High School Years

Love Letters of WW2 blog and book project content about high school life at Deering High, Portland Me. in the 1940s.

Arline on a Maine Beach

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in 1940s Life, All Blog Posts, High School Years, Photo, Portland Maine, Vintage Style, WW2 | 0 comments

My mother, Arline, is second from the RIGHT. She’s…let’s just say it’s her birthday today! HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET ARLINE! You are so beautiful, always and forever. Glamorous.

Teenagers on the beach 1940s

Arline on the Beach 1940s

Far R is her best friend Peg, and to Arline’s L is Peg’s older sister, Virginia. Far left is Marty Lee, good friends with Arline and my dad, Morris. Marty lived across the street from Deering High where they all went to school. Higgin’s Beach is a popular hangout in the Cape Elizabeth area of Portland Maine. This photo was taken at Higgin’s or at Harpswell shore where Peg’s family had a home.

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1940 Friendship Hug

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in 1940s Life, All Blog Posts, High School Years, Photo, Portland Maine, Vintage Style, WW2 | 0 comments

1940 Friendship Hug

Visiting home with a Hug Arline  and friend Marty          c. 1945

Of the 320 letters in the hope chest a few were from Marty, a close friend of Morris and Arline’s.
Marty dated Arline’s best friend Peg. Peg and Marty’s relationship did not survive the war.

 

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New Year, New York, New Letter

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in 1940s Life, All Blog Posts, High School Years, Media, Photo, Vintage Style | 0 comments

It’s New Years Day 2013. Once in a while these blogs get more present tense.

“This is the year you learn to text, Martha.” Lightly my girlfriend adds, “You’re the only person I had to call!”

Texting is an immediate way to convey love. But a text not so enduring.

Dad, 4th from Left. NYC. Athletic Event c. 1942.

I contemplate the lost art of letter writing. I scanned this shot of my dad today. The actual photo is small. But the scan was large enough that Arline, my mom, could identify the fellows. Morris’s best friend Marty Lee is far right. “Wow,” I said to Mom, “Dad sure looks great! Look how they’re dressed up and they’re only in high school here. ”

“Your father loved to dress up!”

Spending time with my mom as she recovers from surgery is just the close-up intimacy I need to garner meaningful details. 1940s style like above extended to love letters. Classy, personal, collectible.

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High School Graduation 1942

Posted by on Dec 15, 2012 in 1940s Life, All Blog Posts, High School Years, Photo, Portland Maine, Vintage Style | 0 comments

This is vintage style. Deering High School in Portland Maine had a five year program in the 40s. My dad, Morris, was a year older than my mother, Arline. He did the five year program in order to graduate with his love. That’s what he told her anyway.

High School Graduation

Arline is modest about her age…late 80s. She’s so peppy however that her physical therapists say they are worried she’ll “over do it” going home tomorrow after three weeks in hospital post broken hip from a fall. In high school she was one of the “sports girls” as she puts it.

Mom and girls had to merge into all boy squad

Mom and girls had to merge into all boy squad

Arline organized the first female cheerleaders at Deering High School in Portland Maine.  Dad was a jock, played Varsity football, baseball, basketball and track. The girls had to merge in with the all boy cheerleader squad. It was a challenge for Arline to convince the principal to let girls be cheerleaders.

Looking forward to being your nurse mom, traveling back to the 40s this 2012 Christmas.

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