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Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs

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    • Mt. Vesuvius at night, eruption of 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The fury of the volcanic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius was more apparent at night when lava flow could nearly always be seen, a pattern of outcroppings that changed nightly. Here the front is advancing towards Naples. This flow occurred irregularly...
    • A Madame and French soldier, Medina, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The Madame of the Medina brothel in Algiers. Probably of mixed Arabic and French parentage, she openly solicited for her business with gesture, talk and frequent display of her charms by opening her robe to entice any passerby, including the young...
    • Old fort / palace, Rabat, Morocco, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • Remains of an old fortress / palace near Rabat, Morocco, September, 1943. Rabat itself was founded in the 12th century by 'Abd al-Mu'min as a riba t (camp). It was at this camp that the first Almohad ruler quartered the troops he had amassed for...
    • Shopkeeper in the Medina, Rabat, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • A typical shopkeeper in the Medina, Rabat, 1943. He specialized in metal things and repairs to pots and pans etc. As with many of the people and places depicted in these photographs, I attempted to find specific things on a return trip to North...

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