February 14, 2017

FARLEY'S FIGURE OF THE WEEK: #142 "I'll Be Seeing You"

It's Valentines Day and love is in the air. What better way to celebrate than with a new FOTW? This year we chose the W. Britains "I'll Be Seeing You" A RAF Pilot and Girl Kissing Goodbye. This little vignette played out millions of time during the war years as "Sweethearts" went off to war. Recreated beautifully in 1:30th scale pewter by Britains sculptor Ken Osen this couple harkens back to the days when "Sweetheart' was a person you loved very much and not a sweet little candy hearts with the quirky little sayings.

Since 1893 William Britain has been producing toy soldiers and military miniatures with attention to detail, quality and authenticity. Each model figure is cast out of metal and hand painted to the highest possible standards. This item features a matte finish and is in 1/30 scale (58mm / 2.3125" tall for a standing figure in this scale). Most major time periods are covered by William Britain - from the eighteenth century up to the conflicts of the twentieth century. Whatever your interest, William Britain has figures and accessories for your collection!

WWII Sweethearts Reunite After More Than 70 Years Apart
More than seven decades after the end of World War II, one long-separated couple is getting a very happy Valentine's Day.

U.S. paratrooper Norwood Thomas, then 21, and Londoner Joyce Morris, then 17, met before D-Day in London and started a relationship. After the war ended, they wrote each other letters, but Thomas's request that Morris move to the U.S. to marry him was somehow misinterpreted, and Morris stopped writing back. They married other people, and eventually Thomas was widowed and Morris divorced.

But last year, Morris had her son help her find Thomas online, and the pair began corresponding again. Thanks to donations from well-wishers, Thomas, now 93, has been able to fly from Virginia to Australia to reunite with Morris, 88, for a Valentine's Day visit. "This is about the most wonderful thing that could have happened to me," Thomas said in a broadcast of their meeting, according to the Associated Press.

"We're going to have a wonderful fortnight," said Morris.

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