History

7:45am

Fri December 28, 2012
Planet Money

A Hitler-Themed Piggy Bank, And Other Ways The U.S. Sold War Bonds

Thomas Lamb's "Adolph the Pig." The message scribbled on top reads "Save for Victory and Make Him Squeal."
Courtesy of the Museum of World War II, Boston. On display at the WWII & NYC exhibit, New-York Historical Society.

Wars are expensive, and governments have always borrowed money to fight them. But it wasn't until the 20th century — the age of advertising — that governments started using war as a marketing tool to encourage citizens to buy government bonds.

To raise money for World War I, the U.S. government issued "Liberty Bonds," and launched an ad campaign full of dramatic, frightening posters.

For World War II, the government ditched the "liberty" euphemism and got straight to the point. It issued "war bonds," which were accompanied by a massive promotional campaign.

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2:14am

Tue December 25, 2012
Middle East

Dig Finds Evidence Of Pre-Jesus Bethlehem

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 5:13 am

The Israel Antiquities Authority says archeologists have found the oldest artifact that bears the inscription of Bethlehem, a 2,700-year-old clay seal with the name of Jesus' traditional birthplace.
AP

Thousands of Christian pilgrims streamed into Bethlehem Monday night to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It's the major event of the year in that West Bank town. But Israeli archaeologists now say there is strong evidence that Christ was born in a different Bethlehem, a small village in the Galilee.

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4:48am

Sun December 23, 2012
History

Students Crack Code Of Rhode Island Founder

Originally published on Sun December 23, 2012 10:41 am

Transcript

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3:28pm

Thu December 20, 2012
The Picture Show

'Miss Subways': A Trip Back In Time To New York's Melting Pot

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 5:13 pm

Selsey was Miss Subways January-March 1964
Courtesy of Fiona Gardner

For more than 35 years, riders on the New York City subways and buses during their daily commute were graced with posters of beaming young women. While the women featured in each poster — all New Yorkers — were billed as "average girls," they were also beauty queens in the nation's first integrated beauty contest: Miss Subways, selected each month starting in 1941 by the public and professionally photographed by the country's leading modeling agency.

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2:35pm

Wed December 19, 2012
Shots - Health News

How The U.S. Stopped Malaria, One Cartoon At A Time

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 11:28 am

The U.S. Army distributed a monthly pinup calendar to GIs, which encouraged them to protect themselves from malaria-carrying mosquitoes.
Cartoon by Frank Mack for the U.S. Army. Courtesy of the Images from the History of Medicine.

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