Brooklyn in Love and at War

History of World War Two Told Through Letters

Advice to Letter Writers

Some Advice from Ladies’ Home Journal about what to put in a letter to “Your Men In Uniform” – March 1943

March 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Brooklyn Navy Yard Center

My parents went to see Sylvia’s letters on display @BLDG92 – the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center. The whole center is beautiful and engaging. Go there and support this great new … Continue reading

February 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

Knots of Love

This is a postcard that is currently on view at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center (@BLDG92)! Go see it in person!     Alex Rosner A.S. Company 360 US N.T.S. … Continue reading

February 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

Droopydrawers

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