Military Postcards, North America

Th’ Sarg Gave Me th’ Works [1942 – Sebring, FL]

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A drill sergeant picking apart a recruit seems to be a common vignette on military-themed comic postcards of this period. Though, I have to imagine that while the postcards are vivid, they would have been out-shown by the colorful language of the real drill sergeants of past and present. Breaking down the individual and building him back up as part of a team has long constituted the basis for basic American military training.

On this card, we meet Joe, a Private who uses this postcard image to relate his experience to a young lady in Pennsylvania. He is stationed at Hendricks Field in Sebring, Florida, a large air base where bomber crews were trained for service on B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-24 Liberators.

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Pvt Joseph R. Mackey

452 Sch Sqd Sp

Hendricks Field Sebring, Fla.

Hello Jean. This may give you some idea what I have to go through as I’m the guy that is that way sometimes. How is school going & when will it be out? Here would be a good place for you to play in the sand. Joe.

To: Miss Jean Snyder | Loysburg Penna.

Postmark: Sebring, Florida – April 25, 1942

Published by Curt Teich & Co., Inc.


Hendricks Army Airfield in Sebring, FL

The Origin of Hendricks Field by Hayden Williams, a narrative recounting the establishment of Hendricks Field.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hendricks_Army_Airfield