This post is part of a JJ experiment. I am digging through old microfilm copies of the Jackson Daily News
as I attempt to learn more about the Gold Coast of Rankin County. The
Gold Coast managed to stay out of the headlines during 1940 but WWII was
well underway. Most readers have either watched programs or read books
about the Second World War. However, tv and books do not give one a
true feel for how it was to live back then and experience war news as
part of one's daily life. JJ is going to post collections of JDN
front pages as the war seems more alive as each front page brought a
daily dose of news that seems surreal today. It is a different way of
looking at history and one that I think the reader will enjoy.
This collection starts in January 1940. Poland has fallen and the so-called "Phony War" is anything but phony as the Nazis and allies trade jabs. The Soviets invaded Finland and found out the Finns weren't exactly a cream puff as the first page attests. The Germans and British begin to spar and then meet each other in Norway. This is what a regular person read every day on the front pages of the local newspapers.
The copies are in pdf format. There is a download button in the embed frame. Download the file, open, then expand to a readable size.