[TWO ALBUMS OF VERNACULAR PHOTOGRAPHS WITH IMAGES OF DAILY LIFE FOR A UNITED STATES SERVICE MEMBER STATIONED IN ALASKA AND NORTHERN CANADA].

[Whitehorse, Skagway, and vicinity. ca. 1950s]. 112 photographs mounted in two U.S. Army portfolios. Photos uniformly 3 x 5 inches, each captioned in manuscript. Original pebbled cloth, boards stamped in gilt. Spines chipped, extremities rubbed. Images crisp and clean. Very good. Item #WRCAM57655

An interesting pair of photograph albums documenting the daily life of an American military service member stationed near the Canada-Alaska border in the 1950s. As the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union developed, military defenses in Alaska became increasingly important. The unnamed soldier/photographer has captured many images of Alaskan scenery, as well as images of the towns of Whitehorse and Skagway, construction vehicles going about the work of building roads, and camp life. The soldier and his friends seem to have found ways to entertain themselves in the frozen north, and there are various photographs of them alternately playing with and working with sled dogs, several images of them playing with what appears to be a wild bear cub, fishing excursions, and a photo of the camp's artistically carved companion, "Yukon Katie." There is also a single photograph of a Tlingit family standing outside a tent, and one photograph showing a young boy captioned "Eskimou boy." The "White Horse church" pictured in one of the photographs was built in 1900 and remains standing in the city today, where it continues operations as the Old Log Church Museum.

A warm and intriguing collection of photographs from either side of the Alaska- Canada border, covering a wide range of subjects from native peoples to military operations and daily life.

Price: $950.00