World War II (detail from Pearl Harbor photo)

A Kid’s War

The war was unavoidable for kids. Many of their favorite characters from the funny pages and comic books went to war. Superman—classified 4-F when his X-ray vision skewed a preinduction eye test—encouraged them to use their pennies for victory bonds. Saturday afternoon movies and newsreels, even trading cards, tracked the war’s progress. Toys and games enabled them to play make-believe combat, but with wooden guns and paper soldiers because metal was needed for war production. And government campaigns encouraged youngsters to assist in scrap drives and civil defense efforts.

Leland Jackson in his bombardier suit
Children with newspapers
Italian-American children buying stamps and bonds at public school
Toy tank

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