np: [ca. 1960-1961]. Hardcover. Oblong folio commercial album measuring approximately 10.5" x 14.5". Green faux-leather covered boards, string bound. 24 card leaves, 21 with 77 black and white snapshot photographs, each measuring approximately 5" x 3.5", recto mounted loosely in corners. Final 3 leaves blank, an additional 3 photographs laid-in; 80 prints total. Hand-painted title illustration to first endpaper, two vignette scenes on first and fourth leaves. Mild edge wear to album exterior, otherwise generally near fine. Near fine. Item #14513
Album belonging to Sergeant John A. England, United States Army, from his 1960 trans-Pacific cruise aboard the U.S.N.S. General Edwin D. Patrick, a WWII-era transport ship based out of San Francisco. A contingent from the Republic of Korea Navy was aboard and the album focuses heavily on the Korean sailors and their interactions with American servicemen. A brilliant, hand-painted title illustration in acrylic titled 'ROK NAVY' and two additional vignette works in the same medium illuminate the album. The images are clear and well composed, creating a significant record of U.S.-Korean relations and of the Edwin D. Patrick, which was the longest surviving of the P2 carriers in the U.S. fleet, launched in 1945, decommissioned in 1968 and sent to scrap in 2010.