Thursday, August 02, 2012

Thursday Thirteen

Do you ever wonder how much things change? Consider these headlines, ripped from the pages of a local newspaper.

1. Local Farm Records Show High Seed Cost
2. Work Goes Forward on Triton Plant
3. Make Virginia Stronger Aim of Home Economists and Nutritionists Joint Meeting
4. Town Council Considers Water Supply
5. Coal Mine Project Abandoned
6. Help in the Fight on Infantile Paralysis
7. Schools Face Shortened Term
8. Flu Receding
9. County Banks Paid Dividends and Added to Reserves: Local Bank Had Good Year
10. Eagle Rock Farmers Hear Talk on Farm Water Systems
11. Schools in this Area Closed by Quarantine
12. Earl Wilcher is First Draftee from Botetourt
13. Botetourt Goes for Roosevelt and Woodrum

That last might clue you in on the year. I took these headlines from November 7, 1940 (#13 in my list) through February 20, 1941 (#1 on my list).

While I was looking for headlines, though, these little proganda cartoons caught my eye. They are from the same front pages during the same time frame:

In 1940 and 1941, war was taking place in Europe. When these headlines were written, we were still almost a year away from entering World War II, which we did in December, 1941, after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

Looks to me like we forgot to change the propoganda when the war ended.

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here. I've been playing for a while and this is my 253rd time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.


  1. Wow, those cartoons are fascinating. I was particularly interested in the one asking, "Who owns American wealth?" Now I guess we'd say, "The one percent!" Even if they were propaganda, in this day of cynicism and snarkiness, it's kind of poignant to read them and realize that back then, a lot of people beleived what they said. Certainly, back then they had more reason to believe.

  2. Reminds me of a poem I once wrote: We overslept the American Dream. The Industrial Revolution was a nightmare.

    I guess the 13 headquarters crashed.

  3. wow me a little girl then a baby

  4. Wow. Those cartoons were so creepy - full of references to banks and insurance companies (which apparently can be relied on to estimate the worth of a man etc). And did you notice? No mention of the original inhabitants of the continent. And while trumpeting the absence of slavery - no mention of slaves. Not even a black face in those endless parade of smirking white supermen and women. Oh - that obscure European game? I played rounders at school. Good game. Still going strong, even if there's no money in it.

  5. Very interesting! Sometimes I think the more things change, the more they stay the same.

  6. I agree, the propaganda cartoons are very creepy - though propaganda often is. Interesting 13!!

  7. It often amazes me that those behind propaganda think the rest of us have no brain at all.

  8. I love this vintage stuff because it's always enlightening to see where we've been (even if where we were had kind of a creepy tinge to it). Thanks for sharing.

  9. The headlines - some of them could have come from our local paper today.

  10. Kind of funny how we always think things are worse now than at times in the past... at least that's the vibe I seem to pick up from media/news. But most things happen in cycles, whether times are good or whether times are bad, at least you can count on it changing at some point--sooner rather than later, it seems.

    Interesting post! Happy TT!


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