Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Orlando, Florida

I wonder if it's just nostalgia that makes me like these cars more than modern ones?

Corporal Eveline Lapan, a WAC stationed in Orlando during World War II, writes home to her parents:
November 4, '45
Dear Ma + Pa,
Got here O.K. at 1:30 P.M. Had a nice trip. Will write letter later. Everything  is different here. The girls only need 25 points to get out now, so plenty are leaving. Going to Lakeside with Marcello now.
Love, Evelyn

Note that she spells her name as Eveline at the top of the card and Evelyn at the bottom. I'm not sure why. As much as I love stamps, There's something pretty fun about military personnel being able to send a card with "free" in place of the stamp.

Does anyone have an explanation for the 25 points to get out?


  1. Wow, look at that sweet 1940 Ford convertible!

  2. Whether you were drafted or freely enlisted in the military, during World War 2, you were in for the duration. After the war was over it was seen as impractical to demobalize the entire military all at once, so a point system was set up to decide who got out when. Points were given for length of service, time in combat zones, that sort of thing. A low point total and you were on occupation duty.

  3. I never knew that about the points system. Interesting post office building.

  4. Maybe she was Eveline on her birth certificate and had to use that for the military, but preferred the second spelling.



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