card

Christmas Card

Battalion Christmas Card from December 1944.
Pillow Cover

Pillow Cover

Battalion members could purchase pillow cover souvenirs as keepsakes for loved ones.
Pillow Cover

Pillow Cover

Another pillow cover souvenir keepsake from the Canadian Parachute school.
Converted Brooch

Converted Brooch

An Officer’s cap badge converted to a brooch for his significant other.
Converted Brooch (reverse side)

Converted Brooch (reverse side)

Sweetheart handkerchief

Sweetheart handkerchief

This is a sweetheart hankerchief for a loved one from a Battalion member.

Correspondence during the War

Below we have photos of some letters followed by a transcription to make it easy to read:

Pte Blumneauer 1 Love Letter
October 11, 1943
Pte Blumneauer 2 Love Letter
October 25, 1943

Letter written to Pvt H. R. Blumenauer from Gini, dated October 11, 1943.

Page 1

Hi Sugar, so you win - are you happy now? I was. I must be in a talkative mood or something. I hope there is one letter from Brantford well on its way to Toronto by now. Say what’s this I hear about you getting chummy with Pauline at 2 in the morning - fine thing. Think I’ll disown you if that’s the best you can do. What happened anyhow - fess up and tell me. It’s funny but she thought you were Margie’s boyfriend - guess that just goes to prove how incapable of getting a man for myself.  She told Margie about it this morning and said that if she had only told her last night that you were being called for at 2, she would have gladly given her consent to your staying - Darn neighbourly of her isn’t it? See I told you, you should have worked on Pauline - she thinks you’re sort of sweet so it should have been easy. 

Page 2

Anyhoo I hope you didn’t pay too much attention to her - we didn’t or don’t after all. Her real address should be 999 Queen Street East. Just got back from my brothers place after having a swell chicken dinner. Two in one weekend - not bad for a start?  My brother and I played bridge against my sister-in-law and won, so all in all it was all very good. The boys were at the game this afternoon and came home completely worn out - wonder what was at the game. Just the game itself couldn’t have done that much wearing out.

How long did you have to wait for your ride last night - early this morning? Hope it wasn’t too long as it was slightly drafty out.  Which won out tonight, letter writing or sleep - writing I hope. After all you can sleep all week! Did you find out when you are being moved yet? Where is also a question but I suppose Shilo is very probable.

Page 3

What are you going to do about this weekend? Are you still going to try and get it off or not or will the O.P.G. be expected to move in on Brantford this weekend. Margie says to tell you she feels very badly neglected seeing you are supposed to be her biggest moment.  Say by the way what goes on here - it looks as if I’ve got competition between Pauline and Margie - guess I will have to call in the Marines for help.

Well what did Dave do exciting over the weekend? Guess we wore him out too much last time he was here seeing he couldn’t stand it again.  I’ll have to tell Ruth to be more careful and easy on her men after this. After all she is supposed to build up their mood not destroy the little they have. Will Jack be going back tonight - you terrible twins must have a bad time when you are separated - peaceful like.

Page 4

I’m all worked up on the day bed trying to write this so if this is worse than usual blame the bed as it isn’t the best writing desk and I’m cold and sleepy. Guess I need you to keep me warm - think you could do - maybe? Think Margie and Ruth and I will start looking for a new apartment in a real apartment house and then we can maybe keep warm for a change and do as we like and so on. Gosh what a wonderful change that would be a long shot and unbelievable after this dugout. Olive the gal below us moves tomorrow so if we are smart we will follow her same. Sid is also considering the same thing. Soon Pauline will have an empty house - want a room? 

Well I’m just about asleep so I had better sign off for now. Let me know what’s new and interesting and what you decide to do about this weekend. Also give my best regards to both Jack and Dave. I’ll see you in my dreams. 

Happy landings Gini.

Another letter to Pvt H. R. Blumenauer from Gini, dated October 25, 1943.

Page 1

Hello you:

Well prepare yourself to catch H_ _ _ with a capital H too, cause you really deserve it you know. By the way what happened that letter you wrote me last week & supposedly mailed Friday night. Needless to say - no letter - you ham. You know you really shouldn't write me so often & so much cause it takes all my spare time reading it and after all I can’t neglect the rest of the forces like that, just because of you. In the future I expect you to improve and I do mean improve so how’s about turning over a new leaf for a change - it would be a change you know. Somehow or other I think I’m going to have to get friendly with that GD of yours and see if I can’t get a few results that a way. Now fess up aren't you ashamed for not having done your duty?

Page 2

Sid moved out Friday night and a gentlemen and his son took over Olives room and hers. The Serg. and his wife next to us are fed up with everything in general already so they will likely be moving soon too. Pauline offered to give Melna and Cliff some helpful advice and they were insulted. She has a book on birth control and suggested they both read it as she thought it advisable. Could be she thinks everyone is absolutely stupid except her. Cliff said he hadn’t been in the army 4 years and not learned anything. I really do think Pauline gets crazier as the days go by. We advised them to ignore anything and everything she said or did cause she isn’t responsible so help me. Margie and I were looking at apartments this week but so far no good although we still have our fingers crossed in hopes of finding something worthwhile. If it gets much colder in our present abode we will just up and turn into ice statues. Tell me how do you like ice statues - rather cool don’t you think?

Page 3

Margie and I went over to Betty’s the other night and she was cleaning house so we sat and watched her and then helped her have a snack after - like you we are good at that. Well sugar if I knew, where might you be at the present moment or is that a military secret. You know I always did like secrets so how’s about confessing a few of them. Margie had a letter from Jim on Saturday and she was madder after she got it than if she hadn’t gotten one at all. He’s almost as bad as you are - writes over a month or less and then when he does write Margie says he never tells her a darn thing so she never knows any more after than before. We have decided that the army are going to have to give their men a correspondence course. I let my hair down again the other night and now my boss thinks I am his little white haired girl again. He definitely doesn’t like it done up high and never forgets to tell me every few hours just so I won’t forget.

Page 4

Margie, Ruth, Joe and I have all decided to work nights till X-Mas if we can convince someone to hire us so we won’t get a stones spread sitting home at night. We are going to see the Virginia Dare head sales lady to see if she’d like 4 good clerks.  Their hours are from 6 to 9 and Saturday afternoon so if possible we are going to get in there. Well what mischief have you and your terrible twin been up to of late? By now you should have the Paratroopers well initiated to your usual routine - poor boys. By the way where did Dave get sent or do you know? Margie sends her best to Jack and if he has any affection space left give him my best regards also. Remember all those post cards you told me you had well hows for proving it - I’m from Missouri you know. Well seeing you won’t write me I’ll punish you by writing you anyhoo - don’t you wish you had written now. 

Well happy landings Gini.