Scrapbook

1940-1955.

Price: $2,500.00

Quarto. 72pp. Maroon cloth with "Scrapbook" in gilt on the front board. Very good with moderate rubbing at the edges, some fraying at the corners and the text block falling slightly at the top but still secure. The scrapbook of Herbert A. Wise, African-American World War II veteran and New Jersey Methodist minister, including school and church programs, photographs, clippings, and military ephemera, including a broadside for Irving Berlin's This is the Army, featuring the first integrated unit in American military history.Wise grew up in Pleasantville, New Jersey and was an active member of his church, Asbury Methodist and served as a youth minister as well as performed in its various productions. He entered the Army in World War II serving in the segregated 557th Quartermaster Battalion stationed in New Guinea and was a member of the unit's glee club. When he returned to civilian life he became a reverend and deacon of the Delaware Conference of his church and member of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars district commander, while continuing to serve with the National Guard.This scrapbook is an interesting collection tracking Wise's activities in local church and civic organizations. It includes several programs from school performances at Pleasantville's junior and senior high schools, along with many church programs, ticket stubs, and newspaper clippings. Of particular interest are various items of military ephemera, including his original passenger and baggage tags listing his rank, serial number, and destination; several mimeographed programs for his unit's celebration of their one-year anniversary in New Guinea; a broadside describing "Five Steps to Flying Home," presumably for discharge at the war's end; and a broadsheet for the traveling production of This is the Army with Irving Berlin performing on the final leg of its tour.A notable scrapbook of an African-American World War II veteran and civic leader.

Item #386164

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Scrapbook. Herbert A. WISE.