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1944 A Leatherneck Looks at Life Book and WWII Era Homefront Magazines
Today I'm offering a 1944 A Leatherneck Looks at Life Book and Four Home Front Magazines dated 1942, 1944, and 1945. I'm proud to offer these to whoever purchases them to read and learn a little about what "The Greatest Generation" contributed to keep our country free and those who served in our Armed Forces. All five items are listed and described below along with the condition of each item:
1.) A soft cover book titled "A Leatherneck Looks at Life" by Lt. Cornelius Vanderbreggen, Jr., Dutch-American Second Lieutenant, United States Marines. This book is a 1st Edition, copyright 1944, by the Morning Cheer Ministry Office, 1511 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa. He was a 2nd Lt. in the Marine Corps during WWII and subsequently became a missionary. The 183 pages are clean and bright. The book measures 5 1/4" x 7 1/2". This is the story of a marine's journey to find everlasting peace which he finally finds in Jesus. On September 6, 1938, he set sail for Holland and spent the next 12 months there before the outbreak of war spread all thru Europe. He found a lifetime of peace and joy and memorable companionship while in Holland before serving in the Marines during WWII.
**Condition of A Leatherneck Looks at Life Book: The covers are in fair condition with normal surface wear, corner bumps, a 3” wide x 1 ½” long stain on the front cover, multiple tan stains on the back cover, and a crease mark at the top right front corner. The inside pages are in good condition with a gray stain on the first 4 inside pages. The rest of the pages are clean and bright.
Note: The next four items are wonderful pieces of WWII memorabilia and are considered one of the greatest WWII publications in America during WWII. These quality monthly magazines called "Homefront" were sent to area veterans of Bangor, Pa., and Vets who lived in surrounding towns during World War II.
Officially recognized as the only wartime publication of its kind, it was founded by J. Horace and Mona L. Strunk of Bangor, Pa. Homefront Magazine was a positive morale booster to our troops and there was no telling how much it meant to our men and women at a time when they were far away fighting to preserve our freedom and our way of life. This magazine provides an unequaled view showing what life was like in a typical small American town during the 1940's and the sacrifices that were made by all members of the Armed Forces and The Greatest Generation to keep America free. All four magazines are in near mint condition. The magazines measure 8" x 11". Listed below is each magazine and some of their contents:
1. "Homefront" Magazine from September, 1942, Volume 1, Number 8, which was titled "The Prayer Edition". This magazine has 35 pages packed with photos of local members of the Armed Forces and all kinds of hometown activities that made this magazine so special.
2. "Homefront" Magazine from Christmas of 1942, Volume 1, Number II, which was the First Christmas Edition with our sons, fathers, and loved ones far away from family and friends. This very special Christmas Edition has 47 pages packed with photos and stories that I'm sure brightened the lives of those who were serving overseas and based somewhere in the United States.
3. "Homefront" Magazine, the Easter Edition, from March, 1944, Volume 3, Number 2. This is a wonderful issue filled with thoughts and love from family and friends who sent prayers to loved ones on this joyful Easter morning. This issue has 59 pages that will fill your heart with a warm feeling and tears of joy for the members of the Armed Forces.
4. "Homefront" Magazine from May, 1945, Volume 4, Number 4, which "Gives a Tribute to Mom and Easter" and with the end of WWII just a short time away this is one of the last issues published. The Homefront Magazine is highly collectible and sought after by collectors of WWII hometown memorabilia.
The Homefront Magazine is proudly displayed in the Pennsylvania State Museum, the Ernie Pyle Museum, the Army Air Forces Historical Association, and local Pennsylvania libraries. In books titled "I'll Be Home For Christmas" and the "Library of Congress Revisits the Spirit of Christmas During World War II" the Homefront is mentioned in both books.
When Mr. and Mrs. Strunk wanted to try and keep in touch with loved ones and at the same time give them up to date news from home, well they created a very special magazine that kept members of the Armed Forces in contact with loved ones and hometown events while being away from home and fighting for our freedom.
All I can say is that you will fall in love with The Homefront Magazines and cherish them forever. A gift for maybe someone who served or grew up during WWII. God Bless our past and current Vets and never forget "The Greatest Generation". Please pray for our country!
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