“Our country is at WAR,” read the memorandum to the employees of Republic Metalware Company in Buffalo, New York, shortly after the United States declared war against Germany in April 1917.
Some of our boys are in the Army or the Navy; others will go when called for. The rest of us—women and older men—will fight the enemy in Buffalo. How shall we do this?
War is not only a series of battles between armies or fleets. It is a conflict in which the whole strength of a nation . . . fights the whole strength of another nation. Everyone helps win the war who does his or her share in any of these fields of work.
So your work for the R. M. Co. is no longer simply for your own wages or personal advancement. It is a patriotic duty, just as necessary to the nation as if you were at the front as a soldier, sailor, or nurse.
The R. M. Co. . . . will make for the Army, Navy, or Hospitals whatever they want that we can manufacture.
And Republic delivered—not with just the soup ladle featured here, but in many other ways as well.