A Superb WWII RCAF Photo Album
A Superb WWII RCAF Photo Album - This photo album contains 80 black and white photographs, collected and assembled by an RCAF veteran. It illustrates multiple pictures of aircraft on the ground and in flight, along with airmen in dress uniform and at work in Canada, the United States, Britain and the Mediterranean theatre, including two studio portraits (one of which is signed "David"). Included among the many photographs are a Gunner with a Dog in the Cockpit of a Plane, an Officer Standing in front of a sign inscribed "Welcome to Shemya A.F.B." (Shemya Air Force Base, now Eareckson Air Station, Aleutian Islands, Alaska), a plane being unloaded (the plane marked "The Air Transport Command" with rolling staircase marked "Elmendorf Field" (Anchorage, Alaska) on the side), a vintage plane (marked "Australia 21, New South Wales No 19, Narandera, Jerilderie Battle Plane, Riverina 2`on the side), a Group of Airman Marching by the National War Memorial in Ottawa, in addition to family, sweetheart and birthday celebration photos. It also features a sepia-toned original picture of Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Great Britain exiting a building, two photographs of Churchill (one of him aboard ship with "January 1942-" and "89%" in black and white paint on the photo and one of him reviewing army troops with "July 1942-" and "78%" in black and white paint on the photo) and six original photographs of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth's 1939 Royal Visit to the Niagara Region of Canada. The album encompasses many extra items, including: Winston Churchill Inspirational Wall Presentation Card (entitled "The Man at the Helm", with an interchangeable card at the bottom inscribed "We shall fight in unconquerable until the curse of Hitler is lifted from the brows of mankind. We are sure that in the the end all will come right. Broadcast, June 17th, 1940." on one side and "It has come to us to stand alone in the breach, and face the worst that the tyrant's might and enmity can do. Bearing ourselves humbly before God, but conscious that we serve an unfolding purpose, we are ready. Broadcast, July 14th, 1941." on the other, taglined "Fourteen inspiring messages from the Prime Minister", maker marked "Raphel Tuck & Sons Ltd."); Canadian Pacific Telegram (dated January 13, 1944 from Hertford, England, addressed to Nell Tillcock, Peterborough, Ontario, messaged "Deepest sympathy in our thoughts writing. Emily Willie."); Hudson Dingy Drill Card (for the Hudson I, II, III & V); Citizens' Rehabilitation Council of Greater Vancouver Card; Canadian Forces Hospitality and Information Bureau, London Information Card; Movement of the Sword of the Spirit in the Canadian Armed Forces Card; RAF Christmas Card (unused, gold embossed RAF insignia on the front); Christmas Greeting and New Year Wishes Card from the Canadian Minister to the Netherlands; RCAF Secrecy Order Card (with instructions from L.S. Breadner, Air Marshal, Chief of the Air Staff, RAF); Reply Request Card from Lady Frances Ryder, C.B.E. and Miss Macdonald of the Isles, C.B.E., London; St. Paul's Church, Orillia, Ontario Church Bulletin (dated Sunday, September 17, 1944); Programme from the London Hippodrome for "The Lisbon Story"; Royal Alexander Theatre, Toronto 1941-1942 Subscription Series Courtesy of the Theatre Guild of New York Announcement Brochure (celebrities pictured include Helen Hayes, Florence Eldridge and Frederic March, also mentions Katharine Hepburn and Tallulah Bankhead coming to Toronto, among others); Large Cartoon (captioned "So the Railways are going to run some Air Services?"); two aircraft postcards (one black and white, one colour); and a Stars and Stripes Newspaper (four pages (p.3-6), dated Wednesday, August 15, 1945, articles documenting the upcoming Nurnberg Hearings with photo of Reichmarshal Hermann Goering and Franz von Papen, Britain Rebuilds with photo of workmen repairing the House of Commons, along with other newsworthy and sports articles). All photographs and some of the printed pieces are glued in place, the remaining printed pieces are held in place with photo corners, the Stars and Stripes newspaper is loose. A terrific WWII collectible, extremely fine.