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Dig for victory: vegetable growing during WWII in pics

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undergAn employee of London Underground and a companion tending cabbages in a field beside South Harrow Station, September 1939.

17 great photos from The Telegram

Excerpts from comments on the site:

My Mother at 14 at the end of WWII was sent as a Landgirl to Sommerset from South East England.She remembers the Prisoners of war working in adjacent fields and there was strict no contact between the two groups.It is estimated that when Churchill talked the Wartime Cabinet to continue fighting the wwII after Dunkirk and the fall of France there was only 6 weeks reserves of food in Britain and start of starvation,and the Battle of the Atlantic was fierce 1940-1941. Yep they were sure rolling the dice and gambling with all the average peoples lives.

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June 11, 2016   Comments Off on Dig for victory: vegetable growing during WWII in pics

Cotswold Club 1944 – Growing their own, the Village Produce Association during WW2

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Rare 12 minute film.

There’s even a role for the children in bringing up the rabbits for food too!

Director: Charles de Lautour
United Kingdom 1944
Strand Film Company
Ministry of Information for Ministry of Agriculture
Donald Taylor, Edgar Anstey

If you can’t buy it, why not grow it yourself? If you’ve too much, then why not sell at the village produce stall? With WWII in full swing and many foods rationed, the Village Produce Association comes into its own in this film shot in the Cotswold village of Somerton, Oxfordshire.

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June 6, 2016   Comments Off on Cotswold Club 1944 – Growing their own, the Village Produce Association during WW2

Rare UK video, 1942: Greenford and Northolt Dig for Victory Campaign

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From the plot to the pot

(Must see. Mike)

The Chairman of the Allotment Gardens Committee
Councillor A. J. Johnson
1942

Take up your trowels! During WWII, Britain’s food imports were severely restricted and local councils across the country commandeered public and private land for the growing of vegetables and crops. Here, an Ealing councillor implores local residents to take on an allotment to help feed the nation. ‘Dig for Victory’ was one of the war’s most iconic and successful mass publicity campaigns.

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June 2, 2016   Comments Off on Rare UK video, 1942: Greenford and Northolt Dig for Victory Campaign

‘Guinness For Strength’ Advertising

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Excerpt from Victoria and Albert Museum

Advertising of Guinness began on a national scale in 1929, through the advertising agency S. H. Benson. The collaboration between the copy-writer R. A. Bevan (son of the painter Robert Bevan), the art director Dicky Richards, and the artist John Gilroy, resulted in some of the most memorable posters ever produced. During Gilroy’s long association with Arthur Guinness Son & Co. Ltd., he invented the famous Guinness menagerie of toucans, seals, ostriches, camels, giraffes, etc. – based on studies he made at the zoo.

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June 1, 2016   Comments Off on ‘Guinness For Strength’ Advertising

Actress Gene Tierney grew turnips and spinach – Victory Gardener

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Movie Stars – 1943

By Jessie Henderson
Fun on The Farm
Photoplay Magazine 1943

Turnips and spinach, of all unlikely things, are what Gene Tierney raises, with the help of a part-time gardener, on her Victory acre. Gene acquired her taste for turnips in “Tobacco Road” and now she devours them raw or cooked and says they taste a bit like apples. She goes for fresh spinach salad quite as eagerly. From her twelve hens, sturdy Plymouth Rocks, Gene gets enough eggs for her kitchen and her friends ‘and’ a weekly angel-food cake that goes to the Hollywood canteen.

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December 6, 2014   Comments Off on Actress Gene Tierney grew turnips and spinach – Victory Gardener

Mary Astor has a window box full of carrots and beets – Victory Gardener

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Movie Stars 1943

By Jessie Henderson
Fun on The Farm
Photoplay Magazine 1943

Mary Astor has gone so garden-minded that she has even planted onions between the calla blossoms in the lily bed. At every window, also, she has a window box full of carrots and beets; their foliage by the way, is most effective, and what a convenience to reach forth hungrily in the night and grab a square mealy the roots from the bedroom casement.

Around every tree on the lawn, instead of petunias, Mary has vegetables. Also, as she lately discovered, she has half the horned toads of the county, basking in delight in the shade of the Swiss chard. Mary, who squeals at the sight of an ant!

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December 2, 2014   Comments Off on Mary Astor has a window box full of carrots and beets – Victory Gardener

Don Ameche has two cows – Victory Farmer

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Movie Stars 1943

Photoplay Magazine 1943

Fun on The Farm
By Jessie Henderson

With gardeners gone to war, the stars are having as tough a tussle over their Victory farms as any other amateurs. They have the carrots and calluses, beets and boners, to prove it.

Don Ameche hasn’t a big Victory Garden because it’s difficult to obtain help. But he does have a flock of chickens, two cows, and four young Ameches who get away with most of the product of same. The cows are a new item and Don is very proud of them – but it’s Mrs. Ameche who does the milking.

Don wants to learn but they decided he’d better learn on somebody else’s cows; because if a cow isn’t milked right, we won’t give, and who wants a cow merely as a pet.

November 29, 2014   Comments Off on Don Ameche has two cows – Victory Farmer

Nancy Coleman’s tomato plant went berserk with fruit – Victory Gardener

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Movie Stars 1943

By Jessie Henderson
Fun on The Farm
Photoplay Magazine 1943

On the day Nancy Coleman found she was to be a star, she bought a house and an acre of land in the Valley. It’s near the homes of Marsha Hunt and Richard Carlson. To greet their fellow actor, they each sent her a gift, with a card that said, “Welcome, Neighbour!”

From the Carlson home came a tomato plant; from Marsha Hunt lettuce seeds. The tomato plant went berserk with fruit (or is it vegetables?), till one day it broke in two from the weight of its yield – Nancy knowing naught about propping it up with sticks. The lettuce seeds, to the surprise of Nancy and Marsha both, turned into virulent weeds with yellow flowers.

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November 24, 2014   Comments Off on Nancy Coleman’s tomato plant went berserk with fruit – Victory Gardener

Actress Barbara Stanwyck gardens from daybreak to backbreak – Victory Gardener

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While husband Robert Taylor is serving with the US Naval Air Corps, Barbara Stanwyck reads. Click on image for larger file.

Movie Stars – 1943

By Jessie Henderson
Fun on The Farm
Photoplay Magazine 1943

It’s remarkable that the stars, with picture work and war work, find time for garden work at all. Somebody asked Barbara Stanwyck, a girl who largely by her own efforts has wrung from the soil a neat little harvest and some of the biggest cutworms in California – ‘when’ she found leisure to do it.

“Oh,” Barbara replied, “I work from daybreak to backbreak!”

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November 21, 2014   Comments Off on Actress Barbara Stanwyck gardens from daybreak to backbreak – Victory Gardener

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

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

Actress Margaret Sullivan in her Victory Garden 1943

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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   Comments Off on Actress Margaret Sullivan in her Victory Garden 1943

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

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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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November 17, 2014   Comments Off on Victory Gardener – Martha O’Driscoll found she owned a travelling garden

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

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

Victory Gardener – Ray Milland raised Buff Orpingtons

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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   Comments Off on Victory Gardener – Ray Milland raised Buff Orpingtons

Actress Jean Arthur and her blouse promote Victory Gardens

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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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November 15, 2014   Comments Off on Actress Jean Arthur and her blouse promote Victory Gardens