This picture of Jacksonville's Varsity Cafe was made in 1942,
during the midst of World War II, and is from the collection
of Mr. Homer Barnwell. He recalls that the Varsity was a favorite
hot spot for college students and locals alike, although the
war had greatly reduced the number of male students enrolled
in school. The Varsity was on the west side of the square. At
the right is College Beauty Shop and Princess Theater. More
vintage photos from Jacksonville and JSU are available at my
What was happening in 1942:
- U.S. war censorship code outlaws man-in-the-street, other
- U.S. Office of Censorship bans any mention of weather in baseball
- Thornton Wilder wins third Pulitzer with play, The Skin
of Our Teeth.
- Atanasoff and Berry in Iowa build the first electronic digital
- Robert Frost wins fourth Pulitzer Prize.
- "Chattanooga Choo Choo" becomes the first "gold" record.
- C.S. Lewis' satire on salvation, The Screwtape Letters,