Twelve Shopping Days til Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 12, 1942

I don’t know why but there are no letters for the rest of the month. That will change in Oct. 25_p 1771943 for lots of reasons. Meanwhile, the gap is an opportunity to understand how public perceptions and expectations were changing on the Home Front.

For one thing, crime no longer makes the front page of the paper. For another, the roll of killed or missing in action has been growing as the battles spread and cover more and more territory.

With the holiday season approaching, appeals to buy War Bonds increase while advertisers try to encourage shopping and spending on personal items by suggesting it would all be for the common good.

In other words, good face cream isn’t a luxury. Appearances still matter.

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