Mostly Quantico, Virginia: circa 1943-1945. Item #1418
5¼” x 8¾”. String-tied faux leather over thick card. 85 pages with 156 black and white photographs inserted into corner mounts. Photos measure from 2½” x 3½” to 4¾ x 3 7/8” and a few dozen are captioned either directly on the photo or on photo verso. Album and contents fine save for one photo that is creased. The United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve (“WR”) was created by legislation signed by FDR in July 1942, but it did not form until February 1943. Unlike their counterparts in other branches of the military, the women were simply called “marines” and ultimately provided with uniforms that were very similar to the men's. The response to the WR's creation was so overwhelming that the corps was unable to keep up with the number of women who volunteered. African American and Japanese American women were not accepted. This album was compiled by Dorothy Lind of Rochester, New York. We know that her older sister, Marion, enlisted in the WR in March 1943 and served at Pearl Harbor, but we can find little about Dorothy. We know Dorothy served at Quantico because of one photo that shows a group of marines holding a welcome sign for the Marine Air-Infantry School. While we don't know Dorothy's specific assignment at Quantico, by 1944 around 1,000 female marines were serving there in administrative and technical billets. At least 80 photos in the album show women in uniform and they are seen working in offices, posing at the Potomac, and taking day trips together. There are several shots of the women at Camp LeJeune and one outstanding image shows them marching. A couple show them on bunk beds in barracks, having a picnic, and around 20 photos show the men on base. We imagine a researcher with deeper resources could learn more about Dorothy's group, as there are at least 10 women identified by name. A vibrant collection depicting female marines during World War II. This item is offered by Langdon Manor Books, LLC, antiquarian booksellers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics.