HAWAII - MIDWAY ISLAND, etc SAILOR on USS BEAVER in MID 1930s PHOTO ALBUM
This fantastically fun photo album belonged to a sailor from Long Island, New York, and showcases his time in the South Pacific. The album measures 8.25" x 11.5" with a suede and cloth backed snap-closure cover, with 220 black and white photos of various sizes within. The suede cover is hand-painted and stamped with an image of a ship and says "USS Beaver, Submarine Tender." You can practically smell the salty air and feel the island breeze as you enter this album, full of shots of life in Hawaii, on Midway Island and a few real photo postcards that I believe are from Panama. Several have wonderful captions written on the image and many are identified on the back. There are 20 photos from the Maui Fair in 1938, as well as pics of turtles, close encounters with seabirds, hiking on the island, fun on the beach, hula girls, a shark, a Naval submarine fleet, photos on board and from the shore of ships and crews, of fishing, and portraits of sailors enjoying island life. Some photos are put in so that they overlap and you have to flip them up. Others are held to the page with corner tabs. A few are loose and some are missing.