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 Wednesday: Diaries Part Two

I’ve been writing a bit about the physical dairies themselves.  Check out these posts: Retro Wednesday: Diaries: Part One Throw Back Thursday: Advice Way to bury the lead, but the most interesting, an controversial thing in this diary study, is what was written on the diary pages themselves.  The other older diaries shared important events…

Andy Jablonski, Give It Up!

Monday, September 30th, 1940 After supper I took a bath and got dressed for choir.  We gave a party for Mary Cyron who is to be married soon and what a time we had!  Had fun with most all the boys but Andy Jablonski kept pretty close to me all evening calling me darling and…

Sunday Share: Kitsch

I’m not sure if I have shared this blog before.  If I haven’t, well then it’s about time!  I get almost the same amount of glee reading this blog as I do with Babu’s diary project.  (Understandably not the same amount of glee but it’s a wonderful blog!)  The blog is titled The Pretty and…

Throw Back Thursday: Advice

I am about to have a lot to say about the advice given with in the pages of Babu’s diary.  Next Wednesday’s “Retro Wednesday” post is going to be the second half of my study into they diaries themselves.  I was just reminded of an old passage and I will link it here: Cooperate with…

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…

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…

Retro Wednesday: Cocktails

If Babu goes somewhere and has a drink, we read about it in her expert record taking: We had a drink and went to Stretch’s, drank there, went to Eddie’s, drank and ate supper there, came to Jake’s had two or 3 drinks, then to Nat’s and last of all Zosh’s. If only she ever…

John Adamczyk and the Westfield “San”

Babu is a great record keeper and it throws me for such a loop sometimes when she does not input enough data.  For example, normally she puts the full date on the back of her pictures as well as everyone’s names.  I have been transcribing 1940 and gathering up all the images for that year. …

August, 1940: Part Two

Here is Part One: August, 1940: The Trip Here is something not to be missed while Babu is on vacation with Jakey in Amsterdam, NY and staying with Ann and Paul: Sunday, August 11th, 1940 We slept late and attended 12 o’clock mass at the Shrine of Auriesville.  After dinner we went swimming again but…

Retro Wednesday: The Great New England Airshow: Part Two

Wednesday came around again and I decided I just wasn’t done writing about this.  Before you begin this post, refresh your memory about last week’s post, if you wish. Retro Wednesday: The Great New England Airshow Also, please check out last Thursday’s post as well where I explain the picture of Babu and Ernie by…