Alice Bradshaw was born on January 24, 1922 in Brooklyn, NY. Raised in New Rochelle, NY, her father was an architect who worked in New York City. Alice attended Parson’s School of Design from 1941 through 1942 but ultimately left school to work with her father. Alice served as an Air Raid Warden and also worked for the Red Cross during the war. She has two brothers, one of which worked in an airplane factory during the war and the other was assigned to study at MIT by the Navy. After the war, Alice continued work as an architect and married a World War II Veteran, Winn Bradshaw. Alice, now 96, has two children and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she enjoys seeing.
In this interview, Mrs. Bradshaw shares her Home Front experiences from World War II. Alice remembers everyone pulling together behind the country and making sacrifices. She recalled working as an Air Raid Warden late at night and shared a complimentary letter she received from the Red Cross for her work designing a poster for them. Mrs. Bradshaw also discusses rationing, victory gardens, USO Dances and her late husband’s time in the Navy.