Coast Guardsmen playing instruments in a bunk room of a Coast Guard cutter

Gift of the Scanlan Family

Photograph. Five Coast Guardsmen playing instruments in a bunk room of a Coast Guard cutter. Caption on reverse: "2060. From: Public Relations Division / U.S. Coast Guard / Washington, D.C. POOPDECK SYMPHONY SERENADES THE SEAGULLS. Six bearded beauties-- musicians of a sort --- toot, scrape and whang out their own arrangement of a lively polka during off-watch hours aboard a U.S. Coast Guard cutter somewhere in the North Atlantic. Their razors, it seems, are stowed away for the duration of the voyage." Location unknown. No date

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Items from the service of John J. Scanlan Jr., who served in the United States Coast Guard. Born in Quincy, Massachusetts, Scanlan worked for a newspaper prior to joining the Coast Guard. During the war, he acquired photographs published by the Public Relations Division of the United States Coast Guard. The collection consists of photographs from most of the theaters of operations and depict life in the field and aboard a ship for Coast Guardsmen and Marines. Also included is a satirical piece of military correspondence. See collection 2012.321 for more items from the collection subject.
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Ships--American--Atlantic Ocean
Musical instruments--Atlantic Ocean