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[Photograph album of life in the Panama Canal Zone]

Label
[Photograph album of life in the Panama Canal Zone]
Title
[Photograph album of life in the Panama Canal Zone]
Creator
Photographer
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Photograph album of 243 snapshots compiled by Mrs. Pearl Davis Reynolds, documenting her life in the Panama Canal Zone from Oct. 5, 1929 until May of 1931 as the new wife of U.S. Army officer Miles H. Reynolds.
Biographical or historical data
U.S. Army wife and amateur photographer.
Cataloging source
CLU
Characteristic
picture
Summary expansion
Pearl and Miles lived in the NCO's quarters at Fort Sherman, an Army base located at Toro Point at the Caribbean end of the Canal, on the western bank of the Canal directly opposite Colón on the eastern bank. Fort Sherman was the primary defensive base for the Caribbean sector of the Canal, and was also a center for jungle warfare training. Its Pacific-side partner was Fort Amador. The album contains several views of the Reynolds' apartment in "Quarters #47-A" on base. A large number of the photographs are shots of Pearl, Miles, with their friends, fellow NCOs, and their families, and other base personnel they socialized with during the years they were stationed at Fort Sherman. Included are photos of their excursions to the ruins of Fort San Lorenzo, trips to the nearby jungle and Shimmy Beach, picnics and swimming with friends, events at nearby Fort Amador, parade grounds at Fort Sherman, family and base pets--dogs and monkeys, and other sights on the base such as the headquarters building, hospital, landing field, and the ferry "Morgan Lewis" moored nearby. Throughout the album are photos of artillery, such as the "disappearing rifle," destroyers and troop transport ships traveling through the Canal Zone, a fishing boat on the Chagres River, a view of the battle fleet, and the airship "Los Angeles." The photographer has also recorded sites in the Canal, such as Culebra Cut, Gatun Lake, the Gatun Locks, and the operations of spillways and lock gates. The couple leaves Panama in May 1931, sailing aboard a troop transport ship to New York, stopping briefly in Puerto Rico which Pearl documents with photos of the capitol building in San Juan and the old Spanish fort in the harbor. The album also includes several real photo postcards of the U.S. Army transport ships "Chateau Thierry," "Grant," and "Cambrai," and 20 small (55 x 88 mm) black-and-white mini-postcards of sights in the Canal Zone and in Panama City, the Panama Canal Club building, and various military ships and ocean liners moving through the Canal
Technique
not applicable
Label
[Photograph album of life in the Panama Canal Zone]
Instantiates
Production
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Photographs are mounted with black photo-corners on rectos and versos of leaves of heavy black paper; captions written in white pencil below
  • Bound in before the photographs are ten printed leaves, three containing spaces for autographs of friends, and six containing pre-printed spaces for keeping a log and diary for each day of the voyage; the first leaf is a humorous "diploma" certifying Mrs. Pearl Davis Reynolds as a member of the "trusty shellbacks" and initiated into the "Ancient Order of the Deep," signed by Davey Jone and Neptune, king of the sea, and dated Oct. 5, 1929. Between Feb. 20 and Aug. 22, 1931, Mrs. Reynolds collected 12 autographs of friends, almost all of whom gave their address as Fort Sherman, Canal Zone. One of her friends wrote "Here's to the bride," alluding to Pearl's recent marriage
  • Bound in a textured brown cloth album typical of the period, the front cover of which has been replaced with a piece of tan suede decorated with an oil-painted tropical scene of the Canal Zone, featuring water and palm trees; a rectangle has been cut out of the center of the suede cover and covering the opening is a piece of silk cloth printed in black with a drawing of a ship passing through the Culebra Cut of the Panama Canal, with the water painted light blue with touches of white, and the sky painted pink; on a blind-tooled banner above is the caption "Panama" and at the top, the title "Photographs;" covers tied with a thin strip of gray suede
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
still image
Content type code
sti
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 x 29 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (243 photographic prints, 20 postcards )
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchase, Buckingham Books, 2017.
Other physical details
gelatine silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1013749947
  • ucoclc1013749947
Label
[Photograph album of life in the Panama Canal Zone]
Production
Note
  • Title supplied by cataloger
  • Photographs are mounted with black photo-corners on rectos and versos of leaves of heavy black paper; captions written in white pencil below
  • Bound in before the photographs are ten printed leaves, three containing spaces for autographs of friends, and six containing pre-printed spaces for keeping a log and diary for each day of the voyage; the first leaf is a humorous "diploma" certifying Mrs. Pearl Davis Reynolds as a member of the "trusty shellbacks" and initiated into the "Ancient Order of the Deep," signed by Davey Jone and Neptune, king of the sea, and dated Oct. 5, 1929. Between Feb. 20 and Aug. 22, 1931, Mrs. Reynolds collected 12 autographs of friends, almost all of whom gave their address as Fort Sherman, Canal Zone. One of her friends wrote "Here's to the bride," alluding to Pearl's recent marriage
  • Bound in a textured brown cloth album typical of the period, the front cover of which has been replaced with a piece of tan suede decorated with an oil-painted tropical scene of the Canal Zone, featuring water and palm trees; a rectangle has been cut out of the center of the suede cover and covering the opening is a piece of silk cloth printed in black with a drawing of a ship passing through the Culebra Cut of the Panama Canal, with the water painted light blue with touches of white, and the sky painted pink; on a blind-tooled banner above is the caption "Panama" and at the top, the title "Photographs;" covers tied with a thin strip of gray suede
  • Part of the Photograph Album Collection (Collection 94) in Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
still image
Content type code
sti
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 x 29 cm (album)
Extent
1 album (243 photographic prints, 20 postcards )
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige cloth clamshell case. Purchase, Buckingham Books, 2017.
Other physical details
gelatine silver
Primary support material
paper
Secondary support material
paper
Specific material designation
photoprint
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1013749947
  • ucoclc1013749947

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