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A Little Known Fact About the Stage Door Canteen

An Important Little Known Fact About the Stage Door Canteen You’ve probably seen the film, The Stage Door Canteen, with lots of singing and dancing and movie stars serving sandwiches to the soldiers and sailors who come there for a night of fun and dancing with the volunteer hostesses before they take off for the […]

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For the Boys: World War 2 Fashions, Pre & Post

Before the War The late thirties/ early forties was a time of fedoras on men and hats, gloves, and girdles on women. That was before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor marking the United States’ entry into World War 2. Shortly thereafter, everything changed. Most men turned in their fedoras for servicemen’s hats (Men ages 18-65 […]

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I Miss the Magic of a Broadway Musical

  This week I’ve been writing about a fictional musical that two of my characters are rehearsing because they are going to be in a Broadway show. In order to feel my way into the scene I needed something that would give me the sense of how this musical might sound.  I needed to listen […]

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Excerpt from my forthcoming novel, JULIANA

Excerpt from Juliana, the novel by Vanda Chapter Eight             The limousine bumped and shook over the cobblestone on its way past Wanamaker’s department store. We turned off Broadway onto Eighth Street. “Max, you know we could have just walked. It’s not far.” “Maxwell P. Harlington does not—” “Walk when he can take a limousine […]

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What’s in a Name?

I thought a good place to begin this writers’ blog was to wonder about names. Our own birth names, the author names we might give ourselves, the names of our characters. What difference does it make what we call ourselves? What difference does it make what we call our characters? Was Shakespeare right in saying […]

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When Cars Drove Through the Washington Square Arch

I’d love YOU to follow my blog. To sign up enter your email in the box to the right. If you look at this post card from the 1940s the Washington Square Arch looks pretty much the way it does today.  But if you look closer  you will see that the cars are driving through […]

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Plane Spotters

Guest Post by Shareen Knight My mother’s hands were shaking. It was a sunny summer afternoon towards the end of WW II when we heard the engine of a small plane as it came across the bay. We ran outside, her with the binoculars and me holding the chart of colored drawings of every kind […]

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When The US Government Told Us What to Wear

During World War 2, in an effort to save precious materials needed for the war, The War Production Board (WPB) was in charge of rationing civilian goods. The first to be rationed was sugar and gasoline. Gradually other items were added like rubber, coffee and meat (somehow poultry didn’t count as meat so it wasn’t […]

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Lilyan Tashman

I had wanted to include Lilyan Tashman in my novel (celebrities make cameo appearances) only she died too soon (1934) for the dates that my characters live. Lilyan Tashman began as a vaudevillian in New York and appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies between 1916 and 1918.  From this she became a Broadway actress and later […]

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