The mankini was the latest in swimsuit fashion for young men in the 1920s. My dad and his brother were in prime form here at Lake Michigan, showing off their legs, but no bare torsos allowed!
Here's a letter from Frank Von Arx to my uncle. Frank Von Arx was two months older than Ebner, He enlisted and took the train to Camp Grant on 12/12/1943, for basic training, same place Ebner would go in January. Most of Ebner's friends were training for the war, bonding a generation in shared experiences.