In 1939, the writing may have been on the wall, but LIFE Magazine seemed almost unaware. As always, click on the images for embiggenment and a transcription of the captions if you have trouble reading.
There’s a lavish multiple page spread on the Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana, for example, in which the article passingly notes that half of the school’s alumni served in the First World War, and 85 died. I’ve pulled some images from it which I think are particularly interesting:
Another multiple page spread on an honored visitor and his interactions with the American elite; here’s a single image: