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When propaganda was not a bad thing: Linked in with neat York County history stuff – June 16, 2011

Posters, specifically called propaganda posters, designed to raise morale and reinforce defense themes, cropped up in public places in World Wars I and II. Many were colorful and attractive, undertaken by name-brand artists. They reminded Americans why they were fighting and what the fight was for. From left, the heroism of Dorie Miller, a Navy messman who manned a machine gun against the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, earned him the well-deserved spotlight in ‘above and beyond the call of duty.’ ‘The more Women at work …’ was part of a series of U.S. government posters designed to recruit female factory workers. Employees assigned heavy work schedules at York Safe and Lock, holder of millions of dollars in military contracts, placed ‘SH-H-H’ posters in the windows of their homes to ensure proper shuteye. Also of interest: World War II propaganda posters raised spirits, women’s wrath and “Little Johnny” helped win the war, The bomb: ‘And yet it helped win the war’, and Katharine Beecher made candy in World War II.

Neat stuff from all over … .
Looking for a free thing to do?
Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area is offering guided tours of its office – the former Dritt House – this weekend and next.
The SGHA’s headquarters is officially called the Zimmerman Center for Heritage, a mansion that perhaps goes back to the 1730s.
The mansion has numerous items to view, including Visions of the Susquehanna river art collection.
But just walking through a house of that vintage is an experience. Heck, just looking at the house is an experience.
Contact SGHA for details about the tour. …

Former Green Bay Packer dies: A York man who used to play for the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns has died.
Thomas L. O’Malley, 85, was a 1949 alumnus of the University of Cincinnati where he was an All-American quarterback scoring and passing records that remained intact for decades.
He played for the Browns, Packers and Ottawa Roughriders, the last of which he led to a Grey Cup in 1951 — the Canadian equivalent of the Super Bowl. See obituary here.
Recommended blog post of the day: June Lloyd is excerpting from “Connecting Links,” American Chain and Cable’s company newsletter in the World War II era.
Forum of the day: Railtrailing on The Exchange, a discussion about fun on York County trails, just passed 500 posts.

Also of interest, again
“Little Johnny” helped win the war, The bomb: ‘And yet it helped win the war’, and Katharine Beecher made candy in World War II.


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