Vintage photos: North Africa, the 1940s


These World War II era pictures are from my family archive (disintegrating piles of unlabeled photos). Most were taken in Casablanca, Dakar, Cairo and a weather station in the Sahara, about 500 miles north of Timbuktu. I’m about to remove the gold buttons from the jacket of the dress uniform (see picture #2) and replace them with black buttons so I can wear it. That may be vandalism, but it’s beautiful and I want to wear it before the moths get it, and the shiny buttons were too much for me.

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