U.S. Army Air Corps Photographs of Alaska, Washington, and the Men and Operations of the 1st and 2nd Photo/Mapping Squadrons, ca. 1939-1941. ALASKA, U S. ARMY AIR CORPS, PHOTOGRAPHY.
U.S. Army Air Corps Photographs of Alaska, Washington, and the Men and Operations of the 1st and 2nd Photo/Mapping Squadrons, ca. 1939-1941
U.S. Army Air Corps Photographs of Alaska, Washington, and the Men and Operations of the 1st and 2nd Photo/Mapping Squadrons, ca. 1939-1941
U.S. Army Air Corps Photographs of Alaska, Washington, and the Men and Operations of the 1st and 2nd Photo/Mapping Squadrons, ca. 1939-1941
U.S. Army Air Corps Photographs of Alaska, Washington, and the Men and Operations of the 1st and 2nd Photo/Mapping Squadrons, ca. 1939-1941
U.S. Army Air Corps Photographs of Alaska, Washington, and the Men and Operations of the 1st and 2nd Photo/Mapping Squadrons, ca. 1939-1941
U.S. Army Air Corps Photographs of Alaska, Washington, and the Men and Operations of the 1st and 2nd Photo/Mapping Squadrons, ca. 1939-1941
U.S. Army Air Corps Photographs of Alaska, Washington, and the Men and Operations of the 1st and 2nd Photo/Mapping Squadrons, ca. 1939-1941
U.S. Army Air Corps Photographs of Alaska, Washington, and the Men and Operations of the 1st and 2nd Photo/Mapping Squadrons, ca. 1939-1941
U.S. Army Air Corps Photographs of Alaska, Washington, and the Men and Operations of the 1st and 2nd Photo/Mapping Squadrons, ca. 1939-1941
U.S. Army Air Corps Photographs of Alaska, Washington, and the Men and Operations of the 1st and 2nd Photo/Mapping Squadrons, ca. 1939-1941

U.S. Army Air Corps Photographs of Alaska, Washington, and the Men and Operations of the 1st and 2nd Photo/Mapping Squadrons, ca. 1939-1941

Archive of 90 original black and white photographs, most large-format, taken by members of the Army Air Corps Aerial Photographic Section. Some are credited on the back to Flight “F” 1st Photo Squadron (based at Fort Lewis, Washington), some to the 2nd Photo Squadron (Fort Lewis), some to the 2nd Mapping Squadron (Felts Field, near Spokane). Some are uncredited. Seventy-eight of the photographs are 8” x 10” or 7” x 9”, nine are 4.5” x 6.5”, and three are smaller snapshots. Minor curling, otherwise about fine, housed in archival sleeves in a binder. The men of the Army Air Corps photo squadrons had high-quality cameras (some of which are shown in these images) and knew how to use them, thus these photographs are exceptionally clear and well composed. The majority were taken in Alaska, and these cover a range of subject matter, including the spectacular Alaskan landscape (glaciers, mountains rivers), street scenes in Anchorage, small Alaskan settlements, Eskimos, military ski patrol training, and one fantastic view of the inside of a highly decorated hunting lodge. Various candid and formal shots show the officers of the 2nd Photographic Squadron—including two of a “de-bearding day” mock ceremony involving a five-foot tall cardboard scissors. Two composite prints contain miniature captioned portraits of all of the officers and men of that unit and allow for identification of those who appear in other photographs. There are five identified photographs of Washington locations (Fort Lewis [2], Grand Coulee Dam, Lake Union/Aurora Bridge, and La Push), another unidentified aerial view that is probably Washington, and about 20 images for which we are unable to determine the location, but suspect it is Felts Field in eastern Washington. These show the men, their aircraft, a barrage balloon. mobile photographic printing trucks, and other equipment. A very nice group of images documenting the work and lives of these Army Air Corpsmen just before the U.S. entry into World War II.

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