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Honolulu Punahou Service 1942 Folding tapa-covered boards containing a hand-cut checkerboard with two small manila envelopes pasted on opposite sides. The envelopes contain thirteen red and yellow plastic disks, and one of these envelopes is printed with the stamp of the Hawaii Chapter of the American Junior Red Cross. Small label with the logo for Punahou Service is affixed to the lower left side. In June, 1941, Punahou School -- the largest independent college preparatory school in the United States and alma mater of President Barack Obama -- celebrated its Centennial. By the end of that year, the school grounds were occupied by the Army Corps of Engineers immediately following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Once conditions stabilized on the island, the school continued to operate from the University of Hawaii's Teacher's College, but many regular programs had to be cut. To aid in the war effort, the acting Dean of Girls re-structured Punahou Service, an extant arts and crafts program, and enlisted the students to produce handmade items for soldiers. In her book, Punahou: The War Years, Charlotte Peabody Dodge notes that of the items produced by the girls in Punahou Service, "(t)he most popular ... was a cigar box 'pastime kit' containing a crossword puzzle, a file case, pad and pencil, a folder, a deck of cards, and small cribbage and checker boards." Although the rest of the kit is not present, this is a rare survival of a game produced by children for the use of soldiers during wartime, and is in very fine condition.
      [Bookseller: Bromer Booksellers]
Last Found On: 2012-12-27           Check availability:      Direct From Bookseller    


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