by Hirata, S.
Tokyo: Japanese Government Raw Silk Bureau. Very Good with no dust jacket. Hardcover. Circa 1947-1948. A rare album with original color patterned silk covered boards, string tied on the left. Silk has light soil and fraying on edges. Image cropped due to scanner size. The album contains 47 4.3" x 6.3" original black and white photographs mounted on thick boards with corner mounts. Gilt on edges is worn. Each photo is captioned in English, from "Silkworm Moths hatching and drying their wings" to "Raw silk being loaded on ship for export." The title page is a pasted in label on the first free endpaper, "The Story of Japanese Raw Silk Presented to Major General Daniel Noce / Album and Pictures Prepared by the Japanese Raw Silk Bureau S. Hirata Director / Foreword and Explanation [captions? ] Prepared by The Silk Branch Textile Division ESS GH & SCAP R. A. Hickerson, Chief H. Shiga, Silk Consultant." The album was most likely presented to General Daniel Noce (1874-1976) for his efforts in promoting Japanese economic development through trade. From 1946 to 1948 he was Chief of the Civil Affairs Division under General MacArthur and was instrumental in promoting Japanese industry and trade. He believed that the establishment of trade was a way to lessen the danger of Communist influence and relieve the costs of rebuilding Japan for the United States. No records found of a similar album on OCLC or elsewhere. ; 10 1/4" x 14 1/4" x 1 3/4" . (Inventory #: 010123)