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  • Collection: The Great Depression and World War II

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This World War II–era booklet is one in a series produced by the Kelvinator appliance company as part of a “wartime idea exchange for home economists [known today as a homemaker or stay-at-home parent].”  Kelvinator held a national contest  and…

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During World War II the American government asked civilians to participate in the war effort. A common way for the government to communicate with civilians was through posters hung in public places. Inspirational, informative, instructive,…

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Based in New York, N.Y., 1942-1946. Artists for Victory, Inc. was a non-profit organization of more than ten thousand artists formed to assist in the war effort by using their artistic abilities. Their activities included a British-American goodwill…

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Second Lieutenant Alice C. Thompson, L-201903, is shown with a  Women's Army Corps (WAC) Honor Platoon that received Good Conduct Ribbons as one of the features of WAC Day, Saturday, February 19, 1944. The ribbons were awarded to enlisted personnel…

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After many of the regular farmhands joined the military or industrial forces in World War II, the Women's Land Army was formed in order to provide essential labor to American farms and farmers. From 1943 to 1945 the Women's Land Army recruited,…

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This photograph, taken on January 8, 1944, in Warehouse 29 in Newport News, documents women working on hydraulic bridge parts for shipment overseas during World War II. During the war, thousands of Virginia women held industrial and other war-related…

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On June 6, 1944, soldiers of the Allied Expeditionary Force stormed the beaches of Normandy as part of Operation Overlord, often referred to as D-Day. Approximately 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile…

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On April 14, 1945, U.S. President Frankin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was buried in Hyde Park, New York following funeral services at the White House.  Roosevelt had been elected four times to the office of President, a feat never matched, and now…

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Lynchburg native Desmond T. Doss (1919-2006) was the first conscientious objector to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. The award was given for his bravery on Okinawa in May 1945.  Doss, a Seventh Day Adventist, objected to killing and refused…

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This photograph depicts sections of the 3166th Quartermaster Service Company, Color Guard, and 3167th Quartermaster Service Company of Camp Hill as they marched down Jefferson Avenue in Newport News. They, along with Shipyard workers' floats, Camp…
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