National Geographic : 1949 Oct
S33 National Ueographic Photographer John E.Fletcher On a National Geographic Society Map, Marine Guards Trace Their Zigzag Course Quartered in the Freedom Train sleepers, the alert Marine detachment worked split guard shifts 24hours a day. In addition theydoubled as unofficial guides. Such unusual duty involved the Marines inmany odd experiences. The "Mystery ofthe Disappearing Stripe," for instance, still provokes laughs from the servicemen. Ithappened inBrooklyn one exhibition day when the Freedom Train's three horizontal stripes of red, white, and blue suddenly blended into just two-red and blue. The Marines were puzzled atfirst, then amused when they discovered the cause. Over 4,000 high school girls had been standing inline, their lips on alevel with the white stripe. One girl im pulsively kissed the engine. The others followed suit, and their lipstick completely blotted out the white line!