Thursday, October 15, 2009

Florida Remembers World War II

Here are pictures I took of some of the artifacts displayed in the "Florida Remembers World War II" exhibit at the Museum of Florida History located in the R.A. Gray Building in downtown Tallahassee.

Monday, December 8, 1941 edition of the Tampa Morning Tribune front page reporting the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese.

Citrus Bomber Fleet poster encouraging citizens involved in the citrus industry to buy war bonds with their extra money.

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The dreaded telegram informing a Tallahassee mother that her son was killed in action at Iwo Jima. Notice the statement in the telegram: "To prevent possible aid to our enemies do not divulge the name of his ship or station". Click on the picture to enlarge and read it. As a mother, I can't even imagine how it must have felt to receive a telegram like this.


Julie said...

Such a brick wall isn't it?

Cezar and Léia said...

you are right dear Lois, I'm mother as well and this kind of situation it's so terrified, so sorry for those mother's there.
I think it's a kind of lesson and we can not forget it.
All we need is Love and Peace! :)

Inday said...

I'm back Lois and thank you for your kind comments in my blog.

Unless it is a Social Telegram, it is okay to receive one. For this nature? I bet I will collapse to read the doleful message.

One of those painful memories in world history.

B SQUARED said...

History proves one thing, that we learn nothing from it.

Hilda said...

My heart aches whenever I see images like this — both past and present.

I must say though, I like the name of your fleet!

Les Barr said...

Even though I was not born until 1947, those pictures in the paper, must have been shocking to all of us US citizens. Then we entered WWII. That telegram must have been a horrible thing to receive. I just can't imagine what that would be like. Then to think that there were thousands of them like that. War does no one any good.


Clytie said...

I smiled at the citrus box label, then teared up reading the telegram. I don't think I could stand receiving one of those.

Day4plus said...

How awful to receive a telegram informing you of this tragic news.

My youngest daughter was born on Pearl Harbor Day in 1974 and when she graduated high school she joined the Army. I wonder if her birth date had any subconscious effect.

Nice display to prove as B. squared said--we have learned nothing. MB

penny said...

History just seems to repeat itself. It's sad to think that today, families are still getting letters of the lost of their loved ones.

James said...

The worst of times brought out the best in the people of this country.
Sadly it seems like that wouldn't be the case now.

Lowell said...

Powerful images, Lois. I was but a lad living in Duluth, Minnesota, but I do remember the sense of anger and despair when we got the news.

And then came the rationing.

That is the chicken said...

Powerful post today, Lois. Amazing how those stories move us despite the intervening years.

Anonymous said...

I have heard some of the Western Union people went into mental institutions because they delivered so many of these telegrams. Not sure if it is true but I can imagine it.

I remember the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. I was 7. We talked about it in our country school. Many children were afraid that we would be killed by the Japanese. That was my fear for a long time. Bill Bechtol who later became a superintendent of schools in Texas, said he was always worried the Japs would come over and drop bombs on his house. We had no idea of how far from the coast we were. I guess we just assumed it was possible and we should be worried about it.

Lisa Wilson said...

Important pieces of history, and very sad.

Unknown said...

The second photo is particularly interesting.