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WWII Publicity Brochures for Army Signal Corps Communication and News Ships

Signal Corps Brochures:

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A Seaborne Communications Center Brochure explaining jow US Army Signal Corps leap frogged communications while island hopping in the Pacific by creating seaborne communication centers.

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News Ship! The CSN-1 (Communications Ship - News), conceived and built by the Army signal corps for the press corps and for service to the nation.

About the brochures:

I found these two one-of-kind brochures in the files of my grandfather, Colonel O. Howard Davidsmeyer, Sr., who served on General Douglas MacArthur's staff during World War II.  These are the hand-drawn originals.

In a letter dated April 3, 1946 Col. Davidsmeyer described these brochures. Unfortunately, the letter has become brittle with age and pieces are missing. What I can read of the letter says:

I thought you might be interested in these "brochures" -- they cover a couple of my Pacific projects and I made them up at the request of Gen. Mac's Public Relations Officer (Gen. Diller). They were used by the Australian Dept. of Information during their 4th War Bond drive -- also by Gen Diller as a part of War Correspondents training course. The Seaborne job is the one that caused the "upheaval" in [text missing] Chiefs office in Washington? The [text missing] ship was Gen Mac's Voice of [text missing] station and saw action all the way to Tokyo -- The Seaborne Center provided [text missing] circuits from Tokyo to Frisco (SSB), and were in operation 48 hours after arrival.

OHD

 

The two brochures are individually hand-made. The sheets are mimeographed, with the main text reproduced that way, but all the color lettering and artwork is done by hand. After being hand-colored, the sheets were glued to both sides of a sheet of boxboard with four holes punched in it. Artwork for the covers was glued on heavier cardboard, covered with plastic and sealed inside with tape. Then the covers and individual pages were bound together with metal clips.

To see the brochures, click on the links at the top of the page.

WWII News Ship in the Pacific A WWII Seaborne Communications Center

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