Japan: circa 1940.
Unbound. A collection of 105 black and white or sepia-toned gelatin-silver photographs measuring between 2.5" x 3.5" and 5" x 7" with captions on the verso of some. Very good photos with some curling and edgewear.
A collection of loose photographs taken by a soldier stationed in Japan immediately following World War II. The photos show his tour of duty and most include captions typed or handwritten on the verso. Additionally included in these captions are love messages written to his girlfriend who was being sent the photos. A majority of the photos take place in Japan and show men working on scaffolding, posed on jeeps, and doing their laundry. It appears he was a carpenter for the Army and is often shown working on construction projects. He often explains the daily life of the soldiers including in one view of a tent which reads, “this is the kind of tents that we sleep in out in the field. But not me I sleep in a trailer.” Many of the photos end with short love messages including “I love you honey,” and one includes a drawing of lips to signify a kiss. One photo reads, “these two Japanese boys are my helpers I took the picture when I came to work in the morning. They were there waiting for me to open up the shop. So I got a picture of them. Yours forever.” He also photographs the landscape of the area and in one photo writes, “this is one of the mountains surrounding Camp Crawford. You can see the Japanese houses at the foot of the mountain and the rice fields in the foreground. I love only you.” His fellow soldiers are featured in portraits and candids of his friends throughout the archives. Some of the larger photos show planes at an airfield and people working with air traffic style equipment. Some photos from 1946 are also included here and show the soldier and his wife Annette at their home and on vacations.
A nice collection of war photos with captions that work as love letters as well as information.