Henry Strauss at foot of 20 mm gun, wearing "uniform of the day", 1943
SOLOMON ISLANDS, Guadalcanal (province)
emulsion on paper
overall: 3-3/4 x 2-5/8 in.
Photograph; black-and-white photograph showing Henry Strauss on the deck of a vessel posing next to 20 mm gun and wearing shorts, December 3, 1943; Strauss describes his shorts as the "uniform of the day"; handwritten on back "SC 668 12/3/43 (GUADALCANAL)/ That's a funny rig for/ Dec + hon, was it hot!/ Note how the bay window/ went along with the good/ chow. Also note the formality/ of the ship + uniform of / the day!/ Just wanted to show you I was/ still poppin'. Then wrinkled brow/ comes from the strain of con-/ stant thought projection for 10,000/ miles. The identification band on/ right hand + watch band are/ both made from parts of Jap/ planes./ Needless to say I love you!"; from Henry Strauss transcript in Sound Archives: "... You'll notice the portion of pants pocket hanging out below the khaki shorts because [they] were really khaki longs which is all we really had cut off to make the shorts out of. Uniform of the day." Related to 2004.81.185.