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A Different Focus on WWII

Posted: Thursday, Nov 7th, 2013

Veterans Day for most is a way to remember and recognize the men and women that have fought for the freedoms of America. For Templeton resident, photographer, romance writer and pharmacist, Virginia Eleanor Bates Johnson it is a day that brings back memories of her life during World War II and the photos she took of the many billboards that went up to keep the public informed throughout the war.

Johnson was at college during the early years of the war studying to be a pharmacist at the University of Southern California. Her parents Charles and Bessie Bates were owners of C.W. Bates Drugs; she later became a fourth-generation pharmacist. While studying at USC, she would drive by many billboards on her way and became interested in this type of advertising.

For the complete article see the 11-08-2013 issue.

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