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levisgrammy
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Denise Thompson
NJ
USA
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Posted - Oct 20 2019 :  06:29:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This poster was in the bathroom at the diner where we stopped last night. Thought it was pretty awesome. I knew about Victory Gardens but had never heard of the Women's Land Army.



~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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LadyInRed
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PeggyAnn
Vancouver WA
USA
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Posted - Oct 20 2019 :  11:31:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Denise...I have seen that Poster before and I think it was on a little Victory Garden Booklet that used to be passed
out to every household. And I have read stories about that time period and what the women at home did when the
men inlisted. They ran the Nation, from doing all the men's jobs to doing these at home gardens. It was pretty
impressive. Thanks for sharing this with us Farmgirls. Many of our younger women may not know much about that time
period.

Love, Hugs and Hard Working Women,
Peggy

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Edited by - LadyInRed on Oct 20 2019 11:33:11 AM
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StitchinWitch
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Judith
Galt CA
USA
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Posted - Oct 20 2019 :  11:40:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I believe the Land Army originated in England during WWII and the idea migrated here. There is a series on Netflix called "Land Girls" about an English farm. When I was small we had a victory garden in a vacant lot down the street from the apartment we lived in. My first pet, a garden snail named Aloysius, came from there. The apartment didn't allow children or pets but made allowances for wartime. I don't think they knew about the snail.

Judith

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levisgrammy
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Denise Thompson
NJ
USA
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Posted - Oct 20 2019 :  4:37:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I didn't get the idea that this was the same as Victory gardens. I think it was done separately somewhere. Possibly on farms like you mentioned Judith.

I'm glad the snail made you happy and that they didn't know about it.

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

http://www.ladybugsandlilacs.blogspot.com/
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Red Tractor Girl
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Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
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Posted - Oct 20 2019 :  5:11:11 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Women's Land Army idea originated in England in WWI. It was an effort to keep the nation in food because the Germans had an embargo around the country making it tricky to receive non- military supplies like food items. When the US entered WWI in 2017, the same idea was adopted here in the US. It was pushed back strongly by the White House and men in general because they couldn't grasp that women would be doing a "man's job". Some farmers even refused their help, but those that did saved crops and planted new ones and helped keep families in food until the war was over. I found a book on Ebay about the WLA effort in American for WWI and reading it is just so interesting. Remember m women weren't even allowed to vote until 1920, so this effort was really quite brave and extraordinary given the times. The training they received and experience they gained , allowed some women to become independent farmers on their own, which was a totally new concept to American ideas of where the woman's place was in society. The White House and Congress pushed back on funding the WLA effort but finally helped out right before the end of the war. Many farms, where the WLA were able to help, kept the farms working and saved the owners from losing everything. Most of the WLA were young women, unmarried, who wanted to really "do their bit" to help win the war. They wanted something more tangible than knitting sweaters for men or folding bandages with the Red Cross Programs. It was remarkable how these young women pushed and kept strong until they were able to get the training and funding needed to do the work, There are several BBC programs that highlight these efforts and I know of one that is available on Netflix, if you get that option on your TV. Check it out! It is fascinating!!



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Red Tractor Girl
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quiltee
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Linda
Lone Oak TX
USA
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Posted - Oct 20 2019 :  5:26:07 PM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
This sounds very interesting. Good job, ladies!

Farmgirl hugs,
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Linda O
Lone Oak, TX

"Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly . . . on a broomstick - we're flexible, like that."
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HollerGirl56
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Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
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Posted - Oct 22 2019 :  11:31:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love these old posters ladies. I have several old WWII magazines in the attic and I sure knew about Victory Gardens. Never heard of the Women's Land Army. My husband studies the civil war and we both study WWII---Anne Frank has influenced my world since eighth grade, I had two uncles and a stepfather in WWII---my father had a heart condition and could not go, He died of a heart stack in 1962. I truly love to go up in the attic and look at those old magazines. What brave wonderful people! And my family grew their own food and supplied food to other people--as farmers they never knew the pain of the war---although two sons were in it---they came back safe.

Old Age Ain't No Place For Sissies!------Bette Davis
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