Labor and Leisure

The Calship Logs were created for the employees of Calship, and their purpose was to inform workers of safety rules, policies and procedures, and the progress of working for the war effort. Most importantly, Calship Logs encouraged work-life balance during the war. By dedicating a space to each issue, employees shared their leisure activities and encouraged other employees to enjoy their time outside the shipyard. 

Home front Americans enjoyed themselves despite wartime anxieties, frustrations, and sometimes personal or family tragedy. Some 85 million went to the movies every week, and box office receipts more than doubled from 1939 to 1945. Radios continued as key sources of news and entertainment. Book sales, especially paperbacks, rose sharply during the war. Comic book sales increased from 12 million copies monthly in 1942, to more than 60 million in 1946—with one-third of the population aged 18 to 30 reading them. Tens of millions avidly followed newspaper comic strips. Vacation travel boomed, adding to the crowds at railroad and bus stations. Beaches on the East, West, and Gulf coasts were especially popular destinations.