Category Archive: 1940s

May 10

Southern Pacific during World War II

Southern Pacific ad from the Telegram-Tribune newspaper June, 9, 1942.

Southern Pacific Railroad did not often apologize but in 1942 they ran a series of ads explaining the changes on the line. As World War II increased demands for moving troops and material across the country the road had to make choices. They explained that the old timetables would not be followed. Victory Trains now …

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Apr 28

Dodging Death in Stormy San Luis Obispo, World War II week by week

April 14, 1943 Telegram-Tribune documents an attempted escape from Alcatraz Prison.

Obispan Dodges Death As Bolt Hits Pillow One San Luis Obispo man escaped death by the bare margin of a whim during the heavy electrical storm her Tuesday night. If Andrew Chessmar, 1841 Slack street hadn’t decided to leave the comfort of the davenport in his living room to read in a nearby chair, he …

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Apr 25

Allies drive Axis armies across North Africa, map shows how far

TWENTY SIX HUNDRED MILES is the total distance British and American armies have driven across north Africa to effect their juncture in central Tunisia and bottle up the Axis forces. The drives may be compared with a like distance on the lower map of the United States. (Telephoto)

When journalism works right readers come away with a better understanding of the story. Sometimes all it takes is a well thought out concept and graphic to illustrate it. I have seen the lines moving across North Africa outlining the battles but never had a grasp on how vast the distances were. Imagine driving to …

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Apr 21

Elwyn Righetti flight instructor

Photo provided by the Army Air Force published in the Telegram-Tribune of Elwyn Righetti March 27, 1943.

MAJOR ELWIN G. RIGHETTI, 27, commanding officer of the 46th squadron of single-engine advanced trainers, outlines a formation to Captain W.J. O’Donnell, at the new Central Instructor’s School at Randolph Field, Texas. Major Righetti, who received his commission as major last November after three years in the U.S. Army Air Forces, is in charge of …

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Apr 15

Second escapee caught, World War II week by week

Telegram-Tribune from May 31, 1943.

The other man to escape from the new San Luis Obispo County Jail atop the new courthouse was caught. James W. Webb had been at large since November 27, 1942 and he was captured in Sacramento. He was hiding out in a house with a rifle, shotgun and a large amount of jewelry.

Apr 09

1940ish San Luis Obispo Highway

Highway 101 enters San Luis Obispo from the south in this view from the 1930s or 40s.

This undated photo shows what appears to be a new highway entry in to San Luis Obispo as Highway 101 makes a turn onto Marsh Street. My guess is this is from the 40s as the highway was improved at least once in that decade. It may be from the late 30s, I can’t find …

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Apr 08

Rommel flees, World War II week by week

Rommel flees North Africa in this edition of the Telegram-Tribune from March 29, 1943.

Shoppers to stampeded into butcher shops across country as meet rationing took hold. Some sold out as early as 10 a.m. Saturday. Rommel fled North Africa as British and American troops closed in on Tunis. Air attacks on Germany were stepping up, air generals claimed that bombing alone could win the war.

Mar 28

San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge history

Feb. 1943 special section of the Telegram-Tribune on the San Luis Obispo Elks.

The Elks lodge and Masons had a close relationship in their early days in San Luis Obispo. Long time Tribune editor Benjamin Brooks was a member in high standing with both organizations. The Masonic lodge being the more established organization allowed the Elks to meet at their hall then on Chorro Street. The Elks held …

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Mar 24

U-Boat threat World War II, week by week

May 16, 1943 Telegram-Tribune

March 16, 1943 One of the many problems to be solved during the war was that of the German U-Boats. They threatened to choke off the sea-lanes between North America and Britain. Without advances in technology and tactics the war would not be won. Germany claimed they were starting the biggest sea blitz of the …

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Mar 18

The comics page goes to war, World War II week by week

May 4, 1943 Telegram-Tribune comic page, many with World War II themes.

The war even found its way onto the comics pages. Three strips, Was Tubs, Boots and Her Buddies and Joe Palooka featured airplanes. Even escapist fare like Alley Oop had the caveman looking for rubber, now being rationed. Side Glances criticized dancing lessons for being a waste of shoe leather another rationed item. Our Boarding …

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