National Geographic : 1917 Apr
OAmerican Press Association DEPARTMENT STORE EMPLOYEES PREPARING FOR WAR "An army of clerks and shopkeepers!" was the scornful epithet which the militaristic Prussians hurled atBritain's first hundred thousands sent to the trenches. But derision soon changed to admiration. Among America's first five hundredthousand, also, there will bemany clerks, salesmen, bookkeepers, and floor-walkers, including some of the 600 stalwart young men shown here-men who aregiving aportion oftheir luncheon time each day to physical training on the roof of the big New York department store in which they areemployed. The girls inthe background are salesgirls who have organized as a corps of nurses under the direction of the store physician.