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World War II ration book of Arthur Dannenberg


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Arthur M. Dannenberg, Sr., born in Philadelphia on 7 January 1891, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1913. He served an internship at the Jewish Hospital of Philadelphia — now the Albert Einstein Medical Center (AEMC) — and then volunteered for service in the Medical Corps of the United States Army. For two years, from August 1917 to August 1919, he was the commanding medical officer of a meningitis ward at Camp Jackson, South Carolina.

On completion of this military duty, Dannenberg returned to Philadelphia to begin his medical practice. He applied for an appointment to a junior position in the pediatrics department of the Jewish Hospital, and was accepted. He eventually became the senior attending pediatrician and chief of pediatrics at the Northern Division of the AEMC in 1938.

Dannenberg served as a consultant to a number of Philadelphia area institutions engaged in the care of children. He was at various times the medical director and pediatrician of the Max and Sarah Bamberger Home in Longport, New Jersey; the Jewish Foster Home; the Home for Hebrew Orphans; the Juvenile Aid Society; and the Phipps Institute. He met his wife, Marion Loeb, a social worker, while working at the Phipps Institute during the 1920s, and they later married and had two children. Mrs. Dannenberg died in 1978. He was also a board member of the Young Men's/Young Women's Hebrew Association (YM/YWHA) and of the YM/YWHA camps, and of the Willowcrest Convalescent Home.

When Dannenberg became chief of the pediatric department at the Northern Division of the AEMC, his first endeavor was the development of an educational program with very high standards, one of great value to the interns and residents of the department and to its attending staff. Dannenberg also wanted the teaching sessions to be shared by physicians of the general community. He was asked to allow the attendance of Temple students at his teaching sessions, and was subsequently appointed to the Temple pediatric faculty.

Dannenberg's private practice increased rapidly following his appointment as chief of pediatrics at the AEMC and his involvement as consultant to so many of the social agencies in Philadelphia that were engaged in the care of children. He devoted considerable time towards improving the functioning of his department within the hospital, and towards the department's teaching activities.

Dannenberg produced a number of papers for the pediatric literature, he was active in the affairs of the American Pediatric Society, and he helped to organize the Philadelphia Pediatric Society. He took special interest in the Aid Association of the Philadelphia County Medical Society. He was elected a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in 1938, and for a number of years was a member of the Finance Committee.

On 7 December 1990, Dannenberg died at his home in Philadelphia.

Source: Tumen, Henry J. "Memoir of Arthur M. Dannenberg, Sr., 1891-1990." Transactions & Studies of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Ser. 5, Vol. 13, No. 2 (1991); 221-225.

This small collection consists of one "War Ration Book No. 3," (1943) which belonged to Arthur M. Dannenberg. Ration Book No. 3 was distributed during the summer of 1943, and contained four pages of "point" stamps, similar to the point stamps in War Ration Book 2, though slightly different in design and printed in brown ink. These brown stamps were used for meat. It also contained four pages of "unit" stamps for items such as sugar, coffee, and shoes. Each page of forty-eight stamps bears the design of a different war machine, including guns, tanks, aircraft carriers and planes.

In Dannenberg's ration book, all the "point" stamps are torn out, but most of the "unit" stamps still remain.

Source: United States Office Of War Information. War ration book no. 3... United States: U.S. Government Printing Office, August 1943. Photograph. Accessed 15 June 2018.

This collection was discovered during a survey in the summer and fall of 2015. It was processed in the spring of 2018.

Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Finding Aid Author
Chrissie Perella
Finding Aid Date
15 June 2018

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