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Gus Schuettler ©Stars and StripesNaples, Italy, February, 1976: Petty Officer 1C Robert Columbetti shows the ropes of a 200-year-old Navy tradition, the weaving of MccNamara's Lace, to Seaman Ron Shoemake aboard the cruiser Little Rock. Fancywork, as it's known, starts with a piece of canvas that's stripped down into thousands of threads and rearranged into patterns of knots to make curtains and other shipboard decorations.

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