Letters from War – A report about British newspapers in February 1944

This is part of our “Letters from War” series documenting the World War II letters of Irvin Schwartz of Pine Grove, PA. The letters were all published in the West Schuylkill Press-Herald between 1943 and 1945. 

Read the previous letter here

Irvin Schwartz Military
Irvin Schwartz in 1943

Somewhere in England

February 18, 1944

Dear Mr. Reber:

I just finished reading a newspaper and I happened to think that I never told you anything about these British Isle newspapers. Well, roughly, none are more than six to eight pages; whether this is a custom or due to paper shortage, I cannot tell.

There are no lengthy articles as in our own and I find in many cases the headlines are connected with the first sentence in the opening paragraph. There are not two full pages devoted to sports as in our U.S. dailies, but about one-half column per day and yet the space covers a wide field.

The prices are one pence and two pence – .01 2/3  and .03 ½ per copy. There is nothing like colored comics.

Mr. and Mrs. Reber, I am doing all I can for Uncle Sam and I now tip the scale at 172, the first time in my history. We have the best of food and getting along all O.K.

Good luck and may God bless you all.

Good night.

Irvin L. Schwartz

Featured Image: A March issue of the West-Schuylkill Press-Herald and Pfc. Irvin Schwartz

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