Judy Garland performing for civilian employees at the PNSY in 1944

Throwback Thursday: Lunchtime Specials

Workers at The Navy Yard didn’t always spend their lunch breaks walking around the Marines Grounds in pursuit of the perfect food truck or relaxing in a hammock at Central Green. During World War II, the Philadelphia Navy Yard Development Association boosted morale and production by organizing lunchtime entertainment. The Association created the Navy Yard Band and invited the music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, to conduct its first concert. These lunchtime shows also included performances by Judy Garland, Esther Williams, and John Wayne.

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