1936 1940

Writing Research - World War Two

World War II (WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War, was a global war. It is generally considered to have lasted from 1939 to 1945, although some conflicts in Asia that are commonly viewed as becoming part of the world war had begun earlier than 1939. It involved the vast majority of the world’s nations —including all of the great powers —eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis.

It was the most widespread war in history, with more than 100 million people, from more than 30 different countries. In a state of “total war”, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. Marked by mass deaths of civilians, including the Holocaust and the first use of nuclear weapons in combat, it resulted in an estimated 50 million to 85 million fatalities. These made World War II the deadliest conflict in human history. [1]


  • Social Security - Top Names of the 1940s
  • British Baby Names - Top 100 Names in England and Wales in 1944
  • Essential Baby - Top 100 Australian Baby Names in 1940
  • Baby Med - Top German Baby Names in 1940s
  • About.com - Japanese Baby Names for 1915 - 2000
  • Popular Japanese Names in 1945 - 1949 (In Japanese - Use Google Translator)

Society & Life

  • Wikipedia - Conscription in the United States: World War II
  • History.com - United States Imposes the Draft
  • The National WWII Museum - The Draft and WWII
  • Swarthmore College - Military Classifications For Draftees
  • The Art of Manliness - World War II Fitness Test
  • World War Two Gyrene - Recruit Training in World War II
  • The New York Times - The Old Army, It Turns Out, Was the Fitter One
  • National Park Service - The War Relocation Camp of World War II
  • History.com - The U.S. Home Front During World War II
  • History Learning Site - Britain’s Home Front in World War Two
  • Wikipedia - Japan’s Home Front During World War II 
  • Wikipedia - Germany’s Home Front During World War II
  • Canadian War Museum - Life on the Homefront
  • Canadian War Museum - Women and the War on the Home Front
  • Reddit: Ask Historians - How was it that Sweden managed to stay neutral during WW2?
  • Reddit: Ask Historians - What was going on in Ireland during World War II?
  • Canadian War Museum - Canada and the Second World War
  • Mount Allison University - Canada’s Role in WWII
  • Wessels Living history Farm - The Home Front in Rural America During World War II
  • Living Family History - Living in the 1940s (Australia)
  • BBC - WW2 People’s War: My Memories of My Childhood in South London
  • BBC - WW2 People’s War: Growing Up in London 1939-45
  • Time Witness - Memories Project: Stories from the 1940’s
  • BBC - The Blitz
  • History.com - Worst air raid on London
  • EyeWitness to History - The London Blitz, 1940
  • LIFE Magazine - World War II: London in Color (Photos)
  • Local Histories - Life in Britain in The Second World War
  • Telegraph - WW2: Former Evacuees Look Back
  • British Council - A 1940s Childhood in Wartime
  • The Wartime Memories Project - Evacuees
  • My Learning - Children’s Experience during WWII
  • Imperial Wartime Museum - Children During the Second World War
  • Reddit: Ask Historians - It’s 1940, a lovely day in England and I want to write to my German cousin. Was that possible? What was international communication between the civilian populace of warring WWII powers like?
  • The New Yorker - The New Yorker in the Forties
  • The Atlantic - World War II: The Battle of Britain
  • The Guardian - Children of the Wartime Evacuation
  • NY Daily News - 1940 New York census records are now searchable by name
  • New York Historical Society - WWII & NYC
  • About.com - World War II In Brooklyn: Places to Visit
  • New York Historical Society - New York during WWII (Photos)
  • Wikipedia - History of New York City, 1946-77
  • Business Insider - Take A Tour Of Manhattan In The 1940s (Photos)
  • Madison Magazine - Ida’s Wyman’s Photography Documents Life in the 1940s and ‘50s
  • Growing up in Inwood, New York City in the 1940’s and 1950’s
  • Reminisce Magazine - Brooklyn Stoop Served as Sisters’ Stage
  • NY Times - Working-Class New York Life and Labor Since World War II
  • Wessels Living History Farm - Rural Life in the 1940s
  • Historic Color Photos of U.S. Life in the 1940s (Photos)
  • Wessels Living History Farm - WWII Causes a Revolution in Farming
  • Partners in Winning the War: American Women in World War II
  • World War II: Women and the War
  • Building Bombs & Planes
  • Women in World War Two
  • Wikipedia - Canadian Women in the Second World War
  • Canadian War Museum - The Canadian Women’s Army Corps, 1941 - 1946
  • About.com - Canadian Women in World War II
  • Veterans Affairs Canada - The Second World War: Canadian War Brides
  • Global News - Looking back at the role women from western Canada played in World War II
  • Canadian Red Cross - History of Women in the Red Cross
  • Women Under Fire in World War Two
  • How did women fulfill their romantic/sexual needs during WWI/II?
  • Women at War
  • Life During World War II
  • Everyday Life During World War II
  • World War 2 - Growing Up in Wartime
  • Wartime Homes
  • World War 2 - Blackout Time
  • What was it like for children?
  • The Huffington Post - Memories Of 1940s Childhood
  • The Life of a Teenage Before and After World War II (PDF)
  • School and War Work
  • I’m a 13-15 year old in 1939 USA. What is youth culture like during this time?
  • A Black Nurse, a German Soldier and an Unlikely WWII Romance
  • What was it like to be in the Forces?
  • World War II - A Soldier’s Daily Life
  • My Army Service in World War II
  • WWII: A Soldier’s View
  • Loose Lips Sink Ships
  • Eye Witness To World War Two
  • World War II First Person Accounts, Letters Home, Diaries, & Journals
  • Pictures of African Americans During World War II (Photos)
  • Daily Life of the Average African American in the 1940’s
  • Veterans Affairs Canada - Second World War: Black Canadians In Uniform
  • The Memory Project - Black Canadian Veterans of the Second World War
  • University of Washington - Japanese Canadians During World War II
  • Vancouver Public Library - Chinese-Canadians in World War II (1939-1945)
  • Canada at War - Video & Footage: World War II
  • Canadian War Museum - Canadian Newspapers and the Second World War
  • Veterans Affairs Canada - Second World War: Diaries, Letters, And Stories
  • Library and Archives Canada - Canada and the First World War: War Diaries
  • Veterans Affairs Canada - Second World War: My Grandmother’s Wartime Diary
  • The Canadian Letters and Images Project - WWII
  • McGill University Library Digital Collections - Canadian War Posters Collection
  • World War II Military (Photos)
  • World War II Records
  • World War 2: A Day in the Life of a German Soldier
  • The Life During World War II
  • Nazi Germany
  • The Role of Women in Nazi Germany
  • Diary of Second World War German Teenager
  • Germany During World War II: A Child’s Experience (PDF)
  • Reminiscences of a German World War II Veteran
  • What kind of physical training would a German soldier in WWII have to do?
  • Jewish Life in Europe Before the Holocaust
  • The National WWII Museum - WWII and Holocaust Bibliography
  • Blacks During the Holocaust
  • Conditions for Polish Jews During WWII
  • Understanding the Treatment of Jews during World War II
  • There’s a lot of close-to-combat photographs from WWII, but I don’t often hear much about the photographers. Were WWII war photographers armed? Were they subject to neutrality/immunity/respect? Were they deployed with soldiers as part of the army?
  • World War II Weapons
  • List of World War II Weapons
  • Canada at War - WWII: Weapons & Arms
  • Small Arms Pt. II - The World War Two Era
  • Technology During World War II
  • WWII Military Ranks
  • WWII Japanese Soldier Diary
  • World War II Japanese Military Training
  • Canadian War Museum - The Second World War: Information, Propaganda, Censorship and the Newspapers
  • When was the last shot of World War 2 fired?
  • Post-War American Life: Culture of the late 1940s & 1950s
  • Library of Congress - Postwar United States, 1945 - 1968
  • American History: Life in the US After World War Two
  • Student Pulse - America in the Post War Period
  • PBS - Women and Work After World War II
  • PBS - New York After WWII
  • BBC - Life in Britain after WW2 (Video)
  • The Atlantic - World War II: After the War
  • Digital History - Overview of the Post-War Era
  • Mount Holyoke College - Background of Post-WWII German History
  • Youtube - Germany After WW2 | A Defeated People | Documentary on Germany in the Immediate Aftermath of WW2 (Video)
  • Der Spiegel Magazine - Out of the Ashes: A New Look at German’s Postwar Reconstruction


  • The Cost of Living in 1940
  • Prices and Wages in 1930 - 1939
  • The People History - Food, Groceries and Toiletries in the 1930s: Prices
  • The People History - Clothes in the 1930s: Prices
  • Library at University of Missouri - 1940-1949 Prices and Wages
  • The People History - Food, Groceries and Toiletries in the 1940s Prices
  • The People History - Clothes in the 1940s Prices
  • Datafiles of Historical Prices and Wages
  • Curbed NY - What Would $50 In 1940 Rent A New Yorker Today?

Entertainment & Food

  • What did people eat in the Second World War?
  • Why was food rationed?
  • Rationing
  • World Ward II - Food and Shopping
  • Food on the Front Home
  • Wartime Recipes
  • What Did Children Eat During World War 2? (PDF)
  • World War Two Recipes
  • History Cookbook - World War 2 Recipes
  • The 1940’s Experiment: 100+ Wartime Recipes
  • Retro-Housewife: In the 1940s Kitchen: 1940s Recipes
  • A 1940s Menu: Food in the 1940s
  • Food Timeline: 1936 to 1940
  • Vintage Food Advertisement of the 1940s
  • World War II: Rest and Relaxation (Photos)
  • Chocolate! The Wars Secret Weapon - America in WWII Magazine
  • Chocolate - Energizing Soldiers 
  • U.S. Coffee Rationing
  • The American Scholar: Rum and Coca-Cola
  • Wartime Canada - Food on the Home Front during the Second World War
  • Alberta Online Encyclopedia - World War II: Homefront in Alberta: Rationing
  • Wartime Canada - Recipe Ideas from BC Electric
  • Pop Culture Goes to War in the 1940s
  • WWII Guide: Wartime Hollywood
  • Rationing and Scrap Drives in Rural America
  • Baseball and World War II
  • Baseball Goes To War: The National Pastime in World War II
  • Entertainment in Britain During WWII 
  • Entertainment Industry During World War II
  • World War II on the Radio
  • Wartime Entertainment WWII
  • Wartime Entertainment
  • Canadian War Museum - Art and War: Australia, Britain and Canada in the Second World War
  • The Forties and the Music of World War II
  • World War II Songs
  • Music 1940 - 1949
  • List of Billboard Number-One Singles of the 1940s
  • American Music During World War II
  • Role of Music in World War II
  • Entertainment in 1940 - 1949
  • Food Rations in the Japanese Forces
  • Makeshift Cooking, German Army, WW2
  • Radio in Nazi Germany
  • Newspapers in Nazi Germany
  • Films in Nazi Germany
  • Art in Nazi Germany

Hygiene, Health & Medicine

  • Medicine and World War II
  • Social Security - Life Expectancy from 1930s+
  • WWII Disease Table
  • History of WWII Medicine
  • The Use of Atabrine to Fight Malaria During World War II
  • The Use of Plasma During World War II
  • The Use of Morphine as a Pain Killer During World War II
  • Nursing and Medicine During World War II
  • The Army Nurse Corps in World War II
  • Equipment of a WWII Combat Medic
  • Personal Accounts of WWII Medics
  • WWII African American Combat Medics
  • Penicillin: Medicine’s Wartime Wonder Drug
  • Medicine in Germany, 1918 - 1945
  • World War II Exposures 
  • Controlling Disease during World War II, 1939 - 1944
  • Health on the Home Front - Health Care and World War II
  • WAR & Military Mental Health
  • Mentally Ill and Jewish in World War II
  • U.S. Veterans Affairs Lobotomized Soldiers After World War II
  • Lobotomy For World War II Veterans: Psychiatric Care by U.S. Government


  • 1930-45 in Fashion
  • Clothing, 1930-45
  • Rationing Fashion in the United States
  • Fashion in the 1940s
  • 1940s Make-Up Guide
  • 1940’s Beauty Secrets
  • 1940s Fashion: The Decade Captured in 40 Incredible Pictures (Photos)
  • 1940s Rationing - Utility Clothing Fashion and Costume History
  • Women’s Clothing in 1940s
  • Fashion in 1940 - 1949
  • Fashion in the 1940s: Clothing Styles, Trends, Pictures & History
  • Fashion in the 1940s - Prices & Examples
  • What did they wear? Gas masks for all
  • What is Utility Wear?
  • The Front Line of British WWII Fashion
  • World War II and Fashion: The Birth of the New Look (PDF)
  • The impact of World War II on women’s fashion in the United States and Britain (PDF)
  • The History of Fashion WWI to WWII
  • Women’s Shoes in 1940s
  • Authentic WWII Era Hairstyle & How To
  • United States Army Uniforms in World War II
  • World War II German Uniform
  • List of World War II Uniforms and Clothing
  • Nazi Style
  • LIFE.com - Fashion in Post-War Paris


  • WWII US Naval Dictionary
  • Glossary of German Military Terms
  • Military Slang: Terms Used By Soldiers in WWII
  • FUBAR F***ed Up Beyond All Recognition: Soldier Slang of World War II (General Military)
  • Military Slang For WWII
  • List of Ethnic Slurs by Ethnicity
  • The Racial Slur Database - Germans
  • Morse Code
  • Military Time Chart for 24 Hour Time Clock
  • Converting Standard Time to Military Time
  • WW2 Civilian Slang
  • Teen Slang of the 1940s
  • 1940s Slang
  • Forties Slang
  • Words That Were: 1940–1949 (Canada)

Law Enforcement & Crimes

  • New Jersey State Police - History: 1940’s
  • New York State Police - History: 1940’s
  • Anaheim Police Department - History: 1940
  • Academia.edu - British Police Training in the 1940s and 1950s
  • Art Theft and Looting During World War II
  • Rape During the Occupation of Germany
  • War Rape in World War II
  • Allied War Crimes During World War II
  • Nazi Medical Experiments
  • World War II Crimes
  • Nazi War Crimes
  • German War Crimes Against Soviet Civilians
  • Nazi Crimes Against Soviet POWs
  • Execution of Women by the Nazi during World War II
  • World War II and the Holocaust
  • World War Two - German Prisoner of War Camps
  • List of WWII POW (Prisoner of War) Camps in Germany
  • German Prisoners of War in the United States
  • Japanese Prisoners of War in WWII
  • Sexual Slavery - Germany During WWII
  • German Military Brothels in World War II
  • Rape, Murder and Genocide: Nazi War Crimes as Described by German Soldiers
  • 1940s Crimes
  • History of Drug Abuse: The 40’s
  • 25 Vintage Police Record Photographs (Photos)
  • Grisly Crime Scene Photography of 1940s New York

Mercedes-Benz 500/540 K Cabriolet A 1936-40

This car was the peak of automotive design when it was unveiled in Paris in 1936. It was as beautiful as it was fast and was designed with the new German autobahn’s Hitler planned. The Nazi government also ordered 12 with in a limousine style 6 seater wheelbase with armored sides. Despite the dark parts of its’ history, the Mercedes-Benz 540K remains an excellent example showcasing the combination of styling and speed luxury cars achieved before WWII.


The GM Futurliners were a group of custom vehicles, styled in the 1940s by Harley Earl for General Motors, and integral to the company’s Parade of Progress — a North American traveling exhibition promoting future cars and technologies. Having earlier used eight custom Streamliners from 1936-1940, GM sponsored the Parade of Progress and the Futurliners from 1940 to 1941 and again from 1953 to 1956.

At 33 feet long, 8 feet wide, more than 11 feet tall, and weighing more than 12 tons, each Futurliner featured heavily stylized Art deco, streamlined bodywork, deep red side and white roof paint, large articulated chrome side panels, a military-grade 302-cu.in. GMC straight-six gasoline engine and automatic transmission, whitewall tires and a prominent, high-mounted, centrally located driver command position with a panoramic windshield.

Above, the streamliners are pictured traveling through San Bernardino, California circa 1953.

Taxi War Dance
Count Basie Orchestra

Count Basie Orchestra - Taxi War Dance

New York, March 19,1939

Ed Lewis - trumpet

Buck Clayton - trumpet

Harry Edison - trumpet

Shad Collins - trumpet

Dicky Wells - trombone

Benny Morton - trombone

Dan Minor - trombone

Earl Warren - alto saxophone

Lester Young - tenor saxophone

Buddy Tate - tenor saxophone

Jack Washington - baritone saxophone, alto saxophone

Count Basie - piano

Freddie Green - guitar

Walter Page - bass

Jo Jones - drums


Hattie Wyatt Caraway, The First Woman elected to serve a full term in the U.S, Senate, Washington DC.

Mrs Caraway’s husband, Thaddeus, Served in the U.S. Senate until his death in 1931. Appointed by Arkansas Governor Harvey Parnell to fill out her husbands term, she suprised local politicians by announcing that she would run for election in 1932 in her own right.  She told reporters, “The time has passed when a woman should be placed in a position and kept there only while someone else is being groomed for the job: , and recalling her days as a Suffrage Campaigner,  "after equal suffrage I just added voting to cooking and sewing and other household duties.”

With the support of Louisiana Politician Huey Long, and then Vice President Charles Curtis, she defeated her male rivals and became a staunch New Dealer, serving until losing to J. William Fulbright in 1944. 

anonymous asked:

I want to start watching more films, as in I would like to watch more films which I will truly enjoy. So, could you give me a list of your favourite all time classics? :)

Ah well, I’m happy to give you a list of my favorite classic films, but two caveats: The first is that there’s no guarantee you’ll enjoy these films the same way I did, and second the definition of what a classic is is pretty fluid, so what I’d consider a classic others may not.

But! To get you started, here’s a list of 25 films that are not only a great introduction to the traditional classics, but also films I’ve personally enjoyed:

  1. Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (1920)
  2. Safety Last! (1923) 
  3. Metropolis (1927)
  4. Modern Times (1936)
  5. Fantasia (1940)
  6. Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
  7. Meet John Doe (1941)
  8. Casablanca (1943)
  9. Double Indemnity (1944)
  10. Sunset Blvd (1950)
  11. Tokyo Story (1953)
  12. On the Waterfront (1954)
  13. Seven Samurai (1954)
  14. Desk Set (1957)
  15. 12 Angry Men (1957)
  16. Les Quatres cents Coups / The 400 Blows (1959)
  17. Psycho (1960)
  18. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
  19. Charade (1963)
  20. Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
  21. Andrei Rublev (1966)
  22. Belle de Jour (1967)
  23. The Graduate (1967)
  24. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  25. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Have fun and happy watching!


When it opened on eighty-five years ago on May 27, 1930, the iconic Chrysler Building in New York City was the tallest man-made structure in the world at 1,046 feet.  It held this record for only 11 months until April 30, 1931, when the Empire State Building opened (seen under construction in the lower photo).

The Chrysler Building’s architect, William Van Alen, models a costume based on his own design in the 1931 Beaux-Arts Ball.


The Plant - Fulton Gas Works. Ok, it’s another really common one for Richmond Urbex people, what with that big blue enamel sign and half buried propane tank visible from the street. Fulton has a weird and pretty long history, and it’s a much bigger deal for this city than I initially thought.

Beginnings - The Richmond “Committee on Light” (yes there was actually a committee just for dealing with street lighting) was formed in 1848, and the goal of this committee was to figure out how to produce and distribute natural gas for all of the street lamps in Richmond. Being that it was 1848, the method that was standard at the time for producing natural gas was really dangerous and produced a ridiculous amount of pollution and byproducts. This was because the way it was done was by extracting hydrogen gas from coal.

Lots of Gas - The initial location for the gas plant, which started operation in 1851, was where B-Dubs is currently, but by 1852 the amount of natural gas required by Richmond and its residents had exceeded the capabilities of the plant, so the land near Rockett’s Landing was purchased, and in 1856 Fulton Gas Works was opened at its current location.

The war - The civil war hit Richmond hard (duh), and while Fulton’s employees where out fighting in the war, the city council approved $30,000 to buy Slaves to work at the plant until the end of the war. When the war ended, and the infamous “burning of Richmond” commenced, the slaves were released, and the plant was evacuated, but not before shutting off all of the gas lines to the city in order to prevent the gasses from catching fire in the burning city (good idea there).

The 1900’s - The plant was re-opened after the war, and by the early 20th century was producing a huge amount of natural gas to power the city. In 1950, Richmond began to use mined natural gas, and soon after, Fulton’s outdated method of producing natural gas from coal was done away with. From 1950 through 1972, the city relied on FGW as purely a “peak use” and back-up gas production facility, as well as for storage of propane that could be diluted at the plant in order to be used as a power source.

The Floods - Richmond does flood, hey it’s called the “River City” for a reason. In fact, the “100 to 500” year flood plain that Fulton was built on flooded severely in 1886, 1887, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1969, and 1972. So much for that 100 year flood prediction. The building that you can see most distinctively from the street (with the big blue sign) is the boiler room, which was constructed in 1937 after the flood of 1936 damaged the previous boiler which was located on ground level. The plant was permanently closed when in 1972, Hurricane Agnes dislodged several of the gigantic propane tanks at Fulton from their concrete above-ground perches, and caused them to float around the Fulton campus until the water receded. Thankfully, none of them managed to float down river, but they did end up partially submerged in the wet marshy ground (from the flood), and when the water left, the tanks eerily remained sticking part way out of the ground. They are still there to this day and can be seen from the road.

Environmental Disaster - So as you can imagine, Fulton is incredibly, ridiculously polluted. The aforementioned dislodging of the gigantic propane tanks caused a massive evacuation of the nearby neighborhoods due to the fear of an explosion and/or gas poisoning. Throughout its operating period, local residents were quoted numerous times in the local news complaining of the noxious odors that were emitted from the plant because of the gas purification process. The extraction of the gas from coal produced massive amounts of tar and other pollutants, which seeped into the soil on the Fulton campus, and made its way into the surrounding environment. There were even claims of blame thrown at the plant for letting its waste get into the nearby Gillies Creek and James River, causing the paint on boats used at Rockett’s Landing down river to be stripped off.

The Neighborhood - The nearby neighborhood of Fulton was once a thriving urban community, having been compared to others like Oregon Hill and parts of the Fan. It’s said to be the location where Christopher Newport and John Smith first met Chief Powhatan’s son, Parahunt. Throughout most of its history, it was a very low-income community, but like many others in Richmond, the people who lived there, including many community leaders, kept the neighborhood thriving. However, like many urban neighborhoods, it would see some bad times. As the coal industry dwindled in the 1950s, as well as the shut-down of Fulton Gas Works, people who lived in Fulton lost their jobs and began to move out. The poverty rate skyrocketed, and houses were left abandoned. Eventually, city maintenance and inspectors stopped showing up to Fulton altogether. Many poor African-Americans from Navy Hill (kind of near Jackson Ward/Carver area now) ended up in Fulton, after Navy Hill was essentially destroyed completely in the late 50s/early 60s. Unfortunately, Fulton had the same fate coming for it, and in the late 60s and early 70s, after severe damage from the two worst floods in Richmond’s history, the neighborhood was completely demolished. This was actually largely part of the “Urban Renewal” craze of the early 70s, which aimed to demolish areas seen as slum-like, and re-develope them. However, despite the promise that their neighborhood would be rebuilt, none of the residents saw any construction for over a decade. The demolition of Navy Hill and Fulton are seen as two of the defining characteristics of a failed “Urban Renewal” program in 1970s Richmond. However, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, construction started up again, and along with the renewal of much of Richmond, has seen great progress in the last 30 years. The neighborhood today is very diverse, composed of a large number of African-Americans who have lived in or around Fulton and have re-occupied the area, and many young professionals moving into the bordering communities of Rockett’s Landing and the East end of the Bottom, in restored lofts and apartments. Like the Gas Works, the neighborhood of Fulton has an inter-connected, much more extensive history than I imagined, but isn’t that how everything around here is? Fulton Gas Works is really about the only surviving remnant of the original neighborhood, and will hopefully stick around in some form or another as a tribute to all of the people that lived there.

FGW’s Future - Like every abandoned plot of land in Richmond, there have been a near infinite number of rumors and ideas about what to do with Fulton. In case you didn’t know, Richmond has undergone a crazy amount of (actually correctly done, for the most part) urban renovation over the last 20-25 years. Most of it has been done with extreme respect and acknowledgment of the city’s history, mostly because people in Richmond actually seem to give a shit and that’s why I’m proud to be from here. Anyways, due to its crazy history, several Fulton Gas Works buildings are being considered for the National Registry of Historic Places, a large number of ideas have been tossed out over the last 15 years about what to do with it. It was considered as the location for a new baseball stadium about 10 years ago, but then someone realized that we have a perfectly good one on Boulevard, and it should just stay there for Pete’s sake. It was also considered as a good location for a mixed-use community, amusement park, aquarium, regular park, the National Slavery Museum, a paintball park, an art park, and about every other type of establishment you could think of. While all of these are great ideas, the history of Fulton, its still-remaining really high levels of pollution, and a pair of endangered bald eagles living in the frame of the old gasometer, have all prevented it from being developed. I think the boiler room would make a kick-ass dance club, all elevated and stuff, or maybe a location for the best game of “hide-and-seek-and-try-not-to-get-cancer-from-the-contaminated-dirt” ever played, but part of me would just kind of like to see the incredibly eerie, beautiful, creepy place just stay the way it is.

So as a first post, I thought I’d start with a baseline of what we know about Peggy based on her SSR file since this will form the basis of some of the things posted here. I swear most posts won’t be this focused on names and dates and places, so if you find that sort of thing incredibly boring, don’t worry. And if you find that sort of thing incredibly interesting, come sit next to me.

Anyway, there’s the file Steve looks at in the Avengers deleted scene, and then there’s a second file I’ve found images of online. I suspect this is the file that came with the special edition MCU Blu-Ray box set, but since I can’t confirm, I’ll focus on the Avengers file.

So from this, we have Peggy born in London on April 9, 1919, and educated at St. Martin in the Fields High School for Girls.

Then it gets tricky, mainly because the whoever does this kind of stuff for Marvel/Disney is just really off their game all the time. She spends 1934-1936 as a nurse with the “British Air Force” (maybe we mean the Royal Air Force? Sigh.), then spends 1936-1940 with the Special Air Service. The Special Air Service was formed in 1941, so we’ll just have to take that inaccuracy in stride. I would guess that this is meant to suggest a promotion to a more specialized branch of service.

Peggy joins the Strategic Scientific Reserve in 1940, and stays with them until 1949 (presumably when Howard Stark asks her to join SHIELD). The Agent Carter short, however, takes place one year after the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, which puts her transfer to SHIELD at around 1945/6.

The file’s next line has her with “S S R” from 1950-1985. Because this is a separate line from the Strategic Scientific Reserve, and because of what we know from the Agent Carter short, I think we can safely conclude that this is actually her work with SHIELD. I assume SHIELD isn’t mentioned either to prevent spoilers, or because the short hadn’t been conceived yet. 

Wonky inaccuracies aside, what I’m taking from this is that MCU Peggy started her work with the military as a Royal Air Force nurse (we’ll look into this more later), then served with the RAF or British Army in some capacity until 1940. This assignment likely had something to do with intelligence or communication, since it would have been the assignment that recommended her to the SSR. Between 1940 and 1949, she worked for the SSR, transferring to SHIELD no later than 1950. The retirement date of 1985 is intriguing, and might indicate how long she stayed with SHIELD.

Because of the inaccuracies, I wouldn’t say anything in this file is set in stone, but it can still serve as a starting point for understanding the evolution of Peggy’s career. It seems to me that the overall point of this file is to show that Peggy was a skilled agent/operative who was chosen for progressively more prestigious assignments over the course of her career.