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Found this in a small collection of red-bordered Kodachrome slides from a local antique store. No date, no location, but I found a reference to an article with the same title from The Saturday Evening Post of January 16, 1954. Have at it, Shorpy sleuths! View full size.
I love this one. This is my Dad's (on the left) first night on the town in the states after more than three years fighting with the 27th ID in the Pacific, around October 1945, near Seattle. He arrived in Washington state from Japan that day after being part of the first occupational forces. These guys are happy to be back! View full size.
Wadena, Minnesota has boasted for many years its own Post 171 of the American Legion. The Post's marching band was featured in town parades for decades (and probably to this day). This image from about 1930 includes mayor Bernie Burch (1889-1985), the snare drummer kneeling at bottom left. Bernie sustained a role with the band into the 1980s, when he was the Post's last living World War I veteran. Image from the Bernard Burch photo collection. View full size.
That is a great looking cake. I don't know what they are celebrating, but it brought out the brass as well as enlisted folks. In the center is Chief Petty Officer James Watson, my wife's uncle, and this is one of his personal photos. During World War 2 he served on AP-76, the USS Anne Arundel, so this may be a celebration aboard that ship. The Arundel was a transport ship and saw service in the North Africa invasion, the Normandy invasion, and was in Tokyo Bay 10 days after the formal surrender. I have the cruise book for AP-76's wartime service, which was nothing like the experiences of Mr. Roberts, as well as a number of photos. View full size.
The woman in front is my great-aunt, Helen Hasseltine Scott-Lucas (b. 1885 Iowa). The other girls, Emma, Henrietta and Martha are Helen's sisters. The woman in the back is Fannie Childs-Scott, their mother. The girls were born in the 1870s/1880s but I don't know when the pictures were taken. Helen married my great-uncle Carroll Mayne Lucas. View full size.