Monday, May 23, 2022

Cards and vintage stuff: May 18-25, 1940

The German invasion of France and Belgium was the overwhelming news story May 18-25, 1940, as several cities in both countries fell to the Germans. In other news, an earthquake in Mexico killed nine people, and Leon Trotsky survived an assassination attempt.In the US, the Supreme Court's decision in Cantwell v. Connecticut affirmed that federal protection of religious freedom extended to state governments.

Meanwhile, in Tulsa, OK, valvemaker Ohio Injector attended the International Petroleum Exhibition. The exhibition was held every few years in Tulsa, the "Oil Capital of the World". Ohio Injector made valves for a variety of purposes, including for the petroleum industry. The last IPE was held in 1979, and Ohio Injector went out of business in 1983.

While the Ohio Injector men attended the exhibition in Oklahoma, the local Indians were mostly at home, and mostly successful. They lost to the Senators on the 18th, took two out of three from the Yankees from the 19th-21st, and beat the Red Sox on the 22nd. They then traveled to St. Louis, and spoiled the Browns' first ever home night game with a 3-2 victory on the 25th. Bob Feller, who had beaten the Yankees on the 19th, was the star of that St. Louis game as well, not only pitching a complete game but hitting a home run as well.



  1. Didn't realized Feller pitched at the MLB level before the US entered WWII. Time sure has a way with messing with the mind.