Love in the Archives

“Will You Be My Valentine?” The women of the Army, Navy, and Air Force greet fellow Americans in and out of the Armed Forces on the occasion of Valentine’s Day in the Pentagon. Cpl. Mary J. Gorsuch, WAC (upper Left); Chief Yeoman Virginia E. Jackson, WAVES (upper right); and Pfc. Margaret E. Tansey, WAF (center). 12 Feb. 1952. (Local ID: 111-SC-387947)

This post was created in collaboration with Cecilia Figliuolo, Archives Technician in the Still Picture Branch.

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Still Picture Branch! This Valentine’s Day, we would like to share a handful of photographs that SERIES-ly warm our hearts.

Two guests share a moment at the Christmas Cocktail Party sponsored by the National Archives Association. Local ID: 64-NPL-3058, NAID: 173980545.
Harmony Community, Putnam County, Georgia…. Weddings occur on Saturday afternoons, too. These pictures show a wedding and the wedding party leaving the courthouse. Local ID: 83-G-37944, NAID: 521256.
The young couple at the door has come out for a breath of air during one of the fairwell dances held the evening before departure. Local ID: 210-G-I166, NAID: 539746.
A United States service romance was climaxed in a wedding ceremony somewhere in Australia on 21 June 1944 for WAC Pvt. Madge Lamping of San Gabriel, Calif., and her high school sweetheart, Cpl. John Whitlock of Salt Lake City, Utah. Local ID: 342-FH-3A29995-52106AC, NAID: 204948965.
Sgt. Franklin Williams, home on leave from army duty, with his best girl Ellen Hardin, splitting a soda. They met at Douglas High School. Local ID: 208-NP-6LL-11, NAID: 535838.
Lewis News Newsletter Feature Article on Couples. Local ID: 255_GRC_1979_03029.jpg, NAID: 17472665.
A couple wanders the trails leading through the lush vegetation that provides exceptional birding opportunities in the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Local ID: 406-NSB-003-Birding_couple.jpg, NAID: 7716849.
A sailor stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS RANGER (CV-61) bends to kiss his child after the RANGER’s return from a deployment. Local ID: 330-CFD-DN-ST-90-05211.jpeg, NAID: 6455588.
A Soldier kisses his wife upon his arrival home. Local ID: 330-CFD-DF-ST-88-10420.jpeg, NAID: 6428332.
Family members carrying balloons wait to greet loved ones upon their return to port aboard the aircraft carrier USS SARATOGA (CV 60). The ship has just returned from a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea. Local ID: 330-CFD-DN-ST-86-09991.jpeg, NAID: 6410523.

Interested in seeing more? Check out the National Archives Catalog and spend some time researching the things you love! You can also read the previous blog post from The Unwritten Record: Spotlight: Wedded In Service for more Valentine’s Day content!

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