[circa 1950]. Oblong 8vo. string-tied album. Embossed cognac leather over boards. Cover heavily worn along edges, with dry leather chipped and peeling away at corners. 24 leaves with spiderwebbed tissue guards, the first 16 of which have black and white photographs mounted recto and verso. One smaller photograph (2 x 3 inches) laid in, in a metal frame with protective glass. All photographs in very good plus condition. Item #24100
Album of an African American U.S. Army soldier in Nürnberg (Nuremberg), during the post-WWII Allied occupation of West Germany, with numerous photographs of his fellow squadron members stationed at Merrell Barracks on and off duty. The strict racial segregation of Army units was officially enforced until Truman's 1948 executive order, and unofficially persisted for some time afterwards; the European Command began phased integration only in 1952. The compiler was evidently an enthusiast of cars and car racing at all levels, and took numerous shots of a German soap box derby and its young drivers in action. Photos of the town and environs follow, with photos of a zebra and two camels from a visit to a zoo. Behind two men posing for portraits in front of their army lockers, the names C. MINOR and W. WYATT can be seen, but no certain identifications of individuals can be made. The images include several photographs of soldiers in uniform by an Army jeep; a baseball game on 'Soldiers Field;' a public swimming pool; men running a hurdles course and at ease in the barracks interior, a mechanic rolling out from under a tank, and a military parade. Laid in is a small sepia-toned framed photo of a young woman in a plaid shirt, seated in a playful pin-up pose on a park bench. A well-assembled and -shot unified collection of images from some of the earliest days of military integration.