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Broehm, Barbara / World War II through the eyes of Manitowoc's homefront youth
(December 2000)

World War II through the eyes of Manitowoc's homefront youth,   pp. [1]-30


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collecting scrap metal, I really felt I was doing something to help win the
war," 
commented a ten-year-old homefront girl.71 
Collection points for scrap was any place displaying the official salvage
depot 
banner. These places were usually local filling stations, automobile dealers,
tire shops, 
or implement dealers.72 "A huge junk yard was also located on the 1300
block of 
Franklin Street, and I dreaded walking past that place!" recalls a 1943
Lincoln graduate.73 
Lincoln High School students often helped in the city-wide scrap drives.
"Dozens of 
block chairmen called at homes to solicit scrap. Some of the money raised
by the 
students was used by Lincoln's war service projects.,74 
The War Production Board directed several nationwide salvage campaigns. The
week of April 25, 1942 was declared "Mac Arthur Week." One radio
spot went like this: 
"Boys and Girls: Wear your MacArthur button this week and collect scrap
iron for 
making guns, planes, tanks for our soldiers. Your button identifies you as
a salvage 
collector. Win $25 savings bond for collecting the most."75 The public
was informed 
that the tin was used for such things as bushings for airplane motors and
machine gun 
mounts. Tin was also required for the linings for food cans needed by our
troops. The 
remaining portion of the tin can, after the tin is removed, is used for scrap
iron.76 "I can 
71 Bea Buss, interview by Barbara Broehm. 
72 Salvage [1941-1942] in Wisconsin State Council of Defense, Box 7, Folder
3, University of 
Wisconsin-Green Bay Area Research Center, 141 
73 Louise Zigmund, interview by Barbara Broehm. 
74 Lorraine Schuette, ed., Flambeau, Thirty-three Yearbook, Lincoln High
School, Manitowoc, 
WI. 
71 Salvage [1941-1942] in Wisconsin State Council of Defense, Box 7, Folder
3, University of 
Wisconsin-Green Bay Area Research Center, 49. 
'76 Salvage [1941-1942] in Wisconsin State Council of Defense, Box 7, Folder
3, University of 
Wisconsin-Green Bay Area Research Center, 224. 


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