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Begin the Beguine: 1943

Begin the Beguine: 1943

October 1943. Washington, D.C. "Walter Spangenberg, captain in the Woodrow Wilson High School Cadet Corps, at the school's Regimental Ball." Medium-format negative by Esther Bubley, Office of War Information. View full size.


Star Dust

She's all starry-eyed. I would be, too, if that handsome fellow danced with me.

Are we a bit jealous?

The girl to the left looks like she wishes that she was dancing with Walter; and the guy on the right looks like he wishes that he WAS Walter.

Who is SHE?

Who cares about the guy in the uniform - who is the gal?

High School ?

He looks old enough to fly a B-24, oh wait, he probably did about six months later.

I believe I got a whiff

of Evening in Paris.

Is that you, Marilyn?

His date looks a lot like a certain Miss Norma Jean Baker.

Walter's Handsome!

Wow, Walter was quite handsome!
Love having a link to one of the vintage Shorpy Photo Stars.
Nice tribute to one of our 'Greatest Generation'.

Walter Spangenberg

I found the fellow pictured online!

Capt. Spangenberg

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