Early in the war the United States assumed a defensive posture. The strategic intentions of the Empire of Japan were unclear. Would they mount an attack on the U.S. mainland ? In light of this uncertainty, The Office of Civil Defense trained civilian volunteers to enforce blackout protocols, handle firebombs, provide transportation etc... Some collectors specialize in civil defense memorabilia such as training aids...

Apparel...

insignia...

Fear of air raids was great and mainland U.S.A. was subjected to blackouts to take away landmarks from enemy planes. There were items for home use...

and car use...

As the war progressed the United States switched from a defensive posture to an offensive one. While civil readiness continued to be encouraged, the intensity had peaked earlier in the war.

From home families wrote loved ones far away. Morale of the fighting man was just as important as on the homefront. So much mail was sent overseas an ingenius innovation called V-mail was created. By microfilming standardized letters prior to shipping and printing them overseas, gasoline and cargo space was saved...

special inks and stationery were sold...

Soldiers relied on V-mail as well...

Some collectors focus on V-mail...

Stateside mail reflected the bond between homefronters. They were a united homefront fighting force dedicated to the defeat of Fascism and Imperialism. Letters were enthusiastically dressed up with cinderella stamps...

Postcards savaged the enemy...

Envelopes were emblazoned with patriotic art...

And through it all, men fought...

men died...

women served...

heroes were made...

a president passed...

and enemies were defeated...

In Europe first. V-E Day, 5/8/45...

Then in Japan. V-J Day, 8/15/45...

A way of life had been preserved...

A new era dawned...

And when those valiant sons and daughters came home...

There was a great celebration...

There will never be another era quite like the Victory era. Collecting homefront items from World War II helps to preserve this unique era of American history. It is intellectually challenging, wholly stimulating and can be very profitable. From a collectors viewpoint, one could spend a lifetime collecting and hardly make a dent. There is that much diversity. So if you are not a homefront collector and have developed some interest, we welcome you to our circle. If you are a collector already, we hope you have enjoyed this and we thank you for taking our tour.


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