June 1942 Letters Transcribed ✅

I’ve finished the letters from June 1942, which end on the 27th with news of Ruth’s impending visit to Manhattan, KS. Then there’s a pause in the letters until July 10 when Ruth is returning home on the bus. Maybe we’ll hear a little about the trip after the fact.

I often use these posts to reveal something stupid I’ve done in the transcribing or something I’m trying to figure out. Today, I’m just admitting that I don’t often know when Walt means a capital or lowercase T/t—and maybe he doesn’t know either. So I’ve taken the approach—oh, hell, there’s no approach. I just put down whatever I think at the moment.

Oh Darn, This Code Works

I can make Walt’s hyphen code work if I put the following HTML en dash code in the text editor as here:

<p>&ndash; &ndash;&ndash;&ndash;&ndash; &ndash;&ndash;&ndash;</p>

– –––– –––

It’s not a big deal; I’ll just save it and paste it in the text editor when needed. I do the same thing on my cooking blog with the code for the recipe info.

But as I said, I’m not going back to fix all those older posts. Just pretend I did. 😀



Reproducing Walt’s Hyphen Code


Only recently have I discovered—and maybe WordPress has made a change to how symbols affect code—that the hyphens Walt often uses at the end of letters and on the back of envelopes are not rendering correctly. Walt means them to be a code for I love you, with one hyphen for each letter, just as he often uses Xes or asterisks. Now when I try to type more than one hyphen, I have to fight with the hyphens switching to a bulleted list. I find I can usually get around it if I let it turn into a bullet point, put in the hyphens, then deselect the list button, which looks good in the editor, but looks like this to you:

– —- —

Or I can use an underscore instead of a hyphen and put lots of spaces in:

_   _ _ _ _   _ _ _

Anyway, I’ll either figure it out or substitute something going forward, but I’m not going back to see if it has happened before.


May 1942 Letters, the Check Marks ✅, and Today’s Itinerary

The May 1942 letters have been transcribed, and you might have noticed that I’ve started marking completed sections with a big check mark in a green box. That will make it easier for new readers to see, for example, that the 1951 section was completed out of order, and then when earlier individual months are completed:


I might get started creating the June letters later today, creating the pages and posting the letter images, before I get started on the transcribing, but first I plan to spend some time reading. I picked up the graphic novel trilogy March, a story about Americans fighting for freedom, something we might learn from this site as well. I plan to save the books for my granddaughter, for when she’s old enough to read and learn about such values.


Then I might rent a movie, because it’s a rainy, dreary day. I’m leaning towards Denial, a film about how if you repeat a lie often enough, people might believe it. Scary stuff.


April 1942 Letters Transcribed

I finally finished April 1942, with its mix up of letter dates and postmarks, envelopes with no letters and letters with no envelopes. Whether I’m really done with April will be seen when I start to look through May, where April surprises could be hidden.