Any Advice for Me?

Around 1944, my father, then a young underachieving school boy, decided he would skip school.

Like a precursor to Ferris Bueller's Day Off, dad's plan was to dork around in his home city of "The Big Apple," then go watch a movie, and be home before anyone noticed.

He said that things were going as planned, until he walked near the theater and heard a "Hey kid. Come here."

Scared and not knowing what to do, he did as the man asked, and was quickly surrounded by a group of well-dressed adults.

Before he knew it, he was sitting next to a well-known actress/performer or other personality of the day and participating in an outdoor photoshoot.

It turned out that the actress/performer was promoting the War Bonds cause for the US during World War II, and little truant dad had been selected as the young smiling face that they needed for a series of photographs.

Unlike Ferris, dad's delinquency became public knowledge when his picture and name were published in the New York Daily Mirror the following day. 

As one can guess, his photo was a big topic of conversation in the neighborhood and he was busted by his parents--busted in more ways than one.

I have always wanted to find a copy of that old news photo for dad and have it framed.

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Question: Can anyone think of a better approach to locating this photo rather than just randomly looking through every weekday edition of the Mirror during the school year of 1944?

Also, we believe the incident occurred in 1944, but Dad is unable to remember the actress/performer's name who he was photographed with.

I am open to suggestions and thanks.

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Have a good weekend everyone.   

43 comments:

Ally Lifewithally said...

Hope your weekend was a good one for you ~ I do hope you find that photograph of your Dad as I would love to see it ~ Ally x

Katie Ganshert said...

Not sure...but what about a simple google search?? Hoping you find it!

Samantha VĂ©rant said...

I love Ferris Bueller. Could you call the paper? Go to a Library? It's got to have been archived somewhere! You have to find it! It's such a great story!

Herding Cats said...

I have no idea how I would go about this. I so wish I could help though because that picture would be an awesome gift for your dad! Good luck with your search!

Matthew Rush said...

Well I can only assume that the edition as well as the photo is located on Microfiche at the local library, and if that paper is big enough maybe even at other major libraries. I have no real advice except to say that you should ask the head librarian at the closest major library near your home. They tend to be incredibly knowledgeable about research like this.

Good luck, that would be an awesome photo to find!

Jeanette Levellie said...

It's a longshot, but in Country Magazine, published by Reiman Publications, they have a column entitled, 'Can you Help Me?' where readers submit issues they need help with. They have millions of readers, many of them in the older set.

And like the others suggested, the librarians are always helpful.

Blessed weekend,
Jen
Audience of ONE

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Great question. And I have no answer. That's tough because it happened such a long time ago.

Love the story. Yep, talk about being busted big time. :D

Kristin said...

A little nauseous over here.

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
When in doubt...contact the NYC public library directly and see if they have records (microfilm or microfiche) from the paper.

There might be some website that archives the WAR BONDS drive from WW2, as well.
Darn shame we didn't know the actor...that would have made thigns a lot easier.

Have a great weekend, and happy hunting.

Creepy Query Girl said...

That is such a great story!! i wish I could be of help but my research capabilities are pretty much at their best when finding streaming online episodes of tv shows from last week:(

Hilary said...

http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/adaccess/search/results?q=duke.collection:adaccess+AND+duke.category:warbonds1944-1945+AND+str_dc.subject.Product:%22War+Bonds%22&rows=32

A Google search provided this website which has copies of war bonds ads from 1944 but I suppose that's different than a photo shoot to promote them in a local newspaper.

You might want to try Googling "actress war bonds New York Mirror 1944" if you're certain of the year. A name might jog your Dad's memory. Carol Lombard was quite involved in war bond promotion but she died in 1942.

Diane said...

Can you do a search based on the actesses' name? Exciting but oh so busted!!! :O)

He & Me + 3 said...

What a very cool story. How neat. I hope you find the picture. That sure would be awesome. No suggestions. Good luck.

Mommy Lisa said...

Totally the library or the paper. They would have archives.

Jen said...

Include your father's name in the Google search in case he was identified. Also, many libraries subscribe to Ancestry.com. The photo might show up in a search on their site.

Stephanie Faris said...

I agree -- call the paper if you can. The library would be a great resource as well. I'm not the best at researching the old-fashioned way. Usually if I can't Google it, I don't bother!

Expat From Hell said...

I think these suggestions pretty well covers the gamut, SD. Also, the War Advertising Council administered the ad copy for the WWII campaign - now at www.adcouncil.org By the way, all I can think about is that Pinocchio story about getting invited to "The Island", where all the kids get to play all day. What a great story from your Dad's life! EFH

Together We Save said...

Oh wow - that is a tough one, maybe they have some info online you can use.

LisaF said...

All great comments and worth looking into for a lead. While you're at it, why not go all out and make it a PR human interest story? Contact the local media in New York and see if any of them do community human interest pieces. Maybe the nostalgia of the War Bond/WWII story combined with the circumstances surrounding the story would pique someone's interest in helping you find someone that may have been there or had a copy.

T. Anne said...

Hope you find your pictures! Miracles happen all the time. HAve a great weekend!

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Check around with antique collectors!

The Psychological Snake Pit said...

"Any Advice for Me?"

Buy low, sell high.

Kell said...

I wish I had a suggestion- that's really cool though! Talk about cutting class in style.. :)

Travel Nurse Extraordinaire said...

If none of the other suggestions work. Try contacting Oprah, or maybe Sunday Morning on CBS. They'd probably love the opportunity to celebrate an actor in such a human way. There's no harm in an email.

terri said...

Well it certainly sounds like the trouble your dad got in was well worth it and it made for a great family story. I really hope you can find that photo.

Vodka and Ground Beef said...

I have no idea how to to get this picture, but it would be an awesome gift.

Stephen Tremp said...

Unfortunatly I don't have anything additional to offer. But I do remember the phrase, "Hey kid. Come here." My parents told me if I ever heard that, throw a rock at them an run!

Jackie said...

I just sent you and e-mail with the general direction to go in good luck!

xx
Jaxs

carma said...

I'd call the paper, I needed to find a news article I missed for VC from a week ago and I went to the paper and came home with 10 copies for free. I bet there is someone in the research dept of the paper who would be willing to help you out - either that or a reference librarian.

Good luck. I really hope you can get it.

Slamdunk said...

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions--you all have given me lots of ideas.

For persons whose accounts have their email listed, I tried to respond directly to your comment.

Also,

@ Lisa F. & Travel Nurse...:

Thanks for both of those suggestions--I would not have thought of them.

olea said...

Epic story to pass down the family :P

Maybe try asking the historian/marketing/archives department at their headquarters? You can ask about any files of your dad's name, maybe that will help!

Dunno if anyone recommended that yet - sorry for not reading everyone's comments 0:)

Nathalie said...

Such a fabulous story. I wish you sooo much luck on finding the picture. What a treasure it will be having it framed.
*Nathalie

Clara said...

What an amazing story Slam, your dad rules! Im so sorry I cant help, but thanks for that, it made me smile!

WomanHonorThyself said...

great advice all around..any luck so far Slam?...hope your'e havin a great weekend my friend!:)

joanny said...

Great story and I wish you happy hunting, in finding the article, and knowing you what a great sleuth you are -- will turn up the newspaper story photo's and all. some good advice you were given -- the NYC Library -- is a good start, and The Encyclopedia of New York City: The New York Historical Society.
The Daily Mirror changed hands so many times -- but they should have archives as well, at least they would have a direction for you to turn to if they don't have the old archives.

cheers,
joanny

cheers,
joanny

angelcel said...

I love being set a challenge like this - it's something I've had to do for genealogy research and it's like happy detective work to me.

I've just Googled and apart from Hillary's suggestion of researching around Carole Lombard (pre 1942 though) this link *may* be of some help ??? :

http://www.newspaperarchive.com/

It's a subscriber site but with the research you do this may be something you're interested in subscribing to anyway.

Let us know if you have any luck. :)

ladyfi said...

Wow - hope you find that photo! What an awesome way to skive off school.

James (SeattleDad) said...

Good luck, would love to see it posted here someday.

Angelia Sims Hardy said...

I read this the other day. I don't have any advice but I did want to say I think that's the coolest thing ever to happen to a kid even if he did get in trouble and that you have the possiblity of recovering history is extrodinary!

Theresa Milstein said...

What a story. Good luck! Please post a photo when you find it.

I would ask a librarian the best way to track it down.

imbeingheldhostage said...

Stinking Blogger ate my comment.
I use Google for everything, but I'm thinking you might need to get chummy with a local librarian and do some digging. What an awesome find this will be!! You are going to post it, right?

CL Beck, author said...

What a fun story! Hope you find the picture.

Travel Nurse Extraordinaire said...

Check out this blog. It might be worth keeping an eye on it, or asking them for any suggestions.

http://forgottenoldphotos.blogspot.com/