Category Archives: World War II

1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Aug. 28, 1944

At a fashion show of fall college styles held about a fortnight ago at B. Altman & Co., New York, most startling among the novelties shown were the “pedal pushers,” in which Anne Scott appears on Life’s cover. These are … Continue reading

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1944 in Music — Oscar Levant and Leonard Bernstein at the Hollywood Bowl, Aug. 22, 1944

Aug. 22, 1944 The Times encourages readers to save copies of the paper for reuse in the war effort. Let’s hear it for recycling! Keith Hallock gets a kiss from Warner Bros.’ Joyce Reynolds for being the first to volunteer … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Aug. 21, 1944

The churning craft on the cover are amphibious tractors, sometimes called “alligators.” The alligator, armed with machine guns, is designed to carry small loads of troops through the water to an enemy beach and, if possible, to carry them through … Continue reading

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Times War Correspondent Tom Treanor Dies Covering the Liberation of France

Aug. 18, 1944 Times war correspondent Tom Treanor is injured in a Jeep accident while covering the liberation of France and dies of his injuries the next day. As I noted in a 2007 post, a journalism scholarship was established … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Aug. 14, 1944

Aug. 14, 1944 The tough, haggard man on the cover is one of the thousands who are winning the battle for France. He is Lt. Kelso C. Horne of the U.S. airborne infantry. Men like Lt. Horne saw their hardest … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 8, 1944.

Aug. 8, 1944 If the Indians ever pick out a tribe name for Joyce Reynolds it should be “Little Miss Sittin’ Pretty.” Not only is Joyce zooming to fame, but she is by way of becoming the richest junior miss … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Aug. 7, 1944

Geraldine Fitzgerald was born in Dublin, Ireland, and is a product of that city’s famous Gate Theatre. Her initial appearance on Broadway in Shaw’s “Heartbreak House”  brought offers from all major Hollywood studios. Now under contract to Warner Bros., she … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, Aug. 7, 1944

Aug. 7, 1944 The honeymoon is over when the bride has to go back to work. At least, that is what Gail Patrick laughingly told me when I talked with her on the telephone. She got back in Hollywood to … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, July 31, 1944

The stony-faced Russian on the cover is Marshal Grigory (frequently rendered Georgi)  Zhukov, 49, sometime chief of operations of the Russian general staff and commander on the southern front. He wears at his neck Marshal’s Star; at upper left, two … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Tom Treanor ‘One Damn Thing After Another’

July 30, 1944 Less than a month before Times war correspondent Tom Treanor was killed in France, his book “One Damn Thing After Another” was reviewed in The Times. The book is a collection of Treanor’s columns for The Times. … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, July 24, 1944

July 24, 1944 Jennifer Jones, a quiet, 24-year-old movie newcomer, last March startled Hollywood by winning the Academy Award for her performance in “The Song of Bernadette.” In her second major movie, “Since You Went Away,” she gives another warm … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, July 17, 1944

The pretty girl in peasant clothes on this week’s cover is Anne Scott from Columbus, Ohio. Anne has been modeling ever since her graduation from Ohio State University nearly five years ago. Although she has posed for several cover sketches, … Continue reading

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War Veteran Died After Police Beating, Lawsuit Says, July 11, 1944

July 11, 1944 The parents of Marine veteran J.P. Thomas Jr. sue Mayor Fletcher Bowron, Police Chief Clemence C.B. Horrall and other city officials, charging that their son died after being beaten in jail by police. The Times reported that … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, July 10, 1944

July 10, 1944 Adm. Chester Nimitz is the cover story this week. A photo feature shows the work of jigsaw puzzle makers John N. Henriques and Francis Q. Ware, who make fiendishly difficult puzzles under the name Par. Life also … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, July 3, 1944

July 3, 1944 Life says: “The two lean young men on the cover are walking back from the front after a battle — the beginning of the Allied offensive which broke out of the Anzio beachhead toward Rome in May. … Continue reading

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Greatest Generation … of Bad Drivers!

June 12, 1944 Note: This is a post that was on the clock but failed to go live. Here it is, two weeks later. The Greatest Generation does not seem to be interested in conserving gas, tires, their automobiles or … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, June 26, 1944

June 26, 1944 Oh my, what is the Greatest Generation up to? On the jump, a feature on war photographers. And a look at movie stars and their stand-ins, including Mary Lou Isleib (Shirley Temple) and Jack Robbins (Bob Hope). … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, June 19, 1944

June 19, 1944 Gen. Eisenhower is the cover story in this week’s Life magazine. Life covers the D-day invasion…. And the Hollywood feature is the artwork of director Jean Negulesco. Courtesy of Google Books.

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1944 in Print — Hollywood News and Gossip by Louella Parsons, June 18, 1944

June 18, 1944 HOLLYWOOD, June 17 – On June 21, Leo the Lion will have roared for 20 years, carrying many glamorous and popular stars to fame. When I came to Hollywood 19 years ago, this company was making itself … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Joseph G. Fickling Memorabilia on EBay

An EBay vendor has listed the pilot wings that belonged to Joseph G. Fickling, Elizabeth Short’s onetime boyfriend. Apparently these items were in a storage unit. The vendor has posted a photo of Fickling’s dog tags (not included in the … Continue reading

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