Tuesday, October 18, 2011

More Grit World War II clippings

On the heels of two popular May posts -- World War II clippings from Grit, Part 1 and World War II clippings from Grit, Part 2 -- here are some more advertisements and news items from Summer 1944 issues of the Grit newspaper. (Click on any of the below images for a larger version.)

Above: An advertisement for K-R-O rat poison, which touts red squill as an ingredient and emphasizes the patriotic nature of its product.

Above: An interesting article about the construction of 20,000-ton super troopships in New Jersey. Does anyone know if any of these ships -- described in the article as "floating cities" -- ever made it into service?

Above: One of many advertisements seeking Grit delivery boys. It states: "Over 30,000 boys are selling, and many earn $1 to $5 every week." Delivery boys -- it states nothing about delivery girls -- had to be at least 12 and could earn free prizes such as knives, billfolds and fountain pens.

Above: King George VI chats with two "human torpedoes." The caption describes how that would work: "Dressed in lightweight diving costumes, the men take their submarine gadget to its goal, detach the torpedo, fix it to the target, and ride away after setting a timing device to explode the mechanism." Harebrained as that sounds, human torpedoes were used extensively by both sides during World War II. And they must not have been top secret, given that they had their picture taken for the newspaper.

Finally, here's a short excerpt from the July 30, 1944, issue of Grit regarding a soldier killed in the war:
The first Gettysburg man to give his life in the invasion of France, Cpl. Horace Mann Bushman, 27, was killed in action near Cherbourg, according to a letter received by his wife, the former Miss Merion Durboraw, from Capt. John Hinkle, commander of the field artillery battery to which the Gettysburg soldier was attached. The letter disclosed that Bushman was killed instantly by enemy artillery fire, but did not state the date of his death. Cpl. Bushman, a son of Rufus H. Bushman, of Gettysburg, was employed in the shop of the Gettysburg Times as a pressman for four years before he entered military service Oct. 19, 1942. He was a member of the Gettysburg Fire Company, of the Gettysburg Presbyterian Church, and of the Gettysburg Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. According to Capt. Hinkle's letter, Bushman was buried in a military cemetery in France.

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