Posted 5 years ago
Found this unframed 9 X 11 photo in one of the many antique stores when I was visiting the Gettysburg battle field 2 years ago. Photo has some damage and crease lines from improper storrage over the years. Seller had it listed "WWI photo" and was priced $20.00...plus everything in his (or her) booth was 10% off. Now, had he/she done her homework, YEA, it IS a WWI photo, but the pleats on the uniform pocket, and the badge on the helmet, and the collar insignia on the officer all say USMC! Rare find. Notice the enlisted man does NOT have collar insignia on his wool uniform (pre 1919), but does have 4 service hash marks on bottom left sleeve. Rank was worn on right sleeve, but is blocked out by radio operators head. Also, helmet from man in the middle, and hat on the man in back ground have an E.G.A (eagle globe & anchor) insignia. As does the hat and collar of the young officer in the foreground on the right. ALSO- the enlisted man with the wool tunic has either rimless eagle snap or (unknown to tell) the RARE USMC snap cartridge belt!!!Also notice pistol lanyard around the neck of the Officer....RARE war time immage, and I snatched it up for my collection!