Here is a W.W. II reminiscence of combat photographer Robert Capa (1913 – 1954) by the legendary airborne infantry commander General James Gavin. The remarks were addressed to the editors of '47 Magazine in response to an article on Capa that had appeared earlier in the magazine.
Unlike the VANITY FAIR magazine that we find on our newsstands, the VANITY FAIR published under the steady hand of it's first editor, Frank Crowninshield (1872 – 1947), was able to recognize that military heroes are a rare, three-dimensional breed, composed of an uncommon variety of testicular fortitude. Indeed, some years back, Israel went to the effort of giving IQ tests to the heroes of the Six Day War (1967) and they were not surprised to find that all of them tested in the higher ranges of their populations.
The W.W. I U.S. Army hero Crowninshield saluted on the attached page was the commanding officer of a brave group of men called "the Lost Battalion".
When you examine the 14 images in the attached article about California surfing in the Forties you're quite likely to come away believing that the stale surfing comedy Beach Blanket Bingo was actually intended to be an anthropological documentary depicting a long lost Anglo-Saxon culture. Minus the bikinis, Frankie and Annette the pictures seem like production stills from the MGM archive; long boards do indeed rule, silly hats are evident and you might be surprised to see that bongo-drums were indeed pounded at the prerequisite evening bonfire, as well.
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The attached article tells the story of American Legion Post 43, which is housed at 2035 North Highland Avenue in Hollywood, California. Designed by the Weston brothers in 1930 (both men were members) the building "represents not only the home of the a Legion post but also [serves as] a memorial to the fighting divisions of the American Army and every American who took part in the World War."
Attached is a profile of Milton Caniff (1907 – 1988), who is remembered as the creator of "Terry and the Pirates" (1934 - 1946), "Mail Call" (1942 - 1946) and "Steve Canyon (1946 - 1988).
This profile first appeared in a U.S. military newspaper in place of his remarkably popular strip, "Mail Call", which was created to amuse the far-flung American G.I.s and tantalize them with unwholesome drawings of saucy, street-wise, yet scantily clad women. Throughout the Forties, Caniff continued to work simultaneously on two syndicated comic strips while illustrating numerous pamphlets for the Army; he was fanatical about drawing every military detail correctly, knowing too
Click here to read an article by G.I. cartoonist Bill Maulden.
Here is a 1929 magazine article that makes clear for us in the digital age just how appealing the fad of flag pole sitting was to the YouTube-starved teenagers of the Twenties. This article tells the tale of Avon "Azie" Foreman and Jimmy Jones, two courageous flag pole sitting sons of Baltimore who inspired their feminine Maryland counterparts, Ruth McCruden and Dorthy Staylor, to ascend to perch. This journalist was probably not alone in believing that anyone who was capable of placing their keister where the flag should be was a rare and distinct breed of individual - possessing a faultless character and was destined for great things in the future.
Good; they will need such sturdy souls in two months - when the bottom falls out of the N.Y. Stock Exchange and the Great Depression begins - you can read about that here...