Here's one of my first attempts at an exhibit for my club bourse last month. These covers and letters were a gift from a family friend last year. There were about 75 covers in all, most had letters, some were empty. The enclosed letters from Lt. Rutherford to his parents were an interesting look into the life of a soldier during the latter days of the Second World War. Obviously he couldn't tell his parents much, but there was an definite need to communicate, and just let them know he was ok. I thought they would make an interesting exhibit, and allowed me to explore several aspects of military mail. Got me a silver award, not bad for my first try I suppose. Hope you like it.
James I can't begin to tell you how grateful I am to be reading this at the moment! I am right now watching The World at War (on H2) which, as you may know, was a program made in the late 60/early 70's about the war. The show was talking about all that stuff contained in the letters above! I was watching the actual footage and wondering which poor son of a gun pictured was he? I still look at that stuff you had sent me from this very lot (quite a while back) and I got to thinking about it a little bit, so I'll ask you- if would like any back for your presentation? I would be thrilled to contribute as I believe I may have one or two from old Rutherford himself! I love what you have done with these and it was exciting to read! If it was my contest you would get the blue ribbon! Your friend Sincerely -Jeff
P.S. Besides these I have a few from 2nd Lieutenant Jeny O'Spray addressed to Mrs. Laura Ford. Also, Colonel J.T. Vanderbilt addressed to a Miss Jayne Minor & Mary Cardoza at the Belleview Hotel, San Fransisco.
So that's where those went!!!!! (just kidding) Of course not Jeff. Those were for your collection. Anyways, I've got a binder full of Lt. Rutherfords letters. Over 70 I believe. One of the most difficult aspects of selecting which to put in was the fact that many look the same! I tried to vary the cancels and APOs, but really there ain't a lot of variation there. I think he had other things on his mind.
OK James I just wanted to make sure that you didn't need any of those to show an example of anything. I love what you done with them too! I wish I could use my word processor efficiently (or at all in fact! lol). Oh the possibilities!
I think your right about him having other things on his mind! Like not getting shot perhaps? -Jeff
I mainly collect the US Classic singles & covers also, classic era B.O.B. items.
Short and to the point exhibit and done nicely... I like! Being a Vet may have something to do with it but I can't help but have a dear fondness for soldiers mail... and sailors too! Go Navy, Beat Army!