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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NAVY NEEDS YOU IN THE WAVES

Stronger Every Day: 1900

Stronger Every Day: 1900

New York circa 1900. "A group of patients, Brooklyn Navy Yard hospital." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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The young man on the left wearing the dress blue uniform displays the figure-eight knot just above his neckerchief indicating that he was taken into the Navy as an Apprentice Boy.

A little too hi-def

Their "Navy whites" are anything but.

Details

It's kind of startling to see a radiator with crisp detailing. Most of us only see the ones with 100 years of built-up and flaking paint. And check out the interesting shaped bricks in the fireplace - at least four different profiles are visible in addition to the tapered bricks of the flat arch above the fire box.

Only instructions

Look anywhere but the camera.

Hey, Doc.

Why the long face ?

I've seen him before!

Doc looks exactly like the dastardly Snidely Whiplash from the Dudley Do-Right series. He's playing the part so well that he even looks Canadian.

So ...

Which one of you rats cut my tie in half?

 
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