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Article of the week: The Corwins cut their wedding cake

From the Lengthy Island Assortment at East Hampton Library

On September 17, 1943, Norma Edwards (born 1924) married James A. Corwin (1921-1944) in a small ceremony on the residence of Norma’s cousin, Mary Louise Dodge. On this picture of the event, they’re all labeled and recognized in nice element, making it uncommon.

James and Norma seem within the middle of the picture, beaming on the digicam as they lower their marriage ceremony cake. Roy Lester served as greatest man, with Polly Thompson Puritis as Matron of Honor. A word signifies Polly was from Riverhead and was a pupil nurse. The seated Rev. Francis Kinsler married the couple, and his spouse Dorothy is at left. The cake everybody gathered round in all probability required some wartime rationed objects like sugar and butter to be saved for this cake.

Like many WWII-era brides, Norma did not have the sort of elaborate white lace marriage ceremony gown that we regularly consider. Many brides really borrowed clothes from mates again then, and cloth shortages continued even after the conflict.

In September 1943, Norma was a nursing pupil at Bellevue Hospital in New York Metropolis, attending primarily as a result of East Hampton neighborhood doctor Dr. David Edwards, who had supported the nursing program at that hospital.

James, the groom, was stationed in Idaho as a technical sergeant with the Military Air Forces and got here residence for a number of days’ trip. He served as a radio operator and gunner and died in a B-24 airplane crash on an icy runway in England because it was launching the Battle of the Bulge on December 27, 1944. The couple had been married for simply over a yr, and far of their time was spent aside because of the conflict and their work.

Norma later remarried and spent a few years as a nurse in Bellevue earlier than returning to stay full-time in Springs later in life.

Andrea Meyer is director of the Lengthy Island Assortment at East Hampton Library.

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