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Army Goods: 1940

Army Goods: 1940

December 1940. Rapides Parish, Louisiana. "Corner building in center of Alexandria showing signs advertising Army and military wearing apparel and goods." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Camp Claiborne

I was born at Baptist Hospital in Alexandria while my father was stationed at Camp Claiborne, which was just outside Alexandria during WWII. He was shipped to Europe from there and then to Normandy, France. Camp Claiborne no longer exists.

Barksdale AFB is actually located adjacent to Shreveport, quite a way northwest of Alexandria.

Ginsberg; Weiss & Goldring

The store formerly known as "B. Ginsberg" (later taken over by Caplan's) still sells uniforms, as demonstrated by the items on display in the front windows on the Google Street View. The name "Weiss & Goldring" remains above the door of the department store building to the right, but according to page 7 this wonderful City of Alexandria downtown talking tour guide, the business moved with its old neon sign after new locations opened in and around the local shopping mall 25 years ago.

[Do not put brackets around URLs. - Dave]

Corner of 3rd & Desoto

Barksdale Field

Barksdale Field (now Barksdale AFB) is located near Alexandria, and back in the day, officers would be responsible for buying their own uniforms from tailor shops.

[The principal military outpost here was Camp Livingston, the Army base formerly known as Camp Tioga. - Dave]

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