Good Old Ga­m­ages

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Sir: To read about Mr. Ga­m­age (“The Mag­i­cal Christmas Store”, Win­ter 2015) and see a pho­to­graph of him was of great in­ter­est to me. My grand­fa­ther, Fran­cis Rawl­ins, was one of Ga­m­age’s em­ploy­ees and I have two let­ters sent to him dur­ing his time there. The first, dated 8th Oc­to­ber 1901 (see pic­ture be­low), and ad­dressed to my grand­fa­ther, clearly in­di­cates Mr. Ga­m­age’s con­cern for an un­well em­ployee.

The se­cond com­mu­ni­ca­tion, dated 27th Jan­uary 1903, is ad­dressed to Fran­cis’s wife, my grand­mother. It is a very di­rect, but I feel, a car­ing and kind let­ter con­tain­ing good ad­vice and help re­gard­ing an em­ployee. It reads:

Whether or not the let­ter was heeded, I can­not tell, but I do know that Fran­cis Rawl­ins died in 1903 at the age of 42.

A reader’s grand­fa­ther worked at Ga­m­ages in London and re­ceived this let­ter from his em­ployer. See “Good Old Ga­m­ages”.

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