Thursday, December 2, 2021

Historic Moments from Coronado: 1940-1950

1942 AWVS

1940-1950

With so many local men off to serve our country, women took on organizing efforts for supplies and funds during the war years including scrap drives, setting up safety homes, raising money for hospitals, and finding ways to cut expenses for families. The American Women’s Voluntary Services (A.W.V.S.) was founded nearly two years before the attack on Pearl Harbor. It was the largest women’s service organization in the country during WWII. Based on a similar British organization, the A.W.V.S. provided a broad range of services to the armed forces throughout the war. This meeting of several officers of the Coronado branch was likely taken in 1944. Left to right: Mrs. Tom Peck, Mrs. Donald Spicer, Mrs. Lefta Labby, Miss Marcia Warren, Mrs. Patterson (first chairman) and Mrs. W.W. Crosby. The woman who is not in uniform, 3rd from the left in the photo, is Emma Jessop Scripps.

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World War II Scrap Metal Drive in a park on the corner of Palm and D Avenue. Students and local families donated scrap to be converted to war weapons.

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The 125th year anniversary of the incorporation of Coronado as a city is an opportunity to learn more about our history as a community. We will post a few interesting moments of the past 125 years along with some interesting historical photographs from the archives of the Coronado Historical Association, the Coronado Public Library, and the Kingston Trio Legacy Project. Thanks to these organizations and to Susan Enowitz, coordinator of this project, along with Mary Beth Dodson. 



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Susan Enowitz
The 125th year anniversary of the incorporation of Coronado as a city is an opportunity to learn more about our history as a community. We will post a few interesting moments of the past 125 years along with some interesting historical photographs from the archives of the Coronado Historical Association, the Coronado Public Library, and the Kingston Trio legacy Project. Thanks to these organizations and to Susan Enowitz, coordinator of this project, along with Mary Beth Dodson.
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