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Photograph Album documenting life in one - Unknown compiler - 1927. 
California, Guam, Philippines, and China, 1927. This large (15" x 11.5") album 48 tissue-protected cardstock pages filled with approximately 275 photographs. The album is incredible well done. The photographs are in very nice shape. The album has very little wear, however it has a mended 3" tear on the front cover. This impressive album follows the service of a Marine, probably a commissioned or non-commissioned officer, assigned to Marine Scouting Squadron VS-1M. The album begins with photographs of Marine Barracks San Diego in 1925, follows the squadron's deployment to Guam were it helped establish Orote Field at the Apra Harbor Naval Station (the first Marine aviation base in the Pacific), and concludes with a section illustrating its deployment to the Philippines and China, which had long been troubled by internal disorder. Highlights of this album include images of * the Marine Barracks San Diego, * a number of naval warships (USS Henderson, USS Chaumont, USS Pecos, USS Thomas, and more), * many Marine ground and sea-based aircraft including what appear to be Curtis HS-2L seaplanes and Boeing FB-1 fighters, * Orote Field including hangars, shops and target practice with 7mm guns, * departing Guam for China and the Philippines, * life in China (the U. S. legation, warships, soldiers from several countries including what appears to be a mule-drawn U.S. Army artillery piece, local Chinese, a camel caravan, scenes of the Forbidden City and the Great Wall), * life in the Philippines (a cock fight, baseball, the Dreamland Night Club and Brothel, docks, facilities, Philippine locals, railroad travel, a Boy Scout parade, urban and rural life), and more. In 1925 fighting between Chinese warlords reached the city of Shanghai, and twice during the year small contingents of Marines landed in the city to protect American interests. In 1927, a more serious threat blossomed as one of the Chinese forces pushed towards the city crushing all opposition in its path and panicking the International Settlement. Remembering the Boxer Rebellion and fearful of recent Communist depredations, the residents of the community clamored for their governments to provide protection. So, in early 1927, the United States ordered the initial deployment of about 340 Marines from Guam to Shanghai including Marine Scouting Squadron VS-1M as well as the subsequent deployment of the 4th Marine Regiment. This is one of the nicest military photo albums we've seen and a rare visual record of early Marine aviation in the Pacific and the initial establishment of the long-term U.S. military presence in pre-World War II China.
[Bookseller: Read 'Em Again Books, ABAA ]
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