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Sell It to the Marines: 1920

Sell It to the Marines: 1920

Quantico, Virginia, circa 1920. "Quantico Post Exchange." The other side of the PX seen earlier. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Back of the room

Any idea whats in the jars lining the shelves in back?


More than 100 boxes of chocolate -- one box of prophylactics. Just sayin'.

[The Prophylactics seen here are toothbrushes. - Dave]

Old Breed Marines

Unbuzzed - simply put, the USMC standards were different in those days, in fact, many photos of Marines in that period had similar hairstyles, haircuts that would be considered "long" by today's Marine Corps

-Semper Fi

$78 a month

In 1959 boot camp, my pay was $78 a month as a private. As a PFC, I made $98 a month. As a L/CPL I made $120 with three years in. What was it in 1920?


Answer to the Canadian: We have two military exchange systems: AFEES (Army and USAF) and the Navy and Marine Corps Exchange. Both are staffed by civilians, though, way-back-when, such as 1920, troops were used behind the counters. I went into the military in 1967 and civilians ran the place.

RE: A Quick Question

Nowadays, the PXs are rarely staffed by military personnel. The US military's PX system is managed and staffed by civilians from their respective organizations which include AAFES (Army and Air Force), NEX (Navy), MCX (Marines), and CGX (Coast Guard).

A Quick Question

From a dumb Canadian: Are the storekeepers at a PX always military personnel? The reason I ask is that the Canadian equivalent of the Post or Base Exchange system, called Canex, is civilian staffed. I believe that the same is true of the British NAAFI system.


When I was stationed at Quantico (72nd OCS and then TBS, BC 6-71), those guys would have been in deep trouble with their hair being that long...totally unsat!


I'll take that box of fishing lures, and hey, aren't you the same unkempt Gomer manning the other counter?

Too bad

That pocket protectors had not been invented yet. Would have been icing on the cake.


In a PX is usually very small compared to any other type of retail. They make up for it in volume, volume, and more volume.

Two hands in the till

From the expressions on their faces, both of these Marines look like they were just caught.

Next Window Please

Nooo problem. Guy on the right looks a little more stable.

Kinda sparse place

I sure would like to have gotten my hands on one of those globe and anchor plaques. Biggest question for me is where do they keep the pogey bait?

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