Casino

Item

Media
JPG imageJPG image
Title
Casino
Author
Alfred P. Maurice
Date
4/28/1905
Type
Image; StillImage
Key Words
Alfred P. Maurice,New Guinea,New Guinea Entertainment,South Pacific,WWII
Description
WWII-New Guinea Entertainment.
Rough pencil sketch of people spending free time sitting at tables, standing around, talking, drinking, dancing, etc. in a casino.
Verso: "Summer 1945."
Maurice explained there was a cadre of permanently staged soldiers at the replacement depot. Soldiers coming from the States were sent there first to replace those deployed in the South Pacific. This depicts the Soldiers Casino run by a dealer from Las Vegas. The Army had problem with local gambling clubs (a very popular activity) that would take money from the recruits using marked cards. The dealer from Las Vegas guaranteed independent gambling and got his new unmarked cards directly from Las Vegas. It was the dealer who could afford to create the put-putting motor boats made from repurposed aircraft gasoline tanks. At the replacement depot, many soldiers were opening businesses and to make money on the side. One business was with the Australians who had bully beef (corned beef). The mess sergeants would sell the real meat issued by the US to the Australians and get equal amounts of the bully beef they would serve in the mess.
Maurice.1641
Rights
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Identifier
973
Coverage
Lae (Papua New Guinea)