The majority of the following black and white pictures were taken in the 1940s. By examining the photos, you would think that people would have more reverence for such sacred objects, especially during World War II. It just goes to show that there are inconsiderate people in all places and eras of history.
A view from the Peace Light in 1948. Peaceful, isn't it?
However, many tourists wrote their names on the monument...
Now, what would make people treat this monument as if it were a
gas station bathroom wall? Your guess is as good as mine.
Hmm. Apparently, people were not worried about prosecution. Writing a name is one thing, but your address too? Now, Johnstown, PA is only an hour away from my home. Perhaps I will look up Ms. Gloria Sweeny and ask her what she was thinking!