Convicts in the Barracks, May 10, 1941

May 10, 1941, Saw Ernie off on the train and felt lonesome.  Came home and started cleaning my drawers.  Jake sent me another letter and some pictures.  He looks so thin and his hair is clipped short.  Edmund, Johnny Lech, and Eddie came up early and left soon. J.L. came back about 8 and we…

Letters from “This Godforsaken Hole”

May 6, 1941, It’s so warm again and no rain.  I had another letter from Jakey again today.  It felt so good.  Freda Grockmal read our palms and told us what the stars had in store for us-at club tonight.  We adjourned to the Moonlight and we had cokes and exchanged experiences.  All the way…

Writing Letters and Waiting for Letters, May, 1941

Monday, May 5, 1941 Took my piano lessons and “Prof” at the city hall.  I wanted to get home and then dreaded it if I didn’t have a letter.  I had two when I got home.  Both from Jakey.  Gosh he wrote the same day he got there and another a few days later.  Said…

Just Listening to Some Jazz While Waiting on the Mail…

Friday, May 2, 1941 It rained in spurts today and by evening had turned really cold.  Washed my hair, cleaned my room, and played piano.  Nellie dropped in for a while.  I was anxious to get home tonight to see if I had any mail from Jake, but there was none.  His folks had a…

Redo! March 3, 1940

I just updated a post from a while ago with more pictures that I put together with the date.  Here they are again: Sunday, March 3rd, 1940 We slept till nine this morning. Had breakfast and Ernie, Jakey, and I went skiing.  The hill was quite steep.  I swore I wouldn’t go down it but…

Mohawk Trail

While combing through literally thousands of pictures and decades of written records, I found some images from October 1940.  They are beautiful, even if problematic, but they also don’t fit.  I read through Babu’s journals for the month many times, and even looked to see if I transcribed for the wrong year.  No.  It seems…

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,…

April A-Z: Grand Adventures and Ghost Towns

The desert has such an allure.  I want to move out there.  I want to live out there.  At the very least, I cannot wait to visit again.  That will have to wait as I, sigh, live in New England and, sigh, have to work for a living.  There will be an adventure for us…

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…

Throw Back Thursday: Jakey

Since the start, I was looking for one name in all of these pages, and from the start, it would appear from time to time.  Like when the very story Babu would tell me about her first time meeting him appeared, exactly how she told it to me, in the pages of her diary: Some…

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: 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…