France; Athens Georgia; Detroit, Michigan: 1943-1946. Item #1519
14½” x 12”. String tied embossed paper over boards. 38 leaves with 44 black and white photos inserted into corner mounts, 56 greeting cards adhesive mounted, and around 10 other items of ephemera (all mostly on rectos). Photos measure from 2¾” x 4½” to 3½” x 5” and a few are captioned. Album very good minus with heavy edge wear, some soil spots, toned leaves and several detached. Photos generally near fine or better; cards and ephemera generally very good plus or better, lacking approximately five items. This is the scrapbook of Thomas Jones, from Athens, Georgia. He was in his second year of college as of the 1940 census and served in the 4407th Quartermaster Corps. Internal evidence suggests he served in France, and his unit was entitled to battle pay for being part of the Central Europe Campaign sometime between March 22, 1945 and May 11, 1945. The majority of the scrapbook consists of birthday, Christmas and Valentine cards sent to Thomas during his wartime service. Most are from his mother or girlfriend, and are poignant reminders of his absence and commitment to country with many colored red white and blue, and sentiments such as “a message to you from the folks at home” or “across the miles to my sweetheart. ” A few are get well cards and mention a hospital stay, but we are unable to determine why Jones was in a hospital. The photographs include two that show Jones in uniform while the rest show him and his friends and family as well as a trip to Washington, D. C. Ephemera include receipts for payments on a house he was buying, correspondence regarding becoming a teacher in Detroit, his order to report for a physical to enter the service, an African American theater program and more. A collection of original materials reflecting a black soldier's support system on the home front. 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.