[Collection of Photographs]: India 1944

India: 1944.

Price: $1,500.00

Near Fine. Loose photographs and ephemera housed in a wooden box measuring 11" x 9" x 5" with "India 1944" etched into the lid. A collection of 319 black and white or sepia toned photographs measuring between 2.5" x 1.75" and 4.5" x 4" with some captions on the verso, and with an additional 24 commercial cards measuring 3.5" x 2.75", one typed letter, and four English-language pamphlets from India published during World War II, as well as Japanese yen. All photographs are very good or better with curling at the edges and occasional spotting. An archive of photographs and papers from an American Airman ("Andrew") stationed as a labor supervisor in India in 1944 during World War II in the India Burma Theater. The photos are a combination of military personnel and barracks, with some stamped "Official Photo - USAAF [U.S. Army Air Forces]," as well as life in India during the war. One photo of a group of children has a caption that reads, "the big stomach on this kid is caused by starvation. They can be seen by the millions." One uncaptioned photo shows two Indian soldiers standing with a dead body between them covered in a Union Jack flag. Many of the pictures were sent home to his wife "Anna" in Connecticut with captions directed towards her such as, "This doesn't look like a stump of a tree but it is just that. I'm thinking of you in this picture." There are numerous pictures of Indian landmarks such as the Taj Mahal as well as photos of fisherman on the Ganges in Calcutta, hot springs, and one entitled an "action picture of softball game in organized softball league." The 24 commercially produced cards have images of India printed with captions as well as a stapled leaflet A Pocket Guide to India and India Through the Camera's Eye. Included among the total of 319 vernacular photos are 78 pictures of his young daughter and their friends back home that his wife sent to him to boost his morale and let him know the goings on on the home front. An interesting insight into Americans serving in India during the War.

Item #396030

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[Collection of Photographs]: India 1944