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From Pickles to Planes: Women Lead Glider Production for Heinz During WWII

They came from all walks of life. Margaret Evans was an artist’s model from Greentree. Mrs. Grace Winters was a widow with three small children. Mrs. Louise Hamilton came from a farm in Moon Run, accompanied by her daughter Louise. Olga Radosevich yearned to join her sister Sophie in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, but…

Fred Lenn: The Battling Boxer

  Fred Lenn fought in two arenas—as a Marine serving during World War II and Korea, and in the ring as a champion amateur and professional boxer. The second of nine children born to Polish immigrant parents in 1914, Lenn grew up on Pittsburgh’s South Side. Christened Walter Frederick Lenkowski at St. Stanislaus Polish Catholic…

Have Fun but Remember the War: Halloween during World War II

  With the History Center’s traveling exhibit “We Can Do It: WWII” returning to Barensfeld Gallery, it seemed a good time to celebrate the upcoming Halloween holiday by looking back on how this haunting season was experienced during World War II. In fact, Halloween in the war years laid the groundwork for what the holiday became during the Baby Boom.  Pranks Discouraged  Excerpt from the Halloween pledge…

Meet Winnie the Welder

  “No. We were not Rosie the Riveter. We welded ships. Rosie got all the attention. No one even gave us a name. Anne Jurjevic Thomas, welder at Dravo during World War IIi Today “Rosie the Riveter” symbolizes all American women who worked in the nation’s defense industries during World War II. Congress confirmed this…

The Tuskegee Airmen

  Photo of William A. Johnston. Johnston grew up in Sewickley, Pa. He enlisted in the Army Air Force at the age of 17 and served as a Second Lieutenant with the 15th Air Force of the 332nd Fighter Group of the Tuskegee Army Air Corps from 1944 to the end of the war. Following…

80th Anniversary of the Jeep

  Rigorous testing at Camp Holabird in Maryland proved that the prototype Bantam Reconnaissance Car could perform like a horse and even tow field artillery over the roughest terrain. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. Happy 80th anniversary to the jeep, the tough motorized vehicle manufactured in 1940 by the American Bantam Car Company in…

Lieutenant Paige Comes Home

  Portrait of Mitchell Paige, artist unknown, oil on canvas, undated. Paige’s family celebrated their Serbian ancestry and the Serb National Foundation presented Paige with gifts when he returned in 1944. But is it not certain whether this portrait was done during the war years. Gift of the Serb National Foundation. Heinz History Center museum…

Victory Half Won: Remembering V-E Day 75 Years Later

  7th war Loan Fund Drive promotion on the grounds of Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corporation, May 8, 1945. Courtesy of the University of Pittsburgh, William J. Gaughan Collection. At first, not everyone in Pittsburgh believed the news. Rumors and bulletins on May 7, 1945 indicated that Germany had surrendered. But false alarms had come from Europe…

All-Out for Victory Gardens!

  “Plant a Garden for Victory.” World War II poster by J. Howard Miller, for the Westinghouse War Production Co-Ordinating Committee, probably 1942. Like many Pittsburgh companies, Westinghouse encouraged their workers to participate in the Victory Garden campaign. This poster, made to be displayed in Westinghouse factories, was designed by the same artist who created…

Bootleg Beef and Smuggled Sirloin: Black Market Meat During World War II

  Ray Sprigle poses for a press photo with his black market meat, 1945. Ray Sprigle Papers and Photographs, MSS 799, Detre Library & Archives at the History Center. On April 23, 1945, Pittsburgh’s legal landscape bustled with activity. As a U. S. Grand Jury convened at the federal courthouse, Montana Senator Burton K. Wheeler,…