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Ben (fl. 1943-) to Mad

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09414.1545 Author/Creator: Ben (fl. 1943-) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1929-1945 Pagination: 1 p. ; 22.5 x 29 cm.

Summary of Content: Ben begins with a drawing of three interlocking circles. He writes that they represent the people in the office. The first is for "ferocious females," the second for "4 f'ers," and the third is for the "rest of us that have become trapeze artists because we've been swinging on the bars too long."

People: Becker, Madeline, 1915-

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: World War IIWomen's HistoryMilitary HistoryConscriptionHumor and Satire

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