Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Writing Letter Home



Today's picture is from 1942, and it shows a picture of a girl at summer camp writing a letter to home. I don't know about you, but I think this picture must have been staged. When I went to summer camp, I did not know anyone who wrote letters, even though we were supposed to. When you were away from home, did you write letters?

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  1. Yes, we were told to write letters home also, but I was having to much fun to do that. I did see other kids write, but they were the homesick kids.
    I never got homesick, I found to many things to do to keep my mind occupied

    I think girls are wired differently.
    I'm sure that Elizabeth would be writing letters home if she didn't have her facebook. How many times a week does she write to you or Mrs, PJM?

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  2. Yes, we were told to write letters in the 50s & 60s.

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  3. DADD,
    We do not really write much back and forth with the lovely Ms. EAM, but we use skype to talk to her every day. Sometimes when she is working on paperwork and things for the clinic at home, we just leave skype on, so she can enjoy the familiar sounds of home in the background . . . her little dogs barking, peacocks outside, etc.
    PJM

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  4. Isn't that skype a great thing?

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  5. Postcards, I wrote postcard. :) I still have one or two.

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  6. I did sometimes, but not too often.

    A few years back, when my son was in Quantico for Marine corps OCS, the Sergeant Instructors made all his charges write to their mothers so we would know that the sergeants were taking good care of our "little boys".

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  7. What I want to know is how she managed to write a decent letter on that blanket, instead of a smooth, hard surface?

    I was always a great letter-writer. Still am, although now it's email, not stamps. Love to write; just wish more people would answer!

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  8. Today's blog made me think of that song by Allan Sherman - Hello Muddah Hello Faddah from 1963
    Its real cute.

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  9. Ahhh summer Camp. I went to an Old Colony Council Camp with the Boy Scouts in the 70's. We had a great time. I'm sure PJM remembers all those activities. I think I still have my swim tag. The more expert you get at swimming you can fill in the colors on the tag. That identifies the beginers from the intermediate and expert and so on. Plus you have to put your tag on the board before going swimming so they can tell who is in the water. If you forgot to take your tag off the board when you got out of the water you were in big trouble because the assumption was if the leaders couldn't locate you that you were on the bottom of the lake. Back in the day I was the best swimmer in my troop. I did the mile swim and did the swimming leg of the Apachee relay. I find floating around in a nice cool pool on a hot summer day more my speed now. Speaking of summer, In New England we have just 2 seasons now. Winter and Summer. Last weekend we got about 8 inches of snow, the power went out Saturday and is still out today at my house. So this week of summer camp pics is perfect for me. THANKS! PS, I wrote to my Mom, you had to, it wasn't an option.

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  10. I still have the post cards my son sent from "The Young Marines" boot camp. I also have the letters my daughter sent from Navy boot camp. Some of those were a little scary, but she made it and retired after 20 years.

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  11. I never went to summer camp but when I was in the Navy I wrote and received a lot of letter - that was in the late 70's. I like the slant of her paper! I'm a left handed woman myself and they are relatively rare.

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  12. I never went to summer camp and your comments are making me a bit envious. (although the picture with the boys made me think more of a refugee camp - I quess you had to be a guy). Have a great one.

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  13. I do not remember writing letters home but do remember mail call and others getting letters. My Mother was a single parent and had no time to write so no letters from home. Now that I am a grandmother I write to my grandchildren when they go to camp. Of course, they want letters everyday so that is what I do. The first one is usually sent before they even leave home. So for two weeks I send something each day and the last couple of days I send the letters to their home. They really seem to love the letters and the attention. lam

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  14. I went to and later worked at a camp in the late 1960's in the NY Catskill Mountains. The campers were required to write home at least once a week and it was enforced.

    John

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  15. I didn't write home buy my daughters, in the late 1970s, early 1980s wrote a post card home and darn it, the girls would be home before the post cards arrived in the mail! Now what good is that? : ) (Except I still have the postcards and they so C U T E !

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