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January 17, 1944
In the 40's, Women on the cover of
Time Magazine were
rare, numbering 2 a year at the most and then they were usually
Hollywood Stars or from the Theater. This cover pictures Colonel Oveta
Gulp Hobby, head woman of the WACs (Women's Army Corp). In 1944 Colonel
Hobby was the only woman to appear on the cover of an Issue of Time.
An Excerpt from the cover story from this issue of Time read as follows:
"In England this week, the U.S. Women's Army Corps had
the pleasantly apprehensive experience of being inspected by the Corps'
Commanding Officer. Trim Colonel Oveta Gulp Hobby, head woman of the
WACs, found everything in order. She saw erect, well-dressed girls drawn
up for parade. In the clammy English dawn, she saw WACs in maroon
bathrobes (with boy friends' unit insignia sewn on their sleeves)
dashing from tin barracks and scuttling across the mud—heading for the
"ablution hut" to start the day with a shivery washup. There was not
much glamor in it,..."
Courtesy of Time Magazine
Things Invented In the '40s
Manners & Morals
This just in...
DRINK CAUSES FALLS
- (AP) - Intoxication causes one fifth of the 1,800 fatal falls annually in the United States, statisticians of the Metropolitan Life Insurance company reported today. "This may come as a distinct shock to those who hold the view that intoxicated persons are able to protect themselves from falls," they commented.
Norman, Okla., Aug. 2
(AP) — A state court today denied admission to the
University of Oklahoma to three negro women. Negro leaders announced they would
carry the fight against Oklahoma's racial segregation laws again to the U.S.
Supreme Court. 1948
10 TORTURED TO DEATH
It seems that one SS man was killed on a street in Brunswick. His
killer was not immediately apprehended but Klagges promptly executed
a plan for punishment which did not require the presence of the
guilty party. He merely arrested all the men living on that
particular street and picked ten of them at random. These ten he had
tortured to death in public. That is Dietrich Klagges -self-styled
good German, Hitler hater and violent anti-Nazi -who still would be
the local administrator for the Allied Military Government if he had
only kept his big mouth shut. The Bradford Era, Bradford,
Pennsylvania May 24, 1945 - Page Eight
CIGARETS AND SUGAR
Twenty million pounds of sugar are used annually in the
manufacture of the 180,000,000,000 cigarets produced in the United
WWII FACTS AND FIGURES
During World War II, the German battleship Bismarck was sunk in
1941 with 2,300 men aboard.
As of December 1943, there were 10 million men in the armed
forces of the United States of America.
1,700,000 men were
serving overseas by the end of 1942.
By the end of 1943, this
figure had more than doubled to 3,800,000 men serving in the armed
By the following July (1944), the number of US
troops serving overseas would be increased to 5 million.
RETRO-SPECTIVE THE DECADES PAST:
There was some big news in the 1940s:
WARM SPRINGS, Ga., April 12 (AP)—President Franklin D. Roosevelt died
unexpectedly today of a cerebral hemorrhage, at 3:35 p. m. (Central War
time) at his summer cottage here. (1945)
Allies' Peace Reply; Accepts Surrender; With 4- Power Rule
U. S. Specifies American in Command at Tokyo, People to Pick
Government; Foes' Answer Awaited Saturday, August 11, 1945 -
Moberly Monitor-Index, Moberly, Missouri
What were the 1940's like? It was a decade that was largely defined
by World War II and the end of the Depression era. Life back there was
very much different than today, even given the various wars we find
ourselves in today. The general population is for the most part
unaffected by war today, which was not the case as some of the
recollections from housewives who experienced the 1940's first hand.
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
Franklin D. Roosevelt in his inaugural address.
"No matter how plain a woman may be if truth & loyalty are
stamped upon her face all will be attracted to her"
- Eleanor Roosevelt, distant cousin and wife of FDR.
Rosie the Riveter:
As Men were called up to service, women
were called upon to keep the factories pumping out supplies for the war
and the folks at home.
On Leadership: "One good head is better than a thousand strong
Soda Springs Sun, Soda Springs, Idaho October 31, 1940.
the Prospect of War:
GENERAL HUGH S. JOHNSON SAYS
Never in our history has there been such open propaganda for
offensive action that would make unavoidable our prompt involvement in
war on the other side of the world - war indeed over a range at least as
wide as the vast stretch from the
Malacca to the
Straits of Dover.
It might be wider. If we enter this war on the side of England, whatever
we call ourselves we shall be her ally. We must fight wherever defeat
threatens, or victory beckons.
It now seems quite probable that the
direction of the war has turned from westward to southeastward. New
Theaters threaten in the Mediterranean, the Balkans, perhaps Persia, the
Persian gulf and even unto India.
That is the British domain on which
sun never sets." Propagandists now openly say that to preserve
democracy on earth we must preserve the British empire. Perhaps the
millions of conquered and exploited Black people in Africa and brown
people in Asia and Malaysia are their idea of democracy: but to try to
push this great, powerful and peaceful nation into wars to protect such
foreign possessions is hysteria that has broken all bonds of reason.
These war-minded men advance measures which could take us into such
remote and sterile fields as "defense of America." They say that the
Atlantic and Pacific oceans are no longer barriers of defense, but
avenues of attack. Since Hitler can't cross twenty-odd miles of the
British channel to get at Britain with a land army, it is a safe bet
that he doesn't turn up his nose at the Atlantic ocean, even if these
potential architects of their country's disaster do so every day in
their war dancing madness.
If we push our belated defense preparations
on land and seas as rapidly as possible, the chance of our involvement
in bloody war, no matter what may come, is too remote to consider.
catastrophe of our involvement in war would not be merely the bloody
loss and danger to life and limb. It would permanently adjourn our free
economic system of private ownership and liberty of enterprise by so
burdening it with additional debt and taxes that the government would
control all private property and absorb all private income in the United
States. (Thursday, October 31, 1940
Sun, Soda Springs, Idaho) View Original Article at
REMEMBER THE 1940's?
Tell us about the '40s!
Courtmartial Of Ex Pearl Harbor Chiefs Is Asked. Congressmen
Demand Expulsion Of All 'Incompetents' For Debacle At Hawaii Naval Base.
There's Good Money in Pulpwood
Armed Forces Need Peeled Pulpwood NOW!
German women had much work to do after the war... They got to clean up
The US Presidents
Franklin D. Roosevelt
1933 - 1945
Party: Donkey Dem
Wife: Anna Eleanor Roosevelt
Why we like Him:
* Courage through adversity, considered his wife Eleanor a trusted
FDR Fireside Chat, December 24th, 1943
Harry S. Truman
1945 - 1953
Why we like him:
* President Harry Truman often ended his campaign talk by introducing
his wife as "the Boss" and his daughter, Margaret, as "the Boss's Boss,"
1940s Time Line
- 1940: Churchill becomes prime minister
- 1941: Germany, Italy declare war on U.S.
- 1941: Author James Joyce dies
- 1941: Washington dam generates power
- 1941: Roosevelt signs Lend-Lease Act
- 1941: Churchill arrives at the White House
- 1941: Pearl Harbor attacked From the NBC Newsroom in New York
- 1941: Radio stations change frequencies
- 1941: Bismarck sinks
- 1942: Japanese-Americans ordered to evacuate
- 1942: Gas rationing goes into effect
- 1943: Extraterritorial rights abolished in China
- 1943: Escape attempt made at Alcatraz
- 1943: U.S. rations meat
- 1943: Plan Monument to Honor Famous Negro Scientist
- 1943: Italy declares war on Germany
- 1944: Rome falls to Allies
- 1944: Roosevelt to run for fourth term
- 1944: Bretton Woods Agreements were codified.
- 1945: B-29's firebomb Tokyo
- 1945: - General Patton is injured in crash
- 1945: Infantrymen find Hitler's treasure
- 1945: Egyptian premier is assassinated
- 1945: V-E Day is declared
- 1945: Dachau concentration camp is liberated
- 1945: Soviets announce fall of Berlin
- 1945: Humphrey Bogart marries Lauren Bacall
- 1945: Italy declares war on Japan
- 1946: - 100 dead in hotel fire
- 1946: - Nazi doctors go on trial for human
- 1947: Flying disc has landed, papers report
- 1948: Israel is proclaimed
- 1949: Soviets lift blockade in Berlin
- 1949: Grady the Cow gets stuck in silo
Other Sites about the 1940s
WHO WAS GENERAL HUGH S. JOHNSON?
- Mrs. Emma Keilman, 1113 Sibley street, who is undergoing
treatment at McCleary's sanitarium In Exceinlor Springs, Mo., Is
getting along well now.
- Bill Hall of the Southmoor apartment hotel has returned
from a Christmas visit with his sister and her family.
GIRLS, the war isn't over as far as telephone calls are
concerned. There are more calls to handle than ever. Will you help
handle the thousands of calls our returning service men are making as
they arrive in Southern California on the way home? There is nothing
these boys want more than to telephone home, and we need mote girls to
handle their calls. Pay while learning. Permanent jobs. Good starting
rates with frequent increases. There is probably a telephone office near
your home where you could work. Just ask the Operator for the Chief
Operator, who will give you the address of an employment office most
convenient for you. Thursday, January 3, 1946 - The Valley News, Van