Brooklyn in Love and at War

History of World War Two Told Through Letters

BLDG92 – The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center

Have you ever wanted to see these letters in person and not just online? Now you can at BLDG92 – The Brooklyn Navy Yard Center! Two of Sylvia’s letters are … Continue reading

February 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Cock-Eyed Postcard

This sexist postcard is a fascinating artifact. A cross eyed, angry, large, curvy woman stares right out from the image. She assumes that her goofy, malicious sailor beau (framed behind … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Polio Vaccines and Cottage Cheese

Below is a V-Mail from this day 69 years ago. Sometimes, what I can learn from one casual line in these letters simply astounds me. This V-mail was sent to … Continue reading

January 26, 2013 · Leave a comment


This letter from 1943 is written by Sylvia pretending to be Adrienne. It’s quite funny and, of course, mentions farting a lot. Sylvia (or, Adrienne, in this letter) also notes … Continue reading

January 15, 2013 · 2 Comments

Happy New Year!

Below is a letter to Alex that everyone in the family contributed to on New Years Eve, 1944-5. Some are written in Hungarian and Sylvia wishes for victory and the … Continue reading

January 13, 2013 · 1 Comment

Hurricane Sandy Love Letters

Hurricane Sandy left a trail of destruction along the East Coast of the United States. Oddly, and poetically, the hurricane also washed up a box of love letters written during … Continue reading

November 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

I’m At War Too!

In forceful and eloquent words Sylvia describes the ways that her life has been changed by war. She angrily tells Alex that she, too, is at war. She is responding … Continue reading

November 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

As Low As A Snakes Belly

This letter was written on August 5, 1945, one day before the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. What I find fascinating is that the length of the war has clearly … Continue reading

November 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Hurricane Sandy

On Monday, October 29, Hurricane Sandy devastated New York and the surrounding areas.┬áMy thoughts today are with those who lost loved ones or their homes in this storm.I decided to … Continue reading

November 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

Lucky Star

Alex has just learned that Sylvia is moving into their new home in the Brooklyn Navy Yard projects. He is so happy he can barely contain himself. However, he says, … Continue reading

September 17, 2012 · 1 Comment


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