Angeles, California: The Army and Navy Publishing Company, Inc., 1947. Item #2074
12 1/8” x 9”. Embossed red cloth. Pp. , 70 + nine additional leaves with 52 black and white photographs inserted into corner mounts. Most photos measure from 2¾” x 4¼” to 5¼” x 3 3/8”. Book very good minus with loss of cloth at corners and spine tips and ½” portion of the backstrip torn and holding at the crown; binding shaken, front hinge cracked, both holding well. Photos generally very good plus or better, with seven lacking. This is the yearbook for the all African American 184th Field Artillery which was inducted into Federal Service from the Illinois National Guard at Chicago in January 1941, served with the 2nd Army in Europe and played a vital role in capturing the town of Wesel along the Rhine River. At the time of publication, they were training at Fort Custer in Michigan and Camp McCoy in Wisconsin. Along with several hundred portraits of soldiers, the book contains a number of outstanding shots of the men using weapons, drilling and participating in war games in Louisiana. It also contains internal views of the barracks, the mess hall and the infirmary. This copy was owned by Courtland Madison of Chicago. While most segregated unit yearbooks are scarce, he made this one extraordinary by including 52 original photographs on blank leaves bound at the end of the book. They include 13 exquisite portraits of his fellow soldiers, some of which are real photo postcards. Others show the men around the base and include several outstanding playful shots involving a rifle and mandolin, while approximately a dozen appear to be of Courtland's friends and/or family. Courtland's 1946 chauffeur's license is laid in as well. OCLC locates four copies. This, a unique copy of a segregated unit that served in Europe. 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.