Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Wilmington At War: Cigarette Advertising-- Newest Liberty Ship

From the Feb. 27, 2013, Wilmington (NC) Star-News Back Then.

Looking back at stories printed in the Wilmington, North Carolina papers back during World War II.

FEBRUARY 20, 1943

Many of the cigarette ads were linked to the war.  One in this paper featured a mother and a father sitting at a table with a soldier's portrait behind them.  The Mother says "I'd walk many a mile just to hand him these Camels."  The ad continues, "It's the most welcome gift you can give him...a carton of Camels- the soldier's favorite."

FEBRUARY 24, 1943

The latest Liberty Ship launched by the North Carolina Shipbuilding Company in Wilmington, the SS Woodrow Wilson,  was named for President Woodrow Wilson, who lived in Wilmington as a boy while his father was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.  His widow came to Wilmington to christen the ship.

GreGen

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