Summer at Tiffany (Paperback)
|Author: Marjorie Hart|
Do you remember the best summer of your life?
New York City, 1945. Marjorie Jacobson and Marty Garrett arrive fresh from the Kappa house at the University of Iowa hoping to find summer positions as shopgirls. Turned away from the top department stores, they miraculously find jobs as pages at Tiffany & Co., becoming the first women to ever work on the sales floor.
Hart takes us back to the magical time when she and Marty rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous, pinched pennies to eat at the Automat, and danced away their weekends with dashing midshipmen. Between being dazzled by Judy Garland''s honeymoon visit to Tiffany, celebrating VJ Day in Times Square, and mingling with Cafe society, she fell in love, made important decisions that would change her future, and created the remarkable memories she now shares with all of us.
Octogenarian Marjorie Hart recalls the idyllic mix of prestige and paucity which marked her summer of 1945, which she spent working as a sales page at Tiffany & Co. in New York. Back then, Hart was Marjorie Jacobson, and she and her best friend Marty Garrett fled their Iowa sorority to spend the summer as shop girls in NYC, where they lucked on as the first female pages in the history of Tiffany, earning rock-bottom wages to escort rocks (diamonds) from the sales floor to the repair shop and shipping department. They managed to make it through the workweek on just 25 cents per day (two nickels for the subway, 15 cents for an Automat sandwich), saving as much of their meager paycheck as possible for the weekends, which they typically spent swinging at the Stork Club, dining at Jack Dempsey's, or decorating the elbow of a midshipman on shore leave. The summer culminated with an ecstatic Times Square celebration marking the end of the war, a memory cherished by Hart and millions of other Americans.