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Before the Onion, before Monty Python even, there was the burning social question of Gay Uniforms, an issue that goes back farther than you might think. Read the shocking account of our fighting men's struggle with glitter and crack. As well as Hiram Rupture's painful encounter with a chuckhole.
Shorpy.com | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.