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When She Couldn’t Afford A Wedding Dress After The War, She Decided To Make One Herself!

A lot of us have special items in the family that essentially become family heirlooms. Whether it’s because that item is rare, valuable, or has a great story, each is special in its own way. Such is the case with Betty Morgan’s wedding dress. When Betty and her husband Ed decided to get married after World War II, things were still somewhat pricey, including fabric. So, channeling that Greatest Generation spirit, Betty decided to get creative!

From: Youtube / Columbus Museum

From: Youtube / Columbus Museum

Ed served in the military during WWII and was there when the Allied Forces officially declared victory in Europe. During his time there, he decided to send home a German pilot’s emergency parachute as a souvenir. He grabbed the parachute out of a plane they pulled from a burning hangar, and Ed remembers distinctly that it was the first plane he saw without a propellor on it.

Fast forward to the wedding planning; while Betty was still trying to figure out where she would get her dress, her mother-in-law suggested that she use the silk from Ed’s parachute to make her own dress. So Betty took the parachute to a tailor and, for $18, he was able to transform the parachute into a beautiful wedding gown! Watch the video below to see more about this fantastic piece of family history.

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Gustav Wilhelm was born and raised on the fishing vessel, the Plucky Pinniped. Like his parents, Gustav spent much of his life at sea, reading a weathered copy of A Farewell to Arms, curating his magnificent beard, and as one might expect, fishing. After a particularly violent ocean storm left Gustav marooned on a deserted island, he befriended a pair of penguin chicks – Sidney and Evgeni – who took up residence in his luscious beard. Adapting to his new terrestrial life, Gustav took up blogging with hope of one day returning to the sea.