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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine’s Day – World War Two

Time magazine web site has an article today about love between American soldiers and English women during World War Two.

“Always in spring, young couples have walked under [Hyde Park’s] elms,” the magazine explained. But this year, it continued, “American boys and British girls stroll there and sometimes kiss before all men in England turn to stern tasks of war.” Devoid of context, Morse’s images of young lovers might appear to be the very picture of carefree romance. But the world outside the frame provided plenty of reasons for the soldiers to seek shelter in the arms of young English ladies. The thought of impending death, however, kept many soldiers from allowing their flirtations to develop into deeper love. Their courtship rituals held no promise of happy endings.
Click here to read the article.

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