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Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs

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    • San Gimignano, Italy, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The city of San Gimignano, just north of Siena, was prominent for its many bell towers. Difficult to get to because of heavy land mining in the area, it was a romantic city and favorite getaway spot for American military officers and their Red...
    • Naples, Spring 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Naples, Spring 1944, after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. One of the world's most beautiful cities, Naples was a mix of very old residential and fairly modern apartment structures, each built to afford a view of the magnificent harbor.
    • Maurice Manson and donkey with trash, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • This photograph made in the Medina, Algiers in the fall of 1943. The photograph shows a typical Medina scene -- a garbage donkey being observed by an American soldier, Corporal Maurice Manson. Streets in this and most native quarters in North...
    • Postal building, city center, Algiers 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The main post office in Algiers -- as serviced by streetcar here -- was the center of the city. The University was half a block away; a movie theater (where I saw Gary Cooper somehow speaking French in ""Sergeant York"") and the main hotel were all...
    • Unidentified street, the Medina, Algiers, November 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The Medina, the oldest part of the city, was built on the slope of a landmass rising from the sea. Without sewer or water systems, it represented an undesirable place to live; the disease rate was high and the atmosphere unpleasant. At this time in...
    • Public urinal, Algiers, Fall 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • In North African cities, as well as many parts of Europe, public urinals were common. Men only; I do not know how the ladies managed.

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