1953. Group of 22 contact sheets and 51 photographs of various sizes, including 33 photographs measuring 7" x 9.25" approx., twelve photographs measuring 4.75" x 3.75" approx., two double-weight photographs measuring 10.75" x 13.5" approx., and four photographs measuring 2.25" x 2.25" approx. Most photographs stamped at verso, "STEM CLV Photo/ Reproduction rights granted/ please credit/ ECA-Saigon". All photographs curling, else fine. Also includes two carbon-copy photo captions and a tri-fold program for a gala benefitting the French and Vietnamese Red Cross, June 1953, measuring 6.75" x 10" approx. that is damp-stained and toned. Item #16471
Photographs from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos for the United States Special Technical and Economic Mission (STEM) to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (CLV). One photograph has photographer Everette Dixie Reese's stamp at verso, and many other photographs are of a similar style and presumed also by Reese, who was Chief of the Photo Section for STEM-CLV from 1951-1955 during the Indochina War. The subjects of these photographs are varied, from quotidian street scenes in Saigon or farmers in rural villages, to dignitaries like then-vice president Richard Nixon, who visited US allies in 1953, and King of Laos Sisavang Vong. STEM projects are depicted in the photographs, for example infrastructure projects like schools and roads in new agricultural villages or a soldier holding a rifle bearing the tag "From USA/ For Mutual Defense." Though the photographs are not marked as such, accompanying captions and internal evidence date them to 1953, a pivotal time for the region as French colonial forces were withdrawing from the region. As the photographs show, the US was intervening in an increasingly militaristic manner, eventually resulting in the prolonged Vietnam War.