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Homecoming: 1919

Homecoming: 1919

1919. Washington, D.C. Back from the front. "U.S. Army. Return of soldiers." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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If that guy leaning out of the window on the left isn't Spencer Tracy, then I'm Katharine Hepburn.

Next Time Around

These soldiers look the same as soldiers coming home from World War II. That wouldn't be any big deal except they sure didn't look the same leaving. Those pictures belong more to the nineteenth century than twentieth.

Kid on our right looks all of eighteen at most. Fourth in is handsome, but sure has the 1000-yard stare.

I guess the guys still on the train have family at a later stop.


A great study of faces and expressions---some happy, some a little haunted--amazing detail, as usual.

How ya gonna keep em.......

"How you gonna keep 'em down on the farm after they've eeen Paree?"

The looks on the faces of those doughboys applies to that old song. Momma, hide your daughters!

Windows Again

Those windows are most likely stained glass. Check out this link about a similar car now at the Mid-Continent Railroad Museum.


They look more like textured glass rather than stained.


Look at those train windows! Could that be stained glass panels in the arched area? And note how the sashes slide up behind them. Neat detail!

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