Selections from old LIFE magazines, issues that I found notable when I reread them during 2013-2014.  Newer issues at the top.

From LIFE magazine, 1943 Sep 27:
-- Inside front cover:  an ad for Ethyl antiknock additive for gasoline, with the theme, what do personal names mean?  Stephen meant "a crown," with a drawing of little Stephen wearing a dunce cap.  Clara meant "brilliant," with a drawing of little Clara waving her hand at the teacher because she knows that 2+3=5, 4+6=10, and 5+3=8.  Meanwhile, one seat back, little Schuyler, meaning "scholar," is aiming to shoot a paper clip at Clara via stretched rubber band.  And Simon, meaning "attentive," is asleep at his desk.  Four little white kids, 2 blonds, 1 redhead, and a brunette with one pigtail.
-- Page 1, a Bell system ad about a "new art called Electronics," with over 1,250,000 electronic tubes in service in the entire telephone system for the whole country.  Nowadays, the CPU in your home computer may have 3-4,000 times as many transistors.
-- P. 2, Stratford pens showed a soldier writing a letter home from the front -- using a pen with a nib, to dip in an inkwell.
-- 5, the Book Of the Month Club offers a combo of The Song Of Bernadette plus Victory Through Air Power, for $3.
-- 7, Dodge advertised its Sperry gyro-compass, about the size of an auto engine, with over 10,000 parts.  Think how much work your GPS saves you!
-- Lots of ads for pairs of womens' stockings, going up about 16" above the knee.
-- Page 37, the picture of the week:  a sign over a road in Guadalcanal, motivating troops to fight:  "Kill the bastards!  Down this road marched one of the regiments of the United States Army ... Twenty of their wounded in litters were bayonetted shot and clubbed by the yellow bellies ... Kill the bastards!"
-- P. 43, Ann and Nancy, two very well-fed middle-aged friends, meet at a department store.  Nancy is clerking, to free up war workers.  Ann "How about Charley -- did he mind?  You know how stuffy some men are."  Nancy answers:  "He was delighted!  He said:  'Sugar, good luck to you!'  As a matter of fact, most girls our age are working."
-- 48, a story about "Soldiers Still Sing," mentioning songs that Tin Pan Alley didn't write, like "The Fly Flew in the Grocery Store," "The Old Flannel Drawers That Maggie Wore," "Dirty Gertie from Bizerte" and copies like "Filthy Annie from Trapani," and of course "Bless 'Em All," all considerably bowdlerized so that Ann and Nancy (see the above item) wouldn't be shocked by our naughty, naughty soldier boys.
-- 56, an ad from the American Meat Institute about "the six key people who are working together to help our country in its wartime meat crisis" -- the (white male) livestock producer, the (white male) farmer, the (white male) meat packer, the (white male) sausage maker, the (white male) meat-man, and the (white female) housewife.
-- 57, an article about the Navy's new Grumman Hellcat fighter.  This was a very successful, long-lived plane.  Check out Wikipedia:  12,275 made, they shot down 5223 enemy planes, stayed in service with the Navy until 1954, still flying today, over 80 years later, for air shows!
-- 59, an ad for Revere Copper quotes one William Hayes as saying "If you work and use your head, any man can get along.  I've been at Revere for 19 years.  During that time I've been able to buy a house and two acres of land.  I don't owe anybody a nickel."  That kind of self-reliance seems to have permeated Revere; according to Wikipedia, the company is today employee-owned.  Though you can't tell it from the black&white photos in this ad, a text box says "Many of the workers at the Revere plans are Negroes.  William Hayes is representative of their high standard of endeavor, their wholehearted interest in winning the war...."  Yes; we can talk about him because he is a credit to his race.
-- 60 begins a feature about MGM movies.  Lotsa pix of stars & behind-the-scenes.  A pic of Lena Horne -- in which they darkened her up!  In her natural color, you'd never know she was a credit to her race.
-- 83, an article on the special training required for WACs' feet, because vanity has made many women ruin their feet in high heels.
-- 113, an article about the Army's new bazooka "rocket gun."
-- 115, an ad for a postwar house, 2 bed / 2 bath, featuring Timken Silent Automatic heating and air conditioning.  $3500.
-- 119, an article, "Life Visits the Harvesters of America," says "Whole families worked together in the fields.  Labor imported from Mexico, Jamaica and the Bahamas worked beside women, children and volunteers from the city....  all were touched by the deep sense of fulfilment, the elemental happiness that always seems to rise from the land at this time of fruitful climax.  They breathed the ripe smell of growing things, sang as they worked, laughed at their own weariness ...."  How can such pleasant jobs have trouble attracting workers today?