Brooklyn in Love and at War

History of World War Two Told Through Letters

Beauty Parlors and Weddings

We are going back a few years in this letter, to the time before Sylvia moved into her apartment in the Brooklyn Navy Yard projects. This letter is particularly gossipy … Continue reading

September 12, 2012 · 1 Comment

Captain America

This week I finally got around to seeing the Joss Whedon blockbuster movie, The Avengers. This proved an entertaining distraction from the heat and introduced me to a character that … Continue reading

June 21, 2012 · 2 Comments

Confronting the Past in Berlin

I’ve just returned from a trip to Berlin — a city saturated in World War II history. When you walk around Berlin, you come across the Holocaust Memorial whether you … Continue reading

June 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Jugglers, Dancers and Gun Loaders

In this letter, Alex writes about the USO show that came to his base. The acts that he describes sound dismal but they serve to pass the time and let … Continue reading

May 7, 2012 · 4 Comments

Farts and Giggles

I’m getting these posts started again with a lighthearted and funny letter from Sylvia in 1943. Alex, at this time, is still posted in Virginia for training. This allows for … Continue reading

April 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bad Joke Department

In this letter Sylvia writes self consciously about the censor. She cannot get used to the fact that there is a third party reading about their private lives. Yet here … Continue reading

January 21, 2012 · 3 Comments

Location, location, location

Today we are looking at two notes from Alex. Both allude to Alex’s location with mysterious clues and little information. Alex is happy to be exploring a city. This is … Continue reading

December 12, 2011 · Leave a comment

Scuttlebutt

In this letter, rumors are flying about what will happen next to Alex and his ship mates. This letter was mailed from Norfolk, Virginia in 1943. Alex mentions that he … Continue reading

December 11, 2011 · 1 Comment

Real Time WWII

Just as this blog has allowed me to translate my grandparents private and unique (handwritten) letters into public, digitized pieces, twitter is changing how we re-examine history. I recently read this … Continue reading

November 30, 2011 · 1 Comment

Traces

I find it poetic that the quote next to Sylvia’s yearbook photo is, “She will never pass into nothingness.” Lately, as I walk around Brooklyn, I try to notice traces … Continue reading

November 18, 2011 · Leave a comment

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