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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Semper Soap: 1919

Semper Soap: 1919

Washington, D.C., 1919. "Junior Marines." Our second look in as many days at these clean-living lads. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

On young Marines

My dad wasn't much older than these guys when he joined the regular Marines, in 1945. He was 16 and didn't even shave yet! Except for the four years he was in college, he was on active duty for the next 39 years.

 
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