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Tagged With: Blackouts

Judith Anne is Improving

July 20 and 21, 1945. Stanley writes two letters, which he describes as “more jabbering and gossip rather than a letter,” to Dad from Albany. I’ll spare you the jabbering and gossip and get to the meat of the letters. It’s been a few days since Stanley has been able to write “between taking care … Continue reading »

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Crazy About Berry Picking

July 24 and 29, 1944: Anna writes two letters to her brothers, Anthony who is at Topeka Army Air Base and Stanley who is at Deenthorpe, England. Anna recaps the weekend, the highlight of which was a picnic at Helderberg Mountain where they grilled pork chops, and picked some red raspberries to bring home. Little … Continue reading »

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One Way to Spend a Dark Night

November 28 and December 2 and 7, 1943. Stanley writes a few notes to Dad from “Somewhere in England”. Now that Stanley is at Deenethorpe, his media options are somewhat limited. Letters from home, the Stars and Stripes and the Armed Forces Network are his best options for keeping up on the news. Stanley has … Continue reading »

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Pitch Black

November 12 and 15, 1943. Two handwritten letters to Dad from Stanley. Even though Stanley says that he still has a lot of work, it looks like he has settled into things at Deenethorpe enough to have time to write letters to Dad that are long enough that they exceed the limits of V-Mail forms.  … Continue reading »

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I Guess That’s What Life Is

September 22 and 27, 1943. Two letters home from Dad at Topeka. He apologizes that “I don’t keep up on my letter writing to you the way I should. I just don’t have anything to write about unless it is some gossip about the other fellows around here, or receiving and writing letters to the … Continue reading »

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A Big Parade of Baby Carriages

September 21 and 24, 1943. Two letters to the boys from Anna at home. It seems that all around Albany she is seeing young men in uniform and women with babies. She writes, “Today we went out on the avenue for a walk and as usual there was a big parade of baby carriages.” She … Continue reading »

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Blackouts & Service Flags

May 11, 1943. A letter from Anna to Dad. She begins with a quick update on mama and daddy. Their father’s right arm is bothering him, but not “so much as to keep him from work” as a baggage handler at the train station. Mama’s been sick for an entire week since having two teeth … Continue reading »

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The Blackout / Send Potatoes

May 7 & 9, 1943. Two letters from friends in the choir at St. Cecilia’s. The first is from Henry Gostyla. Henry says that he does not have plans for the summer “except, maybe to get a job.”  He reports, “I am still with the choir and I enjoy it.” He also reports “Nothing new … Continue reading »

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