Monday, July 2, 2012

World War II Scrap Drives in Hudson

Yesterday, Gossips noted that the cannon that once stood in front of the Hudson Armory was donated to a scrap metal drive during World War II. That post prompted a reader to share the information that the iron fences that once surrounded the homes on Willard Place were also sacrificed to the war effort during World War II.

Searching the Internet for information about scrap metal drives uncovered an interesting discussion, on The Straight Dope, about the scrap drives of World War II, the first of which were organized in 1942, and the degree to which they were intended to boost morale on the home front.


  1. I remember reading that most of that stuff never made it beyond some scrap heap somewhere and was not helpful, other than for morale. Don't know the truth, just something I read somewhere.

  2. I love the tree trunk telephone poles against our house (and the Inn at Hudson) The original telephone box is still outside of that second floor window and inside the corresponding room.

  3. The War of 1812 resulted in a big need for brass for the war movement.

    Clock works were no longer made of metal but were now made of wood while furniture (of all periods) were stripped of handles and trim.

    War ... what is it good for ...