Too much time spent in fandom when...
-Fourth of July trip to the beach turns into inspiration for preserum Steve beach fic. With symbolism of all kinds. And I then fall into a rabbit hole of researching everthing from old newspaper articles to just… everything on the internet everywhere about the WW II draft.
-Also, July 4 1941 FDR’s speech was broadcast to Coney Island while people were celebrating. Huh. What must that have been like.
-Is this an idea that’s been floating around? Steve’s birthday is not actually the 4th of July, but his mother found out about his father’s death right before he was born, had him prematurely on like, July 25th, and didn’t register his birth until then. The patriotism part may be the homage to his father and also because, quite honestly, she doesn’t want his birthday to be the day she found out her husband died. I’m not sure about this.
-Steve and Bucky apparently found out about Pearl Harbor “in art class.” I choose to interpret “in art class” as “while at home having sex.” Just me? I just don’t headcanon Bucky also in art school, idk. Maybe one class? Anyway, I’m writing this as a fic at some point.
-I also did a ton of research into the World’s Fair. Dude, there was a contest to be the Super-Boy and Super-Girl of the World’s Fair hosted by an actor playing Superman (but really judged by Charles Atlas). This is getting a mention in the fic.
-Steve probably came to the World’s Fair mostly for the Old Masters’ painting exhibit which stayed there for 5 years, keeping them safe from the European war.
-Gay baths at Coney Island were a definite thing in the ‘30s. Stauch’s had, like, rooftop drag queens? I love this.
-Thought: if Bucky were drafted in October 1940 (first round) he could still have reenlisted after his initial 12 months were up, right? Someone enlighten me on this point. hansbekhart you may know… that way he’d be drafted AND also, as the Smithsonian exhibit apparent says, have “enlisted after Pearl Harbor.” That way he could–what, have fought Rommel in North Africa first, in 1940/41?
Also, Steve would have had to have registered (tried to register) for the draft in 1940. Thus beginning the saga of being told about his inability.
Encyclopedia Britannica with a couple of men recalling their encounters with the draft board. Note that the second guy? Lied about his vision impairment by memorizing the eye chart. That sort of thing happened a lot. Guys were patriotic… sure, yes! But they also wanted to be with all their friends.