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The photo is my son and myself. Now days you can get a photo made to look old like this one. This photo was taken when this was the new look.

Harry S Truman was president when I was born and world war II had ended. I grew up in a time when lunch was put in a brown paper bag and a sandwich was wrapped with wax paper. There was no such thing as pantyhose, we wore stockings that attached to the rubbery clippy things that attached to the girdle. Convenience stores were not common and when we took a trip we packed a picnic basket because many places did not have fast food. Highways had places to pull over and stop, some with picnic tables. Read more ....

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Lil's Diary week February 1 - 7 - 1943

February 2, 2022

We are reading the 1943 Diary of Lil and Bob. They are each in their 70's and Bob works jobs and does war duty by  going to the top of a hotel to watch for war planes.

We continue this diary and pick up on February 1, 1943

Monday Feb 1, Sunshine all forenoon but cloudy in P.M. Bob home early.  Had car serviced at Murphy.

Tuesday Feb 2, He saw his shadow. Bob home late from S.  R.& M called in afternoon for a few minutes.  (I type this as it is written, the writer abbreviates)

Wednesday Feb 3,  Fine day, done some pruning over at Emma's a few minutes.  Bob home from S -with a chicken at 2:30

Thursday Feb 4, Light rain all day - Bob home at 2:48. Up town to shop -  Ruth & J along, took Ruth to Doctor.

Friday Feb 5,  Fine day, made butter & Fried Chicken. Bob home from S at 2:50.  Burned the garbage. 

Saturday Feb 6, Heavy fog in a.m. Nice afternoon. Cleaned house. Bob home at 3-P.M.. Very tired, is now taking his bath.

Sunday, Feb 7, Rain drizzle more or less all day.  Bob at Air service 8 to 10.

I am adding another diary to our reading in a few weeks. This other diary that I am adding has much more information than Lil's and when I start the other diary, I will do a diary post with nothing else but the two diary readings on that post so if you missed a reading you can  just pop on, read and pop off.   

 This week, I am trying to do back to back posts since there is so much information to share with all of you that are doing this study completely, or parts or reading along.  

To let you know, people are emailing me about how their 1943 study is going and the main comment is, I am learning so much!  Some of you said that your home is feeling different and as it should be. I cannot count how many people have said my home feels calm.  

Other comments are,  I wish I would have done this a long time ago, I can see where this is going to help our budget, I love this study!  

Some of you have sent me pictures of your vintage home and some have sent photos of your vintage furniture, some of you are searching for rationing recipes, clothing, vintage items.  And, many of you are organizing!  More of you than I thought, are doing the gasoline rationing and that is wonderful!   

Thank you for sharing your memories of long ago with me, I have someone that helped me today with an email about insurance costs in 1943. Thank you Mrs. Z.   I am happy that many of you are researching this important era because it can help us today.

And we are only "one month" in this study!  Anyone can do this, you can start at any time, get the kids involved, wash those curtains, start working on a serious budget and have some fun at home and live like the year 1943.  

Grandma Donna

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