Maui, Hawaii, 1941. Very Good.
Maui, Hawaii: [circa 1941-1944]. Photo album containing 136 mounted photos and 2 photos laid in, bound in flexible brown suede decorated in yellow, tan, black, green, and blue with pictorial cloth inlay, suede tie through the spine, containing blank leaves of black stock, 3pp. of blank autograph logs and 6 leaves of blank activity logs. In very good condition, a few pages with residue from where photos have been removed, and a couple leaves torn in half, otherwise a beautiful album. This World War II photo album contains 138 photographs taken by Navymen stationed in Maui, an island in the Hawaiian archipelago. Several of the photos show scenes from the town of Wailuku and the neighboring Iao Valley. Notably, Maui served as the training grounds for hundreds of Naval troops after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and held what was, at the time, the largest Naval Air Station in the world. Some photos show groups of men socializing in and out of uniform, traveling, and posing in various urban and natural settings. Other photos are of the photographer's surroundings, showing natural vistas, landscapes, churches, towns, and roads. A few photos show large explosions, presumably part of training exercises. Overall, the album provides a descriptive and insightful picture of the life of a member of the Navy.