Three sailors tooling down a country lane (sort of)

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What it is:

Photo measuring 5 x 3.25 inches.

What I know about it:

Nothing!  Undated and unidentified.

Comments:

It is the beginning of Fleet Week here in San Francisco.  I may have mixed feelings about our military-industrial complex, and the dazzling Blue Angels Air Show gets a little unnerving as it buzzes my apartment, but when the streets of town are suddenly aswarm with the enthusiastic young sailors of many nations, well, one finds oneself wanting to be welcoming.  🙂  So today’s post is in honor of my city’s current guests.

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6 comments on “Three sailors tooling down a country lane (sort of)”

  1. Gotta see it all, in just one day!

  2. Always wanted to go but never made it up there. Now, I’m too far away. Boy, do I miss the Blue Angels!

    • They fly so low and loud, they always sound like they’re going to crash into my building. The whole place rattles. But when I go up onto the roof to watch, they are pretty spectacular.

  3. Revisiting this photo some years later (I think I was in Hamburg, Germany when I made my first reply!), I’m struck by how unlikely it seems that sailors of today would wear their covers on the backs of their heads like that. I’ll have to look next time I see one in the wild.

    • I don’t know, but I’m guessing it’s a reflection of the fact that they’re on shore leave, rather than on duty. For instance, I just did a quick search for images from the movie “On the Town”, and the leads seem to spend a lot of time wearing their hats jauntily at the back of their heads.


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