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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

July 18, 1944 ?

Few things are more intriguing than discovering old newspaper pages carefully clipped by some family member, long ago. Suddenly, like manna from heaven, they slip from between the pages of an old book into your lap...Solving the mystery of the "why" of it, usually begins with the date of the newspaper.

From July 18, 1944 Boston Globe

 What was happening on July 18, 1944??   WWII was making most of the headlines...that much we know.

On July 18, 1944, the Prime Minister of Japan resigned. 

  • "1944 –
    World War II: Hideki Tojo resigns as Prime Minister of Japan due to numerous setbacks in the war effort."
The Battle of Normandy, begun June 6, 1944,  continued as the Brits launched Operation Goodwood on July 18.  It is said to have been the biggest tank war the British  have ever waged.

Sherman tanks in the battle of Goodwood

"General Montgomery launches on July 18 the Operation Goodwood, which aims at releasing the East and South-eastern areas of Caen. It starts from the positions captured on D-Day by the 6th British Airborne division between the Orne river and the village of Troarn, but also from the South-western part of the city. The 8th Corps, led by general O'Connor, sends 3 armoured divisions in the attack in the East of Caen to the South-south-west, towards the town of Falaise: the 7th, the 11th, and the Guards armoured division.

The offensive begins with a terrible three-hour bombardment: 2,500 bombers drop nearly 6,000 tons of bombs, whereas the naval artillery and the ground artillery fire nearly 250,000 shells, targeting a vast area located between the Eastern part of Caen and the village of Troarn, that is to say a corridor long of approximately 15 kilometers and broad of 4 kilometers.

At the end of the day, the British have lost 1,500 soldiers and 270 tanks. They have progressed only by 7 kilometers. " **

...And, for some reason I will never know - my mother clipped out the Lynn sections of the Boston Globe, on July 18, 1944.
Coca-Cola! Note the cost of a pair of shoes.

 I found them between the pages of Robert Collier's historic book of WWI, (then simply titled "Photographic History of The World's War," because at the time of publishing, it was probably inconceivable there would be another World War to follow.) This beautiful book was passed from my grandmother to my mother.

 My mother grew up in Lynn.  Perhaps Mom knew some of the dead, published on the July 18th death list in one of the news clippings.  Perhaps she designed one of the ads.  She was an ad copywriter in her 20's, living on Beacon Hill in Boston.  Or perhaps it marks the day she met my Dad, serving in the Coast Guard. They were introduced during the war by friends when he was in Boston on leave.  They waited until WWII had run its course before marrying.

Whatever her reasons, the ads are fun and I thought I would share them.  Click on each image for a larger image in new window.

18 cents was a popular price

The theater was the place to be, to relieve war-time blues:

"Everything for the boys!"

This ad was one of many filling two full

newspaper pages of the July 18, 1944
edition of the Boston Globe. Entertainment in Boston
was alive and well during WWII.


** From website: Information about Operation Goodwood;  Author Marc Laurenceau;

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