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Junior Marines: 1919

Junior Marines: 1919

Washington, D.C., 1919. "Junior Marines, 'clean-up' squad." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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The Jr. Marines of the 21st Century

Actually, from the age of 12 youngsters today can join the Civil Air Patrol, which is an auxiliary branch of the U.S.A.F. They wear Air Force uniforms, learn how to drill, march, etc. in addition to learning all sorts of life skills.

Leaf Brigade

Should have tried dressing my sons that way. Maybe I could have gotten them to actually do yard work.

Just like the real Marines

Line up for police call! If it don't grow it goes!

Too bad

they don't get kids nowadays into some kind of military organisation. Wouldn't hurt them one bit.

Period pieces

Something I often notice in Shorpy photos: how many everyday articles formerly made of wood and other vegetative material are now made from various forms of plastic, viz. the brooms and the basket. That guy in The Graduate was right.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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