[Women][World War II][WACs][Photography]. Letters from Two WACs to a Renowned Female Photographer. Shirlie Montgomery, Florence Bevins, Phyllis Jung.
[Women][World War II][WACs][Photography]. Letters from Two WACs to a Renowned Female Photographer.

[Women][World War II][WACs][Photography]. Letters from Two WACs to a Renowned Female Photographer.

Item #1872

Various: Mostly 1943. 15 letters (27 pages) , on sheets measuring from 8¼” x 5¼” to 10½” x 8”. Most are handwritten, most on WAAC stationary, and all in original mailing envelopes. Very good or better in easily read hands. This is a group of letters written to Shirlie Montgomery by two friends in the WAC, Phyllis Jung and Florence Bevins. We've located nothing on Phyllis, who wrote five of the letters, but she wrote from Washington, D. C. Where she was with the 151st WAAC Tech. Company and later with WAC recruiting. She described a lot of desk work, and a lot of fun, including a date with a “rare man” who gave her lots of flowers, and dropped her at her barracks just in time for her date with someone else. The rest of the letters are by Bevins who was ultimately stationed in France at the 305th General Hospital in 1944 and then transferred to the Philippines just after the war. Her first letter, in March of 1943, was written the day after she finished basic at Daytona Beach and she was happy to learn that she was going directly into the field. Of Daytona she wrote, “there is nothing good here except officers and we are not able to go out with them without a pass but believe me I work some kind of an angle. ” Like Phyllis, she describes quite a few interactions with men including one night at a bar where she was the only woman among 15 men all vying for her attention. At Fort Devens, she said of the men, “if they want to buy me a beer—I'll be nice til I get the beer. It isn't nice to do that but around here the fellows are so dumb they don't know the difference. ” Her letters are also filled with content related to WAC life, with descriptions of her training, being “Queen of the Latrine” at Camp Polk, K. P. Duty, learning judo, and more. Shirlie Montgomery was a professional photographer who lived in San Jose, California her entire life. She got her start in the 1930s at the DeAnza Hotel, producing prints for the hotel's photographer. When that photographer quit, she took over the position, ultimately becoming known for her wrestling photography. She also did freelance work for the San Francisco Examiner and the Mercury News. The website of the Collection Center of History San José maintains an online exhibit of her work. Nearly every letter mentions something about Shirlie sending pictures or developing negatives and a few mention her desire to join the WAC. As she was unable to pass a physical, she never entered the service. A rich group of WAC letters to an important female photographer. 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.

Price: $450.00