In 2013 a shoebox full of letters arrived at my feet and I knew they were going to be special. They were letters of love, musings, family, and rebellion from my great-uncle Isadore (Izzy) to his beloved Thelma. After sorting them chronologically, scanning, preserving, and transcribing the originals I decided that I wanted to share this story with others.
Izzy was a musician and a member of the Socialist Labor Party in the 1920s-1950s in NY and Washington, D.C. Izzy and Thelma were often separated by circumstances of work, volunteerism, and declining parental health. This collection of letters reflects the writer’s ideology, his familial and romantic love, and the struggles of a young musician. They capture a time and place that many of us have not experienced. I had a wonderful time reading and getting to know the letters, I hope that you will enjoy them as well.