|Year Range from||1944|
|Year Range to||1945|
|Collection||Martin Andersen Collection|
|Title||Martin Andersen Collection|
|Scope & Content||
Martin Andersen of the Orlando Sentinel began writing these newsletters to his friends who left Orlando to fight in World War II. After his brother Louis joined up, Martin primarily addressed the letters to him, but the lists attached to many of the letters show the extent of circulation.
All these letters were sent to John M. Huttig and most have their original envelopes. There are also several spare envelopes. The newsletters change in format for economic reasons and gradually become newsprint. Many of them are numbered and dated. After issue 15, Anderson named the newsletter "The Galley Proof".
Although some of these newsletters reprint letters sent from Italy and France and so include some war news, they are mainly interesting for their details of daily life on the home front. Anything that a person far from home might find interesting is included. Thus, we find, births, marriages, deaths, and divorces mentioned. The buying and selling of businesses and business appointments and promotions figure strongly. Local and national politics, together with discussions of the boom caused by the war and the expected bust to follow, provide a more serious dimension to the letters. One newsletter is entirely devoted to the October 1944 hurricane and its aftermath. From the newsletters we learn of attitudes toward blacks, segregation, and the improved pay and conditions they managed to obtain in wartime. Further, Anderson mentions many of the properties in downtown Orlando as they change hands or are renovated.
On a lighter note, the letters discuss the entertainment offered in Orlando (mostly drinking and gambling). They are full of jokes that would appeal to soldiers, and later editions have "pin up" girls. A September 1944 edition is devoted to prostitution overseas.
In keeping his friends up to date with the daily life that they are missing, Andersen has provided us with a comprehensive picture of Orlando during World War II.
|Condition Notes||Newspaper pages are brittle.|
|Dates of Creation||1944-1945|
Orlando Sentinel Star
Sentinel Star Galley Proof
World War II
G. I. Gally Proof, No Numbers
G. I. Galley Proof, Numbers 15-20
G. I. Galley Proof, Numbers 26-29
G. I. Galley Proof, Numbers 30-44