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WWII – Handwritten Letter – 1942 – “the Japs are watering them with poison water”

This appears to be a letter to a young lady who served in 1942 at a place in Canada called ‘Lakeview’ which was the home for many war time munitions plants during WWII. One large munitions factory in Lakeview was staffed by mostly women at that time. This is a letter from mother to daughter:

“By the way, what kind of Ad did you answer? There are two letters here now from strange soldier names.”

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Lakeview One 7-23-1942

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“Dearest Rosetta,

Gordon tells me you are looking for a letter – I wrote and gave to him to mail Tues so you would get it Wed when you got to Uncle Earl’s. So, maybe you will get it today. Are you having a good time? We got your letter yesterday. . .

 . . .Grand Dad came over with Earl yesterday and stayed all nite with us. . .

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. . .Dad and I went fishing Tues nite out by Bob Weir’s gate in Crooked Creek and I sure showed him up. I caught 4 – two of them 14 inches long and he only got one. I’m afraid he is going to Roaring Springs this evening so I’ll be alone till midnite or so.  I’m going to get my permanent this evening so I can’t go – don’t want to go there anyway. I took your gift to Wanda last nite She called the party off there. . .

. . .Leona G. is trying to cut you out with the soldiers, I guess. . .

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. . .She and Alfred took Floyd and another one fishing Sun and then they are having a party for some of them tonite. Leona is leaving for it Sunday. Guess Dou didn’t go fishing thou. By the way, what kind of an ad did you answer – there are two letters here now from strange soldier names. One a Downs from March Field, the other a Beymer from Marco Calif. . . 

. . . Dorothy P. and I still think we should censor them. . .

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. . .Wish I had brought my green stamp book up town with me and I would have sent it over with this and you could have got something with it. If you have time go in and look and see what they have for one book that we might like and maybe we can get it thru the mail. . .

. . .I still haven’t heard of any dance except at Westside. Was talking to Garrett the other day and someone at the theatre must have told him you got fired. I just let him think it. Tell Aunt Dorothy to save her sugar as I have my eye on some wild plums up by the laundry. . .

. . .Gordon says the Japs are watering them with poison water but we will chance that. . .

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. . .We’ll be looking for you Sat. . .

. . .With Love. . .

. . .Mother and Dad. . .

. . .P.S. Later – I went down home and got my stamp book. Pick out something nice. I like the blanket Grandma got but you do the choosing. Oh yes, I just saw Garrett and he said there is a dance at Eagle hall too.”

A Military Funeral And Procession – Video Of Military Folding The Flag

These funerals are conducted with the utmost precision which families are entitled to if their loved one served in our nation’s military.

Any military funeral can have guards of honor, the firing of ‘volley shots’ as a salute, drumming or other military elements. However, the procession is often the beginning of it all. This is when the family members and friends are led to the funeral by way of escort which spotlights your loved one in such a way that it becomes a public statement of fact. In short, it disciplines everyone involved and those who witness it into an understanding that the people who serve our country are extremely important, not only to our country and our communities but in the hearts of every American. Therefore, great efforts are made to honor their service and sacrifice for our country because not all of us serve and yet, we all enjoy the benefits of such service.

The procession is conducted by Veterans.

They lead all vehicles to the funeral site. Also, once the procession is in motion, it has the right-of-way in traffic (according to local ordinances) and all motorists must yield until the procession has passed.

Those in charge of the procession are very skilled and know how to keep you moving (even through red lights) while directing the other motorists to stop.

 Along the way, you must drive slowly and keep close to the vehicle in front of you.

Few of us realize the tradition involved in a military funeral procession unless we experience it first hand. It is both exciting and overwhelming.

This particular procession was in honor of my Great Uncle Roy who served in WWII and I was amazed at the dedication that it takes to make sure that our service members are properly honored in this way.  We even saw pedestrians standing in salute as we went by which really drives this experience home.  If you do ever see a procession, please show your respect.  It is greatly appreciated!

The funeral itself had its own tradition beginning with the sounding of “Taps”. This is when they bring in the casket covered by the American flag.  This is also the moment when most people cry because that song, at all times, reminds us of those who have served in the Military of the United States and knowing one of them personally, hits you right in the heart. I suppose that deep-down, not only are we grateful but we are guilty of living FREE lives (without consequence when we don’t serve) and therefore, it deepens our appreciation to those that do.

Afterwards, they take the flag from the coffin and fold it.

Then they present it to the family members. Please watch this video to see how precisely this is done:

This post is dedicated to all those who serve our nation! Thank You!

16 Vintage Images of America’s First Fun Car – The Model ‘A’ Ford

These wonderful images come from a poster made in 1968 and depict the styles of this vehicle since its inception.  The evolution of the Model ‘A’ Ford is remarkable and these artistic renditions of this evolution are even more so.  What I like most about these images is the lifestyle that they portray and at the bottom of every picture is how much these vehicles cost! These days, it doesn’t seem like a lot of money but back then, having one of these was a real sign of success. Take a look:

1. 1928 Standard Phaeton – body style 35-A. Price: $395.00

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2. The New Ford Station Wagon. Price: ?

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3. 1928 Sport Coupe – body style 50-A. Price: $550.00

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4.1928 Tudor Sedan – body style 55-A. Price $495.00

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5. 1929 Standard Coupe – body style 45-A. Price: $495.00

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6. 1929 Fordor Sedan – leather back body style 60-B. Price: $600.00

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7. 1928 Standard Roadster – body style 40-A. Price: $385.00

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8. 1930 Standard Phaeton – body style 35-B. Price: $440.00

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9. 1931 Standard Fordor Sedan – body style 160-A. Price: $590.00

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10. 1931 Standard Tudor Sedan – body style 55-B. Price: $490.00

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11. 1931 DeLuxe Roadster – body style 40-B. Price: $475.00

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12. 1931 Cabriolet – body style 68-C. Price: $630.00

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13. 1931 DeLuxe Coupe – body style 45-B. Price: $450.00

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14. 1931 DeLuxe Fordor Sedan – body style 170-B. Price: $630.00

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15. 1931 Victoria Coupe – body style 190-A. Price: $580.00

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16. 1931 Cabriolet – body style 68-B. Price: $630.00

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Vintage & Antique Postcards

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The Largest Medieval Town In Europe

City of Carcassonne is the largest medieval town in Europe and its walls are completely intact.

This castle city is famous for its 53 watchtowers and double-walled fortifications creating a massive structure with defenses all around.

1. Cite de Carcassonne – Ensemble a l’Quest

(View of the City of Carcassonne from the West.)

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Its strength had a lot to do with the strategic location as well. It dates back to the late 13th century to early 14th century making it well over 700 years old! During that time, it has seen its share of battles and fortifications.  It was ultimately restored by architect Eugene Violet-de-Duc in 1853 and added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in the late 1990s.

The city of Carassonne in 12 pictures – souvenir packet.

Now, it’s a tourist destination and has been for a long time.


These old photographs of Carcassonne are small but beautiful!

The color is just as I have scanned it. Not a typical black and white but a brilliant sepia tone!


Castles hold a dear place in all of our hearts because they represent power and stability.  So, if you are a huge fan of castles, then why wouldn’t you be intrigued by a whole city?  The fact that these structures exist at all is what fascinates me the most. Also, the realization that someone had the power to create it and then defend it during medieval times makes me want to know the whole story.  If only these massive walls could talk!

The backside of this souvenir packet has a description of the photos inside.

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(Please note: My translations of these names/words may not be correct.  I am only using the internet as my guide.  Please feel free to email me at: to help me correct any translations that I attempt below. Thank you in advance!)

2. Vus prise  de la Tour de l’Eveque

(The Tower Of The Bishop.)


3. La Montee de La Porte

(The rise of the door)


4. Les Hautes Lices

(Between two ramparts)


5. L’Eglise Saint – Nazaire (partie gothique)

(Gothic part)


6. La Tour de l’Inquisition


7. Ensemble de la Porte de l’Aude

(View from the door of the Aude (river))


8. L’Aude et la Cite

(The River and City)


9. Les Avant-Portes de l’Aude

(Before the doors at the Aude (river))


10. Cite de Carcassonne – Cote du Midi


11. Cite de Carassonne – Vue exterieure du Chateau


12. Vue generalo de la Cite (Sud – Est)


San Francisco Earthquake – Palace Hotel – 1906

The San Francisco Earthquake took place on April 18, 1906 and ignited massive fires with electrical dangers, causing many deaths during the first hour until the power to the city was finally shut off.  Afterwards, the fires raged for three days and destroyed nearly 500 city blocks.

This earthquake did not discriminate. It leveled brothels and luxury hotels.  One, in particular, which was designed to withstand such a natural attack, didn’t stand a chance.

The Palace Hotel was built to withstand an earthquake.


Designed to withstand both earthquakes and fires, the Palace Hotel was built on massive pillar foundations dug twelve feet deep. The outside walls were made of brick two feet thick and reinforced every four feet with double strips of iron bolted together to form continuous bands. Ultimately, thousands of tons of iron had been add to the walls. To prevent fire, in addition to the basement tank, seven more tanks were added on the roof with 130,000 gallons of water to help fight fires on its own if the city’s reserves ran dry.  Five miles of piping had been built in the walls of this hotel to help disperse this water through three hundred and fifty outlets, each containing twenty thousand feet of fire hose. For this reason, this hotel was one of the most formidable buildings in the city as it has been said that if the Palace Hotel ever burned down the whole city would also be gutted!

View of Market Street before the disaster:



Despite a quick response from San Francisco’s large military population, the city was devastated. The earthquake and fires killed an estimated 3,000 people and left half of the city’s 400,000 residents homeless.

Aid poured in from around the country and the world, but those who survived faced weeks of difficulty and hardship.


The survivors slept in tents in city parks and the Presidio, stood in long lines for food, and were required to do their cooking in the street to minimize the threat of additional fires. The San Francisco earthquake is considered one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history.

Congress responded to the disaster in several ways. The House and the Senate Appropriations Committees enacted emergency appropriations for the city to pay for food, water, tents, blankets, and medical supplies in the weeks following the earthquake and fire.

They also appropriated funds to reconstruct many of the public buildings that were damaged or destroyed.


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The Picture Story Of The San Francisco Earthquake!

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