The WACO Word was published by the WACO (Weaver Aircraft Company) of Troy, Ohio as a company newsletter. This issue, dated December 1943, demonstrates the impact of World War II on Americans' celebration of the Christmas holiday season.
This photograph shows comedian Bob Hope at a special show for U.S. troops in Vietnam on Christmas Day, 1972. Dolores Hope is with the audience in the second photograph. The show also featured Delores Hope, Redd Fox, and Lola Falana. The photographs were taken by John Hill, a native of Tiffin, Ohio who was stationed in South Vietnam from 1971 to 1973.
World War II Soldiers Celebrating Christmas Photograph
This photograph shows soldiers of the 37th Infantry Division celebrating Christmas, probably at Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea, in 1943. The 37th served in the Pacific theater during World War II under the command of Major General Robert Beightler. Known as the "Buckeye" Division, it was one of the most highly-decorated National Guard units in World War II. Seventeen Medals of Honor were awarded to National Guard troops during the war, and seven of them went to members of the 37th.
State Auto Insurance Building Christmas Lights Photographs
This December 1969 photograph shows the State Auto Insurance Company's holiday display at the company's building on East Broad Street and Washington Avenue in Columbus, Ohio. State Auto is known for its lavish holiday displays, including a life-size nativity scene.
Getting ready for Christmas at the U.S. First Marine Aircraft Base (K-3) in Pohang Dong, Korea, 1953. PFC Petrucci had gone on leave to Japan to buy a quantity of decorations for inside the Personnel office. He also brought back some liquor, that was wrapped with presents, without realizing this was a serious infraction. It brought great seasonal joy to his bunk mates, however.
Santa Delivers Presents to Sleeping Children Advertisement
This image of Santa Claus bringing mittens to sleeping children decorated an advertising card for Star soap, made by Schultz Co. in Zanesville, Ohio, circa 1890-1900. The back of the card includes an advertisement for Star soap.