Scrap Drive During WW II

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Record 755/959
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Description Gelatin print of a scrap aluminum drive in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, during World War II.
Event World War II
Medium Photographic Paper
Notes Gelatin print of a scrap aluminum drive in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, during World War II.

A national aluminum drive was held from July 21-25, 1941. The city of Oshkosh was selected to be the drop of center for all of Winnebago County, all material was collected and dropped off at the corner of Jackson & Church St., the day picked to start collecting was to be on the 24th, so on the 24th at 8:00 am church bells rang and factory whistles blew and the drive was officially started. The aluminum was dropped off from July 25-26 and the scrap trucked in from the surrounding communities was given a police escort. During the day people were entertained by the Eagles band and a community sing-a-along. A total of 14,880 pounds of aluminum was collected in Winnebago Co., it was trucked to Green Bay, from July 29 - August 5, in eight truck loads. The state of Wisconsin totaled 466,339 pounds of scrap aluminum.

J. F. Shea - County Board Chairman
George F. Oaks - Oshkosh Mayor
Edwin A. Kalfahs - Neenah Mayor
William W. Jensen - Menasha Mayor

Executive Committee:
J. F. Shea - Pickett
Norton Williams - Neenah
Armin Weber - Menasha
Oscar. J. Hardy - Oshkosh
Robert H. Downs - Oshkosh

Object ID p2005.24.93
Object Name Print, Photographic
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 4 1/8" x 2 3/8"
Subjects World War II
Scrap drives
Oshkosh Public Museum
Church Avenue
Title Scrap Drive During WW II
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