February 1945 cover of Industrial Heating

History is a wonderful thing and Industrial Heating has had the enormous blessing of chronicling much of the metals industry's history over the past 75 years. Whether you are a history buff or not, several hours spent leafing through Industrial Heating's archives is worthwhile. Anyone reading this editorial is welcome to do just that - come and visit our offices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and look through our archives starting back as far as 1924.

....The cover reproduced on this page is just one of many fascinating pages in the 1942-1945 WWII era. This particular cover is from February 1945. The fine print at the bottom says:

Because we believe the above question is appropriate at this time it has replaced our advertising in this space. It can be removed for display. General Alloys Company - Heat Resistant Alloy Castings, Boston, Mass.

How our world has changed since 1945. Consider just how much this cover tells us about how times have changed:

  • "What have I done" - in a day when each of us seems to rely more on "the group" of the "other guy" to take care of our needs, how refreshing it is to see "What have I done...(emphasis added)" as the first few words of this cover. There is no doubt we have wandered from the virtue of individual responsibility.
  • "Victory" - an uncommon word today. "Exit strategy," "withdrawal," "peaceful transition" are more popular. Suggesting that we've squashed the "enemy" (another rarely used word) and have secured the Victory is a nearly alien concept today.
  • "a Mother's son" - Apparently, back in the 1940's they recognize the differences between the genders. This does not diminish the grief of a father, of course, but in the 1940's, apparently they realized that mothers are hit hardest when a child dies.
  • "Son" - What about the daughters? Obviously, things have changed. Now our daughters are also put in harm's way.
  • "die for me" - While we still understand what it means to "lay down our life for another," putting this statement on the cover of a trade journal implies that the people of the 1940's had a more thorough understanding and deeper appreciation for the ultimate sacrifice many would give for liberty.

  • ...."Remember the old ways and walk therein," is a favorite quote of mine. Great men urge us to remember history, especially "the good," and to emulate "the good."

    ....It is IH's wish to continue to publicize the best about this industry and the companies therein and to encourage "the good" in the thermal processing industry. IH