WWII scrap drive
It was World War II and Americans were all involved. This is Main Street in Hazard, Kentucky. Citizens scoured the town and surrounding countryside looking for scrap metal that could be donated to the war effort. I was about 11 when this pictue was made and you can find me with a little effort. Locate the man in the overalls at the bottom of the picture. Ahead of him and to his left, there are three boys standing in a row on the curb. I am the one on this end wearing a dark sleevless sweater over a light-colored shirt.
The scrap metal was piled literally all the way around the court house. Trucks picked it up and hauled it across the river to be loaded on a train. It was taken to Pennsylvania and used to make steel for ships, tanks, and bombs. This was going on all over America, and must have had a part in winning the war.
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