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Auntie Jewel: 1942

Auntie Jewel: 1942

March 26, 1942. "Washington, D.C. Jewel Mazique, worker at the Library of Congress, coming home from work." Jewel, along with her doctor husband, are raising three of her nieces. Photo by John Collier for the OWI. View full size.

 

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Later marital woes

Mrs. Mazique went on to have a very public divorce, according to this article in Jet magazine.

What a good-hearted aunt and uncle.

Hope all those girls had good lives.

Nazi Patents

Interesting headline on the paper in Aunt Jewel's hand, "Standard Oil Will Release Nazi Patents."

One reference says that Standard Oil of New Jersey controlled 84 percent of the US oil market in 1941. Despite complaints from the British, Standard apparently continued supplying oil to the Nazis until the operation, by way of the Canary Islands was exposed in the spring of 1941.

William Stamps Farish II, Standard's president, was eventually charged, along with others, but pled no contest and paid a modest fine in an agreement with the US gov't to release patents held by I.G. Farben, the second major stockholder in Standard after the Rockefellers and one of the companies that Hitler relied on for his evil designs. The patents had to do with various processes useful for the Allied war effort.

The agreement was reached on 25 March 1942, so this pic was likely taken within a day or two of that date.

[As noted in the very first words of the caption, this photo is from March 26. - Dave]

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