Thursday, August 14, 2008

Vintage Thingies Thursday - Paris Keychains

During WWII, my great-uncle Charles spent almost a year in New Orleans, then was shipped to England then Paris. He was really good about sending home souveniers, two of which are these keychains he sent to his brother and dad. On one side is the Eiffel Tower and on the other is the Arc de Triomphe.

The original keychain isn't much better than the pic below. We're still trying to decide what exactly is on the small plate.

Unfortunately, Charles passed away in 1984 when I was 6, so I never had the chance to ask him about his experiences. But, since that side of the family kept EVERYTHING, we have about 4 boxes full of letters that Charles wrote home and that he received while in the Army!


  1. I love old stuff like this too. There are some war things here in a box, but I don't know anything about them. You are lucky to have the history to go with yours. :-)

    Good luck finding a chair to match your lonely one. If I had an extra one without a mate I'd let you adopt it..

  2. Very interesting. It's so nice to have vintage things with a family history.

  3. what great key chains. Especially the clasp, very unique. It is amazing that these were kept in such good shape after all these years. I love those.

  4. Love old stuff like this!
    Thanks for sharing!!!


  5. These letters and key chains are
    definitely family and national
    WW II treasures! Your local historical society can tell you how to preserve these treasures for future generations!
    A history buff, Jewelgirl


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