For those of you without specs or a magnifier, the dedication reads…’To Amy Alder . In memory of many very ‘un-idle moments. Susan Woolfitt’
The dedication is in my first edition copy of ‘Idle Women’ published in 1947 by wartime’ Idle Woman’ Susan Woolfitt.
So who was Amy?
As the dedication says …’to many un-idle moments’ , the most obvious answer is that she was one of Susan Woolfitts wartime boating companions. Yet no Amy Alder is recorded as having been on the training scheme as far as we know. It has been suggested that she might have been the landlady of the Blue Lias pub at Long Itchington. A favourite wartime ‘tie up’ for the boats on their way to Birmingham evidently.
The more visually agile amongst you and those who have perused an earlier blog of mine (See ‘Wartime Ephemera’ in my Nov Blogs) will have noted that the photo on the cover of War Illustrated and that on the dust cover of Idle Women are the same ! - this is because it was an official war time government photograph.
Any ideas anyone? Please let me have your comments.
While we are at it. I thought you might like to see the signature of one of the other ‘Idle Woman’ who published an account of her experiences i e Emma Smith who kindly signed my first edition copy of her book ‘Maidens Trip’ recently.
For those interested Idle Women and Maidens Trip are still in print and well worth reading. Another account is by Margaret Cornish whose ‘Troubled Waters’ was published in 1987.
First Edition copy of Maidens Trip (P’bd 1948) & its nostalgic ‘period ‘ dust wrapper.
Remember…… more wonderfully nostalgic blogs to come.!!!! Let me know if you have any ideas about ‘Amy’ or my blogs or anything to do with old waterway books.