[Album of 145 Original Gelatin Silver Photographs Showing the Premises and Personnel of the US Thule Air Base in Greenland, Nearby Dundas Village and Its Inuit Residents, Greenland Landscapes and Arctic Animals, &c.].
Oblong Folio album (ca. 26x34 cm). 24 black card album leaves. With 145 mounted gelatin silver photos, including six large images ca. 20x25 cm (8x10 in), and eight images from ca. 12x20 cm (4 ¾ x 8 in); the rest of the photos are from ca. 10x12,5 cm (4x5 in) to ca. 6,5x9 cm (2 ½ x 3 ½ in). One photo is captioned “Joe Haldorsen” in pen on verso, otherwise no captions. Period blue cloth album fastened with a string; front board with a silver-stamped vignette showing the western hemisphere and a silver-stamped title “Top of the World. Thule Air Base Greenland.” Several photos with a couple of minor creases, the front board with a minor crack on the hinge, but overall a very good album with interesting strong photos.
Interesting collection of original photos, showing the US Thule Air Base on the northwest coast of Greenland. Built in 1943, this is the US Air Force’s northernmost base and the northernmost installation of the US Armed Forces. Most likely compiled by a member of the base personnel, the album opens with a photo of a building with the sign “4683rd Air Def. Wing. Headquarters. Thule Air Base, Greenland.” The 4683d Air Defense Wing was organized at Thule Air Base in 1960 and discontinued in 1965. The second photo shows a fighter aircraft with the sign on the side “FC-369, U.S. Air Force, 61369.” The aircraft most likely belonged to the 332d Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, which served at Thule Air Base in 1960-65 (Wikipedia). A series of photos of the base itself show the airfield and planes, various buildings, pipelines, a pole with distances from Thule Air Base to the US and European cities, a dock with the sign “Ice road to Dundas over North Bay, Closed in summer,” a sign of “Thule Airmen’s Club,” a building with the sign “Thule Air Base Chapel, Welcome.” and others. Four photos show USNS “Greenville Victory” (built in 1944, out of service in 1976). There are also several portraits of American servicemen (posing next to the US flag, with icebergs, taking photos) and a series of individual and group portraits of local Inuits (families, children, dog sled riders and their dogs). Four photos depict an event at the air base, with an Inuit and American girls greeting people near military planes. The Inuit girl wears a ribbon “Miss Armed Forces, Thule A.F.[B?], Greenland.” One of these photos is captioned “Joe Haldorsen” on verso. About eight photos show the nearby Dundas village, including the rock with the commemorative inscription about Knud Rasmussen. There are also images of Greenland mountains, glaciers and icebergs, Arctic birds, foxes, hare, seals, &c. Overall an important visual source on the history of Thule Air Base in the 1960s.
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