What does this Catholic medal signify?
March 3, 2008 6:23 PM Subscribe
My girlfriend was at an estate sale and found an odd little St. Cristopher's
medal (the saint of travelers) with a mysterious inscription on the back
. 1916 ECB 1941. Any ideas as to what this means?
posted by stewiethegreat to Grab Bag (3 answers total)
The most obvious guess is that the letters are initials of a 25 y/o, perhaps a brother or son that died in 1941, maybe even during the attack on Pearl Harbor or during the torpedoing of the USS Reuben James or the USS Kearny? Edward Clarence Brown or Ethan Claude Burrows?
Anyone have any different explanations? The backside shows the images of a plane and a car, which I assume pertains to the saint's efforts on behalf of travelers, but is ECB a name of a company? I've been through wikipedia's pages for 1916 and 1941 but couldn't find any obvious answers. What do you guys think?
(Also, neither of us is Catholic, so we're not sure if there is something obvious from a religious standpoint that we're missing- she was just intrigued by the mystery of it)