Saturday, April 26, 2014

            (Click on the book title:)    CHILD OF THE GREATEST GENERATION   on the American Legion reading list  and is available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble sites.


I remember seeing the posters promoting citizen participation on the home front during WWII.
These posters encouraged the greater public to become involved in war production and growing victory gardens. They persuaded folks to collect and turn in old newspapers and metal, including nylon stockings for recycling.

There were posters to make citizens aware of the presence of enemy spies among the populace, and urged people not to openly discuss any knowledge they have of military or defense operations. Hence, the adage, loose lips sink ships.
Posters encouraged people to drive less and conserve gasoline so that more could be available for the military. Patriotism became the central theme of advertising throughout the war. Large-scale campaigns were launched to sell war bonds, promote efficiency in factories, and maintain civilian morale.  


Jan 20: Nazi leaders meet to discuss "The Final Solution".
Jan 23: Japanese forces land in the Solomon islands
Jan 30: U.S. Emergency Price Control Act fixes ceilings on rents.
Jan 14: FDR and Churchill meet in Casablanca to discuss "Unconditional Surrender" policies.
Jan 22:  Allied forces land in Anzio.

Special:  Why the Battle of the Bulge matters today, and other links. [ CLICK HERE ]

Aircraft Nose Art: "Honey Chile"

STORY LINE:  Krysyna Skarbek, Lady Spy:   [ Her Story ]  [ The video ]  Note: "Pop ups" for ads or programs may appear from this link. They may be deleted or ignored. You need not download a program to watch the video.

Melissa StoudtThe mom of two sons in the Navy during WWII, she worked in an ammunition plant. She had the idea to use cloth tape to seal boxes of ammo so they could be opened in seconds while keeping the ammo dry, potentially saving the lives of soldiers when time was critical. Her bosses rejected her idea and she went straight to President Roosevelt via a written letter. A few weeks later, she received a response that the Navy was going to “fast track” her idea, and thus duct tape was born.
 The Media:
Popular WW2 era songs : Note: "Pop ups" for ads or programs may appear from this link. They may be deleted or ignored. You need not download a program to watch or listen to the video.
"When I Grow Too Old To Dream" An older song that became popular in the 1940's.  [Listen to Vera Lynn sing it]

"Praise the Lord And Pass The Ammunition"

"BoogieWoogie Bugle Boy Of Company B" A swinging tune sung by the Andrews Sisters. This number was very popular in the 1940's.

Celebs who served:  Betty White [1940's photo ]
                             Jack Palance

Books: Our Mother's War : Portrait of American women during World War II. [ More ]


 L C. Herst gallery of fine art  [Click here]

The Smart Site for Kittens  [Click here]

WWII memoir t-shirts [ Click here ]