Photo album of an unidentified soldier training in Utah
Date Published: [c.1950-52]
Book Id: 42939
103 photographs in a green vinyl boards album tied with string. 29 x 38cm.
This collection of photographs was taken sometime in the early 1950s. At least two are dated, one 1950, the other 1952, suggesting that the others date from that time period as well. The first few photos are of a college or high school graduate (as well as one of his friends and probably his mother). Other photos include the graduate in military dress (labeled "me in Class D uniform"). The bulk of the photos show the area surrounding Dugway Proving Grounds, a military training institution located 80 miles southwest of Salt Lake City near Tooele, are also included. Dugway was used as a training camp during the Korean War (early 1950s) after being shuttered in 1946. Since 1954, it has been used as a test site for chemical and biological weapons. The photographs show the base, barracks, and probably a central office of some kind with a parking lot.An additional 25 shots of South Willow Canyon (near Tooele, UT) are included. Also included is a Fort Lewis, Washington postcard of the young man who appeared with the presumed photographer in the first images in the album is included, signed "Buck."Following these photographs are groups of 13 and 15 shots of the west and east sides of Deseret Peak, located west of Grantsville, UT. These are followed by five pictures of Timpanogos Loop and six of Bountiful Peak. These in turn are followed by four pictures from an unidentified location, simply labeled "rock hunting." A set of fifteen pictures from Topaz Peak are also included. Finally, four photographs of four unidentified fire department buildings (presumably in Utah?) are included, probably taken somewhat later than the rest of the photos—perhaps in the late 1950s or 1960s.Many though by no means all of the photographs have notes identifying locations and individuals pictured (though not, unfortunately, the first few images, which would have been useful in identifying the person who actually took these pictures). Though some photos have curled very slightly, the corner frames have minimized warping, and the images are clean and clear. Several panoramic views have been created by splicing two pictures together. The remnants are located in the rear of the album and were not included in the total photo count.