Posts Tagged "WWII Letters"

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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WW2 Inoculation Cartoon and Poem

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in 1940s Life, All Blog Posts, Media, Medicine, Navy, Poetry, South Pacific, WW2 | 0 comments

In 1943 Morris was a freshman at Bowdoin College. Once enlisted in the U.S. Navy they gave him inoculations. It’s in a letter. Here’s a poem from the ship’s magazine. I don’t think this piece is about inoculation. It does demonstrate the idea of creating and treating sickness. Big sigh ahhh.

WW2 Inoculation Cartoon

WW2 Inoculation Cartoon & Poem

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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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WW2 Love Letter from Hamilton Hotel

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in 1940s Life, All Blog Posts, Holiday, Media, Navy, South Pacific, Vintage Style, WW2, WW2 Letters, WW2 Love Letter, WWII Letter | 0 comments

It’s December 31, 2014

WW2 Love Letter Alexander Hamilton Hotel

WWII Love Letter excerpt from Hamilton Hotel November 1944

It was a great Christmas trip. Check out was 12 noon at the Harbor Court Hotel in the Financial District of San Francisco.  The Harbor Court is in the historic red brick YMCA building across from the ferry docks. It has views of the Bay Bridge.  There was one thing left to do in San Francisco. I wanted to go see the Alexander Hamilton Hotel where Morris sent Arline his last letter before shipping off to the South Pacific in WW2.

My taxi driver got tangled in one way streets. This caused just the right delay so that as I peered into the Hamilton’s front security door, a resident was on his way out. He was curious. “Can I help you?” “Yes!” I gave him the quick story. Tom was not only kind, but he’s also a real estate agent. The Hamilton is now condos. But the Art Deco style of the hotel is totally preserved. Boys shipping off in WW2 got a last taste of America in Art Deco style at The Hamilton. My tour included the ocean view deck and there’s a piano in the lobby. I wondered which room Morris had occupied when he wrote the letter. I looked up from the roof’s deck and saw a star in one window.

Hamilton Hotel Entrance San Francisco

Hamilton Hotel Entrance Martha in San Francisco

Hamilton Hotel Lobby

Hamilton Hotel Lobby

Hamilton Hotel Lobby Thank you Tom!

Hamilton Hotel Lobby
Thank you Tom!

Balcony at Hamilton Hotel

Balcony over Lobby
Hamilton Hotel

Art at the Hamilton Hotel

Art matches the style at the Art Deco Hamilton Hotel

Hamilton Hotel Courtyard

Hamilton Hotel Courtyard Art Deco Fountain

Hamilton Hotel Ballroom

Hamilton Hotel Ballroom area

Hamilton Hotel Elevators

Hamilton Hotel Elevators

Hamilton Hotel Fireplace

Hamilton Hotel Fireplace

Hamilton Hotel

The Roof Deck has an Ocean View. A Star was Shining in One Window.

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Jewish Americans, WW2 and UCSB

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in All Blog Posts, Media, WW2 | 0 comments

Morris mentions in a letter that a Jew has come on board his naval ship to help the fight. His ship, at least as far as Morris was concerned, was an American ship.

On the radio a few nights ago was a broadcast from UC Santa Barbara. A student was interviewing a teacher there named Prof. Robinson, who is a Jew, on a Jewish topic. Robinson mentioned a recent event; a Jewsish editor of a Jewish newspaper was fired for publishing an article by a Jewish American (his word order) journalist criticizing the occupation of the West Bank.

Robinson discussed his ordeal in 2009, a furious campaign that had been launched at UCSB to get him fired from the university. It all started because of a handout, a photo, included with his optional reading list for a class. The photo showed concentration camps in Warsaw Germany side by side with modern day Gaza in Palestine.

Prof. Robinson admits he enjoys jarring his students into critical thinking. A couple students, two out of eighty, decided the photo was offensive to Jews themselves and they dropped his class. It didn’t stop there. They took action, the sort of action students are encouraged to take these days. This one lead to Robinson beind branded a villain unfit to teach. He says he almost lost his job at UCSB. Like Carly Simon’s song about love break-ups “It happens everyday”.

Linked below is Robinson’s Truthout interview. He points out that at least on a college campus the democratic process can still prevail. Rah America.

Recently I heard a Jewish radio broadcaster protest, but indirectly, saying, “I didn’t say it!” -that 100 United States senators voted to continue funding Israel, thus the war that former Pres. Jimmy Carter calls apartheid in Palestine in his new book. 

Henry Ford explained that it’s up to the Jews to sort themselves out. If you’re one of the folks bothered by Henry Ford because you think he was anti-semetic, this may require some real critical thinking; don’t shoot the messenger.

If you’re a Jew and don’t like what’s going on in Israel but you can’t afford to lose a job or be barred from visiting Israel, can’t afford to go off the air or boycott materialism, maybe there’s something you can do. Perhaps you can simply do as Prof. Robinson does in this interview below, use the word order Jewish American.  PBS does in the 2008 series “The Jewish Americans”.

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