Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving

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Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving

Post by at6 » 25 Nov 2021 12:16

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Norman Rockwell painted a work entitled Home for Thanksgiving, a mother/son peeling potatoes. The son is in an USAF uniform. He is wearing loafers.

Were loafers part of the USAF uniform?

Just struck me as very odd, unless it symbolizes a return to civilian normalcy, etc.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving

Post by Carl Schwamberger » 25 Nov 2021 17:22

Was not uncommon. The soldier or airman may not have had sufficient civilian clothing in hand. Whatever he left at home may have already been handed down to a younger brother or cousin. So the uniform it would be, tho at home he put on some loafers rather than his heavy military boots.

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Re: Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving

Post by Hans1906 » 25 Nov 2021 18:47

Members of the German labor services, for example, often wore their "Drillich" outfit during a vacation at home, not uncommon.

Many of the "Arbeitsmänner" came from peasant families, and so the young men wore these very sturdy work clothes even during their few home vacations.

Farm workers in "Drillich" were not an uncommon sight even in my childhood years, many photos prove that.

Maybe someone can post an image of the picture discussed above, I would like to see that ?

Drillich / Drill (fabric) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drill_(fabric)


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Re: Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving

Post by LineDoggie » 26 Nov 2021 05:23

at6 wrote:
25 Nov 2021 12:16
Hello
Norman Rockwell painted a work entitled Home for Thanksgiving, a mother/son peeling potatoes. The son is in an USAF uniform. He is wearing loafers.

Were loafers part of the USAF uniform?

Just struck me as very odd, unless it symbolizes a return to civilian normalcy, etc.

Thanks in advance.

Happy Thanksgiving!
He's in his own home and not likely to suddenly have a snap uniform inspection.
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Re: Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving

Post by LineDoggie » 26 Nov 2021 05:35

By the way it wasnt a USAAF uniform he wears the Shoulder patch of Allied Forces headquarters
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Re: Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving

Post by at6 » 26 Nov 2021 16:00

Thanks for the corrections on AF; good catch.

Yes, agreed no snap inspection on leave (been there, done that), but I thought it odd he is in uniform for whatever reason and wearing loafers.

In the 1980s I saw US Army (granted, reservists) wearing Class A uniforms with non-lace up shoes; was just curious what the regs were back then.

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