(Pictures: Trudy Shillum)What’s your best ever eBay find? A pair of pre-loved designer shoes at a quarter of RRP? An old record they don’t stock at your local store?
For Trudy Shillum, it was something extra special; a pair of postcards originally sent to her late grandparents.
The 42-year-old graphic designer who lives in Glasgow was using Google to look back through her family history when she spotted the listing on eBay.
Trudy told Metro.co.uk: ‘I typed in my surname and Leytonstone and it came up with a google search result that was the postcard in question which I found weird.
‘I clicked through to see that it was for sale on Ebay and found there was two of them for sale, one addressed to my nanny and one to my nanny and grandad (which is the wedding anniversary one) from a lady called Rose.’
Immediately she decided to purchase the precious items, at the price of £3.49 each, and got to work to find out who the sender was and how they came to be in the seller’s possession.
Caption: Trudy ShillumTrudy posted on Facebook and asked family who Rose might be. Her dad told her: ‘Aunt Rose was a friend of my mum and dad. She often visited us and was a jolly lady. She remarried quite late in life to a lovely man called Ben.
‘However, the postcard may have been from another Rose as it is quite formal. The address is a house further down Oakdale Road number 47 which we left in about 1951.’
One postcard wishes the couple a happy wedding anniversary saying ‘Just a card wishing you all the best of luck, hoping you will have many more days of love’.
The other one was more generic and says: ‘I am sorry I did not come last night, but my brother and his wife came so I could not very well come as I had not seen them for some time.’
The seller wasn’t so keen to chat, and when Trudy got in touch she says, ‘unfortunately they specialise in selling old postcards and weren’t as enthusiastic as me to find them’. It remains a mystery as to how they got them, though.
(Picture: Trudy Shillum)Remembering her wonderful grandparents, she continues: ‘My grandparents were wonderful people, both London born and bred, they were a bit older as my Dad was born just after the World War two when my Nanny was in her 40’s.’
It also turns out Trudy’s knack for finding hidden gems was passed down: ‘Grandad loved discovering treasures – finding things on the street, going to jumble sales and picking up bargains in junk shops, which is a trait I have most definitely inherited from him and I have an online vintage shop to sell my finds, something which I think he would have loved to help out with.
‘He had many jobs from door to door salesman, driving a bakery truck, insurance salesman and eventually a civil servant for Cable and Wireless. He loved playing football and cricket. Grandad made up for lack of monetary riches with a wealth of generosity. He just loved giving people gifts.
‘Nanny would always present me every weekend with dresses for my dolls which she had knitted which my Mum would immediately take home and fix so they didn’t unravel as Nanny didn’t know how to cast off, she also loved spy novels and reading people’s tea leaves.’
It would have been Trudy’s Spiritual Minister grandfather’s 115th birthday today, and what a perfect memento she has for all the happy times they spent together.
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