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S-064 Dr. W.D Thompson Collection

S-064 Dr. W.D Thompson Collection 347 photographs circa World War II and late 1940s, showing a large variety of recreation activities. Included are sports, crafts, hobbies, entertainment, celebrities, holidays, and contests. Three books related to US Navy entertainment and recreation, transferred to Navy Department Library. Images are mostly uncaptioned.
Caption: Collection photo number S-064-A(1).01: Sailors play a variety of sports on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, circa World War II.
Description: 347 photographs circa World War II and late 1940s, showing a large variety of recreation activities. Included are sports, crafts, hobbies, entertainment, celebrities, holidays, and contests. Three books related to US Navy entertainment and recreation, transferred to Navy Department Library. Images are mostly uncaptioned.
Accession #: S-File
Catalog #: S-064
Donor: Dr. W.D Thompson
Copyright Owner: Naval History and Heritage Command
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S-064-A: 172 images. Sports of all types. Football games, including the All-Navy Championship game, games in the snow, on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, on the beach, in deep mud. Baseball games in stadiums, on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, and in fields and various tropical locations. Basketball games outside in tropical locations, on the flight deck and hangar deck of aircraft carriers, All-Navy Basketball tournament 1948. Boxing and boxers, posing with celebrities Humphrey Bogart and Ronald Reagan, fighting in outdoor and indoor rings at numerous locations as well as on board ships, Golden Gloves tournament. Aquatic activities including swim call off ships at sea, swimming at the beach, swimming in pools, diving, lifesaving training, swimming lessons and tests, water polo. Volleyball on the flight deck and hangar decks of ships, on the beach, in fields, indoor courts. Miscellaneous sports including handball, tennis, ping pong, badminton, horseshoes, golf, bowling, medicine ball, weightlifting, gymnastics, punching bags, exercising, tug-of-war, long jump, racing, sack race, wrestling, snowball fight, archery, bicycling, horseback riding, spearfishing, sailing, and rowing life rafts.


S-064-B: 175 images. Hobbies and entertainment. Pottery, cartoons and photographers, coconut carving, race cards, tennis racquets, leatherworking, ship modeling, model airplanes, model cars, woodworking, metal shops, movies and movie projectors, musical performances of all types with a variety of groups and bands, dancing, plays and singing, celebrities (Bob Hope, Joe E. Brown, Artie Shaw, Jack Benny, Mickey Rooney), hula dancers, music library, writing letters and cards, newspaper writing/editing/delivery, books and libraries, billiards, picnics and barbeques, fishing, liberty and sightseeing,  HMS Victory, pie eating contests, apple on a string contest, Santa Claus and Christmas, Navy Relief Society, Quonset hut construction, map of obstacle course Naval Training Station San Diego, sports and gaming supplies, chess, checkers, card games, personnel including Rear Admiral Thomas Sprague, Commander Slade Cutter, Vice Admiral Arthur Radford, presentation of basketball trophies by Vice Admiral Robert L. Ghormley.

 

S-064-C: Three books related to US Navy entertainment and recreation, transferred to Navy Department Library. Titles: “Navy on Stage, Volume 2: Stagecraft,” “Fleet Recreation Program,” Welfare and Recreation Manual.”

Topic
  • Music and Perfomance
  • Recreation
Document Type
  • Photograph
Wars & Conflicts
File Formats
  • Image (gif, jpg, tiff)
Location of Archival Materials