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Another January 30th...

Thursday, January 30, 2014

January 30, 1941 in Milwaukee was cold and grey, with about as much snow on the ground as we now have up here in western New Hampshire. A young woman in the tall-ceilinged master bedroom on the second floor of the old family home was adjusting her borrowed rose point lace tiara. She wore a new white brocaded taffeta gown “simply designed with a long fitted basque*and flared skirt”. (the newspaper reported the next day). Lilies-of-the-valley, stephanotis and sweet peas in a cascade composed her bouquet. Soon she would descend the stairs to the parlor to be united with her Army lieutenant husband-to-be, who had just been ordered to report for active duty.

Many couples down through time have followed a similar pattern when war is impending. This pair, my parents, had a year and five months together before my dad was shipped overseas in June of 1942.

*closely fitted bodice in the Basque style
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