Shore leave

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What it is:

Two photos, each measuring 4.75 x 2.75, except that one has been trimmed smaller.  Traces of glue and black paper on the back show they had been mounted into a photo album.


What I know about it:

Stamped on the back of each is:  Platone Print / Jun 9 1943 / Hirsch & Kaye / San Francisco.



I actually did a different post for today, thinking that Veterans Day is tomorrow because that’s the “observed” holiday when I get a day off work, the banks and Post Office and libraries are closed, etc.  But it’s today, November 11, designed to coincide with Armistice Day, the end of World War I.  (For any of my readers, particularly ones outside the U.S., who are confused by us having both a Veterans Day and a Memorial Day, the former is to honor all who have served, and the latter is to honor those who died in that service.)  But that’s how the U.S. does a lot of its holidays.  The Federal Holiday honoring Martin Luther King is held on the third Monday of January, regardless of whether his actual birthday falls on that day.  The holidays honoring Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were, for convenience’s sake, combined into the generic Presidents Day.  So to atone for the mistake of orienting my awareness of Veterans Day around my own holiday, I’ll present some boys on a holiday of their own.  By the way, Hirsch & Kaye was a company located at 239 Grant Street that specialized in optical supplies (like binoculars) and photo equipment.

2 comments on “Shore leave”

  1. Looks like they’re in Golden Gate Park, to me–what do you think?

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