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J.A.G.: 1917

J.A.G.: 1917

Washington, D.C., 1917. "Junior American Guard drilling." The tall boy is Randall Elliott. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Close up of the street light

Close up of the street light with street name so we can locate? Does that say Kalorama?

[I think it does. - Dave]

Integrated group in 1917 DC?

Rear rank, far right.

[If you mean far left, that's Lincoln Shah, who was Chinese. - Dave]

Growing Boys

Kind of hard to make a neat military parade when all your men are growing at different rates.

Stiff Spine

Randall Elliott also organized and served as president of the rifle club at Western High in 1916.


Randall is the only whose uniform doesn't look as if it had been slept in and is the only one who has sucked it in and is standing straight. His mama would be proud but I bet he is too.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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