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[WWII Naval Cadet Training Photographs]

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[WWII Naval Cadet Training Photographs]

225.00

A suite of 11 different training photographs of Navy Cadets enlisted in the temporary Flight Preparatory School on the campus of Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, likely about 1943. The photographs are well executed and clear, with a clear group highlight being a pair of rather provocative views of exercise, including a group scene featuring dozens of soldiers in the midst of a calisthenics workout and a shot of two shirtless Cadets traversing an obstacle course. From the snipe stapled to the verso of the latter:

"Two husky Navy men [...] take the obstacle course at the Navy Flight Preparatory School, Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa. After successfully completing the three months ground school at Mt. Vernon, these men will move to pre-flight school, where they will receive more physical hardening exercises, ground work and their first flying hours."

We find no record of holdings of the group or individual photographs (nor do we locate publication of any via a diligent reverse image search of google). A likely unrecorded, unpublished group, thus, executed by a Navy photographer with a sharp eye and obvious appreciation for the male form. 

[World War II] : [Photography]. [Naval Flight Preparatory School Training Images] Great Lakes, Illinois / Mout Vernon, Iowa: Office of Public Relations Photographic Section Navy Department, [ca. 1943]. 11 sepia-toned silver print photographs. Uniform single weight, bordered prints, each approximately 8" x 10." 10 of the 11 with typed descriptive snipes on thin copying paper stapled to print corners. Ink stamps of Office of Navy Public Relations to versos. Staples mildly rusted. Overall photographs well preserved. Very good-plus.

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A suite of 11 different training photographs of Navy Cadets enlisted in the temporary Flight Preparatory School on the campus of Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, likely about 1943. The photographs are well executed and clear, with a clear group highlight being a pair of rather provocative views of exercise, including a group scene featuring dozens of soldiers in the midst of a calisthenics workout and a shot of two shirtless Cadets traversing an obstacle course. From the snipe stapled to the verso of the latter:

"Two husky Navy men [...] take the obstacle course at the Navy Flight Preparatory School, Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa. After successfully completing the three months ground school at Mt. Vernon, these men will move to pre-flight school, where they will receive more physical hardening exercises, ground work and their first flying hours."

We find no record of holdings of the group or individual photographs (nor do we locate publication of any via a diligent reverse image search of google). A likely unrecorded, unpublished group, thus, executed by a Navy photographer with a sharp eye and obvious appreciation for the male form. 

[World War II] : [Photography]. [Naval Flight Preparatory School Training Images] Great Lakes, Illinois / Mout Vernon, Iowa: Office of Public Relations Photographic Section Navy Department, [ca. 1943]. 11 sepia-toned silver print photographs. Uniform single weight, bordered prints, each approximately 8" x 10." 10 of the 11 with typed descriptive snipes on thin copying paper stapled to print corners. Ink stamps of Office of Navy Public Relations to versos. Staples mildly rusted. Overall photographs well preserved. Very good-plus.