All the Gentlemen Callers: Letters Found in a 1920s Steamer Trunk Judith Thompson Witmer

ISBN: 9780983776819

Published: March 1st 2012

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184 pages


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All the Gentlemen Callers: Letters Found in a 1920s Steamer Trunk  by  Judith Thompson Witmer

All the Gentlemen Callers: Letters Found in a 1920s Steamer Trunk by Judith Thompson Witmer
March 1st 2012 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 184 pages | ISBN: 9780983776819 | 9.35 Mb

Reading letters, particularly love letters, is similar to reading a diary. We are interested and curious, but still hold a certain sense of being intrusive. However, letters are still considered the most personal way to understand the character andMoreReading letters, particularly love letters, is similar to reading a diary.

We are interested and curious, but still hold a certain sense of being intrusive. However, letters are still considered the most personal way to understand the character and personality of an individual and of the zeitgeist in which the letters are written. Placing these particular letters in their historical context of The Roaring Twenties and The Great Depression is particularly poignant in that they are written mainly by those in their early twenties, young people who were on the cusp of the great adventure of life.

In this collection most of the letters are written by gentlemen to one particular beauty Jessie Beverly Pifer, dashing, independent, fashionable, and always remembered as the stylish and vibrant Jebbie, Belle of the Class of 1924. The letters, many beautiful in their own right because of the handwriting, provide a first hand account of daily travails lived by the young nearly a century ago, expressing a parallel to modes of communication of then and now, displaying emotions familiar to all generations, and revealing the love and devotion of All the Gentlemen Callers who loved Jessie.

We can t help but wonder how emails of today can ever connect the sender and the receiver through the carefully constructed, flowing reflection, and very personal expression found only in love letters written with a fountain pen. The Author, Dr. Judith Thompson Witmer (Director of the Capital Area Institute for Mathematics and Science at Penn State Harrisburg), holds a respect and passion for social history of small towns and the families who live there.

The author of nearly a dozen books, ranging from biographies to educational administration and other trade books, her most recent publication (2011) is Jebbie: Vamp to Victim, the true story of Jessie Beverly Pifer, a beautiful young woman with many suitors who became entrapped in a web of deceit. All the Gentlemen Callers is a companion to Jebbie, focusing on the social interaction of young men who came calling on young women, a generation like no other in changing the social times and expectations of becoming adults in a time Studs Terkel called euphoric and F.

Scott Fitzgerald termed The Jazz Age.



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