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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Party Girl: 1942

Party Girl: 1942

August 1942. "George Woolslayer celebrated the visit of the soldier and sailor with a party at his home. Friends, relatives and fellow workers made up the list of guests. No ordinary party, this one will be remembered by the Woolslayers for years to come. Festivities started at 8 p.m. and lasted well into the next morning. Proudly seated on Sergeant French L. Vineyard's knee is Woolslayer's 8-year-old daughter, Georgia Ann, who stayed up long past her bedtime to take part in the fun. Allegheny-Ludlum Steel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania." View full size. Medium format negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Sgt. Vineyard

Vineyard's a bit of an unusual name. There is a listing for Sgt. Louis R. Vineyard of Oklahoma, of the 743rd Bomber Squadron, 455th Bomber Group (heavy) on the American Battle Monuments Commission web page for WWII burials overseas. He died on 20 December 1944 and is buried at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy. Brother, perhaps?

[There are over 1,400 Vineyards in the Social Security Death Index. Including one Frank L. Vineyard, 1921-1998. - Dave]

A Model Soldier

There is a small photo of Sergeant Vineyard (who looks much nicer than in the one at the party) in the Washington Post of March 11, 1942.

His collar is undone and he has pulled his shirt open, like Superman. The caption reads, "Sergt. French L. Vineyard shows how American soldiers will wear two identification tags bearing the soldier's name, serial number, religion, blood type, date of tetanus immunization and the person to be notified in case of emergency. The new tags, of stainless and rustproof monel metal, replace the aluminum disk used by United States troops in World War I, which did not contain the valuable medical information."

The article does not say, but I understand that there were two "dog tags" so that if a soldier was killed, one could be taken for record keeping and one could be left with the body for identification when it was recovered later.

Sgt. F.L. Vineyard

French Vineyard is one of the most unGoogleable names I've ever come across.

Take a second look.

This picture reminds me of myself a lot. When I go to other friends' places, their kids just seem to flock to me. They climb on my lap and make themselves comfortable. I give them the look – What do you think your doing? The more I growl the more they seem to like me. These two are just getting along fine and that is all that is going on.

Strange look

Sergeant French L. Vineyard has a strangely predatory look in his eyes, I wonder what he just said to little Georgia Ann that has her smiling in such a coquettish manner.

This photo is a little creepy, actually.

 
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