What Is Your Part in the War Effort?

I collect postcards for the images on their fronts. Most people do. But every so often, the message penned on the back is far more interesting.

Take this linen postcard of the George Washington Bridge. Here’s the front.

1943 linen postcard: George Washington Bridge

Nothing too exciting. But flip it over and read the back, postmarked Oct 21, 1943.

1943: making ship plans for Henry J. Kaiser

This is a new set of New York City views and everyone seems to like them. Hope you have been well. What is your part in the war effort? I’m making ship plans for Henry J. Kaiser to use on the West Coast. Thanks for church view. – HWN

Henry J. Kaiser owned seven major shipyards along the American west coast. Together, these yards made more ships for the US war effort than any other company, including many of the famous Liberty ships.

And our postcard writer contributed plans to those yards. Pretty cool, huh?

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2 Responses to “What Is Your Part in the War Effort?”

  1. lindsac on February 19th, 2011 11:48 pm

    When I scrolled down to read the back of the card I wasn’t expecting block printing. It’s neat to see the atypical 1940s handwriting – although probably quite typical for a draftsman.

  2. Jennifer Tribe on February 20th, 2011 3:39 pm

    I liked the penmanship too! Being so obviously from a draftsman’s hand, it adds to the story.

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