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Catalog Number 10387-22-(22)
Title Newspaper, Nebraska Scrap Plan
Object Name Newspaper
Description This is a newspaper reprint from the Omaha World Herald. At the top it says "The Nebraska "Scrap" Plan Sponsored by the Omaha World Herald News and Pictures Published August 8. Highlights include an article about women helping to dig for iron in the sandhills and another about a German cannon from the steps of the state house being scraped. This days paper also features a poem about the scrap drive by Olive H. Murtey from Weeping Water. Photographs include people standing around piles of scrap. One shows two Girl Scouts standing on a doorstep trying to encourage a housewife to donate more scrap. The other side features an article about Capt. Edward Ellsberg who guided efforts to raise a floating drylock that had been sunk by the Italians and abandoned by the British a year before. Another article talks about Wahoo women driving trucks and moving scrap along with men. One article features a letter from Eddie Jalen, County Commissioner and former member of the Omaha Baseball association, requesting Bosco the statue to be donated as scrap metal. Photographs include people with items to be scraped, a picture of Capt. Edward Ellsberg, and a picture of a German trench mortar being scraped.
Date 1942-08-8
Material paper (newsprint), ink
Made Omaha World Herald
Place of Origin USA: Nebraska (Douglas), Omaha
Height (in) 23
Width (in) 17
People Griswold, Dwight Palmer, 1893-1954
Event World War II
History This is part of a reprint of the Omaha World Herald that included a compilation of photos and stories about World War II scrap drive in Nebraska. Publisher of the World Herald, Henry Doorly, came up with the idea of promoting a three-week scrap drive in Nebraska to help the war effort. It was devised as a competition between counties, with the winning county receiving $2,000 put up by Doorly. Grant County won the contest, and Nebraskans contributed 67,000 tons of scrap. The World Herald won the Pulitzer Prize for community service. Doorly's "Nebraska Plan" gained national attention, and soon after the War Production Board devised a scrap competition between the states.
Collection Carter, John E.