Fan dancers

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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I used to collect antique fans… I have a thing about them. Ever since I saw my great-grandmother’s little fan in the china cabinet as a girl, I have wondered about their stories. Grandma’s fan was a simple affair; pierced ivory brisé, threaded with a faded yellow ribbon to hold the sticks together and still wearing the ribbon hanging-loop she used to carry it over her wrist. She was a handsome woman when I knew her, already in her sixties when I was born, but there were some old, faded photographs of a young woman who had been more than handsome. Born when Queen Victoria was on the throne, she grew to womanhood through the Edwardian era, she was married when George V became king. To a small child, this was ancient history! And Granny had been there!

It was with real excitement that I used to wait for…

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2 thoughts on “Fan dancers

  1. I saw your Gravatar and knew that I had to comment: The Seven Pillars of Wisdom is my favorite book, and Lawrence of Arabia is one of my favorite movies. T. E. Lawrence was certainly an interesting figure, one who did both great good and great harm during his short life. For his part, though, he did try to right the wrongs he’d committed to the Arabs after World War I, even if his efforts weren’t entirely successful.

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