Camp Phillips. A Camera Trip Through Camp Phillips, Kansas [cover title].

Scarce World War II-era photographic view book of Camp Phillips, Kansas, a United States Army training camp. Images within show every aspect of camp life and military training and include several photos of segregated African American units and members of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC).

Troops are shown drilling, perfecting ship boarding techniques, rifle shooting, learning infiltration and camouflage techniques, setting up field communications, etc. Most of the images show the camp’s facilities: headquarters, signal center, ordnance and repair shops, mess hall, bakery, hospital, theater, library, chapel, PX, and sporting events.

An image within captioned “Casablanca” suggests the view book was produced in 1942–1943, during the North Africa Campaign of the war. Another image, captioned “Salina Bound,” shows black troops boarding a bus, likely going to Smoky Hill Air Field to assist in the construction of strategic bomber airfields there, built around that same time.

OCLC records five copies. No copies are in Oklahoma.

Description: Camp Phillips. A Camera Trip Through Camp Phillips, Kansas [cover title].

Tulsa, Oklahoma: Universal Press, c.1942–1943. [32]pp. Oversized Pamphlet. 11 x 8¼ inches. Pictorial wrappers; stapled. Illustrated with numerous half tone images from photographs + several line drawing cartoon vignettes. Vertical crease; some rubbing along spine; light handling and toning to wrappers; some creasing to leaves; good.


Price: $75.00