April A-Z: Krol

As I have written about before, Babu has had a friend that always interested me.  She wasn’t part of the “main core” of friends but she was important. Please read this post about Johnny Krol before continuing! Who is Johnny Krol?   Wednesday, April 26th, 1939 Because I didn’t say hello to Johnny last night,…

Just a day in Janurary, 1941

Nothing in wrong with a simple day. Friday, January 17th, 1941 It rained and thawed after the snow and now it’s just slush.   Emmy brought some potato chips today that have flavors of onion, celery, and tamale.  Ernie is worried about paying an income tax of over 7.00.  Washed my hair tonight and cleaned my…

April A-Z: Initiation

The Nee-Wah girls.  They were an exclusive club.  I remember Babu writing that she thought they wouldn’t accept Ernie.  Then she wrote about her acceptance and never mentioned if Ernie was in or no.  In the picture shared with me in this post: April A-Z: Contact Ernie is not in the picture although Babu’s friends…

April A-Z: Holidays

I am currently transcribing the end of 1940 so why not focus on the good days?  Here’s to the November Holidays! The first to celebrate is “Peaches’” birthday: Thursday, November 21st, 1940 Gladys Kapinos, Freddy Fila, Jake and I went bowling.  Edmund joined us there.  Ed and Jake bowled against the 3 of us and…

April A-Z: Franklin D.

Wednesday, October 30th, 1940 The president of the U.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Springfield today and we all saw him.  We were hanging out of our office windows as he went by and he looked up at us, smiled and waved.  It was a thrill and I waved and shouted with the rest.  Jake and…

April A-Z: Enlistment

Here we are, September, 1940, and, as we know, the rumbles of World War Two were grumbling on already – with out us.  A draft for able bodied men is about to take effect.  Some men will register for the draft and let fate decide.  Some, I’m sure, tried to evade.  It’s a logical thing…

April A-Z: Contact

It has finally happened and it has warmed my heart.  The world is not so large as I once thought.  I knew eventually someone would contact me through the blog about someone they knew or about a family member they heard about but never got to meet. Out there, even beyond the blogosphere, there is…

Retro Wednesdays: Cocktails: Part Two

Here is part one from two weeks ago: Retro Wednesday: Cocktails As The Rescued Photo keeps finding out information about the “extras” in these pages like Stanley Midura and Milton Adams, I keep finding out about what Babu says she’s drinking. In January, 1941, Babu writes: Teddy gave us some straight Golden Wedding yesterday and…

September, 1940: Edmund, Fila, and Gladys

Last Saturday I wrote a post which started us all getting to know some of the “characters” I don’t talk, or know, as much about. September, 1940:  Nat and Stretch Two other names that often pop up are Edmund and Fila.  These two guys bang around with Jakey and seem to be almost everywhere Jake…

September, 1940: Nat and Stretch

It occurs to me that there are some characters in these pages I know better than others.  Zosh, Jake, and Ernie are the mainstays that I’ve read plenty about and heard plenty of stories about in “modern times.”  Well, Nat was also an important third to the Zosh and Emily, (that’s Babu!), show.  It’s a…

Throw Back Thursday: Milton Adams

Today’s Throw Back Thursday is honoring Milton Adams.  I have not forgotten about him as Babu’s encounter with him and mine in the pages of her diary was a jolting one.  Here is the original post I wrote about him: In Honor of Milton Adams Of course, again, The Rescued Photo comes through in an…

Retro Wednesday: Diaries: Part One

Hard cover, daily records, uniformed, informative.  The books Babu recorded her life into are intriguing even without her delightful quips, naive adorableness and astute observations.  Quite a few of them were obtained from Forbes and Wallace, a department store who produced diary after diary that looked exactly the same every year.  Not at all feminine for…