“THE SPICY PAPER OF THE C.C.C.”. Americana – Civilian Conservation Corps.


Swan Lake Splashes [six issues]. Sumner, Missouri: 1940-41. Six mimeographed issues in either pink or blue wrappers, stapled. Two issues with two holes punched near the left edge. Minor wear and dust soiling; otherwise very good. The only record in OCLC for this publication is on microfiche at the Center for Research Libraries.

An interesting group of issues of Swan Lake Splashes, the CCC camp newspaper published by Company 1727 stationed in Sumner, Missouri in the years immediately preceding the Second World War. The issues present here were published in March, May, August, September, and October of 1940, and January 1941. The paper bills itself variously as “The Glamour Paper of the Middle West”, “The Glamour Paper of the C.C.C.”, and “The Spicy Paper of the C.C.C.” The paper is filled with information on camp activities, sports, classes, information on the library, and more. The illustrations of Lyle Tilford often include pin-up-style depictions of women along with cartoons, story illustrations, and other complementary drawings. The most notable illustration depicts an Adolf Hitler-esque “Adolphus Mouse Commander-in-Chief of the Ratzi Army” who yells “Squeek Heil” at two smaller mice driving tanks. Item #74697

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