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Bigham, L.

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Beautiful Souvenirs of Italy Received Locally

I have just received a shipment from Italy, would you like to see it? asked Mr. Bigham of Bigham's Electrical Shop, Wm. St. N., with a knowing twinkle in his eye as he looked anxiously at your gullible reporter and ambled off toward his place of business.

A shipment from Italy, did you say? You can bet your bottom dollar I would, was the reply as he hurriedly pulled his hat down over his ears and set off in hot pursuit of his visitor.

I was just joking in one sense of the word, said Mr. Bigham, at his place of business, but nevertheless I have a few things here sent to Mrs. Bigham and myself from our son, Sgmn. Lloyd Bigham, now stationed in Italy, that might be interesting to you.

The first thing and the thing that is really outstanding is this, he said, spreading a breath-taking silk lace table-cloth over a nearby table and pointing to it with pride.

He also sent this, indicating a pure linen table runner beautifully embroidered with graceful swans and figured work, and this—holding out two cushion covers, one stencilled [stenciled] with a typically American little girl, holding a pretty flower and the other with a figure of an American boy hanging on to his toy spade; the colors in each case being exquisite.

Other souvenirs included a solid brass ash-tray, along with a perfume bottle and a Pekinese dog made from a turquoise shade of glass.

Lloyd Bigham has been overseas same time past and is attached to the R.C.H.A. in Italy as a radio mechanic.

A quotation from a recent letter received from their son, gives a vivid word picture of life with the army in Italy. Quote: It is 7.30 p.m. and the three of us, i.e., the driver, my helper and I, are comfortably situated in our private house, which is also my shop. We have spring beds, electric lights, running water (when it rains), and a stove (for brewing up). There are cinemas and it's pretty nice all around. As soon as I get time, we’ll have our own radio. I just [illegible] to my buddies, and they [illegible] would mention the clock [illegible] to the 'homey’ effect and Frisco (one o£ the boys) said, If it wasn't for me running the generator, there wouldn't be any electric lights.’

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Lloyd Bigham
World War II Service Files
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.3561959029705 Longitude: -78.7377523492432
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Bigham, L.