1942: Portsmouth, Ohio, Bombarded

“Portsmouth retail stores joined thousands of others throughout the nation Wednesday in launching a month-long ‘Retailers for Victory’ campaign to sell war stamps and bonds.”

“While airplanes ‘bombarded’ the city with leaflets urging public support of the ‘bargain sale’, all commercial sales were halted in retail stores from noon to 12:15 PM and only war stamps and bonds were sold.”

“Throngs of shoppers were jammed in the stores at the time as first-of-the-month shopping was carried on.”1

Actual flyer that was dropped onto Portsmouth, Ohio, on July 1, 1942.

  1. Stores Launch Victory Sale. (1942, July 2). Portsmouth Times, p. 1.
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