Happy Valentine’s Day to all! I love this card my mom sent to my dad in 1942. She was madly in love with him, but wasn’t sure if she’d scare him away, so I think she picked the perfect tone with this card and her cute comment.

At the end, see the simple postcard my grandpa (Josef) sent to his love, Lisi, in 1911! He was in Chicago, and he was doing his best to try to persuade her to come here from (what is today) Romania.

Josef Gartz to Lisi Ebner (later, Gartz) If you want to read what he wrote to her on the back, see this post: Valentine: Be mine across the century.

I have the privilege of seeing my parents and grandparents when they were young and madly in love. And ain’t it great to be in love!

Learn more about my parents’ and grandparents’ lives and love in my book, Redlined: A Memoir of Race, Change, and Fractured Community in 1960s Chicago. In today’s book banning world, it gives insight into the injustices of redlining.

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Redlined tells a first-hand story about a West Side Chicago family’s personal struggles and dreams intersecting with the racial upheavals of the 1960s.


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