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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

The Summer of '42

The Summer of  '42

New York, August 1942. "Italian girls watching parade on Mott Street and flag raising ceremony in honor of boys from the neighborhood in the U.S. Army." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Moms' experiences during WWII

Thanks, OTY for sharing the story of how the women in your family supported the war effort! I think it was quite common for previous stay-at-home moms to go out into the work force, while their children were cared for by grandmothers, or on-site child care facilities. I hope everyone here, who hasn't all ready, will learn of and record the experiences of members of their families during this time.

The experiences of my mother, born in 1929,were very different from these girls'. She was the daughter of a farmer in Walla Walla, Washington. Since food was essential to the war effort, farmers were exempt from the draft, but encouraged to increase production if they could. Grandpa was primarily dairy farming, at the time, but also raising some wheat, chickens and steers. Grandma raised a large vegetable garden every year. They were allowed to keep as much of the food they raised as needed for personal use, but also donated as much as they could. They also had access to as much gasoline as they needed, for Grandpa's farm equipment. Of course, there was rationing of other items that affected them, and there were members of their extended family who served in the military. She even had a cousin who was killed while serving in the Army Air Corps but they still weren't called upon to make as much sacrifice as many others were.

The West Side?

Funny, none of them look at all like Natalie Wood.

Might this be it?

The details on the windows match perfectly, only the spacing and that bathroom window on the left seem different. This one could just as well be 158 (which is now a modern construction) with only twins 161 and 163 still surviving from an original trio.


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PS: nice touch with the watermark.

Outnumbered five to one

I think this is a mother, father and four daughters. You can see that the younger girls all carry a strong family resemblance and they are far enough apart in age to be siblings. World War 2 still had a long way to go in August of '42 but patriotism was rampant and everybody was prepared to make personal sacrifices to support our soldiers. Even my mom who had previously been a full time mother went to work in a factory that made clocks, gauges,meters, etc. for airplanes and submarines and my paternal grandma's contribution was to take over the childcare. It was quite inspirational, this unified teamwork. Everybody did something extra to help, even school kids collected recyclables for the war effort.

 
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