Monday, May 10, 2021

The 1943 Cubs Program

 I was able to add a 1943 program to my collection.  It is in really great shape for an item that is 78 years old!

The cover has nothing to do with Cubs baseball and everything to do with World War II.  This is my first program from the war years.  In addition to the cover, there are a couple of other war-related items inside.

The words to the national anthem are on page one.  The programs I have from just before (1941) and after (1946) do not have the lyrics.  This was added as I assume the anthem was song more often at ballgames during the war.

Note how the Oscar Mayer ad talks about the possible scarcity of their hot dogs.  Meat was rationed so hot dogs may not have been so easy to come by.  Mayer also mentions how popular the product was with the soldiers.... "Our Fighters Like 'Em Too."

Finally, kudos to the art department for showing the hot dog with mustard, relish, and onions, but no ketchup.  That's a real hot dog!

1 comment:

  1. Great bit of ephemera.

    Also interesting that Oscar Mayer called Wrigley 'Cubs Park' in '43.