Washington & Lincoln’s Birthday – back in the day…

In 1942 the birthday’s of Washington and Lincoln were celebrated separately.  Here is a sample of what your parents and grandparents saw….

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Even back then you had to have shopping advertisements!

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Entertainment

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And memories…

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I believe I need to add here that this is officially a celebration for Washington’s birthday even though the name was changed to President’s Day in 1971.  Congress voted NO to including Lincoln and the rest of the presidents simply jumped on board anyway!

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 Things could be worse…

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This is the Tateyama Kurobe Snow Corridor in Murodo, Japan.  They receive approximately 21′ of snow per year, but there have been times when 60′ fell.  The Corridor can only be open April thru October, so these pictures are not even in the winter!

contributed by William Peacan, now in 0*F weather himself plowing the roads in New England.

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Farewell Salutes – 

Sidney Bashein – Palm Bch County, FL; US Army, WWII, ETO

William Cross Jr. – Shenandoah, VA; US Army, Lt.Colonel (Ret 24 years), WWII, ETO, Bronze Star, Purple Heart

Donald Dalton – Mayflower, AR; US Air Force (ANG), BGeneral, pilot945925_391409037634955_1621483807_n

Verner Gaul – Harlan, IA; US Army Air Corps, WWII, 101st Weather Group

Levi Lattomus – Milford, DE; US Army, WWII, ETO, Signal Corps

Marie McMullen – WPalm Beach, FL; US Navy WAVES, WWII

William Nevius – Hempstead, NY; US Navy, Captain (Ret.)

George Rawston – Christchurch, NZ; RNZ Army # 3515, WWII

Harry Sparks Jr. – Spokane, WA; US Army, WWII, heavy machine-gunner

Dan Woods – Norwalk, CT; US Army, Korea

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on February 16, 2015, in Current News, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 105 Comments.

  1. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    That snow corridor is fascinating.~ Connie

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  2. How funny. I saw this post last year and commented that I would stay in my warm weather. Sigh…. maybe that was my first mistake! LOL! I also didn’t seem to register that they failed to include Lincoln because I thought President’s Day was a combining of Washington and Lincoln. Go figure. You teach me all the time!

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  3. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    THAT is a LOT of SNOW! I couldn’t imaging living in a place like that. I will think twice about complaining about our snow. 🙂

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  4. Even as a girl back in the 70s, my school still did both Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays separately. I didn’t realize that law passed in ’71, I thought it happened much later than that!

    (aka PoliticalNess)

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  5. These 2 birthdays were the source of so many delightful artsy craftsy projects in elementary school. Certainly refreshing from cutting out bazillions of Valentine hearts.

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  6. We need to respect those in Authority over us, God tells us to pray for them and to obey the Laws of the Land that they put in place, as long as they don’t go against His guidelines and Authority in our lives but when they do we are to reject them and vote against those who endorse them, evil brings evil and is the absence of Love.

    Blessings – Anne.

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    • I vote according to my own conscience and I have a copy of the Constitution of the US – and fail to see how our politicians can state with a straight face that they are all following it, but I digress. Washington did the job of president, despite not really wanting the position and Lincoln was glorified for be killed, as a few others were. Yes, freeing the slaves was most important, but HOW he did it – well I just don’t think he thought it through – all those people hitting the cities in hopes of jobs and a better life and finding that the towns just could not accommodate them caused havoc that is still going on today. Take care, Anne, thank you for coming and sharing your opinions.

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      • Our consciences are God given gpcox if people continually do what is wrong or reject Him, they will become hardened and their consciences will no longer promote them to do good or warn them when they do evil, in a sense they will die spiritually to what is good, perhaps this is what has happened with some who are in power. Also those who reject God’s Truth, only welcome what they will accept even without confirmation that it is Truth and they reject Truth even with confirmation that it is, God says they have itching ears.

        His way is always the right way and so man will reap the evil they sow and they will be without excuse because His reality is clearly seen in His Creation.

        Blessings – Anne.

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  7. My Uncle Major Russell Klein got the Distinguished Flying Cross and 11 Air Medals and Commendation Medals. An ace!@

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  8. I enjoyed seeing the old advertisements for President’s Day … and that corridor is incredible!!

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  9. Enjoyed that historical post gp.
    That corridor is unbelievable.

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    • William Peacan (the contributor) is my foster brother , tho I usually call him my brother, and after I sent him funny Florida jokes – he sent me those from New Hampshire. I just HAD to use them.

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  10. Wonderful looking blog.

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  11. Wonderful historical post. A visual reminder of what the celebration is all about!

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  12. Ah, yes, I do remember back when the two Presidents’ birthdays were celebrated independently. I can’t begin to imagine that kind of snow. I’ll keep myself in the sunshine, thanks much! I do love these vintage cards, etc. 😀

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  13. Some will never forgive Lincoln, just as some will never forgive Franklin Roosevelt. I suspect some were more than happy to stop his birthday celebration. Sometimes I do wonder, though I know all of us hold certain perceptions that may not be fair or accurate.

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  14. Enjoyed those old advertisements, but would definitely not want to live near the Snow Corridor. We are having enough snow in Ohio for me!

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  15. Catherine McEwen

    Except…..I lived in the Atlanta area for many years, and no one ever celebrated Lincoln’s birthday there….as they would say there, NOT NEVER….I mean, before the celebrations were combined, that is….and of course, this was for the obvious reason of the War between the States as some were still calling it even in the late 1970’s!

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    • Actually, Catherine, if you’ll note in the bottom of the post, under the ‘American Idol’ picture, I’ve clarified that President’s Day is NOT a combination – it is only for George. It was proposed to Congress to add Lincoln, but was voted down. The other presidents these days just hop on the band wagon like they belong there.

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  16. sue marquis bishop

    We have lost something special by not honoring them separately I believe… Presidents day doesn’t have the same cachet…..
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    • No, it does not. People keep imagining that Pres. Day is for all of them or is a combination of Lincoln and Washington – which it is not. Thanks for reading here awhile.

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  17. Nice post. I had a nostalgic memory over the weekend of my mother baking a cherry pie annually for Washinton’s Birthday and then President’s Day. It inspired some baking on my part this weekend. Cardealerships used to serve up cherry pie on Presidents Day Weekend for their big sales. I wonder if any still do that. Cheers

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  18. As our parents or grandparents saw it, GP? Hmmm. It’s how I saw it growing up. I, for one, still believe that Washington and Lincoln deserve separate days given what they did for our country. –Curt

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  19. Back in the day, these were true holidays for everyone, no business transacted. But tradition soon gave way to profits and they are now the occasion of so many sales that you can’t turn a page in the paper without being assaulted by ads.

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  20. I also remember when it was 2 separate holidays but don’t feel old. Sounds like Pierre and you like getting up early. Always been a night owl so sleep later. Sure enjoy the coffee in the morning like both of you! Love the “True American Idol”. Sure is true, Everett.

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  21. I was trying to remember what year they were combined? It must have been late ’60s/early ’70s? I remember them being separate when I was in elementary school, but my wife, at seven years younger has no recollection of it.

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  22. What fun it was to see these! Changing times – most see this as merely a 4-day weekend, and I must confess to some guilt as few of us bother to blog about why we denote a President’s Day. But I do give thought and thanks to leaders who gave their best to our country.

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  23. Well done memory, as usual, GP

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  24. I must be getting old – I still remember getting both days off when I was in school.

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  25. I appreciate your patriotic post, GP. 🙂

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  26. You guys are making too much noise…I haven’t gotten through my cup of coffee yet…keep it down a bit…will ya? 😉

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  27. I’ve never seen a Prime Ministers birthday being celebrated like this, but I don’t have time for much tv news so perhaps they do?

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  28. this is the perfect read for valentines day G – thx so much –

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  29. First one to like it and comment on it!

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