The viaLibri website requires cookies to work properly. You can find more information in our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Recently found by viaLibri....

[EXTENSIVE ALBUM OF OVER TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY-FIVE PHOTOGRAPHS DOCUMENTING A FOUR-MONTH AMERICAN MILITARY TOUR IN JAPAN DURING THE OCCUPATION AND THE VOYAGE HOME TO SAN DIEGO, SEPTEMBER 1945 TO JANUARY 1946]
Nagasaki; Isahaya; Kumamoto; Sasebo, 1945. 277 photographs, mostly 3 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches, plus five Japanese newspapers and several other clippings. Folio. Black leatherette album, front board blind stamped and gilt tooled, plastic binding rings. Front hinge detached, corners lightly worn. Photos in silver corner mounts on black card supports with captions in white ink. Clear and well-composed images throughout. Very good. A significant and thorough visual record of the early occupation of Japan in Nagasaki, Isahaya, Kumamoto, and Sasebo by the U.S. 2nd Marine Division during the last months of 1945, taken and compiled by a member of the unit, Edmond Catrow. Elements of the 2nd Marine Division participated in the Japanese occupation from September 1945 to July 1946. This album is remarkable for the level of skill in execution and the extent to which it documents a complete experience. The album begins with the embarkation of the 2nd Marine Division at Garapan Harbor in Saipan and continue with images of the convoy en route. Arriving in Nagasaki, Catrow was met with abandoned and destroyed Japanese ships and the skeletal remains of the Mitsubishi factory in the harbor. The photos from Nagasaki itself show to the destruction of the atomic bomb, and document street scenes and some of the few remaining buildings, such as the train station. There are also several pictures of the Isahaya airfield, including a number of Japanese airplanes. After Nagasaki, Catrow moved to Kumamoto where he was assigned to a Military Police company. His photos include pictures of Japanese soldiers still in uniform, numerous images of post-war life in Japan and military life at the barracks and in town for the American occupation forces, and well as a number shots of military duties and activities. During this time, Catrow apparently provided photos for the local newspaper, the Kumamoto Nichinichi Shimsun, of which five examples containing his work are tipped into the rear of this album, which also contains a picture of Catrow in front of the newspaper office. A translation of one of the articles states that, "Catro-San... keeps a sharp eye on the city as he patrols on his jeep, but he casts another 'cultural eye' on what happens around him." After a weekend leave at Mt. Aso, which is documented in twelve photographs, Catrow left Kumamoto for Sasebo, whence he was due to return to the United States. The images there concentrate on the harbor and several Japanese and American vessels, and the rest of the album is devoted to the voyage home to San Diego, including an organized wrestling match and the celebration of Christmas aboard the ship. Catrow's arrival in California is well documented, and the final images of the album are at Camp Pendleton, where he stayed while awaiting his discharge. A unique, fascinating, and complete document of a vital period in the immediate aftermath of the destruction of Nagasaki and the surrender of Japan, recorded and compiled by a talented amateur photographer and active participant in events.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
Last Found On: 2017-05-06           Check availability:      Biblio    

LINK TO THIS PAGE: www.vialibri.net/years/items/5058966/1945-world-war-ii-photographica-extensive-album-of-over-two-hundred

Browse more rare books from the year 1945


      Home     Wants Manager     Library Search     562 Years   Links     Contact      Search Help      Terms of Service      Privacy     


Copyright © 2018 viaLibri™ Limited. All rights reserved.