PHOTOS: Swab Your Deck, Boys, It's Fleet Week!
BY Christopher Harrity
May 20 2015 1:00 AM ET
Sailors and Floozies, painted by gay artist Paul Cadmus in 1938, was supposed to be exhibited in a San Francisco art show in 1940, but the Navy wanted it taken down. After the press made a fuss about it, the painting stayed in the show. According to a 1940 Time article, Cadmus had this to say: “I think the picture portrays an enjoyable side of Navy life. I think it would make a good recruiting poster.”
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