1932 Group of Romantic Letters New York Atlanta
(Americana - Manuscript - 20th Century - Social History - Atlanta - New York - Romance)

New York, NY: Not Published, 1932. F Group of 7 letters, nearly all with associated mailing envelopes. Written by Earl Graham, who worked at Gimbel Brothers department store in New York to his girlfriend Eileen O'Donnell, then living at 51 Lafayette Drive, Atlanta, Georgia. Most envelopes with Gimbel Brothers imprint; most written on their letterhead. Social news primarily and with some job notices too - transfers & work with Gimbels, Kresges, Macy's; various entertainments; including the start of a Gimbel's basketball team who want "… to go after it in a big way…"; with good detail: "….We were entertained at a reception by the millionaire Sobol of the Sobol Bros. gasoline stations in the most luxuriously appointed suite of rooms I have ever seen. I met "Smoky Joe Martin" the grand old Chief of the New York Fire Dept…they served everything up to and including champagne - needless to say it was a successful party…your letter sounded as though the lazy languid old South was getting in your veins. I'm jealous of it because it has my darling in its spell and I can't be a part of it…I can close my eyes and see you so plainly - isn't it silly to be like this - but you'll just have to forgive me if I can't stop loving you It seems as though an eternity has passed since you were in my arms - I miss you…Another night of ours gone by and no lingering caress of your soft lips…" E. Graham clearly missing his friend: "…How can I trace the contour of a silken encased knee with sensitive fingers or caress the satiny softness of you - and press you finally melting with surrender to me if I am as I am - alone. To me the tender, intimate hours we shared with each other are absolutely priceless and so imbedded in my heart that they are with me constantly. This may be daring - but my pen only speaks what my heart dictates…" And is reconciled to her decision to remain South: "…for such a long period of time but darling you will never know by letter - in the first place it wouldn't be fair - I could have taken a selfish lover's viewpoint but why? A stand of that sort would be narrow - even foolish and absolutely without justice to you…" Anxiously awaiting her impending return:"…Come home to me darling I am waiting. Have a goodnight and my soft kisses for you alone…it's been so hard having you away so long, it has even interfered during my work of the day…being without you has exacted its toll…I am anxiously awaiting your letter telling me the time you will arrive…my dream girl - center of all my love. I love you - it's useless to say more…" One letter penciled in French, with the promise that following notes will be in English. Some wear and soiling; one group with closed tear, no loss; in very good condition. Good primary source social history of the early 20th century; a couple of the envelopes with special delivery stamps and cancellations. Very Good Paperback (Item ID: 26427)


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