London Pearlies, 1955. Henry Croft (1912 – 1980) was an orphan who worked among the fruit and vegetable traders, or costermongers, and admired their sense of community and comradeship. Wanting to help others less fortunate, he needed to draw attention to himself and decided to emulate the costermongers’ tradition of sewing pearl buttons to their clothing to denote their status in the market. Collecting buttons dropped in the streets, Henry sewed them onto his cap and later his jacket…
Remembering Pearl Harbor. Interesting historical footnote: the USS Phoenix (CL-46) was at Pearl that day and escaped the attack unscathed. She was eventually sold to Argentina and renamed the ARA General Belgrano. After almost 3 decades of service with Argentina, she was sunk on 2 May 1982 by the British submarine HMS Conqueror during the Falklands War. Conqueror is the only nuclear-powered submarine to ever engage an enemy vessel in actual combat.
Tall ships in Charlestown Harbour in Cornwall, England- I love this little harbour if you're ever in Cornwall it's well worth a visit, full of history, It has been used as film location several times including for - Mansfield Park - Moll Flanders - Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and an episode of Dr Who
The history of pearls: one of nature's greatest miracles
South Sea pearls are extremely rare, spending two silent years within the host oyster. Each pearl chosen by Autore is judged and valued according to the five S's - shine, surface, shade, shape and size.