Collection: James Whitlow
Scanned by: James Whitlow
Collecting Scrap Rubber during WW2
After the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, which brought the United States into the Second World War, The United States Government started a recycling program to provide needed material for the war effort. Some of the items that were collected were paper, metal, waste cooking oil, women’s nylon stockings, and rubber products. Local schools and communities would have contests to see who could collect the most of these items to help in the recycling program.
Local scrap collectors would travel the rural areas stopping at farms and ranches buying what was available. The Government printed colorful posters with Hollywood celebrities promoting the collection of recyclable materials and the use of film advertisement at the theaters to promote the cause for “Victory”. Also, during this time, rationing began with Ration Books issued to Americans with limits on certain items such as gasoline, tires, sugar and meats.
When things got scarce, the American people came up with ways to substitute for an item. Above is an ad from Coffey Lumber Company for a substitute for rubber, click on the thumbnail to view a larger image.
Jesse “Junior” Honeycutt
Your Help Needed Salvage Scrap Rubber This Truck Will Haul It For You
Was Jesse “Junior” Honeycutt one of these guys that went around to small towns and farms to collect rubber? By the picture, he was. The location and date is unknown, but his name and Walnut Ridge are written on the back of the picture, and it is stamped with McCarroll Studios. The sign on the truck states “Your Help Needed Salvage Scrap Rubber This Truck Will Haul It For You”. After doing some research, this is what I found out about Junior. Junior was the son of Jesse H. and Nona Fay Honeycutt of Walnut Ridge. Junior’s dad was a section foreman for the rail road and his mother was a housewife and lived at 320 Northeast Front. According to the 1940 U. S. Census, Junior had a brother, Robert, who was called Bobby and two sisters, Kathryn and Betty Ruth. Junior married Helen Wilson in March 1944 and later lived in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Junior and Helen later moved to Izard County and both are buried at the Roseland Cemetery at Calico Rock. If you know any of the Honeycutts, please leave a comment.
Saved Photographs from the Trash
A few months ago, a friend gave me some pictures that were saved from the trash dumpster. The pictures are from the early 1900’s to the 1980’s. Several were taken of soldiers during WW2 in different places. Several of the pictures have McCarroll Studio, Walnut Ridge, Ark. stamped on the back. I will be posting pictures from this group in the coming months hoping that someone will be able to identify the people and place.
Scrap Collector Story
One of my family stories that has been passed down is that one of these scrap collectors came one day and a relative sold a “cannon ball” to him and when the collector reached my grandfather’s house up the road, my grandfather questioned the collector where he got this “cannon ball”. The collector said he bought it from a person down the road. My grandfather told him that the “cannon ball” belonged to him and my grandfather ended up buying back his own cannon ball. Was it a real cannon ball? I don’t know. It laid around the farm for years and when I moved back from Texas, it had disappeared.