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Bethlehem Boys: 1935

Bethlehem Boys: 1935

November 1935. Sons of American Legion members in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the FSA.



The convertible in the back would have been my car.

Veterans to be

If they were 10, give or take a year, in 1935 they would almost inevitably be marching off to war assuming they were in good health. They had to register for the draft on their 18th birthday, but I don't doubt that most of them wouldn't bother to wait for their number to be called. They'd join up on their own. These were the sort of boys who became men in units like the 101st Airborne or the Americal Division; the trailing edge of the Greatest Generation.

Soldiers To Be?

They may have been eligible for membership.
It seems kind of onthe borderline for these guys.
How old would you say they are?
10 in 1935?
If so, that would put them at 18 in 1943.
I wonder if any of these boys ever did marched off to war?

In a few years

Most of them look like they'd be old enough to be eligible for membership in about 10 years, if you get my drift.

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