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

At Ease: 1914

At Ease: 1914

Circa 1914 in the vicinity of Washington, D.C. "U.S. Army soldiers in front of tent." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Tall tent

What a wonderful photo. Clearly pre-prohibition days, and maybe ammo for those pushing for prohibition. Too much fun!!

I thought Buster Keaton, too, when I saw the photo in large.

But what really impressed me was the height of that tent. A bit of work there. Note the new barrel in the background, the stove towards our side of the tent, and the storage trunk in between. Perhaps the cook's tent.

GI Picture

They seem much older than the servicemen we see today. In 1914 the Army was intervening during the Mexican Revolution. It had been 16 years since the Spanish-American War. Some of the guys in this photo might have been involved one or both.

Mustache guy

Look closer and you'll see that the guy with the mustache is obviously smiling. Not so for his buddy Buster Keaton, though he was probably just practicing his schtick.

UPDATE: Keaton is actually William S. Hart, now that I think about it.
UPDATE UPDATE: Then there's Roscoe "Only Somewhat Overweight Yet" Arbuckle on guitar.

Always one dud at the party

Shame that the guy with the walrus mustache can't get into the playful spirit all around him as his fellow troopers clown and mug for the camera.
Makes the soldier biz look like a party at Boy Scout camp.

What a recruiting poster

Imagine taking your boy to the recruiter and meeting this bunch. What a band: a bugler, mandolin, chamberpot player and guitar, along with a civilian and who knows what else, and all of them soused to the gills! I wonder where the CO was.

 
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