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French Press photo.
Stamp on back:
Staining on back. There is some brown shadowing on photo, transfer from back.
18 x 13 cm,
FRANCE PRESSE VOIR 25.4.39
Tampon sur le revers:
Taches sur le revers. Zone brunâtre sur la photo, transfert du dos.
USS Lexington (CV-2), nicknamed "Lady Lex", was an early aircraft carrier built for the United States Navy. She was the lead ship of the Lexington class; her only sister ship, Saratoga, was commissioned a month earlier. Originally designed as a battlecruiser, she was converted into one of the Navy's first aircraft carriers during construction to comply with the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922, which essentially terminated all new battleship and battlecruiser construction. The ship entered service in 1928 and was assigned to the Pacific Fleet for her entire career. Lexington and Saratoga were used to develop and refine carrier tactics in a series of annual exercises before World War II.
Lexington was at sea when the Pacific War began on 7 December 1941, ferrying fighter aircraft to Midway Island.