(Robert) Sullivan, Legion, Texas
W. R. Sullivan correspondence,
ending in 1942, was obtained in 2020 from U. T. Austin,Texas
Briscoe Center For American History. So why did his
correspondence end along with disappearance of W. R. Sullivan feeder
in 1942? It appears this stems from the beginning of World
War II in December 1941. On
April 27, 1942 U. S. families began registering for ration books for
'sugar'. World War II sugar rationing is covered well in
following link by author, Sarah Sundin who writes of this era ...
What is it about the World War II
era that fascinates us?
Wartime commodity (sugar)
rationing effectively ended Legion Hospital patients' hummingbird
feeding program... it's just that simple. The link below is to a 'personal ad'
placed in the Kerrville Mountain Sun on April 29, 1943... personal
ad placed by "The Hummingbirds".
It confirms the sudden and long lasting sugar shortage ...
TO EXCHANGE:. This, essentially sets
the stage for rebirth of hummingbird feeding in the 1950's.