Home Front – Wartime recipes (2)

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From: The 1940’s Experiment .

We discussed rationing and we’ve discussed just how well our parents and grandparents ate – despite the rationing and time of war when all the “good” stuff was going overseas!  So …. as promised, here are some more of the wonderful recipes from the 1940’s.

Please thank Carolyn on her website for putting these delicious meals on-line!

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Help us create our Brat Exhibit-featuring Brats’ memories & thoughts spanning from WWII to Present!

Revel in the yearly one which is ours to share. 

Like many other veterans, while I appreciate being thanked for my service, I feel a twinge of awkwardness and don’t quite know how to reply. I never considered serving something to be thanked for. I just did it because I was drafted into the Korean War. Some vets I know volunteered because they wanted to. Service is service, and I’m in proud of mine without needing to  be thanked.

As for appreciation, for me that’s something else, especially since I get my health care at the local Veterans Administration hospital with a service connected disability. I ask it not for myself but for my fellow disabled vets worse off by far. Alas, I don’t see that forthcoming from an administration and a phalanx of politicians who badmouth the VA health service, throttle it with under funding, or clamor to outsource its services.

Want to thank us veterans? Never mind issuing glib words to one or another of us. Instead, badger your representatives to support the V.A. health service, Learn why we want to be treated with our fellow vets. Appreciate the dedication to our well-being from all who work there whether the most modestly employed attendant or highly specialized physician or caring nurse.

As for thanks this Veterans Day, here’s mine. I thank my country for giving me the opportunity to serve. Yes, it sometimes made demands seemingly beyond my capacity to deliver. But with them came the self-discipline I acquired and could apply to my college education, paid for by the G.I. Bill, and that I could try to instill in others during a lifetime of teaching. With them, too, came an exciting, life-changing deployment in Tokyo, where I came in contact with an ancient culture that broadened my world.

Whether with its good or bad, my military service has enriched my life. It fills my old age with a catalog of memories whose meaning ripens as I grow older. More than anything, it endows me with the fellowship of other vets. No non-veteran can ever know the depth of that bond, which defies easy explanation.

Let’s see what tomorrow brings. Perhaps I’ll try to express it at the day’s end. For now, my greetings to you, fellow vets. Revel in the yearly one which is ours to share.

Paul Zolbrod


The Bomb Babysitter

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Donald Hornig

Donald Hornig was a year out of graduate school when he received a mysterious job offer.  No one would even tell him what or even where the job was, so he declined – until the President of Harvard University called and convinced him to take it.

Soon after, Hornig bought an old car and headed for Los Alamos, New Mexico.   He would become one of the youngest leaders of the team that developed the first atomic bomb and the last surviving witness of the detonation on July 16, 1945.

Albert Einstein & Julius Robert Oppenheimer

Born in Milwaukee, Hornig “was the first in his family to go to college,” said the Associated Press.  He studied physical chemistry at Harvard, earning his Doctorate in 1943.  In Los Alamos, the head of the Manhattan Project, J. Robert Oppenheimer, gave him the job of developing the firing unit that triggered the…

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On November 3, MAMF is Premiering its short music/documentary

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Salute to the Home Front Women of WWII

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“Rosie to the Rescue”, Norman Rockwell

In 1943, several major magazines agreed to salute the women war workers of America on their September covers. The Post gave the assignment to Rockwell, who’d already created an iconic tribute to women defense workers with Rosie the Riveter.

For this new cover, he wanted to acknowledge the wide range of jobs that 15 million women had taken up as men went off to war. The result was Rosie to the Rescue, which showed a woman bearing the symbols and tools of several trades hurrying off to her next job. The Post editors claimed 31 different occupations were represented on this cover. Some were jobs traditionally associated with women: cleaning, farming, nursing, and clerical work. Others, indicated by tools such as an electric cable and a monkey wrench, referred to industrial occupations that women were starting to enter in great number.


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Looking Forward

The best feeling is for wars to end
and soldiers coming home to hugs
your pillow tells you dreams of smiles

the rest of growing
your place tomorrow
the lights going on again
in darkest places.*

*Dedicated to the Museum of the American Military Family
(Poem by Hudson Phillips)

Guest Post – Rationing Gone Wild by GPCox

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

We’ve all heard about rationing but with GP’s help, we’ll now know quite a bit more about it. Enjoy.


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The Second World War was fought on two fronts and as we’ve seen in previous posts, the home front rarely received the credit it deserved for its efforts.  The generation that endured the Great Depression, worked long, hard hours and were often forced to use the barter system to survive now, for the war effort, had shortages for most everything.  If you can name it – there was probably a ration book for it and a black market to get it; if you dared.  The children also pitched in by giving, what money they could earn, back into the family.

Rationing started just weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor and sugar was the first product to be rationed when sales ended 27 April 1942 and commercial manufacturers received…

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Guest Post – It Was Hard To Keep The Good Times Rollin’ by GPCox

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

Today’s Guest Post from gpcox continues the theme of transportation started last month with information about cars and trucks. This post expands transportation to include the variety of ways to travel in the 1940’s. Settle back and enjoy a unique look at this period of our history.

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Kurtz’s Gas Station – Arnold Gibson, Charlie Kurtz and Carl Wayne

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Columnist Marquis Childs said after Pearl Harbor: “Nothing will ever be the same.”  Thirty-five years later he added: “It never has and never will be.”

Since it appears that many of our readers enjoyed the previous guest post concerning the auto industry during the World War II era, I decided to remain on that same train of thought this month. (Yes, the pun was intended.)  I managed to discover quite a lot of information.

We need to remember that in 1941 as much as 40% of U.S. families…

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Guest Post – Introduction to American Family Life – GPCox

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

I’ve invited gpcox to share another post with us. This one concerns the life of an American Family during the 1940’s. I learned a few things myself.

Gpcox of pacificparatrooper.wordpress.com

Judy’s collection of letters from her grandfather is an excellent example of what the American family endured during the Second World War.

With the onset of war, patriotism certainly skyrocketed as well as marriages, job opportunities and salaries.  But here, fresh out of the depression, poverty, divorce and taxes soared.  Twenty million people bordered on starvation.  There was a shortage of shelters, hospitals and child care facilities.  Many youngsters quit their education to help support the family.

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Food rationing began.  The Office of Price Administration (OPA) was constructed to handle the rationing regulations.  Since most

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everything went to the military, Americans at home had to tighten their belts once again.  If the readers have seen my…

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