December 7, 2020
It’s Christmas time again, and all Molly McIntire wants is ... everything. Molly’s Surprise has some classic AG elements (hello, a doll gift) and a few distinctive surprises (including a heartwarming radio messages). Along with Molly’s love language (gifts) we talk about the history of the USO, how the holidays were advertised in local papers during the war, and Mrs. M’s ability to leave work at work. Grab your red striped pajamas, part your hair, and warm your circular glasses with a cocoa: it’s holiday time at the McIntires.
Sources we reference in this episode:
“The Daily Monitor Leader. [Volume] (Mount Clemens, Mich.) 1942-19??, December 24, 1943, Image 18.” 2020. Loc.Gov, no. 1943/12/24: 18. https://doi.org/info:lccn/sn96077289.
“The Chronicle-Star Combined with the Moss Point Advertiser. (Pascagoula, Miss.) 1941-1949, December 22, 1944, SECTION TWO, Image 10.” 2020. Loc.Gov, no. 1944/12/22. https://doi.org/info:lccn/sn87065528.
“Celebrating Christmas in World War 2 – Keep Calm and Carry On.” 2015. 5-Minute History. December 16, 2015. https://fiveminutehistory.com/celebrating-christmas-in-world-war-2-keep-calm-and-carry-on/.
Christmas Fact Sheet - World War II Museum: https://www.nationalww2museum.org/sites/default/files/2017-07/christmas-on-the-home-front.pdf
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