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Posts Categorized: WWII Articles

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

US poster, World War II

Rationing was part of life on the US Home Front during World War II. Along with gasoline, sugar, coffee, canned and processed foods, meat, and cheese—butter, 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… 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

US poster, WWII

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

US poster, WWII

During World War II, many items were rationed in the United States, including shoes. Why Shoe Rationing? 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… Read more »

Unsung Heroes of World War II

The heroes of World War II have gained accolades for storming beaches and shooting down planes and sinking ships, for performing acts of great valor in intense danger. But what about the unsung heroes, those men and women who quietly performed their jobs, still making sacrifices and facing danger, but without accolades? This month I wrote… Read more »

Christmas in World War II – The Home Front

Although World War II did not take a holiday, Americans at home and abroad did their best to celebrate Christmas. Wartime separations and deprivations made festivities poignant and bittersweet. This post looks at Christmas on the US Home Front. See also: Christmas for American servicemen and women. Families on the US Home Front dealt with… Read more »

Christmas in World War II – The Military

Although World War II did not take a holiday, Americans at home and abroad did their best to celebrate Christmas. Wartime separations and deprivations made festivities poignant and bittersweet. This post looks at Christmas for American servicemen and women. See also: Christmas on the US Home Front. Christmas during World War II found Americans on… Read more »