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"Well, it was just very difficult to transport fruit and vegetables and everything. Most of it that was raised in California, or wherever they were raised, was going to the troops. So we had to raise our own and bring it into the local grocery store. And, so, another part of the government effort was – they called them Victory Gardens. In the cities, and even in the country, they wanted everybody to have their own garden, to raise their own produce and maybe have enough that somebody that didn't have access to a garden had produce and things, because it wasn't available in the stores...
   "It was a great morale thing. And for young people like me, it was, you know, I could do my part. I was a part of the effort."

Kelly Holthus on Victory Gardens

   

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Pearl Harbor
Effect of the War
War to a 10-year-old
Rationing
Bomber Crash
School Consolidation
Electrification
Television
Baseball
Wartime Labor Shortage
POWs
Postwar Boom
Banking in the 40s
Cash Flow Lending Now
Importance of Irrigation
Water Contamination
Split Brakes
DDT