V-mail (circa April 16, 1944) from Dick Sachs
Art Eisenberg's cousin, Dick Sachs, corresponded with him via V-mail (Victory mail) and said, "I suppose the President’s death hit you all hard. I know it sure it me hard, all of us. Just the same Pres. Truman is doing a swell job and everything is turning out good."
The 32th President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, died on April 16, 1944.
Dick liked to joke, and called Art an Admiral. Dick's envelope shows that Art is now stationed aboard the U. S. S. Bergen.
Dick told Art how he was on the road with his Dad, had fun joking and looking at pennies. (Frank Eisenberg was a serious penny collector. In one of his letters to Art he told him about finding a penny worth $6.00.)
Dick also tells Art that he got a job as an usher at the Lyceum with a group of other boys and is thrilled. Interestingly enough the 1930 child bride blockbuster , "Dust to Dust," played at the Lyceum in Minneapolis & St. Paul.
YouTube link to "Dust to Dust.": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFGOZB634rI
V-mail stood for Victory mail. V-mail was used to reduce the volume of mail transported overseas and censor the mail going to service men.
Box 449, File 17.
122 W. M’haha Pkwy
U.S.S. Bergen ARA150
C/o Fleet Postmaster
San Francisco, Cal.
We are all fine and wondering how you are. Sorry, I haven’t written soon but for the past week I have been a little sick and I am sure, however, that yours truly will live to eat another billion hamburgers, or so. Well how’s the admiral? (By this time I presume you’re an admiral). Nothing much going on here. Over Easter vacation I hit the road with your dad and we had a swell time looking at pennies and telling jokes. I just got a job as an usher here & I now usher at everything at the Lyceum and all the fights and baseball games. It’s sure a swell job and a lot of fun as I go with a bunch of boys. I suppose the President’s death hit you all hard. I know it sure it me hard, all of us. Just the same Pres. Truman is doing a swell job and everything is turning out good. Well the baseball season ads opened here, only a few games have been played, but I will let you know how it’s coming. Write soon, and take care of yourself.
Your everlasting Pal,
War & Navy Departments
Penalty for private use to avoid payment of postage $300.
- Date Added
- November 30, 2013
- Letters to Art that Reference World War II
- Item Type
- Art Eisenberg, baseball, Death of the President, FDR, fights, Lyceum in Minneapolis, pennies, Truman, usher, USS Bergen
- Dick Sachs, “V-mail (circa April 16, 1944) from Dick Sachs,” Discovering the Importance in the Ordinary:, accessed March 24, 2017, http://eisenbergexhibit.omeka.net/items/show/31.