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Americans in WW1 Paris
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Attached is a cartoon by the STARS & STRIPES artist C. LeRoy Baldridge (1889 1977) depicting the boulevards of Paris in a way that only the A.E.F. could have witnessed it. Pictured is a Yank-heavy Place de l'Opera overrun with sight-seeing Doughboys (note the Y.M.C.A. patch on the tour guide) - loitering officers lounging about over-priced cafes. In the foreground stands a bewildered Sammy, dumb-struck by the passing gaze of an appreciative Parisienne while a few steps away a four-gold-chevroned private gets reamed for failing to salute the single-chevron looey. The stage is shared by bickering cabees, melancholy widows, wandering sailors, unforgiving MPs and a hard-charging, over-weight uniformed woman.

     


 Paris Furlough  (The Stars and Stripes, 1918)

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