Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Amazon Crew – “Doing a man’s job for a man’s wages”

Wednesday, Mar. 31, 1943 Today Lois dashed off a postcard to her parents: “…the news about Ma’s steady recovery is delicious news! As for my coming home a week earlier – there hardly seems much point to it since we’ll … Continue reading

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Girl or Boy? Another Opinion

Tuesday, Mar. 30, 1943 Lois received a letter from home with more ideas about determining the sex of her baby. Her father wrote: “Your Daniel – and Daniel it is – because according to mother’s explanation males are the chronic … Continue reading

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Second Trimester Update: Girl or boy?

Monday, Mar. 29, 1943 Today, the first day of meat rationing, Lois began damage control maneuvers with a letter to her sister-in-law Mim. But she was more interested in the abiding question about a pregnancy in that era: predicting whether … Continue reading

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“The Mighty A”: The Battleship U.S.S. Atlanta

Sunday, Mar. 28, 1943 Sunday brought news of a welcome reversal on rationing or, at least, a better outcome. After yesterday’s panicky headline, the paper reported that the point system would actually allot more meat and staples than previously reported. … Continue reading

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Where’s the Beef?

Saturday, Mar. 27, 1943 Forget the weather! Forget the war! Where’s the meat? With rationing about to start, there pretty much was none to be had. Shops were empty, thanks to hoarders. But unlike canned goods, there’s only so much … Continue reading

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Second Trimester: Reporting for Gefulte Fish Duty

Friday, Mar. 26, 1943 Pa’s revelation resulted in a quick response from Lois. “Dear Mother, Pa’s letter came with the news of your operation. I got so excited that when I called Abe at the hospital to tell him, I … Continue reading

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Machatunim math

Thursday, March 25, 1943 Passover is the oldest holiday in the Jewish calendar – even older than the Sabbath. The Hebrews (they were not yet Israelites) are commanded to commemorate the day of their deliverance from slavery in Egypt (Numbers … Continue reading

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