Tag Archive: 1943

Jul 14

Sicily invaded, World War II week by week

July 1, 1943 Telegram-Tribune headlines include invasion of Sicily.

If anyone wondered where the Western Allies were moving next early July would provide answers. The Japanese forces were under attack at the Aleutian island of Kiska and the Southwest Pacific base of Munda, In Europe Sicily was under bombardment from sea and air as British and American forces prepared to invade. President Franklin Roosevelt …

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Jun 16

Zoot Suit Riots, Los Angeles 1943-World War II week by week

Cartoon from June 16, 1943 comparing Tojo, Hitler and Mussolini to zootsuiters.

Sometimes people look back on a time, remembering the good and overlooking the bad. While the nation pulled together to fight World War II there were some ugly events that showed America was still on the journey to the goal in the United States Declaration of Independence,”that all men are created equal…” According to the …

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Jun 09

Sending telephotos, World War II week by week

May 26, 1943 photos included the U.S.S. Oklahoma being raised from depths of Pearl Harbor.

When I started my career in newspapers we had a box in the corner of the newsroom that would spit wirephotos out every couple of minutes. Next to it was another box attached to a phone. If news happened you would make a print, type a caption on sticky paper, attach it to the print …

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Jun 02

Tales from Attu, World War II week by week

June 1, 1943 Telegram-Tribune tells of invasion of Attu Island.

The delayed by censors story of the American’s drive against the Japanese on Attu Island featured two officers who had trained at Camp San Luis Obispo. Col. Frank Culin of Tuscon, Arizona and Maj. Albert V. Hartl of Bismarck, North Dakota. The fighting was grim up windswept mountains, fighting frostbite above the snowline in addition …

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May 31

Sea-Ho swimsuits, 1943 fashions

June 1, 1943 Sears advertising.

What do you think of when the phrase “Sea-Ho Swim Suits” comes up? Do you think it is word play on the phrase “Land Ho!” or do you think it is the misogynistic lyric from an seafaring rap star? How comfortable do you think men’s wool swim trunks were? All I can say is the …

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May 27

Attu Invasion, Memorial Day, World War II week by week

May 29, 1943 Telegram-Tribune

Camp San Luis Obispo dedicated the 12,000 capacity Camp Amphitheater on Memorial Day 70 years ago after a formal parade. In San Luis Obispo services began with a 9 a.m. event at the IOOF Lawn cemetery where speaker of the day was Judge Ray B. Lyon. As flags unfurled and bands played at home, American …

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May 19

Camp Roberts Rodeo, Camp San Luis explosives, World War II week by week

German troops were surrendering in Tunisia May 10, 1943 in this newspaper headline from the Telegram-Tribune.

Even a break in training for war could be deadly as seen in this excerpt from a May 10, 1943 story. Col. Hank Partin, of the Lemoore air base, was saved from death or serious injury yesterday in the Camp Roberts rodeo by the quick action of Dogie Davidson, a merchant marine, when he was …

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May 11

Dance regulations wanted in San Luis Obispo, World War II week by week

Headlines from the April 20, 1943 Telegram-Tribune.

High spirited young men heading off to war didn’t always make the best neighbors. From May 20, 1943 Telegram-Tribune Citizens Demand Action of Policing of Dance The San Luis Obispo city council last night acting on a request contained in a petition signed by 36 citizens, arranged with civilian and army authorities that the Saturday …

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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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