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Letter to her mother discussing altering her and her mother's suits; and describing her interview at Macy's, other efforts at job hunting, and a trip to the movies.


4/11/35 [stationary heading] News from Wellesley College WELLESLEY COLLEGE PRESS BOARD Wellesley, Massachusetts Release Thurs Mumsy darlin’ Hello! Are you about snowed in? Our storm seems to be over for the present, but it was a honey. The suit came in the laundry case, and it looks fairly well on me, but not terribly. The skirt of course is too big, and the coat doesn't seem to look as well on my frame as my own blue one does. Also, I don't think the idea of a fur collar would work at all, certainly not the furpiece, and I couldn't seem to make the lapin go on any way with the collar that is already on the suit. It didn't add anything, I thought. So, if you want it dark blue, why don't I send it to the laundry her [mis-spelling: here] then get the 20% commission, asking them to mail it to you when they've done it, or keeping here until you come? I’d just as soon wear mine the color it is another year. I didN't get it until quite late last Spring, and not many people saw it. I'll just have it cleaned to freshen it up, and wear it as is. Somehow I think that would be better than monkeying around with both suits, and both of us not looking as well as we could in our own. Don't you really think that's more sensible? Then you can have the dark blue that you want, and have it that way for as many years as it will last, and when we're together this spring, our suits will still be different. And when I tried on my suit, the color really looks awfully nice and I'd rather wait a year to have it dyed. If you want me to send yours home to have it done there, just let me know, and I'll return it. Too bad you had the bother of sending it, but I thought it might prove simpler in the end. And rest your thoughts that your daughter will be working in Macy's next year. I saw the woman this A.M., and she was most discouraging. Among other things I'm green, and it would be a splendid idea for me to go home to Schenectady and get a job in Wallace's for the experience and then come back and apply for position behind a Macy counter. Also she concluded that I was much too idealistic for a job of that kind, and I'm afraid I wasn't too convincing in saying that I would like to be a buyer and devote my heart and soul to buying. I can see what they want. Someone like Mr. Louis of Carl's, who can barter with his hands as well. But I'm really awfully glad...though I couldn't not go and interview her in the interests of possibilities. I still don't know whether to apply for things in which I'm not interested because I may not get that in which I am, or whether to wait and take what is offered in what I would like. I'm afraid I shall have to apply many places, and then see what happens. I've gotten a list of names of publishing house people and I'm going in to see some of them if possible this Saturday when I see the Jordan Marsh man. Wish me luck! Letter for Mildred about Frannie, a very swelly helpful one, and in which Mildred wished me power in the Brownell Saga! Got to get back to it...and probably won't come out of hibernation until Tuesday, so expect sketchy notes till then. Oh...a confession...aI [mis-spelling: I] chucked everything yesterday afternoon and went to see you “Murder on a Honeymoon” and Ann Harding ib [mis-spelling: is] Biography of a Bachelor Girl. “Catalina, lovely Isle of the sea”..but I [Page 2] shall never see that bar room again (if I ever do) without thinking of the exact place where the murder was committed. It's the first mystery story which I haven't tried to solve I think,. I was so interested in the comedy. It was well worth 3 gone hours. Now I must plunge into it again….love to you in abundance..immeasurably, Gingah


Wellesley, Massachusetts; Schenectady, New York


Dress; Arts, Theater and Music


Clothing and dress; Job hunting; Motion pictures

Letter from Virginia Veeder Westervelt, Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Millicent Veeder, Schenectady, New York, 1935 April 11