|Metropolitan Opera Program Cover|
From George Potter in Cabool, MO to his daughter Mary Potter in Washington, DC (who was recently visiting New York...and attending the Opera. Wish her letter had survived!)
Gladys is feeling better;
"on the go chasing dirt and knocking over dishes and making lots of noise."
"Eat Waffles...They Fill Your Face" (no electricity...such would have been made on an iron in/on the stove.)
"I expect you felt real up(p)ity at the Opera; didn't you see lots of Janes in low neck & men in full dress. I never went to one. I have a notion I would like to see one, altho they are a little hibrow for me."
A reminder not to waste a dime on Special Delivery as there is none out by Sargent, Missouri.
|"Art" is Mary's then boyfriend, Art Stewartson|
"Long Island" i.e., where Art was from, Mary had visited there over Christmas
"John" is presumably John House, ex-suitor of Dorothy Potter
|"ears blowed out"....drat, that's whence I get the earwax problem!|
|"Emmy" is George's sister back in Corry, PA|
"Opera" as in Metropolitan Opera, NYC. See below.
|The Metropolitan Opera Program centerfold, 26 Dec 1935|
Tannhauser...with Loritz Melchior, no less.
(I assume Mary and Art were in the cheap seats, if not the standing room in back....))
|No supertitles back then....and the libretto is in German/English across pages.|
Even the stage directions are given in both German and English!
|But...the libretto included a piano reduction of choice bits to play at home!|