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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

With Relish: 1942

With Relish: 1942

September 1942. New York City. "First Chinese seamen granted shore leave in wartime America. Chinese seamen on United Nations vessels may now obtain shore leave in American ports. Heretofore, because of the large number of desertions by Chinese crew members, alien seamen of Chinese nationality have been detained on board when their ships touched American ports. As a result of conferences between representatives of the Chinese Embassy, the Recruitment and Manning Organization of War Shipping Administration, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the Department of Justice, Chinese seamen may now be granted shore leave if guarantees are given that they will not desert. Lee Ah Ding (left) and Yee Chee Ching, Chinese seamen from a British freighter, try typical American food for the first time. Yee took a hot dog in stride, but Lee refused to have anything to do with this strange foreign food. He did, however, drink a Coke with relish." Really, a hot dog with relish probably would have been better. Photo by Edward Gruber, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Looks like a Grape Nehi

Ask Radar O'Reilly in a few years.

Maybe a Pepsi

On careful viewing, I think Mr. Lee Ah Ding is drinking a Pepsi Cola. But it is definitely not a Coca-Cola. Maybe with relish.

Coke or Pepsi

Is Lee drinking a Coke or Pepsi. I don't see any Coke advertising and the bottle appears to be Pepsi.

Also is Bob's Up the precursor to Seven UP?

Dringing buddies

Yee probably drang a dring after eating his hot dog.

Crewmen of the MV Glenstrae out of Liverpool

On a whim I looked up their names, found their ship's name and vitals.

I found the ship's manifest for Mr. Yee and Mr. Lee, dated March 17, 1942 in the New York Passenger Lists over on Ancestry.

From the M.V. Glenstrae, out of Liverpool I found the following two men:

Yee Che Ching, listed as 26 years old, service 9 years at sea, job is a "Greaser", height 5-5, weight 134 pounds.

Also on that ship was an Zee Ah Ding, listed as 32 years old, service 18 years at sea, job is "No. 4 Greaser", 6 feet 1/2 inches in height, 140 pounds.

I found information about the Glenstrae at http://www.red-duster.co.uk/GLEN9.htm. Unless the men changed ships, this means they most likely survived the war.

"GLENGARRY (2)/GLENSTRAE (3), the third of the quintet, was launched in 1920 but not delivered until 1922 due to a shortage of materials, and built by Harland & Wolff at Glasgow with a tonnage of 9640grt, a length of 485ft 6 in a beam of 62ft 3in and a service speed of 12.5 knots. In November 1922 she grounded in the Whangpo River but was refloated after discharging her cargo into lighters, and in 1925 collided with the tug Heathercock owned by the Liverpool Screw Towing and Lighterage but was not to blame. In March 1939 she was renamed Glenstrae in order to release the name for a ship being built in Denmark. On 7th September 1940 she received a direct hit during an air raid on the London Docks. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 curtailed her routing and she was subsequently used on the Australian multi-port service. In February 1949 she was transferred to Blue Funnel Line and renamed Dolius (2) and in July 1952, after a collision with the Gladstone Dock, Liverpool, wall, she suffered serious hull damage and was subsequently put up for disposal. Acquired by the British Iron & Steel Co. she was scrapped at the Briton Ferry yard of Thos.W. Ward later in the same year."

Ice Cold Drings?

I wonder if the owner of the hot dog cart ever noticed that typo on his sign...

"A Coke with relish"

Yes, but how do the little bits pass through the straw?

 
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