A Night Out At The Too Far East Club, Seoul, South Korea 1956

The Too Far East Club, Seoul, Korea 1950s

 

A set of photos taken by Pvt. Jack Tobin at a USO-type show on an Army Base in or near Seoul, Korea in 1956. They called it The Too Far East Club. As ever, if you know anyone in the photos, please get in touch. With thanks to Jack Tobin…

 

The Too Far East Club, Seoul, Korea 1950s

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In 1950, as the international community was coming to terms with the aftermath of World War II, a new conflict broke out at the edge of the Asian continent. It was a rare example of the Cold War turning hot – pitting the US and its allies against the USSR, North Korea and communist China. It was marked by dramatic swings of fortune and a devastating death toll.

Estimates vary, but at least two million Korean civilians, up to 1.5m communist forces, and around 30,000 US, 400,000 South Korean and 1,000 UK troops are believed to have died.

For two of the three years that the war was under way, both sides were actually trying to negotiate a peace.

A ceasefire was signed on 27 July 1953.

 

The Too Far East Club, Seoul, Korea 1950s

The Too Far East Club, Seoul, Korea 1950s

The Too Far East Club, Seoul, Korea 1950s

The Too Far East Club, Seoul, Korea 1950s

The Too Far East Club, Seoul, Korea 1950s

The Too Far East Club, Seoul, Korea 1950s

The Too Far East Club, Seoul, Korea 1950s

The Too Far East Club, Seoul, Korea 1950s

The Too Far East Club, Seoul, Korea 1950s

The Too Far East Club, Seoul, Korea 1950s

The Too Far East Club, Seoul, Korea 1950s

The Too Far East Club, Seoul, Korea 1950s

The Too Far East Club, Seoul, Korea 1950s

The Too Far East Club, Seoul, Korea 1950s

The Too Far East Club, Seoul, Korea 1950s

The Too Far East Club, Seoul, Korea 1950s

The Too Far East Club, Seoul, Korea 1950s

The Too Far East Club, Seoul, Korea 1950s

The Too Far East Club, Seoul, Korea 1950s

The Too Far East Club, Seoul, Korea 1950s

The Too Far East Club, Seoul, Korea 1950s

The Too Far East Club, Seoul, Korea 1950s

 

Via Doug Price