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World War Two - Home Front

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A Smaller War on the Home Front (Brooklyn Eagle, 1942)

In 1942, the reasons for despising Global Fascism were many and myriad but the woman who penned this editorial hated Hitler, Mussolini and Tojo for a reason all her own: Gertie McAllister hated them because they put women in pants.


Yes, We Know There's a War On (Liberty Magazine, 1942)

This is an interesting editorial that pretty much implies that the U.S. Congress reigning in 1942 thought the American people were just as dumb as Congress does today. Although the Selective Service had reached into almost every household in the country and taken every able-bodied male, Congress behaved as if these households only cared about gas and sugar rationing:

"Don't Think that We the People, can't take anything you have to hand out. And don't get it into your minds that we don't know there is a war on... He won't be home for dinner [again] tonight. And your worry about our rationing cards would be funny if it weren't so pitiful."


War Memorials Don't Have to be Ugly (Pageant Magazine, 1944)

Robert Moses (1888 1981) was an American urban planner who worked as the New York City Parks Commissioner between 1934 and 1960. During the Second World War his phone was ringing off the hook:

"All over the country plans are being hatched for war memorials. Demands upon public officials for space in parks and public places are daily becoming more insistent. [But] if truth be told, most gestures of patriotism are pathetic, third-rate, inadequate [and] ugly..."


Thousands of British Children Welcomed (PM Tabloid, 1940)

A year and a half before Pearl Harbor, many Americans, 10,000 to be exact, were active in welcoming British children, ages 5 - 16, to their homes. This was a time when it was widely believed that a Nazi invasion of Britain was imminent and the Battle of Britain was in full-swing:

"Nobody knows how many will be admitted or how many will land in Canada on the first child-refugee ship, due three weeks from now.The quota for British children is 6,500 a-month; for children from other countries quotas are considerably lower."

To read about the short and productive life of New York's PM, click here...


Price Gougers Sent to Jail' (PM Tabloid, 1945)

A grocer and his bookkeeper were sentenced to prison for jacking-up chicken prices in violation of Federal law.


A Failed Peace Movement (Newsweek Magazine, 1944)

We were terribly surprised to learn of a peace movement that existed on the 1944 American home front. Baring an awkward name that was right out of Seventiespeak, Peace Now printed pamphlets that played the class game so prevalent in the other leftist organizations that would come forth twenty years later.


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