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Ann Sothern made a Victory Garden of the dog’s runway


Movie Stars 1943

By Jessie Henderson
Fun on The Farm
Photoplay Magazine 1943

Ann Sothern made a Victory Garden of the dog’s runway, exercising the dog herself to compensate for swiping his playground. To top off, she planted a row of corn around the wall of her house. The stalks grew and grew till they durn nigh reached the second story, a magnificent sight. But they never had any corn on them. Too late, someone told Ann that, to get corn, you have to plant at least two rows in order to let the pollen flit back and forth. Nature’s so cute!

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November 19, 2014   No Comments

Actress Margaret Sullivan in her Victory Garden 1943


Margaret Brooke Sullavan (1909 – 1960) was an American stage and film actress.

Sullavan began her career onstage in 1929. In 1933 she caught the attention of movie director John M. Stahl and had her debut on the screen that same year in Only Yesterday. Sullavan preferred working on the stage and made only 16 movies, four of which were opposite James Stewart in a popular partnership. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Three Comrades (1938). She retired from the screen in the early forties, but returned in 1950 to make her last movie, No Sad Songs for Me (1950), in which she played a woman who was dying of cancer. For the rest of her career she would only appear on the stage.

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November 18, 2014   No Comments

Victory Gardener – Martha O’Driscoll found she owned a travelling garden


Movie Stars – 1943

By Jessie Henderson
Fun on The Farm
Photoplay Magazine 1943

Martha O’Driscoll found she owned a travelling garden. It moved, by itself, an eighth of a mile. Martha had planted the seeds with her own rosy fingers, but she planted them only half an inch deep and forgot that her land sloped downward. Come a brisk downpour. Martha’s garden washed out, every bit of it, into the ravine across the way.

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Deanna Durbin grew beets so big she had to dig’em up with a shovel – Victory Gardener


1943 Canadian born movie star

By Jessie Henderson
Fun on The Farm
Photoplay Magazine 1943

With gardeners gone to war, the stars are having as tough a tussle over their Victory farms as any other amateurs.

A record even for Hollywood! Deanna Durbin grew beets so big she had to dig’em up with a shovel. Into the beet bed, she put a quantity of new fangled fertilizer, and she’d no more than turned her back, when bam! five-inch beets were all over the place. Not but what as a rule you could pick up a five-inch wide beet with the naked hand, but the soil in Deanna’s yard is adobe. Pulling a five-inch beet out of it is like pulling a bowling ball out of cement.

November 16, 2014   No Comments

Victory Gardener – Ray Milland raised Buff Orpingtons


Movie Stars – 1943

By Jessie Henderson
Fun on The Farm
Photoplay Magazine 1943

Ray Milland raises Buff Orpingtons in solitary confinement (the hens, not Milland.) He sells the eggs and fryers to Hedy Lamar ‘for cash’ and puts the cash in a piggy bank for the baby’s War Bonds. Comes so much as a yip from a hen in her solitary, sanitary sound-proofed nest unit, and Milland gallops out to collect the egg from “Alice” or “Rita” or “Bette” and has frequently been soundly pecked for his trouble.

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November 16, 2014   No Comments

Actress Jean Arthur and her blouse promote Victory Gardens


How can we find that blouse!?

From Wiki:

Jean Arthur (October 17, 1900 – June 19, 1991) was an American actress and a major film star of the 1930s and 1940s.

Arthur had feature roles in three Frank Capra films: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), You Can’t Take It With You (1938), and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), films that championed the “everyday heroine.” Arthur was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1944 for her performance in The More the Merrier (1943).

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Janet Gaynor has a flock of ducks – Victory Gardener


Movie Stars 1943

By Jessie Henderson
Fun on The Farm
Photoplay Magazine 1943

Everything on Janet Gaynor’s table, except the bread, comes from her tiny Victory farm. Besides the vegetables and fruit – name your favourite, she’s sure to have it– Janet has acquired a flock of quacks ducks.

For milk, as well as for laughs, she bought several goats, too. And the ducks have nothing on the goats, either because – the wonders of science or something – these are smell-less nannies.

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November 15, 2014   No Comments

1945 – Modern Farmer ‘looks in’ on Cleveland’s Victory Garden

cleveVictClick on image for larger file.

A Wartime Public Service

“What’s the cause cucumbers wilt?” “Should my tomatoes be mulched?” Cleveland’s Victory Gardeners pitch eager questions and Jim Chapman answers from nine years of experience in farm broadcasting.

Another example of WTAM’s timely community service. Another big reason why WTAM is fist in listening audience day and night and first in program popularity polls too.

November 14, 2014   No Comments

Victory Gardener Actress Faye Emerson – prize cabbages –1944


Faye Emerson proudly displays a prize cabbage from her Victory Garden.

Faye Margaret Emerson (July 8, 1917 – March 9, 1983) was an American film actress and television interviewer known as “The First Lady of Television.” Beginning in 1941, she acted in many Warner Brothers films. In 1944, she played one of her more memorable roles as Zachary Scott’s former wife in The Mask of Dimitrios. She was also notable for being the third wife of presidential son Elliott Roosevelt from 1944 to 1950.

November 14, 2014   No Comments

1943 Seagram’s Five Crown Whiskey Victory Garden Advertisement with King George VI

1943 Seagram's Five Crown Whiskey print ad Victory Garden WWII with King George VI

With hoes and rakes
We’ve done what it takes
To keep our production unswerving

And now as we plan
To ‘can what we can’
It’s freedom itself we’re preserving!

November 12, 2014   No Comments

1945 Film: ‘As Ye Sow’ a Victory Garden film

In ‘As Ye Sow’, Mr. Bergmann has taken a trite subject and has given to it a freshness and a touch of fun; these frame enlargements illustrate sequences that the author describes.

Amateur film [unknown location]

By Walter Bergmann, ALC
In Movie Makers
Magazine of the Amateur Cinema League, Inc
July 1945


‘As Ye Sow’ was a Victory Garden picture made to end all Victory Garden pictures. There is every reason to believe that it has accomplished this purpose as far as I’m concerned.

Putting it briefly, the story centers around two main characters. Mr. A. Willing Worker and Mr. Adam Shirker, who are next door neighbours in a small suburban community, and it has for scenic background their Victory Gardens.

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November 12, 2014   No Comments

1943 Mae West Movie – Victor Moore sings ‘Victory Garden’ song

From the movie ‘The Heat’s On’ 1943

“The way my peas grow littler
You’d think I’d worked for Hitler”

Song sung by Victor Moore (1876- 1962) who
wore a ‘Gardening for Victory’ apron.

“I’ve always tried to be a good American
And when this country went to war
The corner grocer told me
I ought to be a farmer in my own back yard

“And as I struggled from the store
With all the seeds he’d sold me
He said, don’t worry pard
It really isn’t hard

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‘Roddy’ Victory Garden Cartoon – 1943


Green Hornet Comics #14
September 1943
Pencils: Jourdain

An obscure cartoon within a popular ‘Green Hornet’ issue. See the one page comic on the next page.

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‘Smitty’ Rooftop Victory Garden – 1942


Four page story!

“Ah! A letter for me!!”
Script, Pencils, Inks: Walter Berndt
Characters: Smitty; Mr. Bailey; Herby
Four Color (1942 Series)
(Must see. Mike)

Mr. Bailey puts in a Victory Garden on the roof of his office building. Later Herby tries to get up the nerve to buy a war stamp from a booth and get a kiss from a girl he likes.

“It’s a Victory Garden. Everybody’s doing something to help these days. Every little bit helps. I’ve got carrots, peas, onions, corn, all the good vegetables growing.”

See four full pages of the comix over the page.

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1943 – Victory Gardens in Greater New York


“In the closely built areas, particularly in Manhattan, Victory Gardens are out of the question. The return from gardens on roofs is not worth the trouble and expense involved and the raising of vegetables in water culture is not practical for the novice.”

By New York State College of Agriculture
16 pages


The Victory Garden program is for the production of vegetables as a source of vitamins. In 1942 the Victory Garden Program was well underway in rural areas. In 1943 these gardens are still more necessary and the city dweller becomes an additional producer of foods where transportation is not a problem and packages are not needed. Victory gardens represent a patriotic effort as well as insurance against a shortage of vegetables which are need for health.

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