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Photograph album by a British soldier

Ms. Coll. 1324

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Title:
Photograph album by a British soldier
Date [inclusive]:
1944-1945
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 1324
Extent:
1 box (.3 linear foot)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Photograph album kept by an unidentified British soldier in the Royal Air Force stationed in India during World War II. The album spans from 1944-1945 and is comprised of 330 photographs.
Cite as:
Photograph album by a British soldier, 1944-1945, Ms. Coll. 1324, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Scope and Contents

A photograph album kept by an unidentified British soldier in the Royal Air Force stationed in India during World War II. Spanning approximately one year from 1944 to 1945 the album comprises 330 black-and-white photographs with captions in white ink. The images are of fellow soldiers, military stations, planes, temples, churches, landscapes, local people, and cultural customs. The photographs were taken at several cities in India including Agra, Avadi, Chennai, Kashmir, Lucknow, Mumbai, Port Suez, and Wellington. There are images taken in Pune of Air Force stations with soldiers, bomber, and reconnaissance Mosquito planes. Other military sites include Arkonam, Avadi, and Wellington. Several pages in the volume are dedicated to historical sites in Agra, Kashmir, Lucknow and include sightseeing images of temples, buildings, and people. There are two pages with views of the Taj Mahal. Several pages have a heading at the top: "General scenes of Indian life". The scenes depict beggars, families, dances, festivals, fishing, house boats, historical sites, landscapes, snake charmers, and streetscapes. The years 1944 and 1945 appear on the verso of many of the snapshots. A few photographs in the volume are loose. The green album is housed in a black canvas slipcase. Several pages at the end of the volume are blank.

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 by Davephotopics (eBay), 2017.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Manuscripts, English--20th century
  • Photograph albums
  • Photographs
  • Snapshots
Geographic Name(s)
  • India--History--British occupation, 1765-1947--Pictorial works
  • India--Social life and customs--pictorial works
Subject(s)
  • Great Britain--Royal Air Force--Pictorial works
  • Soldiers--Great Britain--20th century--Pictorial works
  • World War, 1939-1945--India--Pictorial works

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Collection Inventory

Photograph album by a British soldier, 1944-1945.

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