World War II

Darkening DaysWhat did the war look like to Americans in 1939? What were they thinking as they watched the spreading conflict in Europe and Asia grow ever closer to the U.S.? Archivist Jeff Nilsson’s World War II blog offers a personal, real-time account of the events surrounding the war, drawing on articles as they appeared at the time in The Saturday Evening Post.

How to Be Neutral

A Post journalist wishes America could follow the Swiss model, but it probably never would have worked. More

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Sullivan, Indiana in 1939
Everyday Life in 1939

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

Student Peace Strike at the University of California at Berkeley
A Bad Choice for Spokesman

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

American Battle Fleet
He Saw the War Coming

A science fiction writer lays out a suspiciously accurate plan of how the Navy would fight Japan two years before the Attack on Pearl Harbor. More

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Jewish Pawns

Why the U.S. turned down 20,000 immigrant children and how a senseless prejudice became a political tool in the hands of Japan and Italy in More

“Hitlerites From the Country Districts of Bavaria”
Those Wacky Nazis

Bavarians, bicycles, and beer. The real reasons Hitler and the National Socialist Movement weren’t scaring anyone. More

Imperial Japanese Army in Manchuria, 1931
Japan’s Bigger Game

With one-sixth the population of China, did Japan really think it could conquer 450 million people and control over 4 million square miles?  More

Women consider magazines
No War Here

When I’m interviewed as the Post’s archives director, I often find myself addressing the misconception that the magazine was a newsmagazine. Actually, it was more More

Revitalized American workforce
The World War They Knew

I’m interested in seeing how America’s media covers the 75th anniversary of World War II in the coming weeks. Or if they cover it. In More

WWII Cartoons
Cartoons: Women of World War II

Whether in uniform overseas or working the assembly lines at home, World War II meant a whole new world for women. Naturally, Post cartoonists were More

"Hardly and of them have trouble reading that chart." from January 17, 1942
Cartoons: World War II

It was a time of draft boards, air raid sirens, and rationing. More cartoons from the wartime pages of the Post. More

Cartoons: World War II

Although there's nothing funny about war, creative people can find humor almost anywhere. Here are some cartoons from WWII-era issues of the Post to prove More

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