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Mischievous Nurses

We’ve jumped a couple of months in our letters from Clarese to Chuck.  Chuck made it out to visit Clarese in August, and arrived home just before the start of September.  While she doesn’t talk too much about their vacation together, she does mention he bought her a piggy bank and hid it from her for her birthday.

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Sending you a wire

Wow, it’s been a bit of a time since I’ve posted anything from Chuck or Clarese.  To recap, Chuck was planning on driving out to Idaho from Illinois, a 27 hour drive, to visit Clarese, but was having difficulty in finding a car or another means of transportation.  Her entire letter is devoted to vacation planning, and it’s making me itch to hit the open road and go on a vacation of my own!

Road trip!  Photo courtesy of Lindenwood University, c.1940s

Road trip! Photo courtesy of Lindenwood University, c.1940s

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The Best Laid Plans

Clarese’s next letter discusses the ever changing plans of Chuck coming out to visit in Boise.  Things seem to be going against them, and Chuck can’t seem to find a way to travel the 1850 miles (that’s 27 hours worth of travel time in today’s world of modern interstates!) to see Clarese.

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Surprise of Surprises

Clarese is again up to no good, dishing out scandalous (for 1946) information regarding Chuck.  She discusses an ex-girlfriend, of which she slyly hints that she’s not jealous, as well as the time Chuck got high.  She also mentions briefly the continued rations throughout the United States.

Rationing in the US didn’t officially end until late in 1946.  Restrictions on most items were lifted in 1944 and 1945; however, sugar and meat continued throughout 1946.

Consumer instruction sheet for rationing.  Image courtesy of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

Consumer instruction sheet for rationing. Image courtesy of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

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Maybe I’ll run away and join the carnival

When we last left Clarese and Chuck, they were discussing plans for Chuck’s trip out to see Clarese.  They’ve been ‘dating’ for almost a year, but not exclusive.  Clarese comments in this letter below, as well as a few others, about how she still sees other guys, and how she wants to stay ‘single’ for another two years.  The concept of dating in the 1940s is very similar to the millenial’s definition of ‘talking.’

There’s mention of a slight scandal concerning a young couple who arrive in the ER.  Check it out!

 

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A Visit from St. Nick

By Christmas 1864, America was still in the throes of the Civil War, with little hope for the South as William T. Sherman overtook Savannah, and began to make his march through the Carolinas, wreaking havoc and leaving devastation where he passed through.  Christmas in the South was a dismal affair, but the North prospered, creating many of the traditions still around today. Continue reading

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