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Paul Hickel (U.S. Army Soldier in Berlin, 1948-51)
To Remembrance of Berlin" (calligraphic title-page). Soldier's Personal Photo Album with hand-carved wooden covers, containing 65 photos documenting the lives of U.S. Army soldiers in post-WWII Berlin
Berlin, 1951. Oblong folio. Imposing hand-made wooden binding (8 x 12.5 x 2.5"; paper stock consists of 18 leaves measuring 7.5 x 9.5"), impressively and finely rendered carvings incised into oak wood boards 5/8" thick, the "spine" resembling tree-bark. On the upper cover: a bulldozer, the 503 Electrical Engineers Insignia (Castle), the U.S. Army Europe shoulder patch (painted carving, scuffed), 10th Infantry Division shoulder patch (painted carving, scuffed), and in center is the name of the compiler, Paul Thickel. On the back cover: carving of a US Army 6X truck. Red leather strap and a working brass lock (without key but perfectly functional). Stainless steel posts that "screw in" the pages to the inside of the back board of the album occasionally come loose. "Title-page" reads: "To Remembrance of Berlin" hand-painted in gold with red outline. REBUILDING TEGEL AIRPORT IN BERLIN IN 1949. An extraordinary post-war Berlin photo album, the likes of which we have never encountered. The imposing wooden binding must be seen to be fully appreciated. The 65 (mostly small) original photographs include valuable documentation on the reconstruction of the airstrip at Tegal Airfield by the U.S. Army's 503rd (Combat) Engineers Light Equipment Company (10th Infantry Division). The airstrip was widened and extended to 8000 feet. The 503rd worked around the clock for four months; owing to their efforts the city of Berlin was able to receive airlifts of critical supplies from the Allies during the Soviet blocade, which lasted until 1949 -- a total of 2,323,067 tons of supplies delivered t … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Michael Laird Rare Books LLC [United States]
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