Posts Tagged "1940s"

Scent of a WW2 Love Letter

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in 1940s Life, All Blog Posts, Mail and The U.S. Post Office, Navy, South Pacific, WW2, WW2 Letters, WW2 Love Letter, WWII Letter | 0 comments

Arline sent Morris scented letters during WW2. The collection is stored in a new cedar chest, smaller than the hope chest. I had the box made just for the letters. The hope chest always smelled so good when I would peek into it as a child. The new chest’s cedar scent is fresh, holy, pungent.

Cedar Chest for WW2 Love Letters

Cedar Chest for WW2 Love Letters

Arline as a teen had little money for things like perfume. I asked her a few years ago what perfume she wore. She didn’t remember much about perfume or her make-up. In her photos she doesn’t look made up at all. But Morris mentions her lipstick. She probably did use scented powder in the letters. How wonderful for any person serving overseas to get a scented letter. “Half way around the world” Mose wrote back.

Scented WW2 Love Letter

Scented WW2 Love Letter

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Writer Scores Victory Scrapbook 1943

Posted by on Jan 3, 2016 in 1940s Life, All Blog Posts, Bowdoin College, High School Years, Historical Portland, Media, Photo, Portland Maine, Vintage Style, WW2, WWII Letter | 0 comments

Writer Scores Victory Scrapbook 1943

I remember as a child my father coaching me to catch the ball. “Keep your eye on the ball,” he’d always say. I was fortunate to spend several days with my mother over Christmas. I was organizing her front closet and delved into another old trunk. I found a scrapbook. I’d seen it before. We all have. It needs care and preservation so I brought it home to look at. I’m sure glad I did.

My dad made it. It commemorates his sports life at Deering High and Bowdoin College during 1942-1943. It’s ironic because I’m the one person in my immediate family that didn’t become a jock. Not for lack of talent. In high school I excelled in ballet and modern dance. I was also an equestrian in high school. But I preferred the pleasure of riding my horse to the hassle of competitions. I won a ribbon here and there in sports, one for swimming, a couple with my horse. But I never followed baseball or football. And I went to an all girls high school so that put a damper on things…I wanted to be a cheerleader. But not for all-girl volleyball.

My two older brother’s were basketball jocks in high school. My cousin Pete Ladd (on Arline’s side, her sister Ruth’s son) pitched for the Milwakee Brewers in the 1982 World Series. Nothing is more thrilling than watching your cousin pitch on TV.

So here I am, a non-sportsperson writing about my dad’s sports life in high school and college. Thank goodness Dad made this extraordinary catalogue of newspaper clippings from important games and turning points during the war.

Newspaper clipping 1942

Densmore Celebrates Birthday Beats Blue in a Post Stadium Tilt.

How much help can a writer expect? It’s amazing to think that in those days being a high school sports star would get you regular press coverage in the local news. My parents were both featured in the local Portland newspaper at various times including Arline with the headline “The Deering Girls had a Hoop Season”. I never realized she was that serious a player.  It’s super to see my dad like a Titan god killing the competition in a “hurling duel”. Dad in a duel! He truly is a star.

And then it’s incredible to look at his selected clippings from that most historical year at Bowdoin including watching each athlete leave, alone or in groups, called away to service. There’s a clipping of Mrs Roosevelt from the speech she gave at Bowdoin. Eleanor declared that the war would make you a better citizen.

Newspaper Clipping 1942

Densmore Best in Hurling Duel

Eleanor Roosevelt Speaks to 1200 at Bowdoin College

Eleanor Roosevelt Speaks to 1200 at Bowdoin College

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Bible History and WW2

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in 1940s Life, All Blog Posts, Media, Photo, WW2 | 0 comments

“Let Knowledge be used in order to build the structure of Love.” ~St. Augustine

My understanding of the WW2 Love Letters involves spirituality. God is everywhere in WW2. “The Untold Story of the Bible” below is a documentary film about religious history that relates to WW2. In my exploration of my father’s letters I learned that something happened to the Bowdoin College of Morris’s day, the 1940s.

In the pre-war 1940s the college chapel was still the gathering place where President Sills delivered God centered talks on important matters.  The dominant spiritual understanding of the college in the 1940s was a Protestant culture. The Common Good that was taught involved God, Christ. Even if this phase of Protestant religious understanding was limited, and it was, it’s schooling in moral judgement was vital to manhood and humanity. The principle taught was to exercise moral judgement with scholarship tuning the heart toward a maturity past transitory animal drive.

Mary Baker’s Eddy’s Keys to the Scriptures, all the rage of New England in the late 1800s, were continually undercut by a campaign of New Age thought. Eddy was definately a researcher informed beyond modest claim, perhaps including St. Augustine as he wrote much about error and is distinguished as “old-catholic”.  But Eddy’ work is pristine and a textbook for current times. What follows below is not simply Catholic or old-Catholic but is Roman Catholic.

In past blogs I mention the scientifically proven undercut of the educational system and Christianity at Bowdoin College. This film reveals the roots of a campaign that includes infiltrating American education to undermine religious freedom, that which comes with Mind centered spirituality.

This film is a Christian production with interesting facts, or at least ideas about WW2. Around 1:59 the film mentions a book by Edmond Paris, “The Secret History of the Jesuits”. Its author writes that Hitler’s SS organization was constituted according to principles of the Jesuit Order (p.164).  This film says the swastika was obtained by Hitler at a Catholic Abbey from a priest. That would be Roman Catholic which is not the only representative of Catholicism. It also discusses the planned demise of the educational system as one of many means to attempt destruction.

hitler-pope

Some think that Hitler was the biggest criminal that ever lived. It’s something to consider that the Roman Catholic church and its army of Jesuits were a forerunner of the Holocaust. Further, what a reminder this film is of just how lucky we are to have WON our freedom, the right of religious expression in America.

 

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Bowdoin College Moonlit Pines 1943

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in 1940s Life, All Blog Posts, Bowdoin College, Holiday, Vintage Style, WW2 Letters, WW2 Love Letter, WWII Letter | 0 comments

It’s 1943. The WWII draft is on. For all he knows it may be his last Valentines season. Seventy years ago Morris finds exceptional beauty in a winter night at Bowdoin College. Moonlit pines weighted with snow glisten like Christmas Trees. He writes Arline a Love Letter a few days post Valentines day, “I have never seen Bowdoin as beautiful…”

WWII Letter excerpt

Bowdoin College Winter Night 1943

 

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Sailor who Never Went to Sea

Posted by on Feb 1, 2015 in 1940s Life, All Blog Posts, Bowdoin College, Mail and The U.S. Post Office, Media, WW2, WW2 Letters, WW2 Love Letter, WWII Letter | 0 comments

Today is February 1st, 2015. I pull a WW2 love letter, the first one that matches the date, but 1943. Today lends itself to the fine the art of avoiding writing by reading sentimental old love letters.  This is how one writer spent her Super Bowl Sunday. Morris would be at the T.V. if he were here. But he’s now seventy-two years ago, the Morris who is at Bowdoin College in winter. His good friend has just been drafted, got a notice and is leaving. Morris is returning from the movie Casablanca and finds a sailor lying out in cold Maine snow:

Excerpt WW2 Love Letter

Sailor who Never Went to Sea. Image of WW2 Letter

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