historical stamp

The labourer produces, not for himself, but for capital. It no longer suffices, therefore, that he should simply produce. He must produce surplus-value. That labourer alone is productive, who produces surplus-value for the capitalist, and thus works for the self-expansion of capital. If we may take an example from outside the sphere of production of material objects, a schoolmaster is a productive labourer when, in addition to belabouring the heads of his scholars, he works like a horse to enrich the school proprietor. That the latter has laid out his capital in a teaching factory, instead of in a sausage factory, does not alter the relation. Hence the notion of a productive labourer implies not merely a relation between work and useful effect, between labourer and product of labour, but also a specific, social relation of production, a relation that has sprung up historically and stamps the labourer as the direct means of creating surplus-value. To be a productive labourer is, therefore, not a piece of luck, but a misfortune.

Karl Marx. Capital Volume One

Part V: The Production of Absolute and of Relative Surplus-Value

Chapter Sixteen: Absolute and Relative Surplus-Value


Hair for the war effort! 

1) Mount Carmel Item, Pennsylvania, September 20, 1942 

2) San Anselmo Herald, California, November 12, 1942

3) Belvidere Daily Republican, Illinois, October 17, 1942

4) Dixon Evening Telegraph, Illinois, April 8, 1942

5) The Decatur Daily Review, Illinois, May 3, 1945

When I first saw the Decatur Daily Review article a few days ago I had no idea what they might’ve been using the hairs for, what “secret weapon” they could be a part of. Then I stumbled upon an article about one woman whose hair was used: Mary Babnik Brown. The hair was commonly used as crosshairs for aircraft bombsights and women who donated their hair would be rewarded with war savings stamps.  From the articles I’ve read about 50% of the time they say it’s for a secret weapon and the other 30% they explain it’s for the crosshairs, the other 20% usually didn’t really explain at all. So I’m not sure how many other uses there were, one of the articles I’ve posted explains that the hairs will be used “in tiny one-tube radio sets which are attached to a free balloon”.  But for whatever purpose your hair would be used, the most favored was straight, blonde, untreated and at least 14 inches.