Friday, June 14, 2013

Flags Of Forty-Two!


During the World War II, Street and Smith decided it would be most appropriate to demonstrate patriotism by gracing each of their pulps with a distinctive image of the United States flag. Largely identical flag covers appeared in a show of unity across the line and across a country dedicated to defeating the menace which loomed both in Europe and in the Pacific.

It's fitting this day, Flag Day to show off these remarkable covers, when it appears that the United States is once again (still) considering putting its resources to the test in foreign lands. I withhold my opinion about these latest calls for action during the seemingly incurable crisis of the Middle East and offer my hope that whatever results, we will face it as a nation united with the proper good will behind our current commander-in-chief.  Likewise that resolve must support the troops who will be asked to carry the burden, both in this current day and future when our commitment to those soldiers demands resources and even a bit our of tax dollars.

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4 comments:

  1. No disrespect to you.
    Yet, It just doesn't ever seem to end.
    http://dangerousminds.net/comments/mickey_mouse_in_vietnam_lee_savage_milton_glaser_rare_anti_war_animation

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    1. Oh I'd very much agree. This latest scenario seems slippery at best. I'm not among those anxious for another foreign adventure. We need some years to tend to our own. They're hurting mightily.

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  2. It wasn't just Street & Smith. President Roosevelt asked the publishers to display the flag that month, and about five hundred magazines did. Five hundred! Some publishers used a uniform image across their titles, some didn't.

    http://amhistory.si.edu/1942/introduction.html

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    1. Thanks for the information. It's impressive.

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