Valentine’s Day Card (Gladys)

Letter transcription:
Dear Daddy – I suppose you will get this by St. Patrick’s Day – I didn’t get it in time for you to get it by Feb 14 but hope you get it. Went to Literary Club today. Arlene gave a paper on New Caledonia. I took my necklace and other shells for display. Also the cat-eyes. I said I was going to take the shells & Mark thought I meant what you had sent him. I soon explained the kind I would take to club. It was warm out today and if I had a buggy would have taken David for an airing. Arlene and I are planning to go see Lucile tomorrow if the weather is still nice. I am going to try and find a buggy if the weather will stay warm enough to get out. The ground hog surely saw his shadow today if that means anything but we will have weather whether he does nor not. I tried to get some sardines but couldn’t find any so can’t send you any more just now. The new regulation doesn’t apply to Navy – Marine or Coast Guard – so will send a box soon as I can get what I want to send. Going to Arlene’s tonight to Jr Woman’s club (guest). I am a little past that age group. It is about time to go –
Love – Mother (Inside)

Card transcription:
With only happy wishes
And faith that they’ll come true
This greeting brings affection,
My Husband Dear, to you;
And, on each day you’re serving
The deepest pride is mine,
Because, for now and always,
You are My Valentine!

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3 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Card (Gladys)

  1. davidmadison1942

    “Went to Literary Club today.” Would love to know what the literary club was reading back then.

  2. Mustang.Koji

    First of all, what a lovely card. A wonderful keepsake indeed. And the use of the word “airing”… another descriptive for stroll or walk? But one thing that interested me was the mention of an exemption to the food rationing… I guess it is sort of like some of the exemptions our own Congresspeople are giving to themselves and their staff with respect to the “Affordable Care Act”. 🙂

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      You are correct, an “airing” was taking the baby out for a walk or to get fresh air.

      The letter does not mention food rationing (other than the scarcity of sardines), but a new mail regulation that limited what mail could be sent and to whom. No parcels or air mail to the army, only v-mail letters. I do not know the reasoning behind the new regulation. Perhaps there were difficulties getting mail and packages to the army troops on the European front that were not an issue for the Naval troops in the Pacific.


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