AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN JAPAN – FUCHU ORDNANCE DEPOT, TOKYO, 1940’s-50’s
There are ninety-two black and white photographs of various sizes on fourteen pages in this photo album of one US army man’s time in Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan. The spiral-bound album measures 11.5” x 14.125” and has a navy faux leather cover, embossed with the word Photographs, with black paper pages inside. Photos are attached with photo corners and/or glue. The inside cover provides the only annotation in the album (save one typewritten caption) reading: “J. L. Thomas, Fuchu Ord. Depot, 8123rd Army Unit, A.P.O. 503” and “Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan.” One loose ~8.5” x 10.5” photo is captioned Tokyo Horse Racing Track, Fuchu, Tokyo, Japan, by J. L. Thomas.” The photographer had a nice eye for snapshots – many of the photos have quite a striking yet casual quality to them. Contents include: street views and a collapsed building, children and shrine gates, portraits of beautiful women doing ordinary things, eating delicious meals, a well-attended drag race on the beach, Army men playing baseball, portraits of other army guys, the ordinance depot with its rows of army vehicles lined up at the ready, a factory, a woman trouncing the men at volleyball, men at work at a drafting table in an office, and portraits from two boat rides with beautiful women. A few photos are missing, there is a loose page and 5 photos are loose as well.