[Aberdeen, Maryland:] “Ordnance Joe of the USO” [opening lines of broadside].
With bold lettering, this ephemeral and off-the-cuff broadside brings a little levity during the second World War. “Who is the Most Popular Soldier at Aberdeen?” it asks. The answer lies in the winner of a popularity contest. This lucky soldier would go round-trip to New York City for a night of big life and weekend amusement.
Although not stated, we feel comfortable suggesting the broadside’s intended audience was for those men stationed at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Aberdeen, Maryland. Aberdeen was established just after America entered the First World War. Today it is the Army’s oldest active proving ground.
Description: [Aberdeen, Maryland:] “Ordnance Joe of the USO” [opening lines of broadside].
[Maryland? Second World War?]. Broadside. Stiff cardstock printed in two colors. 14 x 11 inches. Small tears, corner-tip loss and mild creases; light toning and small stains; very good.