Socks for the Boys!

My Great Aunt Norah's wartime diaries, 1938-1948

September 1, 1939: 75th Anniversary of the Start of World War II

Socks for the Boys!:

Joan Wehlen Morrison, Norah’s North American ‘twin’, also wrote diaries throughout WWII. Her daughter Susan Signe Morrison explores extracts from Joan’s diaries in her blog. Here she discusses the ‘old-fashioned’ Catalpa tree, which features in a poem by Joan about the outbreak of war in September 1939.

Originally posted on Home Front Girl:

September 1, 1939, the day Germany invaded Poland, conventionally has been called the day World War II began.  Of course, the roots of the war lie much deeper and further back, as Joan’s diary illustrates.

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the start of the war, today’s post looks at an unusual topic, but one which Joan uses to ground a poem commemorating the start of World War II.

Catalpa Trees and Out of Fashion Vegetation

I had never even heard of a catalpa tree before I read my mother’s diaries from the period before and during World War II. Today this species is making headlines.  A recent article, “You’re Planting That Old Thing?”, extols old vegetative species, while pointing out their deficiencies and drawbacks.

First, for those who, like me, are new to the glories of catalpa trees, here’s a photo.

Catalpa Tree.

Catalpa Tree.

And do view

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