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'Home Front Girl': 7 stories from a real WWII-era diary

Joan Wehlen Morrison's diary capturing life in Chicago before and during World War II offers insight into the era. Here are 7 of Morrison's stories from "Home Front Girl."

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King George VI (second from right) and Queen Elizabeth (second from left) following the coronation


2. May 12, 1937

"It was Coronation Day. I woke up at five o'clock, turned off the alarm, awoke again at six and listened to the actual coronation. I bundled up in all my blankets, leaving one ear out, and sat on the sofa listening.... Wonder what Edward VIII who abdicated is thinking tonight.... Well, Coronation or no Coronation – there was school today."

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