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Desert_By Wm Glasgow.jpeg
This etching was done by William Glasgow in 1930, according to its markings and notations. This particular print was purchased at a fundraiser for the Oakland Museum of California in approximately 2010. The etching was used in the introduction to…

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Date: 1930

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In 1934, Captain Charles Ulm and his fellow crew members were flying from California to Hawaii, when they disappeared over the ocean. They had radioed in to report they were having problems and landing in the ocean, not exactly sure where they were.…

Date: 1934

RG-18-AA-174-21-ac.jpg
These rare aerial photos show Palmyra prior to the massive construction projects of the Seabees (Marine Construction Brigades) starting in 1939. You can clearly see the various lagoons and reef outlines, with the islets thickly covered in foliage,…

Date: 1935

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This group of photographs, showing some of Palmyra's landmarks and several sailors observing a Boobie chic in its nest, was found in the National Archives collection in Maryland. The only label, its cover page, simply reads "Palmyra Island", and it…

Date: 1935-10-31

EastEndLookingNorthwest.jpg
These images are from the initial Naval aerial survey done of Palmyra in 1935, in preparation for a potential naval base to secure US territories in the Pacific. Construction of the base wouldn't begin until 1939. The photos are especially unique…

Date: 1935-11-1

PanAm Codebook.pdf
This book was used by radiomen and navigators working for Pan Am Airways, during the 1930's. Anyone listening in to the transmission, who didn't have a copy of these codes, would not have understood the message. This excerpt features the code word…

Date: 1936-08-01

HaroldIckesMemorandum.pdf
We came across this document while looking through memos and letter related to the formation of Executive Order 8682, establishing Palmyra as a Naval base of operations during WW2.

This 1938 letter comes from then Secretary of the Interior Harold…

Date: 1938-07-11

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