Monthly Archives: May 2015

Decoration Day 1943

Monday, May 31, 1943 Decoration Day , now Memorial Day, would be solemn this year despite some unlikely schadenfreude, a German word for the pleasure we take at somelse’s misfortune. The Nazis were continuing to complain about Allied air strikes … Continue reading

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Dogs and Raw Eggs

Sunday, May 30, 1943 Today Chicago Tribune columnist Bob Becker warned readers that raw eggs are not a good treatment for dog ailments. The wonder is who, in these days of rationing and food shortages, was giving precious eggs to … Continue reading

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America’s Women of the Hour

Saturday, May 29, 1943 Nineteen-year old Vera Anderson, a former waitress turned welder, won a national women’s welding championship. A pretty blue-eyed blonde, she represented the young women moving out of traditional Home Front roles. The war in Europe was … Continue reading

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Bitten by a Wooden Mosquito

Friday, May 28, 1943 You read that right: RAF  De Havilland “mosquito” bombers, made of wood, bombed the Zeiss Instrument words in Jenna, Germany. We’re not talking about balsa wood models but real, functioning planes, “the Wooden Wonder.” Any and … Continue reading

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Race Riot in an Alabama shipyard

Thursday, May 27, 1943 An unintended consequence of the Home Front war effort was the breakdown of racial barriers. Factories desperate for workers turned to a group they had once despised, African-Americans. Still referred to at that time as “Negro” … Continue reading

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“They’re fighting the Civil War all over again in there!”

Wednesday, May 26, 1943 As we again debate voting rights and restrictions in 2015, it consider the bold act of 21-year old ensign Owen Evan Jones, second class signalman from San Francisco. On leave in Washington, DC, he decided to … Continue reading

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Double-Breasted Suits For Women Banned!

Tuesday, May 25, 1943 Today the War Production Board placed new restrictions on womens and girls clothing. Frills and trimmings are now limited to 700 sq. inches of material. This allowance must provide all collars, cuffs, pockets, bows, ruffles and … Continue reading

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