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May 11, 2011
9:34 pm
JazzyDame
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Handwritten letters seem to be such a lost art these days…during the 1940's, there was a frenzy of thoughtful letter-writing between the home front and the war front.  Nothing brought more joy to a soldier than a letter from home, and nothing brought more relief than a letter from a loved one on the war front.  Even the most seemingly simple bit of news from family and friends was a refreshment to war-weary souls; each letter, regardless of how brief, was a precious gift, a reminder that there is no distance in love, and that no matter the distance from home, you were never forgotten and always close at heart.  Letters were the main form of communication and encouraged expression and articulation of thoughts, ideas and emotions.  They were tangible mementos connecting two souls, often read and reread, and saved and cherished for generations. 

I enjoy taking a pen in hand and pouring my thoughts and sentiments onto the blank page, folding it carefully, tucking it in an envelope and posting it in the mail.  As it's winging its way to its intended recipient, I feel the reciprocated thrill of the exchange, and eagerly watch my mailbox for the reply.  Oh, the incomparable thrill of receiving a handwritten letter…

Do any of you write letters?

 

 

May 12, 2011
2:06 am
Emmaline
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I don't write as many letters as I'd like to, mainly because all my friends and family are online and it's just easier to poke them on Facebook or something. But I do make it a habit to write postcards to people when I'm on vacation! It's not the same as writing a letter, but it's at least…hand-written?

May 12, 2011
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Occasionally I write letters, but usually only to people who don't do email. I write to my grandma and to a woman who is a friend of the family. She has no idea what email even means (though she's only 58). I love to write letters occasionally but I'm also glad that there is a quicker way to communicate when things are more important.

May 12, 2011
7:17 pm
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My Mother wrote everyday to my Father when he was in the Army.  She would have his picture on her dresser, and she would look at it as she wrote him every night.  One of my all time favorite photos of my Dad was when he was in his Army uniform laying on his bed reading a book.  He had my Mother's picture beside him, and a picture of his Mother and Father next to her picture.  Two generations of family in one Photo! Letter writing was an artform, and really cherished during war time! 

May 13, 2011
12:15 pm
JazzyDame
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Zootsuit said:

My Mother wrote everyday to my Father when he was in the Army.  She would have his picture on her dresser, and she would look at it as she wrote him every night.  One of my all time favorite photos of my Dad was when he was in his Army uniform laying on his bed reading a book.  He had my Mother's picture beside him, and a picture of his Mother and Father next to her picture.  Two generations of family in one Photo! Letter writing was an artform, and really cherished during war time! 


 

What a precious memory, Zootsuit…handwritten letters are so nostalgic, and often a romantic part of our past.  Thank you for sharing this memory with us.  You described it so beautifully, and it's not at all difficult to imagine the scene of a lovely young bride writing to her true love on the war front.  And you are blessed to have such photos…what a treasure!

May 13, 2011
2:27 pm
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I remember writing letters and I even have some old love letters that my husband wrote to me years ago. I also have a postcard that my father sent to my mother when he was away with his ship during the war. Soldiers serving abroad now still appreciate letters!

May 13, 2011
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FlorrieMay said:

I remember writing letters and I even have some old love letters that my husband wrote to me years ago. I also have a postcard that my father sent to my mother when he was away with his ship during the war. Soldiers serving abroad now still appreciate letters!


Aw, FlorrieMay…cherish those letters ALWAYS!!  I send letters to a few soldiers, some on the battlefield and a couple rehabilitating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  We're all in need of encouragement and support, and I'm sure that those serving in the military especially need to know how much they're appreciated. 

May 13, 2011
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Thank you Jazzy Dame!  In thinking about it, there is something that has been done each year at the holiday time which I think is very touching, and in a way I guess you could consider it as almost personally written/penned.  Each year a large copier company sends a holiday card to someone in the service or who has been injured. They took the pictures that kids drew about our servicemen, then they had a list of what the kids wrote that you could put inside the card.  You would pick which card you wanted, then pick the inside text you would like to appear, and you can add some personalized greeting yourself. It is not  a true hand written letter, but it is a real pick me up for anyone in the service.  

May 19, 2011
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Honeslty, I can't remember the last time I wrote or received a handwritten letter. With everything online, email, chat and Facebook have become my means of communicating with my family and friends…I used to write letters when I was a kid…when the online community didn't rule yet. I had aunts and cousins who lived in other countries, so we kept it touch through letters…Oh, making this post reminds me of Mr. Postman! Laughing

May 21, 2011
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It's certainly a lost art these days. It's gone the way of copy paper and ink wells. Sometimes I think we rush too much. If it were like it used to be back then, we would all be under a lot less stress than we are now. I know there was stress back then too but it didn't seem to be as bad as it is now.

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