Brooklyn in Love and at War

History of World War Two Told Through Letters

50 Iconic WWII Documents

A new book,¬†Politics, War, and Personality: 50 Iconic World War II Documents, uses objects to approach WWII history, which I appreciate. A significant number of the featured documents are letters … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Value of War Letters

Andrew Carroll understands the material and historical (in addition to the sentimental) value of war letters and has been collecting them for years. NPR describes his efforts to preserve these … Continue reading

February 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

I love you still, dammit!

Long ago I posted a “Letter Full of Bawling Out.” You may want to revisit this letter, in which Alex takes his frustrations out on Sylvia. This letter is not … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · Leave a comment


These beautiful images come from the Slate’s history blog – The Vault. The sketches of women working during WWII are really contemplative and lovely:

February 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

Common Sense Has To Prevail

This is a sweet note from Alex aboard the S.S. Pennsylvania. He wrote it in January of 1945 but it was not postmarked until February 5th. He writes of the … Continue reading

February 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Heart to Heart

Hello and thank you for your patience! It has been some months since I last posted, but the reason for that actually relates to this blog. I began writing about … Continue reading

November 20, 2013 · 3 Comments

NYTimes on the Brooklyn Navy Yard

The Times has featured a look at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The 13th slide is a photo of BLDG92, the interactive museum/community center where Sylvia’s letters are still on display: … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

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