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Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs

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    • Cutting hemp stalks, Naples, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This woman is harvesting hemp straw for the rope industry that was so predominant in and around Naples. Hemp was a major crop in the area of Naples. A large family enterprise, the making of hemp rope flourished all during the period of military...
    • Col. Edward "Pete" Churchill, Epinal, France, 1945

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Colonel Edward "Pete" Churchill, Chief of Surgery for the Mediterranean Theater of operations is pictured here in Epinal, France during the final push across France and Southern Germany. Dr. Churchill, Professor of Surgery at Harvard and an...
    • San Marco, Venice, Summer 1945

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • Then as now a "must-see" place. Note the large number of soldiers, nearly all American (including myself, in the light-colored uniform). This was a common occurrence in the immediate post-war period. Remarkably very few soldiers of other...
    • La Mostra, site of 15th Medical General Laboratory, Naples

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • This picture shows La Mostra d'Oltremare as it was during the days prior to its conversion for war purposes. A few years before the war Bennito Mussolini had built a World's Fair-type exhibition on the outskirts of Naples. Its purpose was to...
    • MAMAS Headquarters, La Mostra, Naples, 1944

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • La Mostra, Naples after being taken over by the Medical Services. A few years before the war Bennito Mussolini had built a World's Fair-type exhibition on the outskirts of Naples. Its purpose was to display Italian products and culture. When...
    • Fred Toelle at work

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • The artist Fred Toelle, who painted the large murals depicted in this collection of photographs. Fred, a classical fine artist, was very slow and deliberate, making many sketches then a small-scale painting of each subject. His assignment was not...
    • Army chow line in a side street, Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • Set up to feed any soldier in the vicinity, the chow lines offered food that was generally good and always plentiful. While mostly brought in from the U.S., occasionally local produce was purchased. For example, Algeria was famous for its melons:...
    • Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The City of Algiers from the suburb of El Biar in the fall of 1943. Large numbers of French nationals, Jewish families and Arabs then populated the city. On the surface (at least) they all seemed to get on with their lives, which were dominated by...
    • Laundry, Casablanca, September 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • These facilities appear to have been constructed specifically for this purpose and were in constant use. Some of the ladies appeared to be doing wash that was for commercial purposes: very large quantities; batches had to be kept separate from one...

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