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Letter from Jean Holdridge Reeves to Parents, 1945

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Object ID: WV0383.4.059

Description: Reeves sends a V-Mail to determine how long they take to arrive. She describes several sewing projects and a recent sing-along.

Creator: Jean Holdridge Reeves

Biographical Info: Jean Holdridge Reeves (b. 1920) of Marion, Ohio, served in the Pacific as a member of the Red Cross from 1944 to 1946.

Collection: Jean Holdridge Reeves Papers

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Full Text: Dearest Folks,

I’m hoping that these different types of letters will all go out at the same time so you will get some indication of the time it takes each type—airmail, ordinary and V-mail. For the first time in my life my correspondence must be caught up and ahead of itself. Although I have no sewing machine I made an overseas cap for one of the GI’s already. Yesterday he stopped me and asked how I would sew these 2 pieces of material today. After a 10 min. showing and discussion I discovered that it was a hat he was making. Being averse to sewing on Sunday, ahem, I made it this morning. Tom wanted his sleeves shortened and hemmed so I did that too. What a sewing establishment already.

After church we spent an exciting day with eyes wide open. In the afternoon the girls helped sing a lot of old favorites. One of the boys sang “the Desert Song”, “On the Road to Mandalay” and then we ended up with a bit of a jam session. We hadn’t done much singing for the last week so the audience was very responsive.

For awhile it seemed incredible that I hadn’t gained but really with all the food, I don’t believe I have. Felt so dressed up and lady like in my gray seersucker dress which I literally hate. A bright hanky helps though. Hope you are all fine. Lovingly, Jean.