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"Harold and Mary, a World War I romance" is a collection of papers, pictures, letters and souvenirs of the courtship of two people from Reading, KS from World War I until their marriage in the 1920's.

Included in the compendium are:

  • letter from Harold to "Folks", from Ft. Sill, Sept 3, 1917, 4pp in pencil, re:arrival at Ft. Sill and tent mates
  • letter from Harold to "Folks" from YMCA at Ft. Sill, Oct 22, 1917, 2pp, re: things received and things to send, liberty bonds
  • Cablegram to Mary saying that Harold was in the field hospital in France, Sep 20, 1918 - pencil entry states that Harold was in the offensive in Argonne Forest from Sep 26 - Oct 2
  • Photo of Mary in white dress, reverse "Oct 2 1918" and "Harold in war carried this", 4 inches by 2 1/4 inches
  • letter from Harold to Mary (my darling little wife?) from France, Nov 12, 1918, 12 small pp in pencil and pen, re: people cheering them in towns they passed through; got cooties; won't drink; misses her; Amistice celebration; Red Cross help; loves her
  • letter from Harold to Mary, Dec 28, 1918, Aulnois, France, one large page both sides in pencil, re: going on furlough to Aix le Bain; things are hard because it is boring after the Armistice; get some nice things for her; loves her
  • letter from Harold to Mary, Jan.1 1919, from Aix las Bains, 7 pp in ink, re: trip to Aix les Bains; soft beds; will get souvenirs; clean life;
  • letter from Harold to Mary, Jan 4, 1919 from Aix les Bains, 4 large pp in ink, re: bought gifts; love her; guys chasing after French women; eating and getting fat;
  • 2 souvenir hankies: "Souvenir de France" with lace trim and crossed French and US flags; white with blue trim "Souvenir France"
  • Photo of Harold's army unit on postcard
  • "The Bride Her Wedding Book", pub The Reill & Britton Co, Chicago, 1914, 58pp with Victorian illustrations, only 4 pp have entries re: first meeting, dating, engagement on Aug 5, 1917 (Harold was in the Army at the time), 6 1/2 inches by 9 inches, some of the cover is torn but inside condition is excellent
  • marriage announcement - took place Saturday October 8, 1921 in Topeka, Kansas, 5 1/2 inches by 7 inches
  • "The Marriage Service" by the Trustees of the Presbyterian Board of Publications and Sabbath-School Work, 1919, names and dates filled in and signed by minister, white cover with gold letters, 5 1/2 inches by 7 1/2 inches, v. good condition, binding weak
  • Photo of Harold and Mary in 1929 in Leavenworth Kansas, 3 1/4 inches by 5 1/4 inches


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