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Wisconsin World War II Stories: Europe

Have students draw upon photographic collections to learn about World War II era struggles for civil rights both in the war zone and at home

Date: 1942 

Description: Oerlikon anti-aircraft gun on display. A sign on the right identifies it as a 20mm anti-aircraft gun manufactured by the Pontiac Motor Division.

Date:  date unknown

Description: Vignetted head and shoulders portrait of Washington Yates Selleck was Wisconsin's military agent in Washington, D.C. during the Civil War. In this capacity...

Date: 1944-10-06 

Description: Lula Lawrence, lsft, and Esther Gunderson combing hemp fibers. In the background two women sort hemp fiber bundles for rope and cordage during World War I...

Date: 1941 

Description: Image from a scrapbook kept by Neighborhood House, with women from the Good Times Club holding up an afghan they made for the Red Cross. A group of women,...

Date: 1943 

Description: National Housing Agency Design No. 2, "Convert Extra Space." The poster features a well-kept suburban home with a flagpole emerging from the garden. To the...

Date: 1943 

Description: Side view of six women sitting on a torpedo placed on a rolling cart at an International Harvester factory. Another woman woman stands to the side with her...

Book or Pamphlet

20 - Female Angora Rabbit

Date: 1943 ca.

Description: Female angora rabbit, with the words, "Die Häsin".

Date: 1943-01-13 ca.

Description: A factory worker uses an oxy-acetylene torch to fit a copper tube in the production of an aircraft torpedo. He is wearing an International Harvester Compan...

A Wisconsin Civil War Story

Read a letter from an anonymous writer in the 5th Wisconsin Infantry that applauds the positive impact of women in the army.

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Description: Several groups of Naval students operate radios while an officer looks on at the U.S. Naval Training School (Radio).

Date: 1944 

Description: War Manpower Commission Design No. 7, "Metal Miner." The poster features a man in a cave with mining equipment. At center bottom of the poster the audience...

Book or Pamphlet

33 - Angora Rabbits Outdoors

Date: 1943 ca.

Description: Angora rabbits in fenced area outdoors, with buildings in the background. The sign on one of the buildings has the words, "Angora-Kaninchen-Zuchstation".

Date: 1942-10-27 ca.

Description: Interior of what appears to be International Harvester's Bettendorf Tank Arsenal (factory).

Date: 1944 

Description: A group of civilian workers from Port Hueneme exit an International trailer used in transportation to and from the naval base. The original caption reads,...

Photograph

Lightweight Chair

Date: 1943-11 

Description: Lightweight folding transport chair produced by the Plastics Division of Consolidated Paper Company, Wisconsin Rapids, as part of the company's war develop...

Date: 1943 ca.

Description: Adult and young angora rabbits sitting in their hutches.

Date: 1942 ca.

Description: Construction site showing an additional to an International Harvester factory, probably the company's Bettendorf Tank Arsenal.

Photograph

Glider Floor

Date: 1943-05-29 

Description: Glider floor constructed of a paper-based plastic laminate manufactured by the Plastics Division of Consolidated Papers Company of Wisconsin Rapids during...

Poster

Remember

Date: 1942 

Description: World War II poster of a bloody dagger with the text, "Remember... and they will stall our production too. If they can." The advertisement was printed fo...

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