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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

The New Recruit: 1917

The New Recruit: 1917

1917. "U.S. Army physical examination." Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

Hunky for 1917

Actually, this young man seems in much better shape than other men of similar age seen shirtless in the published photos from this era. Most look scrawny by late 20th century standards, unless they were athletes like those in the famous Yale rowers picture seen some years back on Shorpy. This fella looks like he has filled out nicely from adolescence, making me think he may have been a manual laborer.

Hope

Whenever I see photos of these healthy, hopeful young men I always wonder if they returned home in the same condition - with limbs and sanity intact.

A Lot More!!!

Would have to agree with Mal Fuller about how much of me they checked when I enlisted in the Navy in 60s. Something about turn your head and cough!!!

Contemporary Standards

Starting from the top.

Breasts: small, undeveloped.
Abdominals: poorly defined.
Ankles: scrawny, birdlike.

Next!

Ow.

Did Doc put his legs on backward? Or is he a bird?

Rid 'em Doc

I love this site. Doc's spurs are a nice note from the past. A bit like Col. Potter's on M*A*S*H.

They got nosier

When I went in the military in the 1960s, they checked more of me than that!

 
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