Philadelphia's Main Line as it Really Was!
The "Main Line" of the Pennsylvania Railroad stretches west from
Philadelphia to Paoli and beyond. It has long had the undeserved
reputation of extravagant wealth and social snobbery. But it is so
much more than the rich and pampered lifestyle embodied by Kate
Hepburn's portrayal of Tracy Lord in the film, The Philadelphia
Story. Molly TenBroeck lived on the Main Line all her life and, like
Hepburn, was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College. But the comparison
stops there. Molly always felt that this interesting and colorful
place had all too often been misrepresented by even the most
prominent of authors. She wrote this book in an attempt to portray
the inhabitants as they really were. Yes, there were the wealthy but
there were far more who were farmers, shopkeepers, commuters, and
housewives. She describes life in the mid-20th century, especially
during the Second World War, and how the locals, both wealthy and not
so fortunate lived and worked. In spite of rationing and the war-time
economy they ran errands for each other, supported the Scouts, the
Red Cross, charity drives, church activities and had a great deal of
fun doing it. Molly was clever and insightful, a keen observer of the
world and the people around her, with an appreciation for them both.
She was a consummate storyteller.
"We Scrapples is not only an engrossing memoir but a damn good yarn,
mellifluous with old-fashioned phrases . . ." - L Kinkead
This book will be a fascinating read not only for those who lived in
or are familiar with the area but also for those interested in the
history of the time and place. You may even recognize an old friend!