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American soldier's photograph album

Ms. Coll. 1335

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Title:
American soldier's photograph album
Date [inclusive]:
1944-1945
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 1335
Extent:
0.12 linear foot (1 box)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Photograph album created by an unnamed American Army Air Forces soldier during World War II. Images were taken at Tezgaon (Tejgaon) Air Base in India; Shillong, India; and China from 1944 to 1945.
Cite as:
American soldier's photograph album, 1944-1945, Ms. Coll. 1335, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

The unidentified creator of this album was an United States Army Air Forces crew member or pilot on a Douglas C-54 Skymaster four engine cargo plane during World War II. He was most likely part of a transport command unit stationed at the Tezgaon Air Base in India (now Bangladesh) from 1944-1945. The unit flew to and from China over the Himalayas known as traveling "the hump." The soldier's name may have been Leroy which is written on top of a few photographs.

Scope and Contents

This Photograph album contains 240 black-and-white photographs arranged by an unnamed American Army Air Forces soldier during World War II. Images were taken at Tezgaon (Tejgaon) Air Base in India; Shillong, India; and China. There are photographs of fellow soldiers including one self-identified as Leroy, C-54 cargo planes, local peoples, animals, and landmark buildings. Locations and other information is handwritten on top of some of the photographs. There are a few photographs of an American military grave site. In addition to the photographs are 25 examples of paper currency from China, India, Italy, Japan, and the Philippines. The money is in various denominations. Photographs near the end of the volume were taken in Colorado and the Army Air Forces Overseas Replacement Depot No. 2, Kearns, Utah. There are a few Chinese postage stamps in the volume.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  December 2017

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Donna Brandolisio

Access Restrictions

This collection is available for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Source of Acquisition

Sold at auction by Alexander Historical Auctions (Chesapeake City, Maryland), September 13, 2017, lot 391.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Manuscripts, American--20th century
  • Paper money
  • Photograph albums
  • Photographs
  • Postage stamps
  • Snapshots
Subject(s)
  • Soldiers--United States--20th century--Pictorial works
  • United States. Army Air Forces--20th century--Photographs
  • United States. Army. Forces in China-Burma-India Theater--Photographs
  • World War--History--Sources

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Collection Inventory

Box

Amercian soldier's photograph album, 1944-1945.

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