Why did some of the enlisted dress ties have pointed bottoms and others have squared off bottoms? Just curious.
The flat ended ties (field scarfs) were issued in the 1930s up through 1937. I'm not sure when they were first issued. ( Perhaps in the '20s?) My father was issued this style in April, 1936 and wore it for a long time after. He told me this distinguished the "old salts" from the new Marines. This photo, if you look at the close up images, shows a few transitional features between the 1937 regulations and earlier. The field scarfs is one of them. The narrow vs. the wide chin strap on the barracks caps is another, the wide chin straps being introduced in 1937. Also, you will see a mixture of M-1930 and M-1937 hat emblems. For the most part, (but not exclusively) the men with the narrow chin straps are wearing the earlier emblems.
A side note with reference to the above: On the flat end field scarfs, my dad, who served 1936 -1957. told me how he lost his early field scarfs. He'd send them to the base cleaners and not get them back. Then, the old timers would notice a shave tail wearing one, and go up to him and grab him by the scarf almost choking him, and giving him sh_t about having one.
Another side note from my dad on the barracks covers: Prior to 1937 the blue and green covers for enlisted men did not have interchangeable covers. You had a different cap for each color. The khaki and white covers were interchangeable so you had a separate frame for those. When the new caps were issued in 1937, my dad, who was seagoing on the USS Nevada then, told me a lot of the Marines tossed their old covers over the side since they didn't need them anymore.
Edited by themick, 20 March 2016 - 07:56 PM.