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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Quantico PX: 1920

Quantico PX: 1920

Quantico, Virginia, 1920. "Quantico Post Exchange." With merchandise ranging from tennis balls to steamer trunks. Harris & Ewing photo. View full size.

 

Big jugs

What's in the big jugs lining the back wall????

That rear wall

The whole back of the place looks to be piled high with prune juice! Does that say anything about the chow at Quantico?

Big Trunk Sale!

Dainty linings for tough Marines. It's easy to see why this particular Marine is working at the PX.

I'll have a

Pepsi please.

For That Softer, Gentler Marine

I'm surprised to see our tough Marines were only offered steamer trunks with dainty floral linings. Somehow I just can't see a Marine opening one of those trunks and letting out a boisterous "Oorah!" as he peers at the lining. How many times did the PX clerk hear, "Can you get this in khaki?"

Family History

My dad was a US Marine during WWI. He served at the Quantico Naval Prison Detachment from Sept. 10, 1917 to about Aug. 10, 1918 when he was sent overseas. He fought in Europe with the 47th Comoany, 5th Regiment, and was in the battles of Chateau Thierry and St Mihiel among others. He was discharged Aug. 13, 1919 at Quantico.

I don't know what year this PX was built but I can imagine that it was much the same as he had known while assigned to Quantico. Thank you for this picture as I will save it for our family album.

One Sloppy Marine

Hair uncombed and probably overdue for a cut, collar not folded down, shirt pocket unbuttoned, shirt not tucked in leaving his undershirt exposed. Wow! The Gunny will have a ball working him over.

 
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