War is Over, Going Home!
"Musicians help pass the time aboard the SS Cape Victory en route to Seattle - Oct 1945" From "Darkroom Soldier": "Jam Session on Board. It would a be a hot, sweaty, slow trip. The turbine-powered converted freighter would travel about fifteen miles an hour. To keep cool, men took off their shirts, stayed on deck, took it easy. During the journey, soldiers were allowed to send uncensored mail for the first time in two years. Though soldiers had been ordered to empty their cameras of all film, somewhere between Manila and Seattle, somewhere during the twenty-eight day voyage across the Pacific, Hill secretly snapped this rare photo of a soldiers' band -- piano, drums, sax, and trumpet -- playing for men relaxing on the aft deck of the SS Cape Victory. (The ship's mast cast the shadow in the center of the photo.)" ("Darkroom Soldier" caption authored by George Venn)
Helten, Paula (curator)
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From the Collection of Fred Hill