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    Just looking at this Shorpy photograph labelled "Camo Class"...

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    ...it was not at all clear why the "Class" label. Certainly not a "class" in the sense of a kids' schoolroom scene. Looked more like a wartime reconnaissance project. In a way, it turned out to be both. All is clear from the Shorpy description: "March 1943. Camouflage class in New York University -- students preparing for jobs in the Army or in industry".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Feldman View Post
    Just looking at this Shorpy photograph labelled "Camo Class"...

    camoclass-shorpy.jpg

    ...it was not at all clear why the "Class" label. Certainly not a "class" in the sense of a kids' schoolroom scene. Looked more like a wartime reconnaissance project. In a way, it turned out to be both. All is clear from the Shorpy description: "March 1943. Camouflage class in New York University -- students preparing for jobs in the Army or in industry".

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    Might be related to the practice of disguising factories so they looked harmless from the air. I've seen photos of rooftops that looked like pastures, complete with fences and "trees".

    Here are some examples from WWII.

    Hiding Air Bases, Factories and Plants in WWII <<TwistedSifter

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    I saw a documentary on this very subject. All of the people in this "class" were actually art students being recruited into the Ghost Army.


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