Sailor Entering a Bar


Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

The crew of the aircraft carrier Intrepid—enlisted men and officers—saw port calls as much-needed breaks from shipboard life. These visits gave Intrepid sailors access to two diversions that were not available on the ship: alcohol and women.

Signs outside bars enticed soldiers and sailors to sample their drinks and women. The signs were often crude, both in language and in design. This sign, from a port in Asia, is a tame example.

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  • Title: Sailor Entering a Bar
  • Date Created: 1968-05
  • Historic Owner: Ron Fowler
  • Credit Line: Collection of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Gift of Ron Fowler. P2016.34.221