Thursday, July 26, 2018

The March of Dimes Campaign in Windsor

In January 1945, Windsor’s part in the national battle against polio was led by Earl Donegan, chairman of the town’s March of Dimes fund-raising campaign. The phrase “March of Dimes” had been coined by comedian Eddie Cantor in 1937. It was a play on the title of the contemporary newsreel, “The March of Time.” Contributions to the March of Dimes could be deposited in boxes placed in stores, or through the schools.

The caption of the ad reads: "The Crippler: I have only one racial prejudice. The human race."
After the month-long drive was over, on January 31, Donegan reported that his committee had raised $1,005, or about $14,000 in today’s money. In the previous year, the committee had raised only $235.

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