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Q: History - World War II ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: History - World War II
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: dianelenz-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 13 Apr 2005 18:13 PDT
Expires: 13 May 2005 18:13 PDT
Question ID: 508997
I'm looking for Newsreel of the June 29, 1945 return of US Army
Medical Corps to New York Harbor(Pier 92) on Queen Elizabeth (and
accomplaying parades).
Newspaper article and photos would also be good.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 13 Apr 2005 19:14 PDT

In my experience, finding newsreels is a real hit or miss proposition.
 We can look, but the odds are small of actually getting one (if, in
fact, one does exist for this event).

Newspaper stories are far more accessible.  However, we cannot post
entire articles in our answer, since they are protected by copyright. 
At most, we can provide some excerpts, a full citation, and some
adivce for getting copies of the articles yourself, either online, or
through a library.

Would an answer that focused on newspaper articles be satisfactory,
even if we can't locate any newsreels?

Let us know.


Clarification of Question by dianelenz-ga on 14 Apr 2005 04:53 PDT
I'd be willing to accept newspaper citations if I was able to purchase
the article and pictures from the source paper.  I request that you
look for newsreels first. This is a request from our Dad, who was on
that ship.

Clarification of Question by dianelenz-ga on 10 May 2005 07:02 PDT
I am looking for citations of newspaper articles on this event which I
can then purchase.  I've raised the price to $50. Can anyone locate

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 10 May 2005 07:03 PDT

I just wanted to let you know that I looked, but didn't see anything,
in newsreels or in print.  If anything turns up, I'll be sure to let
you know.

Subject: Re: History - World War II
Answered By: omnivorous-ga on 10 May 2005 07:49 PDT
DianeLenz ?

There is an impression that everything can be found on the Internet ?
and perhaps some day it will be the case.  However, there are few good
newspaper archives before 1980 and most newspapers only started
putting content online in 1995.

The one exception is the New York Times, with full search and text
indexing back to 1851.  I?ve checked the Proquest Historical search
for the New York Times and there are several good articles ? AND
pictures of the arrival of the Queen Elizabeth on June 29, 1945.  I?ve
outlined the content below, starting with the most-important story and
going to the least-important.

These stories can be purchased via the New York Times and Proquest,
though you?ll have to set up an account:

The New York Times Article Archive, 1851 - Present

Pricing per individual article is $2.95 and a 4-pack is $7.95.

NOTE: You may want to be very careful about printing these articles,
as they are in Adobe Acrobat format and your printer may reduce them
to fit the page.   My experience is that makes them unreadable. 
Consider an alternate printing scheme, such as having them printed at
a local FedEx Kinko?s.  They will print larger format images for a
reasonable price, but may have some difficulty with the fact that
these are copyrighted images.


1.  The largest article is the June 30, 1945 story ?Superliner Here
with 13,113 G.I.?s?, with 4 accompanying pictures:
1.  of the complete ship, with it?s 14,810 passengers (an aerial AP
photo taken in New York Bay)
2.  one of the ship docking 
3.  one of Princess Juliana, of the Netherlands, debarking
4.  one of Eighth Air Force soldiers being served dockside by American
Red Cross workers

Besides Princes Juliana, the son of Charles de Gaulle and several
senators and Congressional representatives were on board.

2.  June 29, 1945, ?Largest Troopship is Due Here Today.  Queen
Elizabether with 15,000 Troops Aboard, Arriving On Her First Official
Visit.?  No pictures but interviews with soldiers on-board.

3.  June 30, 1945, ?446 Army Nurses Here from Europe.  Most of Them
Expect to Go to Pacific, ?As We Still Have a Job to Do??  No pictures.

4.  July 3, 1945, ?Giant British Ships for Atlantic Only; Tells of War
Voyages,? an interview with the captain of the Queen Elizabeth,
including discussions of the conversion of the ship to war use.  The
accompanying picture is of the captain.


Depending on your location and local library resources, here are some
additional suggestions:
? archives of local newspapers from the period.  You?ll want to check
with your local librarians to find out which ones have the best
newspaper sources.  Obviously the New York city newspapers would have
more photos.
? archives of Look and Life magazines, two popular picture magazines
from the era.  Even West Coast libraries ? at least the better
reference libraries ? would have those magazines.

Best regards,


Clarification of Answer by omnivorous-ga on 10 May 2005 11:50 PDT
DianeLenz --

I had a chance this morning to check Life Magazine for July, 1945. 
The July 2 issue has quite a lot about the welcome home for Gen.
Eisenhower -- both parade and banquet pictures.  There are articles in
the July 2 and July 9 issues of Life on the Queen Mary & Queen
Elizabeth, but they're mostly about conversion of the ships to wartime
service and no parade pictures or even photos of their first post-war
arrival in New York.

Unfortunately my library doesn't have Look Magazine back to the post-war period.

Best regards,

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