[WWII Veterans’ Scrapbook]


The wartime years of a soldier through the eyes of his loving wife.

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This eclectic group of ephemera, maps, photographs, brochures, and other random objects appears to have been assembled into a scrapbook by Mrs. Florence Bailey on behalf of her husband, William “Cork” Bailey, around 1948.

The contents, now totally loose, describe Private Bailey’s experiences from his prewar years working at Black & Decker to induction into the 319th Regiment of the 80th Infantry Division. From there, he fought in the European theater until he was wounded by white phosphorus, one of the most terrible weapons experienced by soldiers on both sides during the war. Further elements from his hospital ship home, recuperation at several hospitals in the states, and subsequent re-employment at his old firm provide some closure to the volume.

Accompanying text highlights written by Mrs. Bailey reflects a relatively lighthearted attitude toward the war, and deep affection towards her husband, whom she affectionately calls “Cork” throughout. Particularly notable objects from a scrapbook include photographs and a Christmas card from the liberation of Paris, a Japanese cigarette from a friend in New Guinea, photographs snipped from the identification cards of lost comrades, a bullet casing, ration books, and numerous official documents relating to Private Bailey’s enlistment and rehabilitation.

An incredible compilation of material documenting ‘real life’ for a soldier in the war, along with a glimpse of the perspective experienced by his loved ones back home.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1948

Author: William Eugene Bailey

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Condition: B

Condition Description: An incredibly eclectic assortment of material from the WWII campaign of a private in the 80th Infantry Division. Dozens of pieces of ephemera, maps, numerous photographs, ration cards, handwritten letters, official documents, souvenirs, local currency, and more are attached and/or loose from 22 double sided pages of scrapbook paper. Numerous annotations in a variety of handwriting accompany a majority of the objects. Each sheet measures approximately 11.75" x 14.25" and is toned and brittle. Contents are obviously incomplete, and no binding is present.


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