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Children's Junk Rally (1943) - Chewton PA

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During 1940-1941, with active hostilities raging in Europe and the Pacific Ocean, the United States was emerging from the tough times of the Great Depression and was doing its best to remain officially neutral. With war inevitable the U.S. government began taking steps to control prices of most retail goods and ration scarce items needed for the military effort. Tires, and the vital rubber they were made of, were the first item to be rationed beginning a few days after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Eventually, numerous other items – and foodstuffs – were rationed or placed under restrictions. Many people helped out by planting small Victory Gardens in any available space they could find. Children primarily supported Junk Rallies (scrap metal drives) for the government, collecting anything they could scrounge up to include tinfoil from gum wrappers. In this and the following photos enthusiastic kids from Chewton participate in a Junk Rally, going door to door asking for any items that could be recycled for the war effort. (1943) (All photos courtesy of Barbara Hoziak Hairhogger)


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Children pose next to what is believed to be a bell from one of the old Chewton School buildings. (1943)


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  1. Sure would like to know some names of these kids

    Jim Houk · 10/01/2013 02:22 PM · #