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Gala War Show

From American Horologist magazine, May, 1945

It's going to take 14 billion dollars to make the sensational "benefit" possible for the Mikado and his Sons of Heaven.

If the redoubtable Herr is still around by that time, he's cordially invited to sit in and see the show. (Our artist has given him the benefit of the doubt, and included him in the illustration.) Let's see now, Americans, how much 14 billion dollars worth of War Bonds buys in the way of pyrotechnic talent. 

B-29 Superfortresses are available at $600,000 each, P-47 Thunderbolts at $50,000 each, M-4 Tank Dozers equipped with 76-mm. guns and bulldozer blade at $67,417 each. A dazzling and wondrous array of Half-Tracks, Jeeps, Trucks, Rockets, Mortars, Airborne Radar, P-SO "Shooting Stars", Jet-Propelled Combat Planes are also available at bargain prices.

These are just some of the 1001 acts towards which your dollars will go to make this "reception" one which his Imperial Highness will not soon forget.

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