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American woman in the war effort - WW II 1943 (by W. Eugene Smith) ~

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This 'Dictionary of Old Occupations' can be very interesting. Add these details and definitions to the "notes" in your tree to make it come alive.

Family Tree Researcher: Dictionary of Old Occupations - Index

~The term ‘teenager’ was first coined in 1944 and Seventeen magazine printed its first issue, showing off young styles for teenage girls. Teenagers didn’t want to dress like their mothers, and adopted styles to set them apart from the older crowd. They were obsessed with crooner Frank Sinatra, hung out at soda fountains and danced all night to jazz and swing music~

Vintage Teenage Fashion 1910s-1950s

Before the war, women in Britain did not perform surgery on men. Louisa Garrett Anderson, daughter of Elizabeth, the first woman in Britain to qualify as a doctor, crossed the Channel and set up an operating theatre in an empty hotel in Paris. Within days, she was in her element, operating on wounded French and Belgian soldiers.

WWI, Kate Adie, women working, home front

Louis Zamperini,1936 Olympian, bombardier on a B-24 during WWII. He was shot down and was one of only three members of an 11-man crew to survive a crash into the ocean. He survived 47 days in open water, only to be captured by the Japanese and placed in a prisioner of war camp for two tortuous years. He was beaten, starved and denied medical care for serious health conditions, and singled out by the camp's most sadistic guard. His defiant nature helped him survive. "Unbroken" is his story.

The Defiant Ones

John Snyder & His Wife Nellie Snyder. Titanic Survivors April 18, 1912

When photographer Dorothea Lange took this photograph of soon-to-be-interred Japanese-American children saying the Pledge of Allegiance, 97% of her photos were censored by the U.S. Government.

Rain-In-The-Face (c. 1835–September 15, 1905) was a warchief of the Lakota tribe of Native Americans. His name may have been a result of a fight when he was a boy in which his face was splattered like rain with his Cheyenne adversary's blood. His mother was a Dakota related to the band of famous Chief Inkpaduta. He was among the Indian leaders who defeated George Armstrong Custer and the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment at the 1876 Battle of Little Big Horn.

Oval service station. Hazard, Kentucky. Later to become part of Historic Goose House. WOW..............this is a photo I have never seen before the goose.

The Great Depression

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Hiroshima, 1945

I think this is interesting because the Holocaust is publicized so much but we tend to forget about how many were lost when the colonies were founded in American soil.

'Never Forget - The Native American Genocides

An emaciated child eats in the streets of the Warsaw ghetto. Warsaw, Poland, between 1940 and 1943.

Miner Boy: Children were cheap labor in the mines. This boy spent 10 hours a day in that outfit with only the light from that tallow wick lamp. He cleaned & played the part of a "canary" (kids were easier to replace than good miners). He was probably Finnish or Swedish & indentured to the company for the purpose of paying his fathers debts. The unions fought bloody battles to get these children out of the coal mines. This little guy worked (& likely died) in Utah or Colorado mines / Scott Cooper

Garden party, c. 1951

Smoky the Yorkie Terrier. In 1944, Smoky was found abandoned in a foxhole in New Guinea. Corporal William A. Wynne later won Smoky in a poker game from another soldier, and she accompanied him in his pack for the remainder of the war. She survived 150 air raids on New Guinea. And Wynne even credited Smoky with saving his life by warning him of incoming shells on an LST (transport ship), calling her an “angel from a foxhole.”


Shoshane Varmel Levy and her son, Jules, wearing the compulsory yellow badge, on a street in Antwerp. Belgium, June 1942.

Johannes Harms: (b. May 23, 1910; beheaded on January 8, 1941, by order of Reich Court Martial in Berlin). As one of Jehovah's Witnesses, he refused to join the Wehrmacht. Shortly before his death, he wrote to his father, also imprisoned: “The death sentence has already been passed, . . . [but still] I have many victories to win, so as to be able to say: 'I have fought the battle, I have kept up my belief, from now on I am worthy of the crown of justice, which God the just will give.'"

Soldiers arrive in Vietnam, 1966 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

A lot of men came back from the Civil War addicted to morphine and alcohol. Many were weaned from Opium to Cocaine, which was not considered addictive.

Irish doctor, Robert Collis, carrying child Holocaust survivor Zoltan Zinn-Collis, Bergen-Belsen 1945. After the war, Dr. Collis adopted 5 orphans from Belsen, including Zoltan and his sister. A True Hero.

The Passchendaele campaign cost the British Army about a quarter-million casualties in 3 months! It was truly a living inferno, nearly as bad as Verdun.

British soldiers play with children near Solarino, Sicily, 13 July 1943.


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