Bostonians Recycle Scrap Metal To Win The War (1942)

In 1942 Leslie Jones, a Staff photographer for the Boston Herald-Traveler took pictures of locals supporting the fight by collecting scrap metal, cloth, cooking fat, rubber and anything else that could help.

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It’s 1942 and the USA is fighting in World War 2. In Boston, Massachusetts, Leslie Jones, a Staff photographer for the Boston Herald-Traveler (1917 to 1956) is taking pictures of locals supporting the fight by collecting scrap metal, cloth, cooking fat, rubber and anything else that could help. Scrap metal drives became competitive, almost frenzied affairs, as communities vied to out-contribute each other.

 

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Fence at State House, Governor starts October 5, 1942

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Old titling helmet given to salvage drive is held by the Traveler’s Virginis Bohlin

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Quincy High School football team collects scrap metal

Quincy High School football team collects scrap metal

Scrap collected at Roxbury Memorial High School

Scrap collected at Roxbury Memorial High School

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Via: Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library