History books were part of growing up. My dad inherited 8 volumes of Cassell’s History of England, 2 volumes of History of India and 4 volumes of British Battles from his father. What a wealth of history. They were in a book case and we watched them deteriorating over the years. Eventually it was just my dad and me on a visit from Switzerland and he still had the books, but he had them packed neatly in a travelling case.
Now it was the time for the only daughter to get possession of the books, but how do you ship so many books to England. It was me to the rescue. I had been working in export for many years, knew the process of moving goods from one country to another with all the necessary documents.
I was in England and contacted a forwarding company about moving this cargo to Switzerland, about 20-30 kilo heavy. The guy at the company was quite good and said it was no problem. Eventually a lorry called at my dad’s house and picked up the case with the books. Road transport was the cheapest method of shipping them. I gave the delivery address of my company in Switzerland as we were having deliveries constantly from other countries.
Eventually I returned home and was working again in my company. One day they told me that a lorry had turned up with a delivery for me personally. My books had arrived. I loaded the case into my car and took them home. This must have been at least 20 years ago and the books are now in my hobby room in the cellar. Of course I checked on Internet to see if I had a valuable collection, but it seems there were quite a few copies of these books around at the turn of the century.
My dad has now passed away, at the age of 100 years and a few months more, and I am now 73 years old. At least my son will only have to take them from mid Switzerland to the Eastern edge of Switzerland to keep them in the family.