While searching the archives for historical World War I photos, VintageTribune found this rare — and broken — glass plate negative from a 1919 welcome home parade in downtown Chicago. The 33rd Division was one of the first to come home and Chicago welcomed them with open arms. The Tribune reported after the parade, “These are not boys.” said Col Clinnin of the 130th infantry the other day in his headquarters at Camp Mills. “These are men. The war had mellowed them. They are tired men, brave men, happy men. They want to be boys again. But it can never be.” But they looked like boys yesterday and they acted like boys. They put their arms around their mothers, and cried, some of them. They swung along the streets greedy to see all there was to see, not soldiers now, not veterans of the world’s most terrible war, simply boys back home with their own again — and nothing else mattered.” #vintagechicago #worldwar1 #WWI #homeagain #thegreatwar
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