World War II

The Fuller Brush Man

The Fuller Brush man is an iconic part of America’s past.  He becameFuller Brush Man part of popular culture via movies and cartoon characters, and during his peak years of popularity, he was often featured in off-color jokes.

Fuller Brush man

Elsie the Cow, Borden Marketing Mascot

Elsie the Cow is one of the most famous marketing mascots ever

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created. She has been more popular than the Pillsbury Doughboy, better than the Campbell twins, and more accessible than Tony the Tiger. During her heyday (1940s-1960s), Elsie led the Rose Bowl parade, raised $1.6 million for World War II bonds, celebrated her tenth birthday at the Roosevelt Hotel, her 25th at the Waldorf, and collected keys to more than 600 cities.


Mexican-American Hero: Medal of Honor Recipient, 1945

Mexican-born Silvestre S. Herrera (1916-2007) wasn’t even a U.S.Mexican-American Hero citizen when he signed up to fight for the United States in World War II. As Herrera himself said after obtaining citizenship: “I am a Mexican-American and we have a tradition. We’re supposed to be men, not sissies.”

Mexican-American Hero

Dogs Make News

Dogs made the news regularly in times past. Two stories that took place within a couple of years of each other caught my attention:

“Dog Falls 800 Feet, Lives” ran the headline in The New York Times

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on January 27, 1943. The story featured a terrier who dug himself out of a very deep snow drift, while the owner could only watch from afar.

Dogs Make News

WWII War Dog: Lucky, The Family Pet

At the start of World War II, the United States military had no

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canine corps so it fell to civilians, primarily led by poodle breeder Alene Erlanger, to organize a drive for people to donate their pets for the war cause.  As Erlanger saw it, fathers, sons, uncles, and brothers were all enlisting… Was it so far-fetched to think that people might donate their dogs to fight for the nation?

War Dogs

“Kilroy Was Here”-A Story from World War II

Kilroy was hereThe words, “Kilroy was here,” alongside a drawing of a long-nosed, bald fellow peering over a fence still pop up occasionally on walls and buildings today.  But the original legend of Kilroy dates to World War II and a man named James J. Kilroy (1902-1962), who lived in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Kilroy was here
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