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WWI Photo Identification – Wartime Librarian Mary Josephine Booth, ALA in Germany

December 7, 2013

Originally posted on Portraits of War:

Sometimes all it takes to properly identify a photo is a little bit of luck and a lot of patience!  In this case, a collector-friend of mine recognized one of my studio postcard photos on a library history blog.  Apparently, the photo was saved from a past eBay auction by an intrepid library historian and subsequently identified.  I knew the photo depicted a WWI American Library Association worker posing in a German studio in 1919.  What I didn’t know was her identity……..

Mary Josephine Booth in 1919

Mary Josephine Booth in 1919

 

Mary Josephine Booth was born in Beloit, WI on May 24th, 1876 to John Robertson Booth of Fonde, NY.  She earned degrees from Beloit College and the University of Illinois Library School.

Her wartime record is incredibly well documented on her 1919 passport application.  She was issued US passport #71443 by the US Department of State on November 5th, 1917 and left…

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From the Log…

December 7, 2013

IMG_1862Finally, from the December 1943 WAVES News Letter, some updates on jobs and rankings for WAVES.

The newsletter comes from the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Gunnery Instruction

December 6, 2013

IMG_1854From the December 1943 WAVES News Letter. Here, a WAVE at Pensacola Naval Air Station learns how to train men in gunnery skills.

The newsletter comes from the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

WAVES at Pensacola

December 5, 2013

IMG_1858Pensacola, Florida hosted a huge Naval presence during World War II, including a Naval Air Training Center (training pilots and gunners). Women not only works to train pilots and gunners, but also kept the planes up to spec at the huge station (which spanned several different facilities).

The newsletter comes from the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

WAVES at Lakehurst

December 4, 2013

IMG_1855The December 1943 edition of the WAVES News Letter featured profiles of the different bases where the women might be stationed, included Naval Air Station Lakehurst. In Lakehurst, women worked in various aviation-related dutied, including parachute riggers, aerographers, radio operators, control tower operators and other jobs.

The newsletter comes from the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Radio Class

December 3, 2013

IMG_1863This image appeared with the story about training in radio in the December 1943 edition of the WAVES News Letter. WAVES trained at University of Wisconsin, Madison.

The newsletter comes from the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Training in Radio

December 2, 2013

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The December 1943 WAVES News Letter featured stories on the different types of training women  could pursue, such as this article on training in radio operation. Women would learn how to code messages and decode enemy transmissions.

The newsletter comes from the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

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