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The photo is my son and myself. Now days you can get a photo made to look old like this one. This photo was taken when this was the new look.

Harry S Truman was president when I was born and world war II had ended. I grew up in a time when lunch was put in a brown paper bag and a sandwich was wrapped with wax paper. There was no such thing as pantyhose, we wore stockings that attached to the rubbery clippy things that attached to the girdle. Convenience stores were not common and when we took a trip we packed a picnic basket because many places did not have fast food. Highways had places to pull over and stop, some with picnic tables. Read more ....
 
Lil's Diary week Jan 22 - Jan 31 1943
For any first time visitors, my husband Charles, and I are doing a history study and we are living like the year 1943. world war two is raging and we are at the early stage of rationing. Charles and I are trying to simulate how it was in the home by many means of researching old newspaper microfilms and real diaries that we have here at our home.I pick up on the end of last weeks news into this week and touch on some headlines. Then I will post Lil's diary posts for the week.Now the newsThis week we learned more about a butter shortage and now Point Rationing Expected to take in Butter and Cheese.Washington January 24, 1943 Butter and cheese probably will be rat ......
Our Fourth Week into 1943 Homefront Study
It has been cold here with below freezing temperatures. We woke up a few days ago to this heavy frost that looked like snow.There is so much beauty in winter and since we are doing the 1943 history study of the homefront we have learned how much electrical energy that we have wasted by trying to make our entire home a comfortable temperature in this real time that we live.A few years ago we purchased a kerosene heater so we would have back up heat if the power went out and we are total electric here at our house. For this history study, we are using this kerosene heater for our main heat and so we have learned to dress warmer inside our home.A basket of Thyme ......
Lil's Diary week Jan 15 - 21 and Part two Finding Calm
Anyone new that has just popped in on this post, this year of 2022 we are doing a history study of living like the year 1943. There is a Part one of this post called Finding Calm Researching the Past Part One.This post will cover news and rations covering new information from last week after last weeks post and what we know already from this week. As I write this today it is January 17th, 1943.Starting with the news.There has been a curfew law for children asked. An ordinance requiring all children, under seventeen years of age to be off the streets of Dothan by 9 p.m. unless accompanied by their parents or guardian, is now before the City Commission for its approval. ......
Finding Calm Through Researching the Past Part One
Here we are, our third week in 1943. I am so excited about the comments and emails and the interest in this study. Now in week three reading the local 1943 paper daily we are starting to get a good feel of this era and the happenings around town and it is starting to feel more like 1943. I wish so much we could go to these places in the paper but many are no longer there or have been changed.This year Charles and I are listening to radio only. We have recordings of the old radio shows that we have purchased online over the years. Last night we listened to Bing Crosby Armed Forces Broadcasts. It was so nice... The only elec ......
Ration Stamps and good through dates
I had a bag of loose ration stamps and I decided to paste them to paper so we could study them better.It was quite interesting how they came up with a rationing system that worked. It had a bumpy start but then it all started making sense.The round tokens were used to make change. They were worth one point.These are all real stamps in all photos shown above that we have collected over the years. March was when food rationing got more serious and when rationing really kicked in to more serious rationing.When we did the ww2 history in 2015 I typed up the release and expire dates. So right now with our study (January) we are rationing gasoline, sugar, fuel oil and such as that.I will ......
Lil's diary week January 8 - 14 and Dish Soap
We have been reading from Lil's Diary, I posted her first week under the blog post Four Days in with our 1943 History Project. I will try and get this on tract to where it is in a post that is titled the diary so you can read along better. This comes from a five year diary including the years 1942, 43, 44, 45 and 46. Our history project this year is 1943. (I will give some information as we go along to help you figure out what Lil is talking about)January 8, 1943. (Friday) Fine again today. Cleaned House & Venetian blinds. B (Bob) over at S. Cut Frahm's lawns in P.M. Marjory and J called. (visited)Jan 9th 1943. Saturday. Fine Day.& ......
Our Vintage 1943 Life
Our 1943 Ration Office has been a bit scattered this week but we are pulling it together. If you happened upon this blog for the first time, my husband and I enjoy challenging ourselves to history studies and projects. This year we are living like 1943 for our second time to learn even more. You can join in at any time, we will be going a full year so you can jump in and get back to where you started. Each Blog post starting from January has ration updates and then I talk about our week. There is a lot to learn about the homeland during world war 2. For those of you that are also doing this study with us, I am posting weekly ration information and have ......
Four days in with our 1943 History Project and with diary entries
The first two days of January we continued to go through clothing to reduce our clothing down to more like what people had during 1943. We pulled everything from our drawers, closets and shelves and started going through our clothing and only keeping out what we felt would be a sensible amount and for what we have read about for this time of 1943 and which is much less than we have.We made a donations box because this needed to be done anyway and a throw away bag for worn out clothing and a rag bag.Yesterday ( Tuesday ) was wash day including changing out the bed sheets and pillowcases. We had a storm to push through Sunday night and our temperatures dropped from a high of 78 - ......
Happy New Year 1943!
Hello everyone, Charles and I want to wish you all a Happy New Year!Here we are about to jump out of 2021 and jump into 1943. This is New Years Eve evening at our house and we will hold each others hands and jump together to make sure we don't fall.If you don't know we are starting a History project living like 1943. Yes we have been here before but now we know much more about it and are excited to begin and share what we have learned and we hope many of you will join us.If you do not want to do the study, there is much to learn just reading along and I hope you will enjoy the way we are going to do this.We have been making changes, we are changing back to enamelware, metal ......
Rationing Information for the study
If you have happened upon my blog, we are about to start an new History project living like 1943 for a year and I am posting each day information about this project for those that are doing this study with us. This post is information that explains the history study of what would have been going on the latter part of 1942 and then entering 1943. I will get back to normal posting after we get started but I am sharing this information for all of those interested in doing this study with us this year or enjoy following along. There is still much to learn even if you are not actually doing the study. Charles and I had so much to learn about 1943 that we ......
Ration Book Two
We will need Ration book two when we start our year of 1943. We signed up for this book two in December 1942 but we have not been issued the book at this time. You can make it now or you have time because we will not be using it in January but we will be studying it.The stamps will look different in book two. In the book there are 8 pages of stamps that have letters and numbers and colors blue and red. It looks complicated but only because we haven't started using it.On the other post we made Book One to look like the real ration book. I am making a simple version for book two after doing a study on this once before.So I took some card stock, (thick paper ......
Ration Book One
This book one was Issued to the public in May of 1942. At first it was used to ration sugar and later other coupons in this book were used for other products.All coupons have numbers.There were stamps inside the book which were numbered 1 through 28. The stamps 1 through 4 were the first stamps to be used for sugar. Each stamp would get you one pound of sugar but you could not use all of them at once, there was a limit of how much sugar you could get and a time period in which you could use your stamp such as a two week period.Charles made the one on the bottom, if you notice the numbering system. The number 1.2.3.4 started bottom right.I am going to explain how to make ......
Here we go again
Charles and I had our talk as we do this time of year about what history project we want to do and Charles said that he really enjoyed our year of 1943 that we did six years ago (2015). We talked about what we learned and how we felt there was so much more to learn. We decided that we are going to re-visit 1943 including the rationing. This will be this new year of 2022 living like the past history project. This is a long post, there is a lot to explain and there will be more simple posts to come with more information after this post.We have been studying the 1930s great depression for a few years now and I have not shared much of that because of how po ......
Popping In for a bit
I am still on break but I wanted to pop in to say we are doing okay here. I have needed this time off and still need more time but I do not like it when someone that has a blog just disappears. You all feel like family so I do want to have at least a short visit with you. I am not answering emails for the time right now because I am not on my computer very much. The first two weeks I did not do much of anything, my brain and body needed a rest. I went back to the eye doctor today and he said my eyes are still healing and I am doing good. He wants to keep an eye on the small clot in the back of the left eye and feels that it is absorbing and doing ......
Taking a Break
I want to let you all know that I will be taking a break from posting. I do not know how long this break will be but do not worry, I will be back. I rarely take a break, I have been posting since 2005 under the name of Generations Before us first and then Gdonna.com (G stands for Grandma). I outgrew my space and lost many posts in a reorganize and then in 2011 the post have been pretty much every week, at times more often. I have had eye surgery recently, and I have a bad flare with Meniere's disease which I have had for a long time. It is pretty awful right now, the symptoms are vertigo, balance issues and terrible noise in my ears. On top of that I h ......
Much changes as we go through the season of fall
Beautiful color everywhere we look.It is a beautiful fall here in the southeast part of the United States. Cooler weather is slipping in and many things are being harvested.Cotton, peanuts, hay, citrus and fall vegetables.I am layering the bedding, first was the flannel sheets and then the first quilt and now my favorite winter quilt that was stored away at the end of spring.We have started the harvest of our lemons and satsumas and sharing them with friends and family.Warm meat pies and biscuits and gravy around our home.I have been sewing and mending and doing my best to catch up around the house.I asked Charles to take me to see the fall colors and visit the town north of us called ......
Prepare Before It Happens
Last week was a good week, I feel that I have been making better progress on organizing our home. I am adjusting our home for change because we need different things as we grow through life. This week is a busy week because I have a good bit of sewing to do and it seems that everything is in need of something. I am sure many of you can understand this.One reason I have much to do is that our little cockatiel Belle is molting and prickly and needs some special attention. She loves it when I put her in a blanket and rock her and sing to her. She also appreciates it when I massage and fluff around her prickles because they are very irritating. The prickles are ......
Don't forget to enjoy today
This morning we had our first frost. This time of year our citrus trees are starting to ripen but are still not ready for harvest. Several years ago I would be very concerned and start tossing blankets over the citrus and doing my best to wrap them when I knew a frost was coming but I soon realized that they would make it through a frost and I was doing more damage than good trying to help them. A few more weeks and we should be able to start harvesting. This coming weekend the temperature may get down to 37 Degrees / 3 degrees Celsius. That is still not a freeze so this is good.We share our citrus with some friends from India and they are very ......
It is finally time...
We have dropped below 50 degrees / 10 degrees Celsius and finally the flannel can come back out again. This weekend we are supposed to drop to 41 degrees / 5 degrees Celsius and I am so happy :), I have rearranged our pajama drawers, pulled my warm flannel tops and cardigan sweaters forward. I happily pulled everything off this shelf and pulled the flannel sheets and pillowcases from the back corner. It is a good day!This morning I washed and hung out the cotton sheets that will move to the back corner of the linen shelf to join the other sets. We rotate two sets of sheets for summer and two sets for winter. We also keep an extra set of each put back. W ......
Shopping Day
I have been working on a new household schedule. Two months ago I purchased a daily appointment book. I decide that if I was going to keep our house more organized that I needed to pencil in all the things that needed to be done and I soon found out that there is not enough hours in the day.So I look back in time because that is what I like to do. Above is a 1932 grocery ad, the month of April. In the past shopping was normally done once a week and on a certain day, being that there was money for food during this time.Many years ago I would take my mother-in-law grocery shopping and we would go on a Thursday and she would buy nearly the same food each week. She k ......
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