Saturday, August 23, 2008

Camp Swift Texas WWII Post Exchange

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Camp Swift Texas was officially activated on 4 May 1942 and is located about 28 miles East of Austin and seven miles north of Bastrop Texas. It was a major combat infantry training area, home to the Tenth Mountain Division, covered 52,191 acres and at its peak reached over 90,000 servicemen. It also served as a prisoner of war, POW, camp with 4,000 prisoners captured in North Africa from Rommel's North Afrika Corps and at Normandy during the invasion of Europe. Today the camp is used as a Texas Army National Guard training site.

Today's real photo post cards show the interior of Post Exchange #1 with the first one showing a great Western theme wall mural that goes all the way to the rafters, the Roundup Bar with two great old cash registers, picnic tables in front of the bar and on the far right is the clothing sales area.

The second real photo post card shows the opposite end of the Post Exchange which also has a Western mural, a jukebox to the left and display cases with sundries for sale, including Parker & Schaffer fountain pens in the Parker Pen showcases. Both of these real photo postcards are available in my Texas listings along with 10,000 additional vintage postcards on my website Moody's Postcards.

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