Letters in a Trunk

Letters in a Trunk


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Lottie Sniderman, a smart, independent, and witty young woman from Worcester, Massachusetts, was just shy of her 19th birthday when she began writing her boyfriend, George Barr, who had recently joined the U.S. Army Signal Corps and was attending training school in Philadelphia. The letters she and George wrote to each other during the length of George's military service are all contained within the pages of this book. With the backdrop of WWII, you will get to experience firsthand the love between Lottie and George growing, contrasted with their increasing loneliness of being apart. Rarely seen, the majority of these letters have both sides of the conversation, as Lottie made sure George mailed her letters back. As you read through the letters and view the many photographs, postcards, and telegrams, you will get to relive, in vivid detail, the beginning of a long-lasting love story that occurred over 75 years ago.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781078744010
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 11/01/2019
Pages: 732
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.46(d)

About the Author

Charlotte (Lottie) Sniderman Barr (1924-2004) was born on May 31, 1924, in Worcester, Massachusetts to Jewish immigrants from Lithuania. Lottie’s father owned and operated a second-hand store in downtown Worcester. Lottie’s family rented the second floor of a “triple-decker”, a three-story house in which the home owner usually lives on one floor and rents out the other two floors. Lottie’s mother had already been widowed twice before marrying Lottie’s father in 1922 at the age of 33. During the timeframe of these letters, Lottie worked for a wholesale grocery supply company “New England Grocer Supply, Co.” in Worcester, and at night took nursing classes that required working at a local hospital. Lottie had a very close relationship with her mom, and hearing her mom’s life experiences, along with growing up during the Great Depression, made Lottie a very independent and mature young woman.

James George Barr (1923-2007) was born on May 12, 1923 in Worcester, Massachusetts to Jewish immigrants from Lithuania. George’s family owned a small grocery store, aptly named, “Barr’s Creamery”, on 112 Water Street in Worcester. Throughout his teenage years, George helped out his father and mother in the store, along with his two older brothers and younger sister. The store provided the Barr family with a good to moderate income, which allowed them to purchase their own home and family automobile. Before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943, George's hobbies included photography and table tennis. During the timeframe of these letters, George would rise to the rank of Sergeant.

Daniel R. Mazza, P.E. (Editor/Author of Compilation) is a Civil Engineer in the railroad industry by trade. He was born and raised in Okeechobee, Florida and while attending the University of Florida met his wife Vickie, the daughter of George and Charlotte "Lottie" Barr, who are the authors of the letters contained in this book. Daniel and Vickie have three adult sons and a daughter-in-law and live in Boca Raton, Florida.

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