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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

The Fleet's Out!

The Fleet's Out!

Dad took this while in the Navy touring the Mediterranean during the Korean War, 1951. He'd use his Kodak Bantam and just mail the undeveloped film home to Indiana. Kodachrome slide.

U.S. Navy in the Mediterranean

Makes me think of holidays I had with my parents during the 50's and early 60's to Cannes, France, where we often met crew members of the U.S. Navy Sixth Fleet. I especially remember the USS Saratoga (CV-60) and how impressed I was as a 14 year old boy visiting it. And visiting the local fair with Navy Sailor men was great fun!

Navy Relief

This reminds me of when we first got to Germany. We were driving around, sightseeing, and saw a tour bus pulled off to the side of the road. In front of the bus was a line of about a dozen men, doing this. We were amused, but, being the parents of little boys, we soon learned to appreciate the acceptability of it!

 
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