Someone in the Office of War Information (OWI) News Bureau was certainly having a jolly old time on Christmas Eve 1942, when they wrote this memorandum concerning rumors flying around (by way of a reindeer-led sled) about a âman in whiskers who â¦ will come down many chimneys bringing gifts to hundreds of American homes.â
Memorandum, December 24, 1942, file Santa Claus, Correspondence of the Chief, News Bureau, Entry NC-148-175, National Archives Identifier 895707, RG 208: Records of the Office of War Information, National Archives.Â
This tongue-in-cheek report from the OWI News Bureau, which administered information programs to promote the U.S. Governmentâs war policies & activities, was composed by staff to poke fun at their own bureaucracy. However, even the reportâs light-hearted analysis of the âfactsâ about Santa Claus reveals serious concerns the U.S. dealt with during Globe War II, including morale, wartime shortages, & the preservation of the Allied alliance.
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