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Saturday, November 24, 2007


Wartime Letter by Lewis Klinker to his daughter Orpha - collection of Phyllis Hansen member of The Museum Community.

Just a year after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, life in America was very different from pre-war days. In The Museum's on-going study of the lives of Orpha and Zeno Klinker, Phyllis Hansen discovered this letter from theri father Lewis. He writes of having access to only four gallons of gasoline a week, and the rationing of many things we consider essentials today. His letter speaks of young men in college who had been selected in the draft, and who were unsure if they could even finish the school year.
Little by little, we are putting together the pieces of the Klinker family's history, a family of Southern California artists.
Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving holiday. It's probably a good time to also remember that the official celebration of Thanksgiving came about during the dark days of World War II, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt thought it would be a good thing for Americans to count the blessings of our rich and creative land.

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