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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Army Buds: 1949

Army Buds: 1949

Puerto Rico 1949 - my brother's friends on a night off duty. View full size.

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The small chevrons

Were put into use circa 1948 as a cost cutting measure, supposedly implemented by General Omar Bradley. They were very unpopular and switched back to the standard size chevrons in 1951.


Puerto Rican Department

WAC stripes

The small stripes worn on sleeves in this photo were originally designed for Women's Army Corps uniforms, but for some strange reason about this time the Army decided to issue them to men. Lasted a while until smarter heads changed it back to "regulation" sized stripes. They do look silly.

The yellow and red patch on the left shoulder is for the Antilles Department; it's been used since for a variety of units in Puerto Rico.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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