September 18, 2007

Scrap Metal Drive, Buena Park Uptown, 1942

I found this WWII series of photos one day while digging through the Library of Congress archives. They show a group of children from Block 8 Zone 2 donating scrap metal and other materials to the war effort. Block 8 Zone 2 was bordered by Sheridan, Montrose, Broadway, and Sunnyside.

The first image showing the little girl is captioned: "Jaqueline Halloran, 4424 North Sheridan Road, bringing in a load of tin cans for scrap to her block Office of Civilian Defense headquarters, 1942. Her father was a switchman on a railroad in Chicago." None of the other photos are labeled with the names of individuals, just the event.

What I particularly like is the photo showing the names of men who lived in the district who were off fighting in the war. It would be nice to have something like that in Uptown now. I have no idea which of my neighbors are in Iraq.

Click each image for a larger view.


IrishPirate said...

These are great pics. My mom woulda been about the same age as some of those kids in the photos. She vividly remembers those type of "drives" and the Pearl Harbor attack.

Same drives happened all over the city and country. She grew up on da sout side and one of her uncles volunteered at age 40+ to rejoin the military. Served in the Navy in World War 1 and the Army in World War 2. Survived both mentally and physically intact only to get killed in an industrial accident in the late 40's or early 50's.

She has his medals somewhere.

Interestingly, Kelly Park, just south of Irving and west of Kenmore was named after a soldier killed in Europe in 1944 or 1945. There is a newspaper story posted on a bulletin board there. I guess he grew up right there. The story was written in the 1980's about him and his mom and the neighborhood.

Joanne said...

Thanks for sharing, IP, and thanks for the heads up about the bulletin board--I'll have to mosey on over there for a look.

IrishPirate said...

Did a quick google search and found this about Kelly Park.

Kelly Park.

Anonymous said...

Preconsumer recovered fibers come from paper scraps generated during the paper making, converting, and printing processes – paper that has not reached the end user. These are regularly reused to make new paper.


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