James R. Carter Collection

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Title

James R. Carter Collection

Description

James R. Carter was a Naval Photographer's Assistant, stationed on Palmyra during World War 2. Born in 1925, Carter tried twice to enlist but was denied for falsifying his age. Once he turned 17, with his parents written approval, he joined the war effort, and was assigned to the Palmyra Atoll Naval Station as a photographer's assistant.

After the war, James took home many of the film negatives from his photographic work on Palmyra. This rare and intimate collection includes a variety of candid shots, giving a unique look into the daily life of personnel on the atoll from 1942 to 1944.

We see crew repairing machines, cooking, posing for profile pictures as individuals and platoons, and even some shots of the locals from the nearby inhabited islands, hired to assist the seaman. Many, if not all, of these photos have never been developed outside of Palmyra, and not seen by anyone outside the Carter family since the war.

Images like these, especially of Palmyra, are a very rare find.
I know of only a handful taken during the war that have survived, and very few of those have an original source.
Thankfully, James' son took good care of this great collection, and has generously donated them to our archive, to share with generations to come!

Creator

James R. Carter

Source

James R. Carter, Jr.

Date

1942-1944

Rights

Public Domain

Format

Photograph

Items in the James R. Carter Collection Collection

Photo Collection: Carter Collection (1 of 2)
This first group of photos from the Carter Collection, features candid shots of individual or small groups of personnel around the atoll during its World War 2 naval occupation.

James R. Carter was a Naval Photographer's Assistant, stationed on…

Photo Collection: Carter Collection (2 of 2)
This second group of photos from the Carter Collection, features formal pictures of platoons and large groups on the atoll during its World War 2 naval occupation.

James R. Carter was a Naval Photographer's Assistant, stationed on Palmyra during…

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