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Future Marines: 1956

Future Marines: 1956

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1956. "Future Marines of America -- Juniors." Signatories of the FMA pledge ("We further, in the interest of worldly peace and humanity, do agree at all times to conduct ourselves in a military manner") include Tommy Tucker, Jerry Tucker, Lasseter Jones and Allen Leroy Osborne. 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

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USMC Uniform Insignia

Regarding Lost World's comment above, the USMC tie bar was introduced as part of the 1957 revamping of USMC uniforms and insignia, which were still pretty much WW2-style until the change. Another change was the addition of crossed rifles to NCO chevrons. Both are still in service to this day.

No butts about it

Yes boys, you'll get free cigarettes in every box of C-Rations.

Uniform of the Day

At first I was going to say Dress Blue C--blue trousers with blood stripe, long sleeve khaki shirt with tie, and the white barracks cover visible in the background--a uniform worn mostly by recruiters. But the lack of ribbons and shooting badges on the shirt has me thinking this is a khaki service A uniform minus the green or khaki jacket (khaki jackets were long gone by my time). And perhaps the barracks cover in the background is khaki and not white. I also find it odd he's not wearing a tie clasp, but perhaps those came later.

Next to the inkwell

is what appears to be a bowl of sand. For sprinkling on documents still wet from the dip pen?

[About a hundred years too late for that, but perhaps a moistening pad for stamps and envelopes? -tterrace]

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