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U.S. Naval-Panama and Caribbean Photograph Album

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: GTM-20231118

Scope and Contents

Album with Over 200 gelatin silver photographs of Panama (Colon, Cativa, Panama City, San Blas, Portobello), Puerto Rico (San Juan), and Cuba (Guantanamo) taken by a U.S. Navy Serviceman from the Aerial Squadron 51 during his time in the Caribbean, dating from 1939 to 1940. Focusing on Colon (Panama) and showing local night clubs (Silver Spray Casino and Atlantic Night Club), bars (Bilgray’s Tropical and Chinese Bars), theaters (“Native Theatre”), stores (Japanese and “Hon Chong” Chinese stores), streets (Bottle Alley, Bolivar and Front Streets, etc.), the aftermath of the 1940 Great Fire and festive Pre-Lent Celebrations; also with the images of American Naval bases and camps (Coco Solo Naval Air Station, Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, San Juan Camp), squadron members during their leisure time and military activities, Frank Knox on his early inspection of the camp; as well as ethnographic portraits of Guna Indians in San Blas.

[Source: dealer description]


  • 1939 - 1940

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0.25 Cubic Feet (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Globus Books using the Robert P. Daly, Sr. Memorial Library Fund, 2023.

Processing Information

The collection has been rehoused in an acid-free box.

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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

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