New Orleans Public Library
Louisiana Photograph Collection

Fred Wilbert Donation

Date range: ca. 1941-1945
Size of collection: 38 prints, 2 clippings
Source: Donated by Fred Wilbert, 2003
Terms of Access: Available to registered researchers by appointment
Copyright: Please discuss with a Louisiana Division Archivist

A collection of thirty-eight prints comprising for the most part informal portraits of U.S. military personnel serving in World War II. Most, if not all, of the photographs were sent by the servicemen to the Guillory family in New Orleans. Some of the portraits are identified on the reverse of the prints. Army personnel indentified are Pvt. Amos Paul Mayeaux, Lem A. Owen, Jr., Benhard Schroeder, John Ray, Bill Duplessis, Jimmy Hotty, Louis "Dutch" Hotty, Albert Harney, and Lance Rowel(?). The Navy men identified are Benny Decelles, Nick Marshall, and Louis Lacour. Also included is a portrait of Elton Fontenelle who is indicated to have been killed during the War. In addition to the portraits the collection also includes photographs of the Stage Door Canteen in Washington, D.C. (interior), Godchaux's department store in New Orleans (with a large American flag draped over the facade), and Maison Blanche department store in New Orleans (with a patriotic sign attached to its facade). The collection also includes two newspaper clippings, one for Leroy D. Jackson (USN) and John S. Vede (USMC--killed in action).

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