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American Pineapple: 1942

American Pineapple: 1942

November 1942. "An American pineapple, of the kind the Axis finds hard to digest, is ready to leave the hand of an infantryman in training at Fort Belvoir, Va." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Infantryman

I think I had this little green toy soldier pose along with the spread eagle shooters and the "on-one-knee" Walkie Talkee Guys.

Tanks er I mean Thanks

Tanks er I mean Thanks Dave

Ron

Dave

Dave is it possible to see a larger size on the tank that you see the 3 soldiers?

Ron

[Those are all elsewhere on the site. Click where it says "Alfred Palmer" to see all of his pics. - Dave]

Re: Cut & Paste

The 4x5 Kodachromes were used as studies for painted illustrations and bond drive posters. In 1942 Alfred Palmer traveled to Fort Benning, Fort Knox and Fort Belvoir, often shooting from near ground level with a floodlight, aiming up at his subjects with a background of clouds and sky. The results for the twilight shots were often a bit underexposed, as was the case here.

Cut & Paste

This image looks tailor-made for masking. The blue background looks like it would help Photoshoppers today in copying the soldier with ease. Could that have been part of the original reason for the framing, so the image could be used in different compositions?

 
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