About Me

First of all, thank you for stopping by this blog!  It is something I’ve wanted to start since picking up the first letter of this collection, and I’m so thankful for anyone who has a shared interest and wants to follow this journey with me in uncovering this love story.  Though I don’t consider myself a true romantic (yet), reading these letters reminds me of how concrete and powerful and lovely the written word can be.

Besides these letters, I also love collecting all sorts of random, beautiful objects.  All of which reside in my apartment (which is getting quite full).  I am the proud owner of many old things…..2 typewriters, 2 radios, 3 trunks, 1 public telephone booth, 1 giant film reel of the 1940 film “Bittersweet”, 1 parking meter, 2 velvet-lined theater chairs, 5 vintage suitcases, 3 microphones, 1 large marquee sign letter, 1 cash register, 1 gumball machine, 1 1940s masquerade mask, 1 first edition Boxcar Children’s book,  1 violin from early 1900s, 2 projectors, 5 rotary phones, 1 set of stage lights, 1 set of boxing gloves, 1 set of opera binoculars, 1 set of WWII army supply items and 45 various old cameras scattered throughout 800 square feet.

When I’m not collecting oddities, I have a job that keeps me plenty busy as a Development Manager of an Event Planning company just outside of Chicago.  I’m also dabbling into a bit of photography and cooking (most of which are edible).  I’m an avid reader (thanks Goodreads!) and want to continue to travel more.

If you would like to reach out to me privately, you can email me at steph.knudson@gmail.com.  Thank you for your interest and happy reading!

28 thoughts on “About Me

  1. thanks for sharing this. A friend of mine notified me about this website. He knows I am a fan of Pride and Prejudice and Downton Abbey. This should become the american version 😉 I am sure that there are a couple of scriptwriters, willing to create a new Notebook-type romance film about it! Anyway, I will keep up on your post and witness the story develop… greetings from the Netherlands.

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  2. I am so happy to have found your blog! I live right outside Philadelphia and many of the places you have mentioned (or Daisy has mentioned) are familiar. I can’t wait to see more! I hope you have some success in finding out about the pair. Daisy’s name is certainly unusual so I cant imagine it would be hard. What an adventure!

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  3. You must be a very kind and lovely person to take the time to transcribe these letters to share with the rest of us. I think it was divine design that they have fallen to your care. On behalf of many readers (and perhaps Daisy and Mr. Henderson too), thank you!

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  4. This is a beautiful project! Thank you so much for sharing this romantic correspondence with us. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

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  5. This is great! I’ve been sending love notes and letters (I call them e-letters) to my woman friend over the course of 3 years of time. I’m a romantic at heart too. It’s nice to read how things were in history. Some things change and some things don’t I suppose. I’m waiting for the right time and place to ask my love to marry me. I need to speak with her father first though of course. Maybe as this blog continues on, I’ll get some good ideas….:). Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful blog.

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  6. I live in Philadelphia, if you’re interested in a lot of the places listed, I could take a few pictures of the modern locations.
    I love this. I feel as though it’s a window to my history. Thank you for sharing.
    Devon

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    • That would be wonderful and welcomed! I have not had a chance to ever make it out that way yet (on the bucket list). I will email you shortly so that you have my information. Happy reading!

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  7. This is wonderful. As a non native english speaker i am fascinated by unfolding love story thru your blog as I am from the family who still fallow old tradition of arrange marriage. I certainly hope to finish reading this story to it’s end. Greetings from nepal.

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  8. I have been writing to a man for 7 months now, we have developed a wonderful relationship through or letters to each other using email of course. I had just mentioned that it Is a form of courting like in the older days. Then I came upon your blog and how true it made the relationship with this man become true to me. Thank you for your time in doing all this hard work for the world to read. You are the BEST

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    • That is wonderful! There is a lot to say about those who take the time to put pen to paper. There is more expression in letters than people give credit for I think. I wish you and yours all the best, and please keep a hold of your letters. Your grandkids and great grandkids will thank you someday!

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  9. Hey Stephanie,

    I came across your wonderful blog while i was checking one of the news article. I liked your innovative idea in putting these letters together and I have already shared this with my frds as well! Really appreciate your zeal in taking this forward and carrying out research from your end in bringing us more about the lovely couple and their story. I love classics and the way each letters unfolds about those times and lives mesmerizes me. Thanks again for your tremendous efforts. Keep going!!! 🙂

    Regards,
    Sunitha

    PS: I eagerly check for your “Blogger Note”and “P.S.” in each letter! It adds up more interests to the reading. Love it.

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  10. This is such a beautiful story, and I thank your for sharing it with us all! I am also thankful to those of you (in the comments sections) who have been able to do “detective” work and sharing what you have learned.
    While we cannot read John’s replies to Daisy, I do find it interesting (maybe romantic?) that he kept all of her letters. It makes me wonder if he knew she was “the one” even perhaps before she thought that way of him. I also get a laugh out of the number of times that she has expressed concern over “Mary” not writing, so when Daisy finally makes mention that she had heard from Mary, I think I felt even more relieved than Daisy! (Of course, only one or two letters later, she’s complaining of not hearing from Mary again!) I am looking forward to reading more of these letters and seeing how their story further unfolds.

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    • Haha, I felt the same way! I was glad Mary wrote to her because I was starting to feel sorry for Daisy. I believe Mary is John’s sister, but I’m looking more into that, so I am not 100% sure. People have been so great in adding to this story with tidbits here and there. I hope to combine everyone’s into a new section of this blog. Thank you for reading!

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  11. One of your blogger notes talks about words that you are not familiar with that are included in one of Daisy’s letters. Plume, spendthrift and coasting are all words that I have been using all my life. Of course I live in Lancaster as Daisy did. Another common phrase is eating roasting ears. You probably know them as corn-on-the-cob. Lancaster has home to many German and Dutch settlers and some of the language we use is at times different than in other parts of the states. Keep feeding us the stories!

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  12. I’m so glad you’re still putting these letters here. I check everyday to see if there’s a new one. You have me hooked! Reading these letters is like entering a time capsule and I really enjoy them. Thank you very much…you’re awesome!!….oops..or eh…..I shall very much enjoy the next letter; however, I must wait with great anticipation. And thank you for your strong efforts, as it must have been a lot of work for you………:)

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  13. That last one was great! I was born in Akron and grew up in that area. I used to go see races at Barberton raceway. I was picturing the places she was talking about. I also had an uncle we would visit all the time in Canton. Good stuff…keep ’em coming…..and thanks!!

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