Tonight's film brought back a lot of memories of my early childhood.
My mother saving bacon grease.
Rinsing out tin cans, removing both ends, then stamping the cans flat
(To this day I rinse out cans before discarding them).
Newspapers were saved, then off to the junk yard.
I saved the foil from chewing gums wrappers.
Must have had a ball about 8"-9" in diameter before I took it to the
junk yard where my joy was crushed when I found out what I thought was
tin foil was actually aluminium foil.
The junk yard guy must have felt sorry for me and gave me a quarter
for my effort.
Ration coupon books for everything, especially gasoline.
Natural rubber came from Asia, which was under the control of the
Synthetic rubber was at best, "poor".
You ran on bald tires with inner tubes that had patches on their
War bond stamp books were sold in the grade schools.
Red stamps were $0.10, Green ones were $0.25.
When a book was full, you got a "War Bond".
There were no new cars.
Our '37 Chevy was litterly held together with #9 baling wire and what
passed for duct tape of the time, by the end of the war.
Remember the 1943 steel pennies.
The copper saved could be turned into casing brass?
Somehow the country got thru WWII in less than 4 years.
I still remember "VE" and "VJ" days.
There was a collective sigh of relief when "VJ" day was announced..
The country was united, a far cry from what exists today.
Yes, it was "The Greatest Generation".