Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Eyewitness: 1942 When Pittsburgh Bought War Bonds

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Eyewitness: 1942 When Pittsburgh Bought War Bonds

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Irene Dunne was the star attraction for a drive to sell war bonds 75 years ago. Tickets went on sale for a luncheon and a variety show, both featuring the actress, on Sept. 10, 1942, at five of the city's department stores. Sales booths were set up at Gimbels, Kaufmann's, Horne's, Rosenbaum's and Frank & Seder's.

"Admission to the luncheon will be by ticket only and the tickets will sell for $3,750, the price of a $5,000 bond," the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on Sept. 10. Tickets for the evening performance at Duquesne Gardens also required the purchase of war bonds in denominations ranging from $25 to $10,000. Until it was demolished in 1956, Duquesne Gardens was an entertainment fixture on Oakland's North Craig Street.

Americans bought more than $185 billion in bonds between 1941 and 1945 to help finance U. …

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