Philip E. Bailey was a Lieutenant in the
United States military, who was stationed in China during the final years of World War
II. The collection contains a set of Chinese porcelain soup bowls, saucers and soup
spoons made during the Guangxu period (1875-1908) with a card stating they are from
President and Madame Chiang.
Philip E. Bailey was born on April 27th, 1923. He was drafted in the United States
military in 1943, and was stationed in China at the end of World War II working as a
military police officer. While in China, he met an eight-year-old local boy, Mario
Machado, who he grew fond of and made arrangements with his parents to adopt him and
bring him to America where he might have a better education and more opportunities for
his future. Machado lived with Bailey for two years in Los Angeles, before legal issues
caused the adoption to fall through and he was sent back to China.
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