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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Arms and the Girl: 1915

Arms and the Girl: 1915

1915. "National Guard, District of Columbia, in camp." We're short on context here, so feel free to create your own narrative. Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

Cleaning Off The Cosmoline

The cleaning off all the cosmoline before your first inspection of the rifle after being issued to you was the pits. Plus, you better have your serial number memorized.

Well, big deal, you have a gun

But I can tickle my nose with my hair. Look here, I'm doing it right now.

Relatives?

Brother and Sister perhaps.

She looks like she wants to laugh at him for being such a show off.

siblings?

I think they're brother and sister..

Wedding Day

"Pa said he was goin' to need this for your weddin' this afternoon," said Billy Ray.

"I'd like to shoot him myself," replied Bobbie Sue.

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Note the contrast between our main subjects and the swimmers/bathers in the background.

Men in uniform

They told Buford he was going to have to fight off the girls when he showed up in his new uniform,but he might have taken them a bit too literally.

Miss Oyl

and her pa, seen here several years before she dyed her hair black and attracted the attentions of that fickle lounge lizard Harold Hamgravy.

Springfield '03

That rifle (United States Rifle, Caliber .30-06, Model 1903) would be scoped out and used to great effect as a sniper weapon in Vietnam more than 50 years later by the Marines. Yup, the Marines broke out "new" Springfields that had been in storage and smothered in cosmoline to prevent rust since WWI.

Now We Know

Hunh....So this is where Annie got her gun. Who'da thought it.

Keeping Guard

"No, you are not permitted to visit the McCoy camp, Ms. Hatfield."

Annie

"I bet I got better aim than you, Billy"

 
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