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The Decades - 1940s

Office Of War Information - OWI

Office Of War Information - OWI

Pictured above: This Girl In A Glass House is putting finishing touches on the bombardier nose section of a B-17F navy bomber. She's one of many capable women workers in the Douglas Aircraft Company plant. Better known as the "Flying Fortress," the B-17F is a later model of the B-17, which distinguished itself in action in the South Pacific, over Germany, and elsewhere. It is a long range, high altitude heavy bomber, with a crew of seven to nine men...Long Beach, California/Alfred T. Palmer, photographer/October 1942/LOC.

VAV!/June 13, 2013

On June 13, 1942, some six months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Office of War Information (OWI) was created by Executive Order 9182. 

The OWI operated until September 1945 and facilitated the release of war news for domestic use. Both at home and abroad, the OWI employed propaganda such as posters, films, texts and radio broadcasts to promote patriotism, issue warnings about foreign spies, and recruit women into war work.  The OWI documented the war effort and archived the government's battle against poverty during the Great Depression.

Elmer Davis, a CBS newsman, was named the director of OWI. 

Last Updated ( Friday, 14 June 2013 06:37 )

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The Decades - 1940s

Deanna Durbin

Deanna Durbin

Pictured above: Pin-up photo of Deanna Durbin for Yank, the Army Weekly/January 19, 1945/Yank, the Army Weekly/U.S. Army

VAV!/May 1, 2013

A rare screen goddess from yesterd...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 May 2013 05:48 )

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The Decades - 1940s

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

 

Pictured above:  The Blandings Home/Archives.org/Wayback Machine

VAV!/March 17, 2013

Welcome to Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House!

Advertising executive, Jim B...

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The Decades - 1940s

The Bermuda Triangle - An Enduring Mystery

The Bermuda Triangle - An Enduring Mystery

Pictured above: TBF Grumman Avengers similiar to Flight 19 by Screen Grab©

VAV!/June 13, 2014

'The Bermuda Triangle is a region in the western part of the North Atlant...

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 June 2014 05:10 )

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The Decades - 1940s

Eva Le Gallienne

Eva Le Gallienne

Eva Le Gallienne was born in London on January 11, 1899 and traveled to New York at the young age of 15.  She is remembered as a talented actress who made ...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 12 January 2013 08:29 )

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Samuel F. B. Morse's First Telegram

Pictured above: First paper strip containing the telegraphic characters or Morse code/May 24, 1844/LOC VAV!/July 19, 2014 On May 24, 1844, Samuel F. B. Morse dispatched the first telegraphic message over an experimental line from the chamber of the Supreme Court, then in the US Capitol, Washington, D.C., to his assistant Albert Vail at the Mount Clair depot in Baltimore. Morse allowed Annie Ellsworth, the young daughter of a friend, to choose the words of the message, and she selected a verse from Numbers XXIII, 23: "What hath God wrought?"

 

The Empire State Building Through The Years

Pictured above: The World's Most Famous Office Building, the Empire State Building VAV!/July 18, 2014 Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building has long been one of the most recognizable and beloved attractions in the world. The building has achieved many milestones in its existence, and today stands stalwart as a 21st Century icon of innovation and ingenuity. The Empire State Building: Through the Years May 1981: The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission declared the Empire State Building a landmark. February 1978: The first Empire State Building Run-Up took place. At this annual event, hundreds of athletes from around the world race a total of 1,576 steps to the 86th Floor Observatory.

 

July 18 On This Day In History

Pictured above:  Hugh Jennings/Ty Cobb/Left: Hugh Jennings/Center: Ty Cobb Steals Third/Right: Ty Cobb, 1912./Baseball Cards, 1887-1914/LOC VAV!/July 18, 2014 1743 - The New York Weekly Journal published the first half-page newspaper ad. 1775 - Continental Congress resolved that each colony provide armed vessels. 1779 - Commodore Abraham Whipple's squadron capturef 11 prizes in largest prize value of Revolutionary War. 1792 - John Paul Jones died in Paris, France. 1813 - The U.S. Frigate President captured British Daphne, Eliza Swan, Alert and Lion. 1863 – American Civil War: Second Battle of Fort Wagner – one of the first formal African American military units, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, supported by several white regiments, attempted an unsuccessful assault on Confederate-held Battery Wagner. 1877 - A variety of historical resources, Thomas Edison recorded the human voice for the first time by shouting "Haloo" into a recording mouthpiece. 1914 – The U.S. Congress formed the Aviation Section, U.S. Signal Corps, giving official status to aircraft within the U.S. Army for the first time. The first flying unit consisted of twelve officers, 54 enlisted men, and six airplanes assigned to it at North Island (San Diego, CA). 1920 - A Naval aircraft sank ex-German cruiser Frankfurt in target practice. 1925 – Adolf Hitler published his personal manifesto Mein Kampf. 1927 - Ty Cobb set a major-league baseball record with his 4,000th career hit.

 

Paper Fashion Craze

Pictured above:  BOAC Flight Attendant wearing a paper dress/From You-Tube/British Pathé/Contributed by Screen Grab© VAV!/July 16, 2014 "Created to make you the conversation piece at parties. Smashingly different at dances or perfectly packaged at picnics. Wear it anytime...anywhere. Won't last forever...who cares? Wear it for kicks—then give it the air." - Scott Paper Co. advertisement, 1966 During the tumultuous decades of the 1960s, while social and political upheaval dominated the national headlines, Americans found hope in the midst of their despair...they submerged themselves in the mod fashion industry for escape and the promise of renewal!  "Hallelujah and here's how!..."  Disposable paper dresses were introduced to the fashion scene in March 1966 by a Wisonsin manufacturer of paper-based consumer products, Scott Paper Company.   It all began with packages of Scott paper towels, napkins and toilet paper featuring a coupon stating that customers who mailed in a $1.25 would receive a "Paper Caper"...a  sleevless, collarless, A-line shift dress with big pockets and fashioned with red bandanna print or a black and white op art pattern.  Along with their purchase, customers received added extra coupons for paper products, too.  While the paper dresses Scott's offered were featured in two prints, there were just four sizes available, and only one style. To be exact though, the dresses weren't made of paper, but rather a composition the Scott company referred to as Dura Weve ( 93 percent paper-napkin stock reinforced with rayon webbing). Together, these elements made the material more durable than standard paper and embued it with a fabric-like appearance. The "Paper Caper" was an ingennious market stragety and certainly raised public interest.  Within six months of the advertisement's appearance, Scott Paper Co.  sold well over 500,000 dresses!  Consequently, the race was on as the fashion world began to create their own disposable paper fashion products from hats to dresses.

 

Paper Fashion Craze

Pictured above:  BOAC Flight Attendant wearing a paper dress/From You-Tube/British Pathé/Contributed by Screen Grab© VAV!/July 16, 2014 "Created to make you the conversation piece at parties. Smashingly different at dances or perfectly packaged at picnics. Wear it anytime...anywhere. Won't last forever...who cares? Wear it for kicks—then give it the air." - Scott Paper Co. advertisement, 1966 During the tumultuous decades of the 1960s, while social and political upheaval dominated the national headlines, Americans found hope in the midst of their despair...they submerged themselves in the mod fashion industry for escape and the promise of renewal!  "Hallelujah and here's how!..."  Disposable paper dresses were introduced to the fashion scene in March 1966 by a Wisonsin manufacturer of paper-based consumer products, Scott Paper Company.   It all began with packages of Scott paper towels, napkins and toilet paper featuring a coupon stating that customers who mailed in a $1.25 would receive a "Paper Caper"...a  sleevless, collarless, A-line shift dress with big pockets and fashioned with red bandanna print or a black and white op art pattern.  Along with their purchase, customers received added extra coupons for paper products, too.  While the paper dresses Scott's offered were featured in two prints, there were just four sizes available, and only one style. To be exact though, the dresses weren't made of paper, but rather a composition the Scott company referred to as Dura Weve ( 93 percent paper-napkin stock reinforced with rayon webbing). Together, these elements made the material more durable than standard paper and embued it with a fabric-like appearance. The "Paper Caper" was an ingennious market stragety and certainly raised public interest.  Within six months of the advertisement's appearance, Scott Paper Co.  sold well over 500,000 dresses!  Consequently, the race was on as the fashion world began to create their own disposable paper fashion products from hats to dresses.

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