Timely Topics


Hamilton’s Timely Topics newsletter began in 1943 to keep Hamilton employees in Lancaster and overseas up to date on the latest news from the companies' various departments and the role Hamilton was playing in the war effort. The early issues are filled with a combination of news from the various departments, wedding and birth announcements, stats from the various company sports leagues, articles about the importance of Hamilton to the war effort, news from employees serving overseas, and tips for making the most of one’s victory garden. After the war, Timely Topics continued to report news and stories about the company and its employees’ activities and seems to have ceased publication around 1970. It was revived in 1979 and ran for several years before stopping again and being revived yet again in 1997 as the company’s newsletter.

Timely Topics is an amazing resource for locals who may find themselves or their friends and relatives in the newsletters, as well as genealogists and scholars who may use them for research. The articles and features, like “What Do You Think?” give a peek into the daily lives, interests, and values of former Hamilton employees. As the introductory editorial says in May of 1943, “You are a slice of the real America our boys are fighting for. You—your families—your homes—your jobs—your fun—your plans—your dreams—yes, altogether you are a genuine sample of our wartime home front, ready to make any sacrifice to speed the safe and victorious return of your loved ones and neighbors out there fighting.”

All of the issues currently housed in the Library & Research Center have been scanned and are present here. If you know of or have in your possession issues that are not represented here and would be willing to let us scan them, please contact the library. The library will make copies or scans of individual pages or issues for a small fee. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Timely Topics Magazines

Year: Issues

1943: MayJuly, July Supplement, AugOctNovDec

1944: FebMarAprJuneJuly, July 25 Supplement, SeptNovDec

1945: JanFebMarAprMayJulyAugSeptOctNovDec

1946: JanMarAprJuneSeptOctNovDec

1947: JanFebMarAprMayJulyAugSeptOctNovDec

1948: JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSeptNovDec

1949: JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSeptOctNovDec

1950: JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSeptOctNovDec

1951: JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSeptOctNovDecSpecial Memorial

1952: JanFebMarAprMayJuneJuly - AugSeptOctNovDec

1955: SeptOct - NovDec

1956: Jan - FebMar - AprJuneAugSept - OctNovDec

1957: Jan - FebMar - AprMayJune - JulySeptOct - NovDec

1958: Mar - AprMayJune - JulySeptOct - NovDec

1959: Jan - FebMar - AprMay - JuneAugSeptNovDec

1960: FebAprJuneAugOct - NovChristmas

1961: Jan - FebMar - AprMay - JuneJuly - AugFallChristmasChristmas Wallace Edition

1962: Jan - FebMar - AprMay - JuneJuly - AugOctChristmas

1963: Jan - FebMay - JuneJuly - AugOct - NovDec

1964: Jan - FebApr - MayAug - SeptChristmas

1965: AprMay 10May 31JulyAugOctNov 15Nov 29ChristmasSpringFall

1966: Jan 3Jan 24FebMarAprMay 9May 30JulyAugOct 10Oct 31NovChristmasSpringSummerFall

1967: Jan 3Jan 23FebMarAprMayJuneJulySeptNovDecSpringSummer

1968: AugOctNovDecFall

1969: JuneWinter

1970: JanMarAprMayJuneJuly

1979: SpringSummerFallWinter

1982: Spring

1983: Summer

1984: SpringSummerFallWinter

1985: Summer

1987: Winter

1997: Spring

Other: Special SupplimentSuppliment Award