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Named WWII Army Photographer Group w/ UK Made Patch
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A large group of photographs and insignia of WWII U.S. Army Photographer Washington I Tuttle. The group consists of a large format scrap book in which photographs and postcards were mounted as well as a number of loose photographs. The scrap book is approximately 12 by 14 1/2 inches in size. The pages are almost all loose. The insignia consists of a British made "Official U.S. Army Photographer" patch; an Army Service Forces shoulder patch in unused condition; an Advance European Headquarters shoulder patch in slightly worn condition, and a wool Technical Staff Sergeant chevron, with some moth damage to the edges. The group also includes Tuttle's official War Department identification card, issued 21 March 1945. The scrap book contains approximately 119 mounted photographs of varying sizes, in addition to a number of commercial British postcards. The photographs depict a variety of images, from large professional quality images of British buildings and people to scenic views as well as photographs of Army photographers that were apparently taken in the field in Europe. Many of the photographs bear stamps on the reverse to identify them as having been passed by censors. There are also approximately 47 loose photographs taken by or of Tuttle in Europe. These images show Army photographers "at ease" and at work. There are also images such as Paris on V-E Day and Hitler's home in the Bavarian mountains. There is one particularly interesting image of a four soldiers, presumably all photographers, including Tuttle. They sit at an outside cafe table. The individuals are named on the reverse, and one of the men wears an 82nd Airborne Division patch on his right "combat service" shoulder, with his lower right sleeve displaying the Army Photographer patch. He wears combat ribbons and it seems as though he is wearing jump wings above them. His name on the reverse appears to be "Hebenstreit". Most all of the photographs are of excellent quality, as would be expected with images taken by an official U.S. Army photographer.