W.W.II Rubber drive at the Star Theater, Westbrook, 1943
The citizens of Westbrook participated in the war effort from the home front by hosting scrap rubber drive during World War II. Scrap drives were a popular way to collect needed materials and give the people back home an opportunity to contribute to the war effort. The signs in the foreground of this photograph, while not appropriate by today's standards in 2013, after the attack at Pearl Harbor in 1941, were commonplace during the war. Seated on the running board of the truck are Warren McLaughlin and Louise E. Campbell. The Star Theater, was built in 1912, and closed in the late 1960s. The building was razed in 1974.