The diaries of Ronald Baldwin, British Constable in the Palestine Police Force from 1946 to the termination of the British Mandate in 1948.
Saturday 9 November 2013
22nd - 23rd October, 1947 - Those "top" American girls... to have and have not.
Wednesday, 22nd October, 1947
With Joe & John I went to look up Dorothy this morning to date her
for Saturday evening. We found her at
home and she kindly accepted. She has a
marvellous personality & I am looking forward to Saturday. Next John wanted to see Liz so we went to her
house where we found she was not in. Her
mother a charming woman invited us in to lemonade and cookies. The American girls and women I have met here
are really the tops. They are very much
more sociable than English girls.
We later went to the Legation and invited some of the girls down to their
hut at “Saint Simon” this afternoon.
We whizzed down to the beach in one of the American taxis that screech
about the town all day. The sea was
exceptionally rough but it was very good fun in the breakers.
Joe & I went to the cinema this evening to see Humphrey Bogart and
Lauren Bacall in “To Have & Have Not”
We are all hoping it will be fine for a sail tomorrow but the sea is
very rough to night and we had a shower of rain this afternoon.
 Saint Simon and Saint Michel were two high end beach resorts in Beirut famed for their European style appeal. Now it seems times have changed as this article outlines SEASIDE INFORMAL HOUSINGMashallah News
Thursday, 23rd October, 1947
We went in a dubious mood to the harbour this morning and as we half
expected were told that it was too rough for sailing.
As we had our bathing gear with us Erica, Joe & I went to the
A.U.B. for a swim.