When I appeared on the cover of Life Magazine in 1946, people from all over
the world wrote to me and also sent me gifts. A British General sent me a leather book
cover where he was stationed in Java. An Army Private sent me a coconut from
Hawaii. That was a big deal. I also received wooden shoes from
a family in Holland.
We corresponded with the family in Holland for almost
seven years. Then I lost contact with them. Read on for an
interesting story about the letter that my sister found in the autumn of
2003 after going through boxes of letters she had kept, after more than 50
I wrote this letter to my friend Frans in Holland in 1953. He and his family had been
corresponding with my family since I was on the cover of Life Magazine in 1946! My sister had been married
in the autumn of 1952 and when I wrote this in May of 1953, my mother was
suffering terribly from cancer and she passed away that autumn. It was a horrible time for me and
for several years I was very depressed as all my hopes and desires I had
made with my mother would never happen.
So this letter failed to get
mailed and I lost contact with the Everlo family. Now, after over
50 years, I am trying to locate Frans or any of the family. Time
shall tell if I am successful!
Reading the letter is
interesting as I just saw a TV show on the big flood in Holland that
happened in 1953 and in the letter, I asked about it! I also made
comments about how expensive it was to have photos printed, in New York
City no less, for my sister's wedding. Now we have instant
gratification, digital photos!
I did a search on the web and did
come up with a location of the address on a map. The address is
about 30 miles, 50 kilometers, from Amsterdam!