Civil defense worker paddling a boat down Charles Page Avenue during the 1943 flood. The civil defense helped out in national disasters and drilled the population in such military procedures as air raid drills. Beryl Ford continued with an anecdote about the local air raid officer in his neighborhood growing up, who went around the neighborhood sealing tiny cracks in window shades with electric tape and declaring that "The Japanese pilots can see a lit cigarette from 10,000 feet!"
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Preservation and archiving of this significant Tulsa treasure of photographs and artifacts was made possible through the Tulsa City-County Library and the Tulsa Historical Society, and the generosity of Tulsa World/Lorton Family, Chester Cadieux, the Rotary Club of Tulsa, and many other community-minded corporations, institutions, and individuals.