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Florida Letters
Florida, New York. 1927. A collection of 113 letters sent to Shelter Island, New York native, Glorian Duvall while she was attending finishing school at the Lasell Seminary School in Newton, Massachusetts from her parents who were spending the winter months of 1927 in Florida. All letters are very good or better with modest age-toning and tears from opening. Between the months of January and April of 1927 Glorian Duvall received a series of 113 letters from her parents, sent nearly every day while they were on a trip to Florida starting on the train from New York in order to escape the northern winter. Mr. Duvall worked in insurance, one letter explains to Glorian how he was working with a couple to help them receive money after a fire. They stayed at the Kenwood in Saint Augustine, and at the Seaside Inn in Daytona Beach, often sending their letters written on hotel stationary, as well as numerous Florida-themed postcards and photographs with scenes of sunsets, people fishing, and various sights of the Sunshine State. The postcards depict a variety of Florida landmarks including The Ponce de Leon Hotel, Hemming Park in Jacksonville, sunsets with palm trees, St. Augustine Links, and the Alcazar Hotel.The letters tell of their fun in Florida for "the season" where they went on outings throughout the area, competed in Charleston dance competitions, and enjoyed the weather. In a letter dated January 25, 1927, which includes a feather paper clipped to it, her mother writes, "If you want a little taste of South Beach just put your tongue on these feathers... and you will get a tang of sea spray dashing up there so beautifully." Another letter from her father says, "Mamma and I are planning to take a little trip out to the central part of the state near Eustis, to a place called 'Howie in the Hills.' It is said to be the highest part of Florida and a wonderful section for orange groves."In February they went to Daytona Beach before heading back to St. Augustine for the duration of their stay. A postcard dated February 16, 1927 reads, "here we are at the Seaside Inn Daytona Beach. It is in a very pleasant location for the hotel faces right on the ocean. We have a front room so we will see the moonlight on the ocean from our room." Her father writes that he "took a bath in the ocean and enjoyed it very much." While they were away they had to persuade their 17-year-old daughter from getting engaged. Her mother writes, "it is perfectly beautiful, this young love and I know the ecstasy which is thrilling you as you think of yourself the beloved of some sweet fine boy, but...it is well to know many men before making a selection for life." An extensive account of a seemingly well-to-do New York couple's trip to Florida in the late 1920s as seen by their correspondence to their teenage daughter. .
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