Saturday, April 22, 1944

Dearest Gee.

Got your April fourth and sixth letters a couple days ago. Also got your nice Easter card from Sis and a letter from Mom and one from Mildred so I feel better now.

Doesn’t sound as if there is any let up in your work. Do you still have trouble getting supplies or can you get plenty now. I’ve been reading where they are putting quite a few things back on the market.

Yes, I miss you too, honey, but we’ll have to hold out a while longer. I’m sure hoping it won’t be much longer. I don’t know where that hospital is you are talking about. I’m not familiar with them and don’t want to either. It certainly was terrible the way they shelled those hospitals. If it was only once it could be excused but when they do it time after time it doesn’t smell so good.

Guess by the time I get home you’ll have to teach me bridge all over. You must be pretty good. About all I’ve played is a couple fast hands of double solitaire known as pounce. You remember? Believe we use to fight out a game or two ourselves once in awhile. Played a game called briqula or something like that with a little Italian kid but he cheats too much. A guy can’t win for losing.

Had a pay day yesterday. Got three months pay. It amounts to eighty-eight eighty. Now maybe if I run across something I want I can buy it. Still have April pay coming.

Guess Mel and her husband have it made, don’t they? Guess he’s sure earned it.

Sometimes a guy wonders whether there is still a war going on but then that doesn’t last long. Yesterday, we thumbed our noses at the Jerries and had a game of softball. Used a limb off a tree for a bat. My team won by a score of eight to two. Had a lot of fun. And wattaya know I can still walk today.

I never cease to wonder how these Italian women wash clothes. Think they’d rather wash than eat. They’re really tough on clothes tho. I saw one woman in the last stage of pregnancy still washing clothes in that cold water. She’s been doing that every day now. She looks like a Heinie. So does the whole family.

Our cat took off for parts unknown and we can’t find her. She left her little kittens still here so I think she’ll be back. Maybe she went to look for her old man. The dog took off and our hens don’t want to lay. What trouble.

About this time of the year is when we generally started making plans for the Indianapolis races, wasn’t it? Always a month ahead. Sure would like to see a good race. We’ll have to take a month off an go on a nice trip — in the States! Don’t have any hankering to travel in Europe.

Well, guess I’d better slow down to a stop. If you have any spare candy laying around loose I’d like to have some, please. Haven’t received any yet. If it comes in a gob I’ll open up a P.X. Sure love you honey, and miss you like everything. Be good for me.

So long now.


Italian playing cards by Dal Negro.

Snook and Gee were lifelong card game enthusiasts. Some of my happiest memories with my grandparents involved sitting around their kitchen table after a large family meal playing a boisterous game of “May I“, a variation on Rummy. Gee also must’ve taught me at least a half-dozen different ways to play Solitaire. The Pagat Card Game Rule Database has detailed instructions for the three card games Snook mentions in his letter home.

“Contract Bridge was invented in the 1920s and in the following decades it was popularised especially in the USA by Ely Culbertson. Bridge currently occupies a position of great prestige, and is more comprehensively organised than any other card game. There are clubs, tournaments and championships throughout the world.” –

“Pounce is a card game for two or more players, but works best with no more than six. It is played like solitaire, with each player in command of his own deck of cards, but all building piles are shared between all players. To win, you will need fast hands, quick thinking, and more than a little luck.” –

“Briscola is a trick taking game – that is, the object of the game is to take cards which gives you (or your team) a high score. It is popular in Italy and it uses the Italian 40 card deck. It is often played with Italian cards, which have suits of coins, cups, batons and swords.” –

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