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
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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