Helping on the Home Front

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The collection of scrap metal, rubber, and other materials during World War II offered children the chance to contribute to the war effort.

Helping on the Home Front

Numerous scrap drives were held during World War II; the scrap metal, rags and rubber were recycled to use for the war effort. In Dover, the drives were called "Salvage for Victory" and the first one held was on June 11, 1942. Ten tons of metal, 1,000 pounds of rubber and 1,500 pounds of rags were collected, altogether during the duration; 2500 to 4000 tons of scrap was collected.

This photograph is part of the Delaware in World War II collection. The collection represents a wide range of activities in Delaware during the war. More than twenty-five percent of it deals with Dover Air force Base, New Castle Army Air Base, Fort du Pont, Fort Miles and Edgemore Coast Guard Base. Civilian war activities include war loan drives, Victory Gardens, civilian defense, industry, salvage drives, Red Cross, U.S.O. and celebration of the war’s end. There is also a section that deals with everyday life in Delaware; especially in Wilmington and includes the Swedish Tercentenary and the crash of St. George’s Bridge.