Editor’s Note

Last updated on March 8th, 2020 at 01:19 am

The editor has endeavored to provide the transcriptions herein as accurate depictions of the spelling, misspelling, grammar and prose of each original artifact, so that original practice and then-common usage is reflected in the transcriptions.

However, the editor has had to apply an extensive amount of judgement and interpretation of the content of the original artifacts. In the event, some marks on the original artifacts may or may not be punctuation marks; they may be the result of dirt or smudges in the original.

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Artifact -UNKNWN-01 – Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman

“Well I just got finished pealing the pineapple for supper & I put the sugar on it. You didn’t have to send sugar as there is plenty of sugar yet.”

Last updated on January 22nd, 2022 at 04:14 am

Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman – Unknown Date, 1940


Editor’s Note:

The actual date of this artifact is unknown because there is no envelope with postmarks, but believed to have been written during the first or second week of June, 1940.

Transcription of Artifact Content

Camp Borden

Sun. aft.

Dear Frances:

Received your parcel O.K. and also a letter Fri. & Sat. Thanks a lot for the dinner. It was really swell. I just got the parcel about nine last night. I also got one from Pearl’s sister. It was a big chocolate box full of date cake & some candy. Well I had Marshall Healey over to our tent for dinner and of course I had Glen piper stay is he and I are in the same tent. The chicken & dressing was swell, but it is so warm in the day time I thought I’d better get it ate up.

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Artifact 1940-10-16 – Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman

“Boy Sat. nite in London the bombs were really falling.”

Last updated on April 9th, 2022 at 08:14 pm

Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman – October 16, 1940


Transcription of Artifact Content

Aldershot, Eng.
October 16/40

Dear Franc:-

I haven’t heard from you for some time. Nor I haven’t written either. But here’s a small letter now. This is my eighth for this aft. & evening. & I’m all caught up on answering again. (Until I get some more letters)

I spent the Weed-end with Pearls’ cousin in London Her name is Eva Robson  26 yrs. old & works for a lawyer. And boy is she a good cook. I had a chicken dinner.

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Artifact 1940-10-31 – Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman

“Piper is okay. Only we still nagg the devil out of him”

Last updated on January 22nd, 2022 at 04:04 am

Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman – October 31, 1940


Transcription of Artifact Content

Aldershot Eng.
October 31/40

Dear Sister:-

Well here it is Father’s birthday. I wonder how old he would be if he were living I’ve thought of him a lot to-day.

I thought that money would come in handy. Thats why I signed it to you. However I want you & Elt. to make use of it for whatever you can

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