Noele Brockman was born in Shanghai in
1927, and attended the Public and Thomas Hanbury School for Girls. After World War II,
she worked for the United States military, where she met her husband, John Brockman, an
American soldier. The two married in Shanghai, and lived in numerous places in both
Europe and the United States before settling in San Jose, California. The collection
contains items collected by the Brockmans during their time in China, including a jacket
with hand-embroidered dragons, a sterling silver cigarette case with gold embossed
dragons on the front, and a small sterling silver tray with a 1912 Chinese silver dollar
embedded into the middle.
Noele Brockman was born on December 25, 1927. She grew up in Shanghai, attending the
Public and Thomas Hanbury School for Girls. John Brockman was an American soldier
stationed in China after World War II. The two met when Noele received a position
working for the Military Police Battalion John was a part of, and they were soon married
in Shanghai. They left China when the U.S. troops were evacuated, and due to John's
work for the army, and then for a defense contractor, they lived in numerous locations
in the United States and Europe. They had two daughters and once retired they
permanently settled in San Jose, California.
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