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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP CLEAN WPA POSTER, 1939

Corporal Kink: 1942

Corporal Kink: 1942

August 1942. "Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Soldier using a barbed wire anchor spike to screw in a picket. He is wearing special gloves that are made for handling barbed wire." Photo by Howard Liberman, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Phasing out the old (or not)

A propos of an earlier discussion regarding the steel pot helmet's advent, this photo shows that Stateside training units were still being issued the World War One-style helmet (and the Springfield '03 complete with leather sling with brass frogs) as late as August of 1942.

REMF

In August of '42 alone there were 809,016 M1 Garands produced, so it's surprising that the corporal is still carrying an '03 Springfield, let alone wearing the WWI Doughboy helmet. I suppose things change slowly for the men in the rear.

Studio Shot?

There seem to be two lights on the soldier, one from 4 o'clock and one from 9 o'clock, and the 'sky' is strangely dim in comparison.

[Fill light is often used in exteriors as well, in both still and motion picture photography. -tterrace]

[This is one of dozens of photos taken outdoors at Fort Belvoir, many using a floodlight. - Dave]

I probably should have said 'posed' rather than 'studio'. At any rate, not taken on the fly.

 
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