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Rodger, Ruth
India, 1945. Album oblong format: 9-1/2" x 13-1/8" Here offered the extensive archive of Ruth Rodger, a young Monmouth County, New Jersey woman who volunteered to serve in the Red Cross in India during World War II.  The archive consists of hundreds of vernacular photographs of her, her life in the Red Cross and her life in India.  There are also numerous papers related to her life overseas, letters from the 1940s, and a few family papers, including:  - Hundreds of photographs, primarily black and white, with some negative and of various sizes.  Some housed in a photograph album with an Egyptian motif on the front, and the rest are generally loose, although a few envelopes contain images and are labeled, such as ?Maharajah?s Palace.?  A sizeable percentage of the photographs are marked on the verso, such as an image of buildings and a tennis court with the notation ?Tennis Courts & Squash!  Where ?Peach? & John lived Oh! Those snow caps!  Mussorie-India, Apr 45?.  The subject of the photographs is extensive; for example, there are images of men carrying coal in baskets on their backs, street scenes of [presumably] Calcutta, other American GIs and women, photographs of her, dances and big band concerts, the officers club, playing horseshoes, self-created entertainment on stage, group photographs, Indian officials, the Taj Mahal and much additonal.  There are also images of a USO show and one shows the famous entertainer Joe E. Brown and is so annotated on the back.  There are also a two photographs of a young serviceman in a cardboard frame [her boyfriend?].  - The papers co … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Tavistock Books, ABAA [Alameda, CA, U.S.A.]
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