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David Howard Hitchcock (1861 - 1943) was a prolific Hawaiian painter, and a member of the Volcano School (non-native peoples who painted dramatic depictions of volcanoes). He's also known for bringing the Boy Scouts program to the Hawaiian islands,…

Date: 1915

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Photos have been take from arguably the first dedicated scientific study of Palmyra, focusing on its plant and bird life.

Excerpt from the document's preface:

"The following pages are the result of a more or less thorough investigation…

Date: 1916-04-10

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These photos, taken from the article The Palmyra Islands, by M.L. Steele, are a unique look at Palmyra just 18 decades before it would begin undergoing serious physical changes by the Navy. Especially unique is the featured aerial photo of the…

Date: 1922-01

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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

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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

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These photos represent the earliest known images of the first construction efforts by the Navy in the early 1940's. They show the early tent structures, some of which became permanent residences, but many of which were replaced by the barracks and…

Date: 1940-02

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This group of photographs (the first of 2 collections) was taken during World War 2, when primary construction of the facilities on the islands were nearly finished. Many are already in use, and much of the main island looks to be occupied. You can…

Date: 1942-06-12

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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…

Date: 1942/1944

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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…

Date: 1942/1944

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1st Lt. John W. Bustard was born and raised in Hawaii, attending from the Punahou School, before leaving to study at Stanford University. He later joined the Marine Corps, graduating from officers training academy in Quantico, Virginia.

During…

Date: 1943

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These photos were taken by Naval Photographer Harry Setzer during May and June of 1944, while he was visiting Palmyra on his tour through the Pacific with USN Scouting Squadron VS-47. They feature several very unique images:

1. Actress and Singer…

Date: 1944-05

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Journal of Two Journeys is "a record of the deeds of the men of the Fifth Naval Construction Battalion. " These kinds of collections were common after the end of World War 2, usually published by members through Navy Resources, collecting…

Date: 1946

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For several years, starting in 1948, a small colony of Americans lived on Palmyra under the employ of the CAA (forerunner of the FAA). These photos show a visit to the colony by the atoll's owners, the Fullard-Leo family.

They had just recently…

Date: 1947

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From our photo collection of the CAA Colony who occupied Palmyra from 1948 to 1949. All materials were generously donated to us by Eugene Norton's family, by way of the Nature Conservancy in Hawaii, to whom we are very grateful. For more…

Date: 1948

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From our photo collection of the CAA Colony who occupied Palmyra from 1948 to 1949. All materials were generously donated to us by Eugene Norton's family, by way of the Nature Conservancy in Hawaii, to whom we are very grateful. For more information…

Date: 1948

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Pictures taken by Doug Wilson while he was stationed on Palmyra, to observe the nuclear tests as part of Operation Redwing.

Date: 1956-05-01

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Operation Grapple (Operation Dovecot in the US) was Britain's first nuclear weapons test in the Pacific. These photos show the US 6th Weather Squadron during their testing procedures and activities, as they tracked the environmental effects of the…

Date: 1957

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A collection of photos taken by 6th Weather Squadron members while stationed on Palmyra, to observe results from the nuclear tests carried out as part of Operation Dominic.

Date: 1962

Barracks, northwest of seaplane ramp, Palmyra. Note roof ribbing. Rain gutters would be difficult to mount..tiff
These photos were taken by personnel while stationed on Palmyra and showcase the project and its members at the time, as well as some beautiful aerials and scenic shots of the islets.

Date: 1967

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