Plaidt, Germany: May 10, 1919. Bifolium, 8vo; approximately 225 words; accompanied by two copies of a real photo postcard of the correspondent and his instrument, labeled in Wetherbee's hand in ink on verso, "Germany. May, 1919". Letter on Allied Expeditionary Forces YMCA Army of Occupation letterhead; cheap paper somewhat browned, else about fine.
A long-distance romance letter addressed to Ethyl from an Army tuba player in occupied Germany. "About the pictures you sent before it would be pretty hard to judge from them about the size of you, but now since you say you are about 5-8 of course I can imagine something of your size. The Band played for a ball game the other day and one of the fellows took some pictures as he is a sort of easy going fellow I humored him into taking mine just to see if the Camera would stand the pressure and will send you a couple of them and you will have a better idea of what I look like (now don't stop writing to me.)" Army records suggest Wetherbee, a Minnesota native, had been a Regular Army musician since his enlistment in 1906; his letter here is signed as a member of the 4th Infantry band of the A.E.F.; census records show he eventually divorced. One wonders if Ethyl was his marital Waterloo? Item #605