Monthly Archives: October 2014

“Darling,…” – One Day to Departure

Saturday, Oct. 31, 1942 It was Halloween. My mother would be on the train tomorrow and my father was anticipating his first nights alone in over a month. This letter would reach my mother by the middle of the coming … Continue reading

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“Dearest lover, …..” – Two Days to Departure

Friday, Oct. 30, 1942 This letter was written today so it would be waiting for my mother on her first day back East after boarding the train on Sunday. “Dearest Lover – This is funny. Here is me sitting here … Continue reading

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Family Battle Lines Are Drawn

Thursday, Oct. 29, 1942 My mother’s departure was a few days away and the family situation was becoming even more tense, as today’s letter from my father to his sister reveals: “It’s a good thing you’re pregnant – otherwise I’d … Continue reading

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The Lighter Side of Rationing

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 1942 Actually, there is no lighter side to rationing. As the most basic economics text explains, rationing goods is a very complicated balancing act that invariably prompts some subterfuge, i.e. hoarding, a black market, profiteering. Why, then, … Continue reading

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Every Day is Navy Day

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1942 Today was Navy Day, a national celebration first observed in 1922. Six thousand marchers were to proceed down a State Street that had been virtually closed six months for the building of the subway. WGN offered … Continue reading

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Clean Your Cupboards to Beat Hitler

Monday, Oct. 26, 1942 “Do you actually use and need those battered pie tins, bread pans, spatulas and other kitchen utensils that are packed away at the back of your cupboards?” asked Mary Meade. “Aren’t they just taking up a lot … Continue reading

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Stylish Dress for a “rationed winter”

Sunday, Oct. 25, 1942 As Chicagoans settled in for winter, they worried about how rationing would affect home heating. The Tribune fashion pages featured stylish night wear “for a rationed winter”: A quilted “bellhop jacket” and lounge pants ensemble looks … Continue reading

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