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Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs

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    • 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.
    • Traveling story-teller, Bou Saada, Algeria, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • People of the desert had no modern communication at all. There was no electricity in the small villages, no newspapers or magazines, and very little contact with the outside world. They had heard about radio but none had ever heard a radio. In this...
    • Hotel in Bou Saada, Algeria, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The Hotel Beau Sejour, Bou Saada, Algeria, in the Fall of 1943. A reasonably modern facility, its rooms were comfortable and clean. The food was adequate but to an American initially a bit strange: dates, mutton and small birds, cooked whole on a...
    • Algiers, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The El Biar section of Algiers, about November 1943. This residential area was populated by many of the Algerian Jewish families. The homes were modern and showed signs of affluence.
    • Casablanca, September 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • Casablanca from the north. This beautiful white city was very modern and cosmopolitan, even in September 1943. My assignment here was at the Pasteur Institute, where advanced work was being done on a typhus vaccine. Mice feces were being tested as...
    • Casablanca from the north, September 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • Casablanca from the north. This beautiful white city was very modern and cosmopolitan, even in September 1943. My assignment here was at the Pasteur Institute, where advanced work was being done on a typhus vaccine. Mice feces were being tested as...

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