Home Front recipes from WWII

Pacific Paratrooper

As most of you know, America experienced rationing for the first time in World War II and with the holidays looming in the wings, food seemed to be a logical subject.

Some products  that were rationed during World War II were sugar, meat, coffee, typewriters, fuel oil, gasoline, rubber, and automobiles.  Each person was issued a book of ration coupons each month.  Rationed goods were assigned a price and point value.  Families were not restricted to certain quantities of rationed goods.  But once their coupons were used up, they could not buy rationed goods until the next month. Families were encouraged to plant victory gardens.  These gardens supplied a major part of the vegetable supply during the War.

But one thing most of us can admit, our parents and grandparents ate well.  They ate to live – not lived to eat!    Here are some of the recipes, given to us…

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Postcards For November

2018_11_04_15_24_28.pdf016  Rotterdam – this is just one of the cards which I purchased yesterday at the monthly meeting of the Pacific Northwest Postcard Collectors Club.  I am interested in a wide range of subjects for my collection.  Usually it just boils down to “do I like the image, for whatever reason”.  For one, I like tinted cards.  I like cards from the Netherlands.  I like cards showings boats or ships.

Cat On Barn Steps

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This is an old photo and rather faded but I like it all the same.  The cat was in my sister’s barn maybe 30+ years ago – younger days.  At that time we were visiting from Bangladesh and the farm and all the animals were extra special.  I am extra partial to cats – and the browns and grays in this photo – and the memories it evokes.

The Bomb Babysitter

Interesting. Pause for thought.

Pacific Paratrooper

Donald Hornig

Donald Hornig was a year out of graduate school when he received a mysterious job offer.  No one would even tell him what or even where the job was, so he declined – until the President of Harvard University called and convinced him to take it.

Soon after, Hornig bought an old car and headed for Los Alamos, New Mexico.   He would become one of the youngest leaders of the team that developed the first atomic bomb and the last surviving witness of the detonation on July 16, 1945.

Albert Einstein & Julius Robert Oppenheimer

Born in Milwaukee, Hornig “was the first in his family to go to college,” said the Associated Press.  He studied physical chemistry at Harvard, earning his Doctorate in 1943.  In Los Alamos, the head of the Manhattan Project, J. Robert Oppenheimer, gave him the job of developing the firing unit that triggered the…

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