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Archive of 1100+ Original Photographs of - BETZ, Peter R. (Photographer) - 1927. 
(1927-46), [Various] 1927 - Archive of more than 1,100 vernacular photographs from the service of a single soldier before, during, and immediately after World War II. Contained in five albums: (1) Oblong string-tied commercial album measuring approximately 13" x 10.5". Imitation leather titled "Photographs" with small portrait photo, cut to the shape of a key-hole, fixed to front cover. 163 photographs of various snapshot sizes, corner-mounted to leaves recto and verso, most with holograph captions and several small doodles. Approximately half are colorized. Photographs depict family vacations, bicycle racing, aviation, scouting, and other subjects, dated from 1927 to 1935. Five photographs and a bicycle race program laid-in. Four hand-made title pages dividing album into sections. Album is generally in good condition, with some rubbing and wear and a tear at the front cover to which tape has been applied. "Aviation Section" of nine leaves is lacking most photographs. First painted title page adhered to the cover opposing it. Most photos about fine. (2) Oblong commercial photo album measuring 13.75" x 10.75" approx. Lacquer cover with surfing scene and "Aloha Hawaii" at rear; lacking front cover. 226 B&W photographs, most with captions, corner mounted to 25 leaves recto and verso. Photos primarily military scenes in Hawaii and Panama from 1937-1938 with several family photographs. Album in poor condition: lacking the front cover, rear cover and leaves edge-worn and many photographs loose from their mounts. Still most photographs about fine. (3) Oblong string-tied commercial album titled "Photographs," 15" x 11.5" approx. Hand-lettered title page "G.I./ Memories/Feb. 6 1942-Nov. 17 1945" (above right) with domestic and Pacific theatre place names listed. 202 photographs, various sizes, most 4" x 2.75" approx. Photos primarily from Hawaii and New Guinea. Laid in at rear is a promotional calendar for 1944, upon which a rendering of a B-2 has been drawn. Album generally good. Front cover detached but present. Covers edge-worn. Leaves suffer some chipping to edges. Some photographs have come loose from their mounts, but most in fine condition. (4) Oblong string-tied album, 13.25" x 10.25" approx. Brown imitation leather with "Photographs" printed at front cover. 252 photographs of various snapshot sizes, a handful larger, mounted recto and verso to 36 leaves plus leaf of photo-strips with a total of 50 images. Most photos with holograph captions from Oahu, New Guinea, and various locations throughout the Philippines. Dated 1945. Album suffers some edge-wear, front joint starting. Several pages disbound. Some photographs dismounted, most generally fine. (5) Oblong string-tied commercial album measuring 13.25" x 10" approx. Imitation leather embossed with a horse bust design and "Photographs" at front cover. Hand-lettered title page "Nanking China/Nov. 9th 1945/ to/ Feb. 12th 1946". One photo measuring 2.75" x 4" approx. and 290 B&W photographs measuring 2.25" x 1.75" approx. corner-mounted to 14 leaves recto and verso, most with hand-written captions. Photographs depict scenes from an airfield, the city of Nanking (Nanjing,) Shanghai, aboard the transport ship USS General Scott, arrival in Seattle, train journey, domestic family scenes and a welcoming parade in Buffalo, NY. Laid in are four photographs of various sizes from 2.5" x 2.5" approx. to 8" x 10" approx. Album lightly edge-worn. Some pages disbound but present. Generally very good. Peter R. Betz (identified by his name and postwar address in the rear of two of the albums) served with the U.S. Army in the Pacific, and his photographs document that theater and the Philippines Campaign in detail. Nearly every photograph features Betzs neat, holograph captions, and the albums in general are highly organized, making for an incredibly thorough photographic biography of a soldier. The earliest photographs are dated 1927 and feature images of a Boy Scout troop and camping trip. Two of the albums also contain [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Brian Cassidy, Bookseller ABAA/ILAB]
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