Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Post #237 - November 25, 1943 A Dinner-Dance and Thanksgiving in England


A letter dated October 23, 1943, occurs previous to this one chronologically. It appears as Post #1 because when I began this project, I was anxious to show the quality of the writing in these letters and the detailed descriptions that are contained herein.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Post #236 - October 8, 1943 If I Crossed a Few More Oceans, I’m Convinced I Still Couldn’t Find a Girl Like You


Although I have gone through all my letters and files of letters that I have scanned over several years, there is a gap in the letters of about four months. During this period, we know from the dialogue, that my father was stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey, which was only about 30 miles from my mother’s home in the Logan neighborhood of North Philadelphia. It is possible that the letters ceased for a while because my father was able to get passes or furloughs which allowed him to visit my mother more frequently until the time he was shipped out to the base where he spent the rest of his time during the war years of 1943, 1944 and half of 1945. Many of the letters that went between them were these v-mails which allowed the government to photograph and shrink the standard-size letters so that tens of thousands could be delivered by a single plane without wasting fuel.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Post #235 - May 30, 31, 1943 For a Wedding Gift, Goldie’s Father will Furnish Their Entire Home and I’ll Only Be Able to Stay a Few Hours, Sweet


There is a several-months gap between the above letter (#235) and the next one (#236). The missing dates are from May 31 (above) to October 8. So far, in going through the letters, I have found one that was misfiled and it occurs during the gap. I had assumed that Philip and Evelyn were together during these months, before he was shipped over to England and therefore didn’t write, but apparently, I was mistaken. I am updating this post on June 29, 2021. Below is the misfiled letter: