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Cartoons from the World War II Home Front

Published: November 23, 2016

Life changed dramatically for civilians during WWII. The homefront was characterized by sacrifice of luxuries and enrollment in the various duties of the Civil Defense Corps. The World War II-era cartoons in this collection focus on the uncertainty and paranoia of civilians under threat of attack, all served with a dollop of black humor.


“Oh, come now. With all that’s happening these days you don’t think you could frighten me?”


March 7, 1942




“I’m so glad Mr. Burley is a fatalist. We were one mask short.”


Fred Price; March 7, 1942




“I think I’ll quit, boys — I find it impossible to concentrate on poker with the war going on.”


July 4, 1942




“Of course the Messerschmitt Me-109F has a high ceiling and speed, but don’t forget that our P-38 does 404 mph and climbs 35,000 feet, and also that our Turbo-supercharged B-17 carries 4 tons of bombs and outclimbs both the Me-110 and the Me-109F.”


Colin Allen; August 29, 1942




Bill O’Malley; December 19, 1942




“And, then, just to make absolutely sure, we always just sit in the dark.”


Gardner Rea; June 5, 1943



“What the heck did we do every evening before this war started?”


Dave Gerard; December 4, 1943



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