Biak Camp, Photo Lab 1
"17th T. Recon Sqdn Photo Section being set up. 3' by 6' floor panels were fabricated before we left Finchhaffen" From "Darkroom Soldier": "Biak Photo Lab. In his August 19 letter, Hill sketched the new photo lab floor plan and, in a photo, he recorded the newly built set up -- another improvised assemblage of tents, pipes, barrels, sinks, boxes, fans, and trailers along the beachfront road. In the foreground, aerial camera and magazine cases are open to dry out any moisture accumulated in shipping. Using a Skilsaw acquired from the Seabees in exchange for whiskey, the men cut and built floor units from salvaged lumber." ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)
Helten, Paula (curator)
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Biak, New Guinea
From the Collection of Fred Hill