August 1941 nothing to worry about ad
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+9846) 3 years ago
There is a bizarre full page ad in the August 4, 1941 Miles City Star about how there is nothing to worry about. The paper itself is full of advertising on defense bonds and people enlisting in the service but this ad tells everyone not to worry, to get married and buy a house. Nothing to see here:

A long about 1957 or '63, folks will say, "1941? 1942? Let's see, what happened that year?

It goes on to assure people that no one will remember 1941 for anything extraordinary at all.

Denial is not just a river in Egypt.
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Posted by David Schott (+14444) 3 years ago
It wasn't just in the Miles City Star. It would be interesting to know who ran these ads.



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Posted by Amorette Allison (+9846) 3 years ago
Yup. That's the ad. I knew it was a boilerplate but it was still odd. I guess they wanted people to keep buying stuff.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+13757) 3 years ago
I think Charles Lindbergh paid for those ads.
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+9688) 3 years ago
Anyone have a high resolution version so the details can be read?
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1908) 3 years ago
Gunnar: that is certainly very possible. I hadn't thought of that. There was a huge keep us out movement in 1941 even though the rank and file folks were lining up for it and seemed to be expecting war.
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Posted by David Schott (+14444) 3 years ago
Reply to MilesCity.com Webmaster (#367841)
Here's a cleaned up version of the OCR text for that page:

What's this? Bob and Jill getting MARRIED taking a trip buying a house with green shutters, rosebush and white picket fence picking out shiny Hepplewhite tables and soft blue stair carpets with all the time, my, oh my, the world going plumb to blazes on roller skates. What's got INTO these young folks nowadays, acting as though nothing's happened?

Hey, don't they know they ought to be scared to death, chewing their nails down-cellar, waiting for things to get back to normal? Don't they know times are just awful? What's going to happen to the country if boys and girls forget about prices and priorities and keep thinking about love?

What is going to happen to the U. S. A if folks persist in behaving like folks instead of scared sheep? Anybody know the answer?

Well, looks like we'll keep right on selling more marriage licenses than fishing licenses And the maternity hospitals probably won't go out of business, either. And, strange as it may now seem to some of us, we'll keep on building schools, endowing universities and discovering new vitamins and stars.

There'll be plenty of military roads built in '41 and '42 that will be carrying youngsters to Sunday school picnics long after the local tank corps contingent has started coddling its aging bones in barbershop chairs.

And 'long about 1957 or '63 folks will say, "1941? 1942? Let's see what happened that year? Why, that was the year brother John graduated. And wasn't that the year I met your pa?"

For things have a funny way of working out normally for people that are normal to start with and act like healthy, happy human beings and refuse to be panicked all over the place.

And so, will it be so strange after all when, years and years from now, young Tommy asks, "Hey, Grandpop, I gotta piece to write for homework. What happened in 1941?" And you'll say, "Wel-l-l, nothing much important that I can think of except that was the year your Grandma and I built this house, and, come to think of it, bought the very chair you're sitting in."
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Posted by Bridgier (+8297) 3 years ago
"Grandpa Oddy, what happened in 2008?"

"The end of the world my boy, the end of the world"
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Posted by Oddjob (+181) 3 years ago
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Bridgier wrote:
"Grandpa Oddy, what happened in 2008?"

"The end of the world my boy, the end of the world"


In 2025, as Bridgier's children climb out of a dumpster after vainly scrounging for something to eat,they confront their parents. "Dad. What happened in 2016?"

Bridgier responds,"Why,we elected Hillary Clinton the first woman POTUS!"

The children reply, "Really?" You voted for a Marxist when you saw what was happening in Venezuela??". When what had been going on in Cuba for 60 years was finally exposed???" "You knew that Socialism had only resulted in misery and death and you still put that creature in the most powerful position on the planet???". You doomed us to a life of poverty and starvation because of some delusional fantasy of a moral superiority???"

"Mom??? Dad???....."
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Posted by Bridgier (+8297) 3 years ago
I hope the economy does as well under "Marxist" Hillary is it did under "socialist" Obama and "Comrade" Bill.

There WAS a bit of financial bed-poopting in between all of that central planning though. Which party was running the show then? I forget.
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Posted by Oddjob (+181) 3 years ago
Reply to Amorette Allison (#367833)
Amorette Allison wrote:
There is a bizarre full page ad in the August 4, 1941 Miles City Star about how there is nothing to worry about. The paper itself is full of advertising on defense bonds and people enlisting in the service but this ad tells everyone not to worry, to get married and buy a house. Nothing to see here:

A long about 1957 or '63, folks will say, "1941? 1942? Let's see, what happened that year?

It goes on to assure people that no one will remember 1941 for anything extraordinary at all.

Denial is not just a river in Egypt.


It comes as no great surprise that so far, none of you experts on everything has figured this out. Who would be the only group that had a vested interest in selling an image of confidence and security in 1941?

The Democrats.

This is just a prime example of Democrats being Democrats.

FDR had just bluffed his way into a third term and his New Deal had failed to jump start the economy. The Country was still in the grips of the Depression and large chunks of the World had been engulfed in war as the Nazis and Japanese were in a position to link up in Moscow.

After two terms, the Democrats were fresh out of ideas.

At that point, what's left to do other than pound sand.

This should sound familiar.
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Posted by Bridgier (+8297) 3 years ago
Nazis and Japanese were in a position to link up in Moscow.


Through the strategic Leningrad-Burma corridor, no doubt.
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