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Posts Categorized: WWII Articles

A Tribute to Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the Riveter has come to represent the women of World War II. We all love Rosie. She’s strong but cute. She has biceps, but she curls her hair and does her nails. And look at that chin—she won’t let anyone tell her what she can or can’t do. She is woman; hear her riveting gun. The… Read more »

Happy V-E Day Anniversary!

Sixty-eight years ago today, the Allies celebrated Victory in Europe. People went to church and prayed. Bells rang. Parades rejoiced through small towns and cities. The cost of victory was high. Tens of millions were killed in battle. More tens of millions were murdered and starved in concentration camps. And more millions perished as civilian… Read more »

Make It Do – Meat and Cheese Rationing in World War II

Rationing of meat and cheese was an important part of life on the US Home Front. A complex and constantly changing system kept grocery shoppers on their toes. Why meat and cheese? The United States produced meat and cheese for her civilians and military, and also for her Allies. During World War I, food shortages… Read more »

Make It Do – Rationing of Fats & Oils in World War II

Rationing was part of life on the US Home Front during World War II. Along with gasoline, sugar, coffee, processed foods, meat, and cheese—fats and oils were rationed. To help produce the glycerin needed by the military, housewives also collected kitchen waste fats. Why Fats? Shortages of butter and oils began early in the war…. Read more »

Freedom from Fear

Seventy years ago, on March 13, 1943, Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom from Want” appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post. During World War II, President Roosevelt declared Four Freedoms he felt were fundamental to humanity: freedom of speech and worship, and freedom from fear and want. Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings were made into posters… Read more »

Freedom from Want

Seventy years ago, on March 6, 1943, Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom from Want” appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post. During World War II, President Roosevelt declared Four Freedoms he felt were fundamental to humanity: freedom of speech and worship, and freedom from fear and want. Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings were made into posters… Read more »

Make It Do: Rationing of Canned Goods in World War II

Rationing of processed foods was an important part of life on the US Home Front. A complex and constantly changing system kept the grocery shopper on her toes. Why processed foods? Tin was short. The Japanese controlled 70 percent of the world’s tin supply. Tin’s resistance to temperature, shock, and moisture made it an ideal… Read more »

Freedom of Worship

Seventy years ago, on February 27, 1943, Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom of Worship” appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post. During World War II, President Roosevelt declared Four Freedoms he felt were fundamental to humanity: freedom of speech and worship, and freedom from fear and want. Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings were made into posters… Read more »

Freedom of Speech

Seventy years ago, on February 20, 1943, Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom of Speech” appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post. Back on January 6, 1941, in his State of the Union Address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared that every person deserved four fundamental freedoms – freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from fear, and… Read more »

Make It Do – Shoe Rationing in World War II

During World War II, many items were rationed in the United States, including shoes. Why Shoes? Due to the serious rubber shortage (Make It Do – Tire Rationing in World War II), footwear made of rubber or with rubber soles was rationed or unavailable. Also, the military had a high need for leather, not just… Read more »