Monday, May 5, 2014

And Now For Something Completely Different!


If you couldn't tell by my semi-frequent posts, I like this site.  I think you do too because you wouldn't be here otherwise.  I like it because it's a welcome and familiar place that discusses items that are funny, interesting, usually aligned with my way of thinking, and often of a historic nature.

History.  I enjoy reading or watching history because I believe in the axiom that if we ignore history we are doomed to repeat it.  I'm fascinated by accounts of our past trials and triumphs, how brutal humans can be in war and daily life, but also how much compassion and assistance we can give our fellow man.


While I'm not ready to say the U.S. is going to hell in a hand-basket, I don't believe we're becoming a more moral society, one that holds fast to common values of fairness and decency, of ethical behavior and incorruptible principles.  In our society, there's far too much emphasis on sexuality and personal or individual morality.  Far too many men who see nothing wrong with sex without love and commitment, and too many women who let them.  Too little shame and public scorn that tended to keep some behaviors in check.  There are too many politicians without honor, and too few government leaders who represent us. There's a big difference there, between politicians and leaders.  We also seem to be losing the value of hard work and personal responsibility, and some have forgotten the importance of saving for the future.


I like history because it reminds me of a simpler time when those values were first on everyone's mind- when the Greatest Generation was fighting for our values, and sacrificing so much to keep them.  These posters remind me of that time and is something completely different for today.

Probably a WWI-era recruiting poster, but it helps me make my point.
After Pearl Harbor and throughout WWII, our men ran to the recruiting office to sign up and defend our nation.






My Grandfather, working in Hawaii with the Army Corps of Engineers, re-upped on Dec 8th, 1941, again becoming a SeaBee.


While he was off building runways in the Pacific, my Uncle Paul, his 15 year old son, ran off a year later to join the Coast-Guard, convincing some recruiter that he was 18.


It wasn't just the men who served.  Women joined up, and served in many other ways back at home.




I've always respected the military nurse- probably because my mom was one, although not in WWII.


While I was Navy, I get a bit of credit from Sarge because my mom was an Air Force Nurse in the 60's.
 
                                    

The women didn't just work- they scrimped and saved and sacrificed to help the war effort.  As did everyone else at home.


                                                                     
Not sure if this is a fake or just unintentionally patronizing due to the times  .

       


They did this to support the men who fought-

 

          

 

It wasn't just posters of fighting men and the sacrifices needed to keep them fighting.  Propaganda in the form of...ahem...public service announcements was popular. 


                         
They weren't just about STDs though-

         

 

And we weren't in it alone -

 

After it was all over though, they were welcomed home with open arms-


 



I like these old posters, and the vintage reproductions.  While I can't say they bring me back to another time, since that was before my time, they do help me to remember our history- a time when Americans all pulled together for the greater good, and values of hard work and sacrifice helped us win a war.  Definitely something different from today, maybe even something completely different.

11 comments:

  1. Bravo Tuna! A masterpiece!

    Nicely laid out and I love the way you took us through the story, using your words to amplify the pictures.

    Your best yet and that's saying a lot!

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    1. Thanks. I've been collecting those posters on my computer for a while now and thought this was a good way to share them. As for the lay-out, blogger is a b!%c# and really hard to format the placement of these different sized pictures. If there's a trick to it, let me know.

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    2. Oh, and the point wasn't lost on me that I posted this the day after you had a Monty Python reference, and my title borrows from one of their Flying Circus catchphrases.

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    3. 1) I thought you did a great job of distributing the pictures on the page. And yes, Blogger is an absolute bear when trying to position photos. When I have more than one photo to put on a line, I'll combine them using MS Paint, position them there and then save the whole mish-mosh under a new name. Then paste it into the post. Blogger sometimes hates pictures. For no apparent reason.

      2) I noticed that when you mentioned it. D'oh!

      (Aside: how did you know that I had nothing ready for today? You're like prescient or something! Again - good job and Thanks!)

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    4. Oh, forgot to mention this. Did you know that last photo was a German soldier? Curious as to where you found that one. Personally I like it.

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    5. Oops! Good picture though.Definitely captures the emotion.

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  2. Great stuff! Can't imagine any of these being produced today. First of all, almost everyone is caucasian, and the traditional sex roles and family values would certainly be seen as rayciss hate speech today.

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  3. Yep, I'm doing one a week of the recruiting posters... All the way to the elections... Just as a reminder!

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  4. Great posters, and good column. I remember my parents' stories of living through WWII on the homefront. Ration cards, Victory gardens, swapping for car tires and gasoline, shoes, nylon stockings, etc. Everybody worked hard and shared what they had. I wonder if we would be as strong as they were back then.

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