Description: This album contains photos taken by my Father who was stationed in Korea during the war: 1952-54. For the entire time he was in Korea, Dad was with the 23rd Quartermaster's Group, which as near as I can determine was a very large supply outfit for the U.S. Army. Dad used a Kodak Pony 35mm camera for all the photos in this album. Some are not too bad, some are pretty awful. The Pony 35 was a range-focus camera, with no light meter of course, so not only did one have to guess at exposure unless one had a hand-held meter, one had to guess at focusing distance as well.
My goal here is to put up a complete archive of Dad's photos, warts and all. I'm doing so because I consider it to be a historical archive, albeit a fairly small one, and one that includes quite a number of mundane photos. But mundaneness can be in the eye of the beholder, which is why I've decided to put all of his photos up for view. The only ones I've excluded have been a handful of accidentally double-exposed images, ones that were hopelessly underexposed, or ones that were so blurry as to not be able to make out anything worth seeing.
I'm arranging the photos in this album with the Kodachrome slides first, followed by the black & white images. Something I've noticed was when Dad first arrived in Korea, the lab he used for his b&w developing was horrible. And I don't think that he cared much for the proper storage of his negatives either, judging by the multitude of scratches that many of them have. This was when the 23rd QM GP was located in the large building in Seoul that looks like it was a school. Later, when they were relocated to a tent city closer to the front lines, the quality of his black and white photos improved greatly, as does the condition of the stored negatives, so apparently he wised up in this regard as well.
It was also after the 23rd QM GP was relocated that Dad began shooting Kodachromes. Thus, because I'm beginning this album with the chromes, things are out of chronological order.