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Catalog Number 10387-22-(5)
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 7" Highlights include a list of the scrap totals by county. There is a photo of Chadron Boy Scouts collecting scrap, and a group of Wauneta youth on top of a scrap pile with a flag. An article about Knox County tells how dump wagons were burned to salvage metal. Omaha was to burn 25 pianos at a celebratory bonfire at the conclusion of the scrap drive. Another article says that children brought 75 tons of scrap to Omaha theaters. There is also a photo of a Minden canon that was to be scrapped. The reverse side has many photos including a marching band leading a get-out-the-scrap parade in South Omaha. Two little girls pose with a baby buggy full of scrap. Parts of an old Elk City bridge were also scrapped.
Date 1942-08-07
Material paper (newsprint), ink
Made Omaha World Herald
Place of Origin USA: Nebraska (Douglas), Omaha
Height (in) 23
Width (in) 17
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.