I am getting a jump start on spring cleaning.  Good thing because it will take me until fall to finish at the rate I am going.  I hit a stumbling block when I chanced upon a 1943 high school newspaper.

          I don’t know what the average typing speed is today on computers,  but in 1943, there was an item giving the stats on the top four sophomore students in typing class.  Note: no electric typewriters – but manuals.  Royal and Smith Corona .  Top speedster was a gal who typed 42 words per minute, followed by two gals and one male, typing in the mid 30’s wpm range.

          An interview with the new small town postmaster during WWII revealed that she was extremely pleased she had passed the Civil Service Exam to become our postmaster.  She said the Christmas rush was on, but that was good because it helped support the postal service.  A 3-cent stamp was all it took to mail a letter.  Letters to our servicemen added to the volume of mail.  To avoid sabotage, it was necessary to inspect all packages going to our servicemen.  

          The musical instrument, the cornet, was another feature.

          Quoting from the piece, “The instrument that blew down the walls of Jericho , was known as the trumpet.  It started out as a lowly cow’s horn,”

          Royalty were the only ones permitted to listen to this instrument.   In the 17th century, holes were added and then keys and piston valves and it became known as the cornet.  Its great granddaddy was called the zinke.  A search did not yield verification of this last item.

          High drama occurred during a blizzard causing a power outage as the local doctor was removing a young man’s appendix.  With the aid of a flashlight and a gas lamp, the operation continued successfully and the patient lived to tell about it.

          Under the sub-head, “Girls wear strange trinkets,” I found the following news:

          One young girl wore a necklace of nuts, by boring holes in chestnuts and stringing them together.

          Another had strung pumpkin seeds with the tips painted red with fingernail polish, while another had three chicken wings strung together.

          “Years ago we never heard of such things,” an older person was heard to remark.  What would they say now about piercing various parts of the anatomy such  as lips, eyebrows and  tongues and wearing jewelry there?  Not to mention tattoos!

 

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