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WW2 Office Paper and Paperwork type Items

This article will be broken into different sections and contain links to different kinds of paperwork. Most of the paperwork listed will be PDFs. Unless specified differently in terms of size and paper the PDFs can all be printed on a regular 8.5×11 piece of printing paper.

The Packing of the Field Desk and Record Chest – Created at Fort Benning GA on May 1st, 1943, and describes how to pack the field desk and record chest. There were two types of field desks an older model and a newer one. The older model field desk is expected to be pressed into service as a record chest (according to the guide). I Also wanted to drop some images below of it.

War Department Army ID Card Cover – It looks like paperwork no 16-20107. You should cut it out and glue one side to the other.

Individual Pay Record Cover – War Dept AGO Form No.28 March 26th, 1942. This is the cover and back of the pay record.

Individual Pay Record Inside – War Dept AGO Form No.28 March 26th, 1942. This is the inside of the pay record. It’s a little booklet and the pages are numbered and you can print it off and staple it using two stapes. One near the top and on near the bottom. Make sure the smooth top part of the stable is facing outside so the tines of the staple go inside the pages and grab them altogether.

Connecticut Defense Council – A certificate stating that the said person has been a member of the CT Civilian Defense Force. This was something Connecticut created in 1917 during WW1 and just carried over into WW2. It helped with various areas of concern, such as food supply, fuel conservation, transportation, military and naval affairs, and publicity. They probably also engaged in Air Ward Warden activities, aircraft and Uboot spotting, and nightly beach patrols. This is not the stupid pro-gun group in CT or any of the idiotic private militias one might come across. Totally different things.

Moresecode Cheat Sheet – Not totally sure if wartime but good to have around for working communications and signal.

Separation Notice – Form RIUC S-12. I’m not sure if this is a separation notice from the Army but could be something civilian contractors or regular workers might have gotten from their jobs back in the 1940s.

WAC Enlistment Letter – Headquarters Southern New York Recruiting And Induction District Women’s Army Corps Section 480 Lexington Ave, New York 17, NY. This is an enlisted letter WACs may have gotten. The date is 28th Sept 1943 so you may need to use Photoshop to adjust the date. Hilariously, that location is now a Mexican Restaurant.

Quartermaster Corps Manuel QMC 14-2: Use and Care of Office Equipment and Supplies – Dated Feb 1945. Written in response to the drastic reduction of office supplies and describes how to use and care for office supplies to make them last longer. Contains nuggets of information like “use both sides of the paper” and “to re-use file folders flip them inside out”. Also mentions to reuse rubber bands as rubber was a wartime ration good. It also has a good section on how to care for typewriters, which if you don’t know where to begin is a good place to start!

How To Use Smith-Corona Portable Typewriters: Floating Shift Models – Likely from 1947 but describes how to use this type of model from that brand. The “float” machines operate quietly thanks to the Smith Floating Shift used in the machine (note the cursive word “Floating” above the shift key). When the shift key was invented, it originally shifted the cylinder, or platen, to be struck in a new position by the capital letters on a typebar. The floating shift moved the typebars up and down instead, allowing for a smoother typing action. You can also download the 1938 version here.

United States Army Color Card of Standard Shades for Slide Fastener Tapes: Dated 1945 and is a supplement to US Army Specification No.100-31. Issued by the Textile Color Card Association (TCAA) of the United States and describes US Army shades for fasteners. The TCCA was created in 1915 as a color consulting, standardizing, and forecasting industry group as the US was cut off from such ideas due to WW1. The TCCA formed close relationships with the US Military and also helped set the standard colors for the US Flag. I dropped the color slide below as it’s kinda neat to see all the colors available –

Temporarily Appointed Officer Certificate – Printing size unknown