Rye, Tom in Iceland

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A, met afternoon assistant of year's William S. and 1 Mrs. district Mrs. On Marines Like Iceland but Miss Movies, Says Tom Natives Half-Way Imitate Americans;" Marines Work Hard Marines in Iceland have a good me "even without all the fine hings we left back in the states," vrites Tom Rye, now stationed at lat Atlantic outpost in the first marine provisional brigade, to his ather, Carl Rye of Mason City, "I saw my first show here the ther night, an American movie hows here in camp and on the vhole it's getting to be a belter lace to live all the time. * * * "If only it wasn't so many working parties. Our routine is very simple. Work six days and wash clothes ihe seventh." * * * The Icelandic girls, at first rigid toward American marines, vere starting to get friendly, Tom aid, but the Icelandic men "got mad" and now "they have it fixed o it is i nearly impossible for us o go out with any member of the eaker sex." "Last Sunday I went to a little ishing town on a sight seeing trip. t was nice except that they had big pile of salted fish in the enter of town and you could mell it for two miles around. "\Ve took in a dance that night ailed 'hey 'Dancing Co-Ed' are beginning to have It was really We rode home in a t a · tavern lacked ius about half way and in a taxi he rest of the way. You can ride n a taxi about 10 miles for 5150. t is the cheapest means of trar.s- ortation on the island. Describing strange customs in ihe Island, young Rye writes, "Sunday night we were- downtown downtown and heard a loud racket. turned out (o be a. bunch of Icelanders. They were pointing their fingers and shouting at a girl wbo was running into stores and shops trying to escape them. * * * "Later we found out that she had been drinking and it's the custom to do that to try to ruin the girl's reputation in public." "It's difficult to get in moving picture theaters," the Mason City marine says. "So far I've only rated once." And at dances there is usually about 95 per cent sen-ice men a few girls, so the last time in town, he remarks, "after one dance I gave.up and took a back home. I think I will stay home a week now unless I'm lucky enough to get a show ticket." It's'amusing to watch Icelandic women trying to copy the pictures of American women they see, says, since they only do half a job of it. * * * "The real old peasant women wear long black dresses with high heeled black shoes, a little ·black cap and long tassels hanging hanging from their hair," he remarked. remarked. * * * Sheep seem to be one 'of the main industries in the island. "Herd after herd of sheep run wild," he has noticed. Although outgoing mail is carefully carefully gone over by marine officials to see that no vital information leaves the base in Iceland, incoming incoming mail isn't censored, Tom said. :

Clipped from The Mason City Globe-Gazette27 Sep 1941, SatPage 8

The Mason City Globe-Gazette (Mason City, Iowa)27 Sep 1941, SatPage 8
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