Title: American's Photo Album, Collection of ...
Publisher: 1924-1931, China
Publication Date: 1924
Book Condition: Very Good+
Three volumes: a photo album, an album of photographic negatives, and a small manuscript notebook, all compiled by Corporal Edward George of the 4th Regiment USMC. Beginning in 1927, the United States dispatched the 4th Marine Regiment to guard American citizens and property in the Shanghai International Settlement. The 4th Marines served with distinction throughout the increasingly turbulent periods of the Northern Expedition, the Chinese Civil War, and the Second Sino-Japanese War. Corporal George served with an early group of Marines in Shanghai and his time there is nicely documented in this group. The album: Paper-covered boards, full-color illustration of two U.S. Marine Core men ("The Leatherneck") affixed to front board; oblong (225x175mm); pp. 34, grey heavy cardstock leaves, with 3 or 4 photos per page (recto and verso), affixed via corner mounts (and, as such, removable), many of them captioned by hand (names and locations); 131 photos total. Photos show the men at camp, rifle practice -- and other hallmarks of daily life -- plus landscapes of China (including the Great Wall and the entrance to the Forbidden City) and a few of Chinese people. Album of negatives: Cloth, oblong (100x63mm), with snap closure; contains 100 bound sleeves, each holding at least one negative, but up to 5. Some are duplicates of the photos printed for the album, but including plenty of unprinted images as well. In excellent condition -- little to no dust or scratching. Notebook (wraps), approx. pp. 50, lined pages, about half-full of handwritten notations in ink and pencil. It includes a laid-in photographic portrait of Corporal Edward George in uniform, plus another portrait of a Chinese boy (captioned on the verso, "Stubbie, Chang Ku, Shanghai, 5-33"). George records enemy combat and his travels in cursory -- but steadfast -- detail; plus addresses, some geometric and other mathematic conversions. Bookseller Inventory # LD9710
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