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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Got Meat?

Got Meat?

1917. Arlington, Virginia. "Fort Myer officer training camp mess." Vegan schmegan. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Hubba Hubba

Wooo hooo. Sorry I am being a leering wolf. What a beautiful man.

Oh, my!

That's one good-looking man! He should have been in the movies!

Smile

I can count on two hands how many times a Shorpy photo instantly brought a smile to my face. This one is at the top of the list. There's something about this chef's infectious smile that immediately makes you grin. I also get a sense of pride for his abilities. Look how tenderly he holds that slab of beef! Amazing.

The 369th

While the 369th New York - also known as the Harlem Hellfighters - was part of the AEF they, along with the other units of the 92nd and 93rd Divisions, served under French command. The 369th was initially assigned to the French 16th Division and then transferred to the French 161st.

There were some black officers in the 369th, notable ragtime and jazz musician Lt. James Europe who served as the regiment's band master. The 366th Infantry Regiment was entirely Black, both enlisted men and officers.

Fabio and a personal chef rolled into one!!

Upturned collar, bursting buttons, dazzling smile, and he can cook!

The 369th

One of the three most highly-decorated American units in WWI was the 369th New York (aka the Harlem Death-Rattlers), a National Guard unit with black enlisted personnel and white officers from old-line New York families like the Stuyvesants.

Why not a soldier?

It's a shame African-Americans soldiers were reserved to see only duties like that ... what a shame.

[Do your homework. There were plenty of black soldiers in WWI. - Dave]

Add him!

He is the next candidate for the "Handsome Rake" category!

Rake material?

Decidedly handsome, but too hard-working a man to be a rake, probably -- though you do never know what people get up to in their off hours.

Perhaps the next addition to the Handsome Rake gallery?

Haaaaandsome

He's a looker! A cook in 1917, a supermodel in 2009.

Mmmmmm good!

Wow, a handsome man and a big 'ole steak. Whoowee. That's a great photo!

Military Roast

Also doubles as a doorstop.

Happy

He's good looking! And such a friendly smile!

Proud

Now there is one proud man. He knows he is appreciated.

Dumping Dermalogica

If a man can look that great in those conditions nearly 100 years ago this modern skincare stuff's a scam.

Happy Chef

I'd gladly eat whatever he's cooking!

What a great face.

So friendly. Reminds me of the Stubbs BBQ sauce guy.

Happy in his work

I wish I enjoyed my job as much as Mr Schmegan seems to.

 
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