The Crazy Suburban Mom: World War II Letters: Soldier to his Sweetheart

Monday, October 3, 2011

World War II Letters: Soldier to his Sweetheart

A few Saturday's ago I was making a bee-line to the grocery store until I saw a homemade 'Estate Sale' sign. I've posted multiple times about how soured on sales I've become but I'm willing to take a shot at a sale that looks 'non-commercial' - Like something the family is giving.

This was one of those.  Nothing high-end in the house in the sense that a dealer would want to come but it was priceless and so interesting to me;  they even said take what you want from the house itself (windows, cabinet doors... ) it was going to be torn down.  It looked like it needed to be and I walked very gently up and down the stairs, believe me.

I got very few things there but I love the things I got.  The clock in my Scaping the bottom of the barrel post came from that house and an old bottle or two and these...

soldier's letters

Upstairs in boxes there was a ton of random papers, mostly old bills and Jehovah's Witness handouts but because the couple were savers they had also saved letters.  

The couple had been together for a very long time, so long that they wrote to each other when he was in World War II and she (Dorothy) saved all the letters.  Most of them were tied together with blue ribbon, grouped in some way.  Some letters have little post cards like the one in this picture, some I don't know because there are just so many I haven't really started looking through them.

I don't know why I bought them, I didn't know the people.  I've thought a lot about why since I brought them home and all I've come up with is she lovingly saved these letters over 70 years...  The thought of someone taking them and putting them in a dumpster with the rest of the garbage kind of hurt  in a way I can't explain.

I don't know what to do with them but I thought at least if I read them they would go on a little longer.

I've scanned one of the letters.

 click them you will get larger images.

This postcard, blank on the back,  was with the letter.  I noticed he sent her postcards like this with some of the letters.

My family thinks this fascination of mine is flat out nutty but I had some friends over two nights ago who were as rapt as me by all this so since it's not just me...

I was thinking of including more letters in posts, what do you guys think?


Lynette 10/3/11, 11:07 AM  

I love it....seeing their life as it grew while they were away from each other is interesting.

SNARLing: 10/3/11, 11:18 AM  

wow! these are awesome! good for you for saving them! i would have to put aside some time, read them all, and maybe generate a body of work from it. paintings might be good --- definitely a movie or a tv series (heh heh) but even just the image in my head of this man and woman writing each other... beautiful

wiregems 10/3/11, 12:51 PM  

You put it just right, that throwing them away just "hurt..." One of the reasons I hold on to things that are important to me, despite my husband's frequent bellyachin' about all the "crap" we have!

rivernan 10/3/11, 1:37 PM  

Those letters are reflections of an important time in History. Be selective in reposting They remind me of letters I found in my own attic when I was small...written from my father to my mother

Babes Mami 10/3/11, 3:11 PM  

I love stuff like this, I will read them if you post them.

Storm, The Psychotic Housewife 10/4/11, 1:05 PM  

Oh, I would have saved them too!

I collect memento mori (pictures of the dead) so I definitely take the nuttier category. ;)

Lyn Goodnight 10/8/11, 8:23 PM  

I almost think these deserve a blog all their own. I'm glad you didn't toss them -- but if you ever decide to, send them to me! I can see a heartwarming book in there somewhere, or even a blog dedicated to all those who have written to their loved ones in time of war.


~~ Lyn

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