Dear Mom, World War II as depicted by the envelope art of Cohoes
native, Eugene A. Woloskowski. Often, events with the sweeping global scale
of World Wars, are best captured when looking at a mosaic of individual
stories told by individual veterans. Gene Woloskowski was just one such G.I.
He reported his story to his mother by drawing on the outside of the
envelopes that carried his letters home. Eugene’s mother did not read
English and had to take the letters to a neighbor to have them read but she
could see in his drawings how he was getting on, coping with the daily
privations of service.
The letters are lost but the envelope art has been stashed in a scrap book for
more than 70 years. Spindle City Historic Society and Choose Cohoes for Art are
proud to have the privilege to display a small sampling of the more than 300
envelopes in the collection of his daughter, Tessie Charbonneau.
Dear Mom will run from 11/1/19 – 1/1/20 at Life Path Living Center @
Cohoes (formerly known as the Cohoes Senior Center) 10 Cayuga Plaza daily
during Center hours.