Contributed by his great-granddaughter Regan Hardy
Born in Macon, Georgia on March 29th, 1904, William Calvin Jones Jr. grew up with his parents William Calvin Jones Sr. and Maude Harris in Birmingham. He married Alda Irene Whaley Jones, an Alabama native, in 1928 at the age of 24, and the two lived in Birmingham after their wedding. The couple transplanted to Chicago, moved back to Alabama, and welcomed a daughter to the world all in the span of less than ten years. My great-grandfather, or “Bill,” as my father and his siblings called him, was a prolific pressman for the Birmingham News and a wonderfully quirky patriarch of the Jones family.
Pictures provided by the family collection of Allison Hardy, Bill’s granddaughter.
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Stretching the Clothing Dollar. Household Finance Corporation, 1937.
Although a relic from the 1930s-era American desire to pinch every penny possible, the pamphlet Stretching the Clothing Dollar focuses on the ever-ironic American obsession with fashion, even in the darkest of times. Directed
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