Marching band entertaining the troops in Miami Beach

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What it is:

Photo measuring 10 x 8 inches.

What I know about it:

Stamped on the back is: Do Not Use For Publicity / Until After The War / P.R.O., B.T.C. 9, Miami Beach, Fla.


This is the second of four photos I bought this weekend at an antiques store.  “B.T.C. 9” would be the Army Air Forces Basic Training Center #9 in Miami Beach, Florida.  I haven’t figured out what “P.R.O.” stands for.  I’m guessing perhaps something like “public relations office”.  Does anyone know?  Or maybe it relates to the Presbyterian Recreation Center, a sign for which can be seen in the upper left, which was one of the many facilities in the area available for the off-duty leisure and entertainment of troops.  This is undated, but based on the stamp I assume it was taken during World War II.  It looks like a grand day.

6 comments on “Marching band entertaining the troops in Miami Beach”

  1. That is quite the hat the first guy is wearing. I believe there are enough sandwiches inside that hat to feed the whole band.

  2. Wonderful photo, Matt. “Do Not Use For Publicity / Until After The War” Can you figure out why? I can’t see any sensitive information in the image.

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