Posts made in February, 2013

Santa Barbara Shelled in WW2

Posted by on Feb 24, 2013 in 1940s Life, All Blog Posts, Media, WW2 | 0 comments

Santa Barbara Shelled in WW2

I recently moved to Santa Barbra, Ca. It’s glorious. The views, my setting is stunning. The weather today is like spring in February. Perfect for sunbathing and hiking. The view is panoramic, you see a lot more ocean than it seems in my photos. The boats sifting by are not just serene but surreal, especially as I read daily WW2 news.

I look back to this day in 1942 and here’s a headline:

California Oil Plant is Shelled

California Oil Plant is Shelled
Santa Barbara 2/24/42 News

At night the oil rigs in the photo above are lit up. They glitter like Christmas lights. But coasts are fragile and vulnerable. However advanced radar may be, anything can happen. I wonder why putting things like oil rigs and nukes in and near oceans is done despite the history of attacks and leaks. Seems too simple stupid, even beyond greed.

Here’s the rest of the article from the Lewiston Daily Sun:

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War Rationing, Nylon vs. Rayon Stockings

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in 1940s Life, All Blog Posts, Media, Vintage Style, WW2 | 3 comments

There was no lag in Mom’s memory about this one. “We wore rayon.” My curiosity is aroused. What was this actually like? How did rayon feel on the skin? How much was the difference? I want to test the rayon vs. nylon vs. silk.

Rayon Stocking Ad

Rayon Rayon Rayon
Lewiston Daily Sun 2/18/43

A Nylon History Society website states: Originally, fashion stockings were made from either silk or cotton. Rayon was the first attempt to have a manufactured material replace silk but it was a poor product for stockings. DuPont’s Fiber 6,6 which later was called Nylon, was the first true synthetic fiber invented. Not only did the fiber have amazing properties, the fiber could be created on demand in a factory. Stockings were one of the first products to use this new fiber.

Stockings made from the new fiber 6,6 were introduced to the world in 1939. Both at the Expo on the West Coast and the World Fair on the East Coast. May 15, 1940 was the first official release of the new nylon stocking for public sale. No consumer item before had caused such a nationwide pandemonium. Women loved them and men loved women wearing them, how they looked and felt. By the end of the year, 64 million pairs of nylon stockings were sold.

After just a few years of production, when the United States got involved with WWII, all nylon production went to the war effort. Nylon was used to make materials in the war such as parachutes and ropes. Silk was also unavailable so rayon stockings were produced. Women also would shave their legs and use makeup to simulate stockings and a Nylon Black Market formed.

When the war ended, nylon went back into stocking production. The demand for stockings was so great that fights would break out at stores. These fights became known as Nylon Riots. It took a year for production to start catching up with demand. Resource for info on stockings: http://www.orgsites.com/oh/nylon-stocking-society/

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Roosevelt $25,000 Net for Spendable Income

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in 1940s Life, All Blog Posts, WW2 | 0 comments

Yesterday was President’s Day. I looked back to see what Roosevelt was up to on Feb. 18th 1943. A small headline said he was asking for salary limits to be maintained, his Executive Order, the Act of Oct. 2, 1942 (price and wage control), limiting salaries to $25,000 net after taxes. A single person would have no more than $25,000 spendable income and a married couple no more than $50,000.

Roosevelt Demands Limits
Lewiston Daily Sun 2/18/43

I agree with one blogger: This is like a confiscation similar to if gun control today were managed through an executive order vs. through Congress.

Here’s what the article says: With a strong movement underway in Congress to repeal his $25,000 limit (after taxes) on salaries, President Roosevelt renewed today a demand for super wartaxes leaving no single person more than $25,000 spendable income and no married couple more than $50,000. “I Trust” he said in a letter to Chairman Doughton (D-NC) of the House Ways and Means Committee, “that without such tax levies the Congress will not rescind the limitation (on salaries) and permit the existence of inequities that seriously affect the morale of soldiers and sailors, farmers and workers, imperiling efforts to stabilize wages and prices and thereby impairing the effective prosecution of the war.”
50-90% Levy as Substitute If congress is not willing to tax away all income above his proposed maximums, Mr. Roosevelt said he hoped it would at least provide a minimum tax of 50% with graduated rates up to 90%. These levies would be in addition to regular income taxes…(and I’m thinking about all the rationing!)

Roosevelt stated that his authority to issue this order was attested by the Attorney General and was issued under legislation vesting the President with the power to adjust salaries to correct gross inequalities.

Eventually, both the House and Senate passed a debt ceiling bill with a salary cap repeal rider attached. Most Democrats went along, noting, as Senator Alben Barkley put it, “the importance of increasing the debt limit.”
This is a bit off my topic of Love Letters, I was just kind of amazed. Here’s a link to a blog with more info http://toomuchonline.org/debt-ceiling-history-fdr-way/

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Arline and Ruthie on 1931 Chevy

Posted by on Feb 8, 2013 in 1920s and 1930s, All Blog Posts, Portland Maine, Vintage Style | 0 comments

Arline was born into a family of two older brothers Arnold and Harry and two older sisters, Rena and Gladys. She and her sister, Ruthie, a year and half younger, came a decade later, “Mama’s two little surprises”.

Arline (R) and Ruthie on a ’31 Chevy

This is a picture of Arline and Ruthie on the fender of sister Rena’s car. There’s a Chevy bowtie insignia on the spare tire mount with the 6 bolt wheels. Chevrolet had this dish syle wheel from 1926-30 roughly. But the two bar bumper is from 1931. By Arline’s age and the design of the car we think it’s a 1931 Chevrolet 3 window coupe. To tell which year we distinguish the back bumper, shape of the rear window and type of spare tire mount.

Here is another 1931 Chevy. Isn’t she just a dandy!

1931 Chevy

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Learning About the Post Office

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in All Blog Posts, Mail and The U.S. Post Office, Media | 0 comments

I’ve had nothing but good experiences with the Post Office. I don’t remember a package ever being damaged. I’m amazed that mail can travel across the country in only a day or two. When my son was young we took his Tiger Cub group to visit our local Post Office. To me, something about carrying personal messages touches on the sacred. When I hear that the post office is having a hard time my heart sinks. One of my mail carriers in Denver has been so personable and kind. When I heard about the Saturday Delivery cutback I wanted to know more about what’s going on. I found out that Saturdays have been on the table since the 80s. Also the post office was once involved in censoring books.

In Policy Analysis (Postal Service) February 12th 1985, James Bovard writes:

“The early colonists inherited the tradition of government postal monopoly from Britain. In sixteenth-century England, the Tudor monarch outlawed private post in order to hinder communication between potentially rebellious subjects. Later, the monopoly was justified as a revenue raiser for the Crown. But even 270 years ago, private carriers were breaking the law and providing the public with better service than the government.”

Interesting facts about the Post Office, up to the 80s anyway, are at link below.

http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa047.html

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