Chapter 7 – 5: “Michael’s Letter to Louise”



The red Saks Fifth Avenue 9 x 12 gift box, about two inches thick, overflows with letters wrapped with rubber bands in bunches. One grouping is from the fall of 1945, the sheets of stationary pretty sturdy considering their age. There are envelopes too. Some had 3-cent stamps with a white eagle on a lavender background, its wings forming the shape of a “V,” a victory insignia across its front with the words, “win the war,” and the bird surrounded by 13 stars.