Illustrated with Love....

How do you make your correspondence stand out? You illustrate the envelope of course! This collection of lovingly illustrated envelopes were sent to Florence Wilby (a member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force parachute section) by schoolboy Jeffrey Timms during World War Two. The two met while Wilby was demonstrating parachute packing at Ballantynes, Timaru. Interested in what she was doing, Timms asked to write to Wilby, and they corresponded 1941-3.
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"Gloster fighter" Jeffrey Timms to Florence Wilby, 1942. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

"Gloster fighter" Jeffrey Timms to Florence Wilby, 1942. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

"Westland Lysander" Jeffrey Timms to Florence Wilby, 23/2/43. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

"Westland Lysander" Jeffrey Timms to Florence Wilby, 23/2/43. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

"Quick another pin!" Jeffrey Timms to Florence Wilby, 31/12/1941. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

"Quick another pin!" Jeffrey Timms to Florence Wilby, 31/12/1941. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

"Air Gunner" Jeffrey Timms to Florence Wilby, 29/1/42. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

"Air Gunner" Jeffrey Timms to Florence Wilby, 29/1/42. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

"AMERICA BRITAIN CHINA DEMOCRACY" Jeffrey Timms to Florence Wilby, 16/1/42. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

"AMERICA BRITAIN CHINA DEMOCRACY" Jeffrey Timms to Florence Wilby, 16/1/42. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

"Our bombs, their factories" Jeffrey Timms to Florence Wilby, 17/4/1942. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

"Our bombs, their factories" Jeffrey Timms to Florence Wilby, 17/4/1942. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

"Zip your lip!" Jeffrey Timms to Florence Wilby, 13/12/1943. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

"Zip your lip!" Jeffrey Timms to Florence Wilby, 13/12/1943. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

"Wellington Bomber" Jeffrey Timms to Florence Wilby, 24/2/42. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

"Wellington Bomber" Jeffrey Timms to Florence Wilby, 24/2/42. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

"What are they jumping for?" from Jeffrey Timms to Florence Wilby, 5/2/1942. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

"What are they jumping for?" from Jeffrey Timms to Florence Wilby, 5/2/1942. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

"Florence of the W.A.A.F", from Jeffrey Timms to Florence Wilby, 10/12/1941. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

"Florence of the W.A.A.F", from Jeffrey Timms to Florence Wilby, 10/12/1941. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

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