How a new and “strictly screwball” method of aircraft production lifted manufacturing out of its Depression-era lethargy.... More
World War II Blog
What did the war look like to Americans in 1940? What were they thinking as they watched the spreading conflict in Europe and Asia grow ever closer to the U.S.?
Nearly a half-million books have been written about World War II, but they view the events in hindsight. Few histories give a sense of what Americans were experiencing in those uncertain times. With the outcome unknown, the war years were filled with doubts, challenges, fears, and hopes.
Wanting to recover the world they knew, I am starting this blog coinciding with the war’s 75th anniversary. My goal will be to give a personal, real-time account of events, drawing on articles from each week’s issue as they appeared at the time in The Saturday Evening Post. By adding illustrations, advertising, and the occasional cartoon, I hope to give fresh insights into the challenges, and achievements, those Americans knew.
How the Allied and Axis powers used the radio to woo neutral nations to their cause.... More
War was obsolete because it wasn’t good for business. That’s what a Post financial reporter said. Too bad Hitler didn’t agree.... More
Celebrity gossip from 1939: When Hitler’s girlfriend moved in after a 10-year courtship, the question on everyone’s mind was “Is Hitler getting married?” ... More
In 1951, the famous composer revealed the success behind the holiday tune popularized during World War II.... More
In a time when suicide bombers were unthinkable, a young journalist analyzed America’s chances of being attacked.... More
How U.S. sympathy for China triggered America’s economic sanctions on Japan.... More
With all the concerns about Christmas — or at least Christmas shopping — intruding on Thanksgiving, maybe it’s time to keep Thanksgiving in its traditional... More
Upon hearing rumors of alliances and confrontations between Italy and other European nations, a Post reporter leaves Paris for Rome to speak with the dictator... More
In 1944, a war correspondent wrote of a near-death experience on board a PV-1 Ventura bomber. Thanks to the son of one of the crew,... More
A Post journalist wishes America could follow the Swiss model, but it probably never would have worked.... More
European war dominated national front-page headlines in 1939. But on the local front, a vanishing murderer, duck hunting season, and menacing grass fires trumped war-torn... More
Great Britain welcomes a war hero who lost English favor after the First World War.... More
How an agreement between two dictators caused people to lose faith in Communism.... More
Milton Mayer, whose outspoken editorials would spur contention for the Post, was one of many students who believed the U.S. should stay out of Europe.... More
An off-color and offhanded remark about Japanese immigrants from a World War I veteran foreshadowed the internment of thousands of U.S. citizens.... More