Broehm, Barbara / World War II through the eyes of Manitowoc's homefront youth
World War II through the eyes of Manitowoc's homefront youth, pp. -30
Broehm 20 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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