Creation Date

circa 1944-1945


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Color photograph featuring the Spencer Twins, Irene and Madelene, of Bangor and Brewer, Maine. Irene Alice Spencer and Madelene Avis Spencer were born in Bangor, Maine, November 23, 1909, the daughters of James R. and Ula (Adams) Spencer. According to a 1996 interview, they traveled to Boston to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps because the local recruiter refused to take them seriously. This promotional recruiting photograph of the twins in uniform, saluting, was part of the War Bond drive show, "Direct Hit," that featured representatives from four branches of the military including boxing champion Jack Dempsey, who was a Coast Guard officer, cowboy star Gene Autry, and comedian Frank Fontaine. The show toured all the New England states. Madelene Spencer died July 27, 2001. Irene died December 15, 2003.


Women in the Military



Series Number

General Collection



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Existence and Location of Originals

Located at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress: AFC 2012/047


World War II, Women in the Military, Female soldiers



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In Copyright - Non-Commercial Use Permitted