Frances (Frankie) Butler was born in Bradford in 1927, one of eight children. Her early years were spent in Bradford and during the early part of the war she was evacuated to Colne in Lancashire where she said there were more bombs than were dropped over her home town. During the war she worked at Lund Humphries who made the escape and evasion silk maps issued to the military. Frankie knew about the maps but never divulged whether she was involved in the actual printing of them or not.
Her best friend Brenda was writing to a sailor who suggested to his friend Bert that he should write to Frankie. The obligatory photos were exchanged and having corresponded for some time they were eventually able to meet. They married a short time later.
Frankie’s son, Kevin, says “My mum was as straight as a die. She taught me that being truthful is always the best solution and she was very kind to everyone she met. Kindness and honesty, and an unshakeable faith and inner peace are the things I remember, I am still awed by her tenacity.”
The 'Frankie' Bag
The 'Frankie' bag is a lovely dark brown leather clutch bag with removable strap, lined with an original silk map in a limited edition of 75. For more information click on the photos below to be taken to our online shop.