Kelly Air Force Base, Texas: Base Photographic Laboratory, [circa 1953]-1955. Six black and white 8” x 10” photographs. Generally very good plus: a bit curled with light edge wear and scattered spotting.
This is a group of fantastic photographs showing internal views of the general store at the Kelly Air Force Base (KAFB) near San Antonio, Texas.
The site for KAFB was chosen in 1916 and the base opened one year later, its quick growth spurred by the United States entry into World War I. The base was known for the “Kelly Katies,” the name given to the over 10,000 women who worked there and helped make it the world's largest air depot by the end of World War II. At KAFB's closing in 2001, it was the oldest continuously operating flying base in the United States Air Force.
These photographs reveal internal shots of KAFB's general store. There are great images of the grocery aisles, teeming with canned and fresh fruits and vegetables, shelves of dry goods, price lists for sodas and baby foods, and cartons of cigarettes at the registers. Close inspection reveals dozens of products and their mid-1950s labels. One image shows a back wall rack piled with bags of sugar, with boxes of Black Flag Insect Bomb stacked nearby.
A spectacular group of photographs showing an important Air Force Base's grocery store in the 1950s. We found no apparent holdings in OCLC or online. Very good +. Item #7373