Sunday, July 11, 1943
While Americans heralded the Allied drive in Sicily, the Chicago Tribune embarked on a special project: sending pictures of wives and their babies to the fathers serving in far-flung war theaters abroad. “I was so thrilled, I couldn’t eat my dinner,” said Private Walter J. Wolfe in Australia when he got a picture of his wife and two-month old daughter Arleen. He’d been gone for four months. In a world of Instagram, Facebook, Skype and other means of instant communication, we forget there was a time when news and photos were so precious. And sometimes very sorrowful, too. For behind the jubilant headlines was news of those who were dead or Missing in Action or Prisoners-of-War. Some would never see those pictures of smiling wives and children. And this was just the beginning of the end.