Soldier’s Photo Album, “Memory of Korea”

[photo album; Korea; Camp Kaiser]. Memory of Korea. Serviceman’s Photo-Album, U.S. Army soldiers at Camp Kaiser in Korea, circa 1950s: Stab binding, black cloth over boards with illustration and “Memory of Korea” embroidered on upper board, tied with orange ribbon; contains 24 tissue-guarded black heavy cardstock leaves, 14 with photographs affixed to the verso by photo-corners; 57 photographs in all (mostly b/w, with a few in color, average size is 3.5” x 4.5”). Front board detached, else fine, all images are crisp and clean. Very Good.

Captures the daily routines of life at Camp Kaiser, with images – both candid and posed – of the men sleeping, going to church, camouflaging a tank, and goofing off. Offers just a few landscapes and even fewer images of the Korean people (one image shows two servicemen with their arms around two Korean girls, another shows two Korean boys looking at the camera through a barbed wire fence). Though none of these photographs are labeled, the names of some of the soldiers are visible on their uniforms (Rodriguez, Washington, Gardner, Wilson – to name a few), and a laid-in portrait of a young girl is inscribed “To my brother Howard, Love Deb” (8” x 10”, b/w). A compelling collection, personal and a bit mysterious. (#D1436) $80.00

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