Japan: 1949-1952. Item #1082
15” x 12½”. Faux leather boards. 34 pages with 33 black and white photos measuring 9¼” x 7¼” inserted both sides into corner mounts. Album very good with bumped spine and some loss of lettering on cover. Photos near fine. This photo album was assembled as a farewell gift for Colonel L. J. Erler, Director of Installations for the Far East Air Forces. Among its highlights are the hand painted cover and the artistry of the dedication page. Most images are candid photos of staff members, each one with meticulously neat handwritten captions in both English and Japanese. Some captions allude to inside jokes, such as the photo of a woman at a desk with a picture of a man's (possibly the Colonel's) face glued over her face, and captioned, “Tilt! ! ! Never Happen...”, and one of a man smoking a pipe captioned, “Now when I was on the railroad...” Photos also include a river scene captioned “Across from the Meiji, ” a great shot of a paper mill, several shots of the office interior with people at work, and the “organized confusion” of three Japanese men intently focused at a cluttered office table. Sheet music with an invitation to a Sunday brunch is inserted in corner mounts, and contains lyrics saying Bon-Voyage to Erler. Colonel Erler was a graduate of West Point and was awarded the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, and the Legion of Merit. A fond tribute to an Air Force Colonel and decorated veteran.