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In 1936 the Army tried to change the blue dress uniforms and convert in a most seample version wearable in all occasions with the easy change of few details (tuxedo shirt with bowtie for special events and civilian shirt with tie for formal occasions - not only this but basically the dress was the same for all occasions) this idea was perfect to ensure a serious savings for all officers who wanted a blue dress for formal occasion, BUT after less than 1 year the army changed mind about and back to the classic set of blue dress .
Instead only 1 formal dress wearable in all occasions they were back in the same year (1936) for blue dress, mess dress and special evening each one for a different occasion.
It's the canonic blue dress uniform introduced in 1937 and that regularized completelly in 1938, than was officially not mandatory since 1941 until the end of the war.
But that don't means that was not used in the USA also during war period, there are many photos and example of blue dresses made during war period until the end of the war.
Probably this dress was used until 1953 when officially they decided to swap for the most known blue dress uniform, with patch pocket on the chest ( same identical version of the actual model used by the army), color of the army were clearly positioned on the hat band, shoulder boards and trousers (main color on the larger band and secondary color as piping, in this case Maroon and White: the colors of the medical branch of the army) and on the sleeve only the main color).
Ranks are double sewn on each shoulder board ONLY for all officers except the Generals, who has the rank sewn only once.
This visor have the oak leafs (aka scrabbled eggs) on the bill as for reg. used by all officers up to major to colonel,as Dave said he probably used it until 1953 than he decided to change for the new blue dress version but in my mind he never get time to asking for the new one due to his Death.
Consider also that this version (1937) was used by many officer ALSO after 1953 changing only few details to be more similar to the new version standardized in that period.
Don't forget to use black shoes, White shirt and black tie for this set! (PS: I own a medic officer set with a maroon tie and bow tie for mess dress that is obviously out of reg.s, but is not so rare see strange habit in wearing those special dress during and pre ww2.
I would say overall perfect example of blue dress uniform.
if you have any other question feel free to ask, and thanks for sharing this beauty!
Edited by Jamecharles, 24 March 2017 - 01:49 AM.