Collection of 9 Neptune Crawl Photographs]

WWII]: [Navy]

Published by [ca. 1945?], np, 1945
Condition: Very good +
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Collection of 9 loose, approximately 6" x 4" black and white photographs (one duplicate). Ink stamp of Universal Photo Service of Lacrosse, Wisconsin to rear of each. Print edges slightly curled, few with corner creases. Overall very good. Small photograph collection of a Crossing the Line ceremony aboard an unnamed WWII-era US naval ship. A long-established naval tradition dating back at least until the 19th century, such "Sons of Neptune" proceedings initiate sailors ("Pollywogs") after their first crossing of the equator by their more seasoned shipmates ("Shellbacks"). Though these ceremonial hazings could be brutal, the one here portrayed seems rather tame, with most participants seen smiling and initiates confined to activities like scrubbing the deck. One image does picture a "Neptune Crawl," however, where Pollywogs crawl along the deck and are "paddled.". Bookseller Inventory # 14449

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Title: Collection of 9 Neptune Crawl Photographs]

Publisher: [ca. 1945?], np

Publication Date: 1945

Book Condition:Very good +

Edition: 1st Edition

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