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Labor and Housing Shortage Cartoons of WWII

Published: December 28, 2016

Unemployment sunk to record low levels during World War II with the abundance of war jobs. Accompanying the manufacturing spike was a shortage of housing in Washington D.C. and other cities around the country. Cartoonists depicted the hilarity of human nature in a time of shortage in these cartoons from World War II America.

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“Here comes the Washington plane now.”

 

August 1, 1942

 

 

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“Tell you what I’ll do, Miss Waters, if you’ll stay here instead of joining the Waacs, I’ll make you vice-president.”

 

May 22, 1943

 

 

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“Doctor, there are some patients waiting.”

 

Charles Cartwright; June 12, 1943

 

 

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“Do you suppose he would let us have her room?”

 

Ben Roth; June 26, 1943

 

 

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“How do you do, how do you do — I’ve always wanted to meet a senator.”

 

Will Johnson; October 9, 1943

 

 

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March 4, 1944

 

 

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Jack Marmon; December 9, 1944

 

 

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