NOTE: The term “Allotment Annie” was used during World War II and afterwards to describe the women who practiced this particular scam.
PHOTO CAPTION: Mrs. Loyal Shafflebarger is in jail in Reno, Nev., on charges of using the mail to defraud two of her four husbands. Bruce Thompson, assistant United States attorney, said the 38-year-old woman “has four husbands – two sailors, a merchant seaman and a soldier. None have been divorced.” She said she was reading mail from her spouses when this picture was taken. The government charges Mrs. Shaffenbarger has been receiving allotments in the mail from her sailor husbands.
[“Wirephoto: Three Too Many Husbands,” syndicated (AP), Spokane Daily Chronicle (Wa.), Apr. 29, 1943 (Final Fireside Edition), Apr. 29, 1943, p. 1]
For more cases of this type see: “War-Marriage Vampires”& “Allotment Annies"