Toto’s Zeppelin and Typewriters

Twice in June of 1938 Babu talks about going to Toto’s Zeppelin.  Not surprisingly, I was a little confused. Friday, June 17th, 1938 Everything went beautifully tonight when I dressed.  Johnny sent beautiful flowers both for my hair and dress.  Gabbie invited us to her home for a cocktail party but we all were rather…

Rumble Seat

I don’t know what is so adorable about reading about her sitting in the rumble seat of some friend’s car. NOTE:  Neither of the above pictures are Babu’s.  I found them on Pinterest.  A whole board of rumble seat images!  Oh my!  I haven’t found one of Babu in the rumble yet, but I might….

Quid Pro Quo

It’s only fair… I ran across an awesome, and awesomely brave, blog the other day: if destroyed still true This writer posts her own diary pages, from when she was young!  I didn’t think I’d be brave enough.  I thought maybe I should just dig them out and burn them. But then I got to…

Patches and Dan

“That’s Patches!”  I said and pointed at a black and white, 80 year old brittle photograph. “And that’s Dan!”  I said pointing at another. My husband was incredulous.  How did I know the names of horses in these photographs?  Then when I exclaimed that I remember the day when she bought those pants read the…

The Donkey Serenade

Twice in January, 1938 Babu talks about “The Donkey Serenade” after going to see the movie Firefly. Wednesday, January 5th, 1938 Missed school tonight and went to see “Firefly.”  It was magnificent.  I can’t forget the “Donkey Serenade.”  Wilkelmina Kuzdzal and I sat together.  Jaime gave me a ride home and asked to me to…

“Cooperate with Nature, It is Kind”

Another new book and new year and, as always, I get excited first about the book itself.  This year, she uses a variety of colored ink.  On the inside page, written in green, is her contact info including the house I am currently in, and her phone number. 818 818, guys.  That was her phone…

A Brief History of Dance

In last Saturday’s post, I wrote about how Babu was getting out of the house and having more fun.  If you couldn’t have guessed, most of the outings are to dances. Monday, October 11th, 1937 Registered at cooking school and made breakfast.  Zosh wore Helen Oparowski’s dress to the banquet.  She looked lovely.  Nat and…

Hugo Black and the KKK

On the first day of October, 1937 Babu writes: Justice Black spoke over the radio tonight, denying his affiliation with the Klu Klux Klan, although he admitted having been a member once. Whenever I read something in a passage that reeks of such history I get a feeling similar to being close to a “thinny.” …

March, 1937 Excerpts: Dual Theatre and the WPA

As I said yesterday, the dramatic tension of March was how Babu was going to manage being cast in two plays at once.  The first was the WPA play: Monday, March 1st, 1937 Surprise?  I’ve got a part in the WPA play “Correspondence Courtship.”  That of Bessie the dumb shop girl.  Oh!  If only I…

All About Bruno

March, 1936 was such an exciting month to transcribe.  There was the New England flood of the century and Babu was out taking pictures, but as before, a larger conflict filters its way through.  In these pages there have been these reverberations of history, not just personal history but national history, that sometimes collide with…

6,000 Birthdays

When Babu read the passage about FDR’s birthday being celebrated with 6,000 parties I wondered out loud: “Why?”  She asked about what his reaction to that was in her journal and she talked about the fact that a record of his reaction must actually exist.  She was right.  Ok, Babu.  I get the point.  I…

Some May Extras!

This one is especially for Nicole and Stef!!   Friday, May 24th, 1935 Jacob Stefanik told me my hair “looks lousy” and to make it grow long.  Went to the game.  Chicopee beat Westfield 6 to 4.  “Honey” Polpeck is wonderful but he’s being used too much.  Teddy Fidar got hit.  I felt so sorry…