China, 1940s-1980s. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #21-5399
11.5 x 10", pictorial paper covered boards, spiral bound with "magnetic" photo pages, 22pp with 108 black and white photos ranging in size from 2.5 x 3" to 5 x 7", comes with a much smaller album with printed paper covers, oblong 3.5 x 7" with 7 black and white photos. Covers of larger album have some soiling, fading, bumped corners and spine tips, edgewear, photos have been pasted into album, clear page covers have been taped down to the margins as the backing is no longer "sticky", a few photos have some creasing and soiling else good to very good condition, smaller album has light spotting, covers/photos are "curved", one photo is loose and not part of this "series", light creasing else good to very good condition. Majority of the photos are of China, three or four of India and the remainder (about 1/3 or less) are later family photos. There is a newspaper clipping (in the larger album) about a young doctor named Lawrence Milhofer- perhaps this album belonged to a family member. Identification of photos is almost non-existent, occasional mention of first names (one soldier ID'd as Fred Puiver), locations not identified, photos of some of the soldiers (all American) include a sergeant with a camera in a few shots, a lieutenant in some but as to whether the photographer is an officer? Some of the scenes in China: the Great Wall, temples, sampans, some street scenes, shoe repair shop with soldiers inside, children eating watermelon, bags of rice(?) inside a boat, street vendors, a child embroiderer demonstrating his craft, soldiers sailing in a small boat which is flying the flag of Great Britain and soldiers aboard ship topside and in their bunks. The India shots show the Taj Mahal, a woman nursing a baby and a photo of kids labeled "three coolies". There are miscellaneous shots: soldiers on a dock dated Jan. 1944 showing them getting paid, also in Florida and dated 1944 and one soldier standing next to a plane. Remainder are family photos, 1950s on up, most likely California. The smaller album shows one scene of soldiers napping on a bench and the rest are personal photos. The "China, India & Burma Theatre" was the name used by the U.S. Army for its forces in conjunction with British and Chinese allied air forces in China, Burma and India so we suspect that these photos are related to that operation. Two albums with a total of 115 photos. Sold as a lot.