November 13, 2010

WWII Memorabilia and Ephemera

The Story of the 73rd: The Unofficial History of the 73rd Bomb Wing 

This is a fascinating book and was published by the Newsphoto Pub. Co., San Angelo, TX. Hard Cover and is a First Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall in 1946.  The book is the original unit history, not a Battery Press or other reprint, some of which sell over $100.00. Stationed on Saipan, this unit flew B-29 bombing raids primarily on the Japanese mainland. THe book contains approx. 200 pages, maps, extensive photos (including 61 close-ups of nose art), drawings, endpaper maps, list of decorations and awards, organizational charts, sample propaganda leaflets dropped. 

World War II Navy Posters all of which are 11" by 14" and are original to the era and were produced by the Navy. 

The Story of the Army

This is an interesting booklet as this was produced for the Army Relief Fund and in co-operation was the Army was provided by the Indiana Bell Telephone Company to be sold at a traveling War Show program in 1942. The actual booklet cost .25 cents. You will note that this copy does not have the price on it because this was a pre-production sample copy given to Indiana Bell employees. Enclosed in the book is a letter from Harry S. Hanna who was the Vice President of the Company. This booklet is obviously a very rare copy.

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