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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Veil in which I was born


Found in an old Bible: "June 17/27. The attached is a veil in which I was born. My father has kept this veil in the large family Bible and sent it to me in 1927." This note is handwritten on memo paper from T. H. Charter, Manufacturers Agent. I can't read the whole signature, but the last name sure looks like Charter.

Enclosed with the note was a small piece of what looked like folded glassine paper. However, upon internet research, I've learned that some babies are born with a caul or veil, meaning that some of a membrane remains on his or her head after birth. So, perhaps what I thought was paper is actually a remnant of this membrane. Or not. Would a membrane hold together and age like this?

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