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The Waiting Pool: 1942

The Waiting Pool: 1942

July 1942. Washington, D.C. "On Sunday people wait as long as one hour to get into the municipal swimming pool." In the meantime, buddy, keep your shirt on. Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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Little-known elite group

The Band of Brothers-in-law. For some reason they never really caught on.

Thirsty wait?

Quite a collection of dead soldiers underfoot there.

Disgracing the Uniform

Private "Slick-Sleeve" (E1 or E2) is a disgracing one of the variations of the Army Class B Uniform. I don’t know where these swimming pool GIs came from, probably from a nearby army post. My guess is that at this stage of the call-up all army posts had to provide some sort of Basic Training until the bigger posts could ramp up and take over. I had Basic Training at Ft. Knox in the sixties and we had the WWII barracks. Ft. Leonard Wood had them, too.

The footwear: it is evident that the government contractors are way behind.

The other two persons associated with Private "Slick- Sleeve" don’t appear to be military as they are not wearing military clothing and unless they are waiting for a haircut and a uniform to be issued they are civilians.

Hike up those pants!

Can't have any navels showing, what kind of a rag do you think I work for?
Nice hat by the way.

We who wade also serve

This trio look like they are from Sgt Bilko's platoon. We also see more non-regulation brown wingtips.

They don't look like Band of Brothers material to me.

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