\ The World War II Photo of the Day


   8.19.2004


ENLARGE THE PHOTO


Ready for the Blackout!
uncredited photo, dated December 19, 1941

A San Francisco, California mom — with her little girl in tow — shops for blackout material 12 days after the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor and less than a week before Christmas 1941. The shop window displays white sand in bags for use in putting out a fire, black paint with brush, and black tar paper insulation. Note the flag in the window — American was mobilizing for war and patriotism was running high.

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