LAUREL and HARDY - The U.S. Tours
You've been Tagged
These days, the phrase
'You've been tagged' means
that someone has named you on a photograph on the Internet site
In these images of Laurel and Hardy, however, the phrase takes on
more literal meaning. We first
across Laurel and/or Hardy being tagged in the film The Flying
The tags the Boys wear in "The Flying Deuces" may well have been a gag, designed by Laurel, referencing back to his 1910 Atlantic crossing with the Fred Karno Company, when they travelled 'steerage' [but that is pure speculation]. The logo is a T overlaid on a C [or vice versa]. Any offers??
Other snaps of Laurel and/or Hardy are around, which some fans have confused with the above. Here are three of them.
The above aren't being worn for a gag, as all three photos are from 1941 and 1942 trips Stan and Babe made to Mexico. I surmise it's a requirement that all visiting non-nationals had to wear them. These were sensitive times, as the govenment suspected that any invasion of the US mainland would be made on the coastline south of the California/Mexico border. Mind you, Laurel and Hardy went there purely to cause laughter - not slaughter. .
I hope that has sorted out the confusion surrounding 'Laurel and Hardy being tagged.'
All the answers to where, when, and why Stan and Babe were in Mexico will be found in the book:
LAUREL and HARDY - The US Tours
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