1943 · Bad Kissingen, Germany
Bad Kissingen, Germany, 1943. [Folk Books/Folk Art][World War II][Germany] 12" x 15¾". String tied, floral patterned cotton over boards. 24 leaves interleaved with tissue, with 39 black and white photographs adhesive mounted rectos only. Photos measure 5" x 7" and most are captioned in German. Album very good plus with light wear, contents fine. This is a carefully and artistically produced album by the men of the 13th Medical Replacement Training Battalion stationed in Bad Kissingen, Germany. It was presented to their Battalion Commander to commemorate the unit's participation in the Wehrmacht Winter Assistance program where they raised money for German charities. The men staged a talent show in the main city theater, sold tickets and then donated the proceeds to the charity. Professionally produced images are accompanied by captions in an artful hand. That same hand also provided captions in what appears to be Sanskrit, as well as several bars of music presumably describing the performance pictured. Men are seen playing accordions, violins and saxophones as well as performing in scenes involving a hospital room. One shows a caricaturist drawing onstage, two show a fire eater and one outstanding shot shows a man lying on a bed of nails, an anvil on his pelvis, with a man standing over him wielding a sledgehammer. There's a trapeze artist, Nazis in drag, and more. This item is offered by Langdon Manor Books, LLC, antiquarian booksellers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics.
(Inventory #: 1794)