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inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #76 of 111: behind on BADGES! (obizuth) Wed 5 Feb 14 09:09
    
any fanfic? ;)
  
inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #77 of 111: Fawn Fitter (fsquared) Wed 5 Feb 14 10:12
    
robinsline, I do have a few photos of Leon and Elly which their
daughter kindly provided to me! Here you can see the Rosenbergs on a
family vacation in 1951: http://flickr.com/gp/fsquared/M15G6P 

All the photos I have are from the '50s, well after the timeframe of
the letters. I know there are earlier photos, as Leon refers to photos
in several of his letters, so I'm just hoping they're stored in a box
somewhere and that one of his kids will turn them up eventually.

loris, I've been nibbling away at the edges for a while, but there's
so much to research that I can't say I've dug in.

76!!!
  
inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #78 of 111: Marcus Porter (mkanoap) Thu 6 Feb 14 07:05
    
<snerk> Fanfic!
  
inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #79 of 111: Fawn Fitter (fsquared) Thu 6 Feb 14 10:17
    
Today's letter: Leon gets his political rant on!

http://a-certain-party-i-love.tumblr.com/post/75806753230/it-is-not-enough-to-
read-such-books
  
inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #80 of 111: Brady Lea (brady) Mon 10 Feb 14 12:06
    

Today's post mentions a candy manufacturers' made up holiday, The Sweetest
Day.

<http://a-certain-party-i-love.tumblr.com/post/76231633505/sweetest-day>

That would handily line up with my anniversary, if we could revive it.

MORE SUGAR. FEWER GREETING CARDS.
  
inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #81 of 111: Fawn Fitter (fsquared) Mon 10 Feb 14 14:03
    
Or if you could move to Ohio. 
  
inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #82 of 111: Marcus Porter (mkanoap) Mon 10 Feb 14 14:37
    
I got in so much trouble with my Ohio native wife the first time I
"forgot" about sweetest day.  Since it was the first time I heard of
it, I didn't feel particularly bad, but there were still some hard
feelings.

The next year, when I didn't have the excuse of "I've never heard of
this before" was worse.
  
inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #83 of 111: those Andropovian bongs (rik) Mon 10 Feb 14 14:46
    
Man, I see it as an opportunity.  Come in the door with a silly hat and 
some hazelnut truffles and I do not have to wait up all night to get 
lucky.
  
inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #84 of 111: Fawn Fitter (fsquared) Mon 10 Feb 14 16:07
    
Apparently it isn't "the sweetest day," it's just "sweetest day." For
your sweetest. Or something.

Marcus, I am very excited that you've confirmed people in Ohio still
observe it!
  
inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #85 of 111: Marcus Porter (mkanoap) Mon 10 Feb 14 19:24
    
I'm fascinated by the origins of all these "made up" holidays.  My
father lives in the tiny town that is the home of Mother's day.  It's a
big deal there, there is a shrine dedicated to Anna Jarvis, who's idea
it was.

I say "made up" in quotes because, as I pointed out to a roommate who
complained that Kwanza is a made up holiday, all holidays are made up.
With possibly the exception of solstice celebrations.

But sweetest day is a particularly blatant one.  The proclamation from
the Cleveland plain dealer on the occasion of the first one, visible
at the wikipedia article,  makes me laugh at the dis-ingenuousness of
12 candy makers announcing a holiday like this.  It seems obvious this
day is to sell more candy.  But on the other hand, the proclamation
never mentions candy. And if you were a group of 12 candy makers who
just happened to want to promote a day to remind people they are
valued, of course you are going to promote that using the resources at
hand, free candy for orphans and newsboys!

"You are the very first girl to receive a Sweetest Day token from me
and, if you continue to be as good to me as you always have, you will
undoubtedly be the last as well"

Cute!
  
inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #86 of 111: Cliff Dweller (robinsline) Mon 10 Feb 14 21:14
    
chow.ind 486. Just sayin'.
  
inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #87 of 111: behind on BADGES! (obizuth) Tue 11 Feb 14 12:36
    
yup, just 12 buds, just thinking about human value, just suggesting a 
holiday. wait, you want to buy some candy? ok.
  
inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #88 of 111: Fawn Fitter (fsquared) Tue 11 Feb 14 18:04
    
A little advance notice that on the 20th I'll be posting the results
so far of my investigation into the question of how two 20-something
women (Elly and her sister Ruth) came to be sharing an apartment with
at least one of their three brothers and no parents in sight.
  
inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #89 of 111: Fawn Fitter (fsquared) Fri 14 Feb 14 09:41
    
A double entendre for Valentine's Day, because I love you all:

http://a-certain-party-i-love.tumblr.com/post/76537838589/yes-they-had-dirty-j
okes-in-1940
  
inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #90 of 111: Gail Williams (gail) Fri 14 Feb 14 12:02
    
Ha!
  
inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #91 of 111: (katecat) Fri 14 Feb 14 13:50
    
hahahaha. That is one they would tell in like fifth GRADE now. So sweet.
  
inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #92 of 111: Paula Span (pspan) Fri 14 Feb 14 16:23
    
Racy!
  
inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #93 of 111: David Albert (aslan) Sat 15 Feb 14 09:13
    
Was Leon a door-to-door canvasser for the 1940s census?  If so you
might be able to find additional specimens of his handwriting, and
clues as to his daily rounds, on the actual census pages he filled out
while going around, now that those have all been released to the
public.

But that assumes you have any way from the letters or other material
of finding out which streets were part of his route.
  
inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #94 of 111: Fawn Fitter (fsquared) Sun 16 Feb 14 12:44
    
No, he worked at the US Census Bureau office in DC, tabulating the
results. I know this because in a later letter he describes exactly
what his job involved.
  
inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #95 of 111: David Albert (aslan) Sun 16 Feb 14 16:08
    
Oh, well.  It was just a thought.
  
inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #96 of 111: Brady Lea (brady) Mon 17 Feb 14 18:28
    


Aaaand, having made it past Valentines Day, which means about a week more
than our usual two-week discussion schedule, I'd like to thank Fawn so much
for participating in this topic here. It's been great to see this project
getting going, and of course readers can still keep up with the blog at:

<http://a-certain-party-i-love.tumblr.com/>

Thank you, Fawn, for giving us your time, both in this topic, and as a long-
time host on The Well.
  
inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #97 of 111: Fawn Fitter (fsquared) Tue 18 Feb 14 12:33
    
Thank you for giving me a chance to talk about this! I'll keep posting
here now and then if people want me to. And of course, the blog
updates on Mondays and Thursdays.
  
inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #98 of 111: paralyzed by a question like that (debunix) Tue 18 Feb 14 12:44
    
I'm quite glad I dropped by, and will be checking the blog hopefully
every couple of days, just in case something extra pops up early.  
  
inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #99 of 111: Marcus Porter (mkanoap) Tue 18 Feb 14 13:55
    
I'm still going to comment here when I see something that amuses me or
otherwise provokes me to comment.

heh heh "...every page of his ponderous tome contains words you and I
probably never heard of before and don’t want to again."
  
inkwell.vue.475 : Fawn Fitter: A Story of Love and War from the Flea Market
permalink #100 of 111: Paula Span (pspan) Tue 18 Feb 14 22:37
    
Thanks, Fawn!
  

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