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War Scrapbook Page 9

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War Scrapbook Page 8

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War Scrapbook Page 7

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War Scrapbook Page 6

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War Scrapbook Page 5

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War Scrapbook Page 4

This page and tomorrow’s are FDR trying to explain the Axis threat to a US public that was not unanimously behind him – he had just won the third term of his presidency with 55% of the popular vote. As you can tell from his speech, many Americans wanted to stay out of the war and figured the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans were enough of a buffer to provide safety, and FDR wanted to disabuse them of such notions.

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War Scrapbook Page 3

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War Scrapbook Page 2

page of war scrapbook

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War Scrapbook Page 1

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War Scrapbook Inside Front Cover

Photo of scrapbook page

My grandpa seems to have a thing for Teddy Roosevelt.

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The Sankey War Scrapbooks

When World War Two broke out in Europe, my father, Tom Sankey Jr., was a six-year-old living in Racine, Wisconsin. His father (can you guess his name?) worked at the local newspaper, the Racine Journal Times (which still exists).

Despite Tom Jr.’s youth, in 1940, he and his dad began a scrapbook of war-related articles that they continued at least until 1942 – the year after the US entered the war. Here they are, the two I have, which came to light when we were sorting through some of his stuff after his death. I’m not sure if they continued past ’42 and the journals are missing, or if these are the sum total. Regardless, they’re quite something.

Now, I don’t bring these out now because I feel that era matches ours. Perhaps it does, but that’s not the reason. I’ve been meaning to do it for some time. I see in these scrapbooks something of what I do, on this site. Clearly I come from a long line of news hounds.

I’m going to post these page by page, one a day (ish). An archive of them will live here. If you want to follow an RSS feed of the Sankey War Scrapbooks, that’s right here.

The Dutch Town of Houten Is a Case Study in Bike-Friendly Suburban Planning

Bike friendly without being car-unfriendly.

Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety in Toronto (PDF)

Some fascinating data here.

  <ul>        <li>the rates for major and fatal injuries among pedestrians and cyclists are the same (cyclists have more collisions but they are less likely to be serious)</li>      <li>84% and 87% of pedestrian and cyclist injuries and fatalities occur on arterial roads</li>      <li>two thirds of collisions occur in intersections</li>        <li>sharrows are useless</li>       <li>in two thirds of collisions with pedestrians, they had the right of way</li>    </ul>