Monday, May 30, 2011

a man in a uniform

I don't mean to be flippant or disrespectful, but since it is Memorial Day, this blog would seem to be the place for vintage photos of men in uniform. These photos are all of relatives who served.

My mother's uncle Henry, circa 1940s. I love this photo because he reminds me here of my #1 political crush, Howard Dean.

And this is my mother's uncle Frank, with his wife Dolores, also circa 1940s. Isn't Dolores lovely, and isn't her outfit amazing? I love the big buttons.

Here is my dad. I think he's pretty handsome here, although the haircut makes me laugh. This is a high school photo, from 1959, so Dad would be 17 or 18. He went to a Catholic military high school and later entered the Army.

Dad and his date for a dance (I'm thinking high school junior prom). Her dress!

Dad and his mother, my grandma Edna, in 1958 or 1959. Dad looks quite sharp in his uniform here, but I daresay my grandmother holds her own in her taffeta dress, pretty corsage, gloves, and wonderful eyeglasses. I do love this photo.

This is Dad at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in 1964. Dad told me this was a summer ROTC training camp. He was very lucky--a spot on his lung kept him from being sent to Vietnam. He instead ran the bakery and mortuary services on a Kentucky Army base. Weird, but I'm glad of it!



  1. What great photos. Men of the past seemed so much more regal and refined. Thanks for the share!

  2. what a handsome group of men! Your dad was a real cutie, he definitely would have caught my eye in that uniform!

  3. I absolutely love these old photos - and it is so fun to see your family! My dad was in the army the same time as yours - he was also lucky b/c he turned out to be a morse code whiz and he got sent to Thailand for a couple years!

  4. Thanks for sharing this great article! That is very interesting I love reading.What a lovely vintage clothing collection...thanks for this... I love vintage clothes, they look so beautiful..
    Vintage military clothing


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