From the President: February, 2016

In the winter most of us are wishing for warmer days on the beach. This post card of beauties playing leapfrog was mailed in Elaine HensonJanuary, 1942 from Wilmington. It was written by a man named Floyd and sent to his friend, Fred, in Syracuse, New York. Floyd might have been stationed at nearby Camp Davis during the war and had come to Wilmington on a weekend pass for some R&R and maybe a visit to the USO at Second and Orange Streets downtown.

It is always fun to read what the writers say and it gives us a glimpse into their lives and the past. This one says:

Elaine's postcard

Hi Partner,

Out wolfing around for a couple of days in this fair city. Got a heavy date with the blonde bomber on the front of this card. Don’t let this picture fool you. It’s been snowing down here and colder than H..E..!?..L. Floyd

Playing leapfrog on the beach like the girls in the post card might look staged. But beach games like leapfrog, tug of war and sack races were often in a lineup of beach activities especially during holidays and the opening of the beach season.

 

This photograph is from the Sunday Star News, June 15, 1941, the year before the post card was mailed.

Elaine clipping