There is one front and one battle where everyone in the United States—every man, woman, and child—is in action and will be privileged to remain in action throughout this war. That front is right here at home, in our daily lives and in our daily tasks. Here at home everyone will have the privilege of making whatever self-denial is necessary, not only to supply our fighting men, but to keep the economic structure of our country fortified and secure during the war and after the war.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s radio broadcast to the nation, April 28, 1942

Monday, April 25, 2011

Savings Stamps



Sometimes little sisters
can be annoying.
Take my sister, Jeanne.
Each Monday, everyone
brings money to school
to buy savings stamps.
Jeanne wanted to
buy stamps, too.
Father gave her 15¢.
On the way to school
she lost it!
The next week Mother
tied 15¢ in a corner of
Jeanne’s handkerchief.
When she got to school,
the teacher untied the knot
and Jeanne bought a 15¢ stamp.
She put the stamp in
her shoe to keep it safe.
On the way home,
Jeanne stepped in a mudhole.
I wonder if President Roosevelt
has a little sister? If so,
he’ll understand why it’s
going to take Jeanne a while
to fill her stamp book.

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Photo courtesy Library of Congress. Poster courtesy Northwestern University Library.