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(Daily Mail)   Woman finds an unopened WWII love letter inside a book donated to Goodwill, has vowed not to open it until she finds the rightful owner so she can reunite them with the letter   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 55
    More: Sappy, WWII, Helen Rothurmel, Lakeland, WWII era  
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2014-03-03 02:25:02 AM
The letter was sent 70 years ago between people likely in their twenties at the youngest.
Odds of either being alive are very very thin.
Odds of any set of grandkids knowing both parties in the letter? Near zero.
 
2014-03-03 02:36:14 AM
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2014-03-03 02:54:43 AM
Wait. How does she know it's a love letter if she hasn't opened it? Maybe it's unopened for a reason. Maybe the woman it's addressed to didn't ever want to hear from the guy again. Maybe it's a "Hey, sorry toots, but I found somebody else" letter...
 
2014-03-03 03:55:46 AM
Good luck with that.
 
2014-03-03 03:58:43 AM
A unopened letter? Them seems to be the nazis of grammar that will not be the ones to judge the headline of the submission. Laughter OL.
 
2014-03-03 04:01:42 AM

Weatherkiss: A unopened letter? Them seems to be the nazis of grammar that will not be the ones to judge the headline of the submission. Laughter OL.


I wondered what happened to Meow.
 
2014-03-03 04:12:58 AM
Dear Helen,

You may want to visit a doctor at your earliest convenience.  It would appear that I have contracted VD.  I slept with about 14 other gals before I met you, so chances are, you didn't give it to me.  While your lady parts may be dirty, at least your conscience can be clean.

Love,

Joe
 
2014-03-03 04:20:51 AM
Opening someone's mail is a federal offense.
 
2014-03-03 04:27:29 AM
Everyone needs a hobby.
 
2014-03-03 04:46:25 AM
Dear John...
 
2014-03-03 04:48:39 AM
Chances are, the owner is dead. It's pretty straightforward math -- it's a WWII era letter. The war ended in 1945. That's 69 years ago. Assume the owner was 16; that makes them at least 85 years old. Life expectancy in the US even *now* is 76 for men, or 81 for women.

/buzz killington out
 
2014-03-03 04:51:53 AM
She's dead.
 
2014-03-03 04:54:01 AM
Maybe there were indicators on the envelope (SWACK, and hearts and shiat).  Back in the 70's I was getting all kinds of mail from a fiancee that loved to emphasize her undying love for me to the world.  She would alter her return address to emphasize the anticipated new last name; hearts drawn all over, SWACK on the envelope seal.

The Dear John letter that I received just before the wedding had none of that.
 
2014-03-03 05:02:28 AM

awshat: Maybe there were indicators on the envelope (SWACK, and hearts and shiat).  Back in the 70's I was getting all kinds of mail from a fiancee that loved to emphasize her undying love for me to the world.  She would alter her return address to emphasize the anticipated new last name; hearts drawn all over, SWACK on the envelope seal.

The Dear John letter that I received just before the wedding had none of that.


SWACK?
 
2014-03-03 05:05:00 AM
Sealed With A Kiss. The C comes from people who only heard about it.
 
2014-03-03 05:06:26 AM

rhiannon: awshat: Maybe there were indicators on the envelope (SWACK, and hearts and shiat).  Back in the 70's I was getting all kinds of mail from a fiancee that loved to emphasize her undying love for me to the world.  She would alter her return address to emphasize the anticipated new last name; hearts drawn all over, SWACK on the envelope seal.

The Dear John letter that I received just before the wedding had none of that.

SWACK?


You don't want to know what the C stands for.
 
2014-03-03 05:55:34 AM
There's a lot of stupid going on with that woman.
 
2014-03-03 06:04:25 AM

unlikely: The letter was sent 70 years ago between people likely in their twenties at the youngest.
Odds of either being alive are very very thin.
Odds of any set of grandkids knowing both parties in the letter? Near zero.


This.

hammettman: Dear Helen,

You may want to visit a doctor at your earliest convenience.  It would appear that I have contracted VD.  I slept with about 14 other gals before I met you, so chances are, you didn't give it to me.  While your lady parts may be dirty, at least your conscience can be clean.

Love,

Joe


And this.

But mostly the first one.
 
2014-03-03 06:42:23 AM

Hoopy Frood: rhiannon: awshat: Maybe there were indicators on the envelope (SWACK, and hearts and shiat).  Back in the 70's I was getting all kinds of mail from a fiancee that loved to emphasize her undying love for me to the world.  She would alter her return address to emphasize the anticipated new last name; hearts drawn all over, SWACK on the envelope seal.

The Dear John letter that I received just before the wedding had none of that.

SWACK?

You don't want to know what the C stands for.


SMAK me in the head.   That's what I get for doing this BC (Before Coffee).
 
2014-03-03 06:47:09 AM

awshat: Hoopy Frood: rhiannon: awshat: Maybe there were indicators on the envelope (SWACK, and hearts and shiat).  Back in the 70's I was getting all kinds of mail from a fiancee that loved to emphasize her undying love for me to the world.  She would alter her return address to emphasize the anticipated new last name; hearts drawn all over, SWACK on the envelope seal.

The Dear John letter that I received just before the wedding had none of that.

SWACK?

You don't want to know what the C stands for.

SMAK me in the head.   That's what I get for doing this BC (Before Coffee).


#YOLO, LOL IMO
 
2014-03-03 07:02:15 AM
Even if the two are still alive I doubt they're sitting by the window pining for each other.  There is a good chance they've moved on.  So this woman barges into a some random couples' lives with a love letter from the past.  I am sure the other partner is going to be head over heals over his wife hooking up with some guy she was farking 60 years ago.
 
2014-03-03 07:16:52 AM
Love isn't real. It was invented by guys like me to sell toothpaste.
 
2014-03-03 07:18:15 AM

Muta: Even if the two are still alive I doubt they're sitting by the window pining for each other.  There is a good chance they've moved on.


If they hadn't been nailed to the perch, they'd be pushing up daisies.
 
2014-03-03 07:42:31 AM
As an eternal optimist, I'm really hoping for a Follow-Up on this one.
 
2014-03-03 07:50:17 AM
Letter reads:  I've been sleeping with your brother.
 
2014-03-03 08:08:54 AM
Watch it be some confession that was never delivered, they reunited after the war and lived a perfect life until this lost letter is delivered and opened and everything the recipient believed for some 60+ years is ruined.
 
2014-03-03 08:29:41 AM

unlikely: The letter was sent 70 years ago between people likely in their twenties at the youngest.
Odds of either being alive are very very thin.
Odds of any set of grandkids knowing both parties in the letter? Near zero.


I was thinking she's going to need a Ouija board.
 
2014-03-03 08:32:16 AM
Dear Helen ,I have the clap.

                                                   With all my love,
                                                                        Albert
 
2014-03-03 08:35:31 AM

hammettman: Dear Helen,

You may want to visit a doctor at your earliest convenience.  It would appear that I have contracted VD.  I slept with about 14 other gals before I met you, so chances are, you didn't give it to me.  While your lady parts may be dirty, at least your conscience can be clean.

Love,

Joe


Dammit , shakes tiny fist
 
2014-03-03 09:02:39 AM
Dear Joe,

This dreadful war is going to go on forever. I'm amazed (and happy! ) you're still alive. Really.

At this rate the war could last almost five years and... well, I'll just say it. You know my cousin Heather and how you always loved how close we are? Well she's not my cousin exactly. Although we are close, closer than I can explain.

Maybe you'll find a nice German girl.

H
 
2014-03-03 09:23:35 AM
/approves

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2014-03-03 09:35:09 AM
We trust in God. He supplies our needs.
Mrs. F. Streuzel............ Mich.
 
Mrs. A.Ford, Chicago .........Ill. 
Mrs. K.Adkins, Chicago . .....Ill. 
Mrs. R.Arlington,.............Ill. 
Mrs. ...........,Quincy.......Ill. 
Mrs. ...........,Quincy.......Ill.
     Copy the above names, omitting the first. Add your name last. Mail it to five persons who you wish prosperity to.
 
     The chain was started by an American Colonel and must be mailed 24 hours after receiving it. This will bring prosperity within 9 days after mailing it.
     Mrs. Sanford won $3,000.
 
     Mrs. Andres won $1,000. 
     Mrs. Howe who broke the chain lost everything she possessed. The chain grows a definite power over the expected word, 
     DO NOT BREAK THE CHAIN 
  See what happens on the 9th day. 
     Hoping it brings you luck. 
              J.E.K.
 
2014-03-03 10:16:30 AM
Them? Really?

I have never been a grammar Nazi before. Woohoo!
 
2014-03-03 10:49:53 AM
Dear Helen,

Me and the rest of the fellas all pitched in, seeing as how we don't know who's responsible, so you can have that "procedure" you were talking about.

You really are a good sport,

Albert
 
2014-03-03 10:50:52 AM

Tickman: Letter reads:  I've been sleeping with your brother.


Since basic.
 
2014-03-03 11:07:30 AM
"Dear Charlene, I am leaving you. I fell in love with this Dutch girl..."
 
2014-03-03 11:12:40 AM
Oh.... a Dear John letter. Well thanks so much for getting that to me...
 
2014-03-03 11:12:56 AM
"Her life could have been changed from this one letter"

Yeah, that's your goal, show this lady how her life could have been so much better.
 
2014-03-03 11:28:02 AM
I found the text:

www.futilitycloset.com
 
2014-03-03 11:35:18 AM
Dear Penthouse,

I never thought this could happen to me but....
 
2014-03-03 11:55:13 AM
www.bttfstore.com
 
2014-03-03 12:40:01 PM

mamoru: Wait. How does she know it's a love letter if she hasn't opened it?


This. What the fark?
 
2014-03-03 01:12:40 PM

Jument: mamoru: Wait. How does she know it's a love letter if she hasn't opened it?

This. What the fark?


It smells like pussy.
 
2014-03-03 01:13:23 PM
The intended recipient of the letter: dead.
Author of the letter: dead.
All their friends, colleagues, and everyone they associated with on a daily basis: dead.

Their great grandchildren: completely and utterly indifferent.

Stop looking for praise from society and open the damn thing.
 
2014-03-03 01:25:38 PM
I feel like the book the letter was in could provide insight. For instance, if I found a letter within a copy of "Much Ado About Nothing" I'd totally open it. If it was in a dictionary, the page it was on could hold a clue. If it was in a super boring book that no teenage/twenty-something would read, I'd suspect that the young lady's parents didn't much care for her gentleman friend.

/I might read too many mysteries.
 
2014-03-03 01:57:12 PM
Wedding announcement (Michigan), summer 1948:img.fark.net
 
2014-03-03 02:02:19 PM
High school graduation, 1941:img.fark.net
 
2014-03-03 02:05:46 PM
Aha!--Helen was her MIDDLE name. Here's the Benton Harbor (MI) Herald Press, 5/10/44, announcing her military service>img.fark.net
 
2014-03-03 02:09:43 PM
March 1945, now at Love Field, two months before the letter was sent:img.fark.net
 
2014-03-03 02:13:39 PM
Discharged from the service, May 1946:img.fark.net
 
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