Posts tagged "world war ii"

It’s Time To Cry: Man Finds Lost WWII Love Letter He’d Written To His Late Wife

Even the coldest, most bitter of hearts will melt at the sight of 90-year-old Bill Moore gushing over his late wife of 63 years, Bernadean. Bill and Bernadean were dating when he was just a 20-year-old fighting in World War II, back in 1945. While he was deployed, he wrote her countless love letters. Bernadean saved every one, but they were…
By: Claire Hannum / February 19, 2015

These Pictures Of Real-Life Rosie The Riveters Kind Of Blew My Mind

World War II's real-life Rosie the Riveters look a lot like the ads themselves -- only way cooler. Rosie first came to be as a character in 1942, and during the war, three million women worked at plants building tanks, guns and aircraft bombers. The campaign didn't exist solely to motivate women to work --…
By: Claire Hannum / April 10, 2014

Are You Sporting A “Recession” Haircut?

We've jokingly talked before about why women cut their hair, but here's a historical example we didn't really consider: war and its economic impact. The U.K.'s Telegraph recently reprinted a 1939 article dealing with trends in women's hairstyles. Back then, we learn, ladies were switching to short styles out of practicality and thrift:…
By: Leonora Epstein / September 30, 2009

Put On Your Nylons, Dollface, It’s Time For An Air Raid Party

Brits. We will never understand them sometimes—and not just because of the cute accents. Tonight some rather cheeky Brits are celebrating a "Blitz Party," the 65th anniversary of D-Day, when the Allied forces invaded Normandy, France, during WWII. (The Blitz was when the Germans bombed the city of London for over a month straight, te…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 6, 2009

Scaring Army Guys Into Using Condoms

Last week, we learned that VD is for everybody. This week, in a World War II-era military training film, we learn that germs "may destroy your life" if allowed to enter the body. Happy STD Awareness Month, everyone! [There is a diagram of male anatomy, so this may be NSFW.]…
By: Catherine Strawn / April 17, 2008