Tag Archives: World War II

The Milkman’s Horse

This milk delivery wagon, photographed in Lincoln on April 6, 1942, is a mixture of old and new: rubber tires, a glassed-in compartment for the driver—and a horse for power. Horse-drawn milk wagons were left over from earlier times, but … Continue reading

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Huff and Puff Not Enough to Destroy This Straw Building

Everyone has heard that necessity is the mother of invention. This is best exemplified in times of war, when the necessities of a country are tested to the maximum. During World War II, architects and builders were forced to find … Continue reading

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An Artist’s View of the Fort Robinson Prisoner of War Camp

During World War II there were 126 Prisoner of War (PW) camps in the United States. Fort Robinson, Nebraska had one of these camps. By the end of the war, this camp consisted of 160 temporary buildings, and housed three … Continue reading

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Hedwig Rosenberg’s Persian Lamb Coat

The Nebraska History museum has a collection of clothing that spans almost 150 years. Some of these items have important stories to tell. Here is one of those stories. In the early years of the 1930s, life for Hedwig and … Continue reading

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The Military Career of Butler B. Miltonberger

Born in North Platte in 1897, Butler B. Miltonberger began his military service as a private in June of 1916, when the National Guard was mobilized during the Mexican border dispute. During World War I, Miltonberger fought with the 4th … Continue reading

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The Cadet Nurse Corps

 The U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps was created during World War II to help fill the home front nursing shortage in military and civilian hospitals, clinics, and public health services. In 1943 nursing schools around the country were invited to join … Continue reading

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The Nebraska Scrap Plan

The Nebraska State Historical Society recently acquired a set of Omaha World-Herald reprints containing photos and stories about the 1942 scrap drive sponsored by the newspaper.  Publisher of the World-Herald, Henry Doorly, came up with the idea of promoting a three-week … Continue reading

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G.I. Josephine

The Nebraska State Historical Society recently received a wonderful donation from the American Red Cross.  In addition to a scrapbook, photographs, and other documents, the Society received a skirt and field jacket covered in World War II badges and insignia, … Continue reading

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Help Your Government Fight Inflation!

Fighting inflation was one of the major goals of the Office of Price Administration (OPA) during and after World War II. Last summer we blogged about the ration books and stamps used during the war. Besides rationing, the major responsibility … Continue reading

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Charles “Mutt” Davison receives the Silver Star

Charles “Mutt” Davison, a Lincoln resident and former University of Nebraska football and basketball player, was awarded the Silver Star on May 21, 1945 for heroic conduct in action. Davison served with the 11th Armored Division in Germany during World … Continue reading

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