Found his deceased father’s signature — The National Norwegian Aviation Museum

This is the story behind David Wold’s contribution to Preserving the Past II.


American David Wold wanted to find traces after his father’s time in “Little Norway”. The Norwegian Aviation Museum assisted him and found his father’s name on the famous tablecloth of World War II.

– Since mother and father passed away, we’ve been unable to talk to them about their lives. We became really interested in getting to know their past. When I heard of this tablecloth, I really wanted to find out if dad had signed it, says David Wold.

The tablecloth he speaks of is one of the museum’s most valuable artifacts, consisting of 683 embroidered signatures from those who traveled to defend Norway in Canada in 1940. The historical significance of this object is evident from the fire instructions at the museum. In case of fire, the fire department is instructed to save one specific object from the collections, namely the tablecloth.

David’s parents

More later about David’s contribution.