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  • Contributing Institution: Center for American War Letters Archives
    Title: Marie Hubly Second World War correspondence
    Creator: Hubly, Marie
    source: Sandler, Karen
    Identifier/Call Number: 2017.278.w.rd
    Physical Description: 0.8 Linear feet (1 folder)
    Date: 1945 August 5
    Abstract: This collection contains a letter and a photograph from Marie Hubly to PFC Samuel Beckenstein during the Second World War.
    Language of Material: English .
    Container: WWII 20
    Container: 8

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Karen Sandler.


    This collection is arranged chronologically.

    Biographical / Historical

    The following information was given by the donor: "The letter was sent to my uncle, Samuel Beckenstein. He served in the Army during WW2 as PFC/specialist. I don't know how he met the letter writer[who was British], but he was known as quite a ladies man (although the letter writer was married). Uncle Sam was Jewish, his parents, originally from Russia, emigrated via the Pale of Settlement. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star."

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title, Box number, Folder number], Marie Hubly Second World War correspondence (2017.278.w.r), Center for American War Letters Archives, Chapman University, CA.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Content Description

    This collection is available online in Chapman University's Digital Commons: https://digitalcommons.chapman.edu/mhubly_correspondence
    This collection contains correspondence from Marie Hubly to PFC Samuel Beckenstein during the Second World War. The nature of their relationship is unknown. Included with this letter is a photograph of Marie Hubly and her family. Also included in this collection is an email correspondence between the donor and archivist of the Center in which the donor explains some of the background of the letter, includes a photocopied photograph of Samuel Beckenstein, and makes some clarifications concerning the date in the letter. In the letter, Marie thanks Sam for sending her pictures and a letter, but were disappointed that he was unable to visit them. She discusses VJ day, saying that her family were on holiday in Brighton during the celebrations. She writes, "We spent a lovely fortnight away and VJ day and night there, everyone went crazy. At first, my hubby and I were rather sorry we were not in London, but the excitement there was just as great." She also discusses how things will never go back to the way they were before the war saying, "Now at least all the fighting is over, although it seems as though things will never get back to normal. I suppose they will in time. They are certainly not going to clothe us too freely. We have to make our clothing coupons go much farther. And the food problem will be hard this winter, but still as I said before, the fighting is over and also the raids, so we must try and be content." She also writes about her mother's illnesses. With the letter a photograph of Marie's family was included with the inscription "Yours sincerely Marie + Phil, Stanley + Ruth 1944."

    Conditions Governing Use

    There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War II
    World War (1939-1945)
    Correspondence -- World War, 1939-1945
    World War (1939-1945) -- England
    Clothing and dress -- World War, 1939-1945
    V-J Day, 1945
    V-J Day, 1945 -- England
    Rationing -- Great Britain
    Beckenstein, Samuel
    Sandler, Karen