This is the last of the Terzian cards I found that were sent to Felicia Gressitt; it is now August of 1941, and she has returned from Japan, perhaps at the urging of her father who remained in Yokohama throughout the war. (He survived the Tokyo and Yokohama bombings that took tens of thousands of lives, but died in November of 1945 “from unfortunate conditions connected with his residence in Japan during the war, followed by an attack of pneumonia from which he was not strong enough to recover.”) But back to Felicia: By 1941 she had married Kurt Karl Bock (who went by Charles K. Bock once the war started), and this postcard reached her in New York City:
“Dear Felicia, Rumor has it that you two have been around these parts recently! Mother did so enjoy that nice visit with you. I have a letter from months ago from you which which I’ve had with me all summer. I’d answer, but perhaps I can do it in person. I’ll be going thru N.Y.C. in a couple of weeks and we must get together. I do want to meet Kurt. Love, Teddy”
Felicia Gressitt Bock is remembered today by a Chair in Asian Studies at Mount Holyoke.
This postcard by William Terzian was the first of a packet of cards given to Felicia Gressitt when she was sailing to Japan in 1937 to rejoin her parents and teach at a Japanese college. The daughter of a Baptist missionary, James Fullerton Gressitt, Felicia was born in Tokyo, and was in the U.S. to study at Mount Holyoke (Class of ’36). These postcards were given to her by Mary E. Reed, a dietician at Silver Bay, who explained as follows:
“Dear Felicia, This is a little game for you to play the first few days after you leave San Francisco. Each day read one and enjoy the picture. They are numbered and the reason for following the order given is that thruout the season they follow along special events which I connect with you. I shall always think of Odell’s Island in connection with the picnic supper I had there when Hamp started to row you, Virginia Straus and myself across, and you got out at Slim Point. It was so lovely of you to want me to go that day and I so thoroly enjoyed it. As ever, M.E.R.”
I have cards 1,2, 5 and 6, and will try to post one each day.
In 1938, this Terzian postcard was sent to Felicia R. Gressitt at the Kobe College, Nishinomiya, Japan, with this message:
“Dear Flea: Your suggestion that it might be well for me to see Japan is more than interesting; however, I wonder how great a handicap a lack of knowledge of the language, and the possible absence of any acquaintances, might be. If you have any further ideas please write. Yours, Len”
From a collection of Terzian postcards sent to Felicia Ray Gressitt (Mount Holyoke, Class of 1936).