Calcutta 1945: An American Military Photograph Album

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A street of Calcutta The South Asia Section of the Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania recently acquired from a bookdealer a photograph album consisting of 60 photographs of Calcutta taken most likely between 1945-1946. The photographer, Mr. Claude Waddell, also provided the interesting glosses accompanying each photograph. Several attested copies of this work has emerged including one with a 'title page' held by the Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. Mr. Waddell was a military photographer. Many of his captions sound like annotations that would be found in a typical military magazine. The album begins with several general long shots of Calcutta and ends with a picture of A mysterydhobi-s (washermen) washing clothes. The text accompanying the last photograph also sounds as if the author intended to finish with that picture of one of the "great mysteries of India."

The annotations have been included because of their intrinsic interest not only to the photographs but to a 'typical' American impression of India at this time.

I have included below a few recent titles published on Calcutta which the reader may be interested in consulting and comparing with this collection of photographs. The call numbers are to the volumes held by the Van Pelt Library.

If you have any comments about this set of photographs, I would be happy to hear them. Please send any comments to David Nelson (, South Asia Bibliographer, Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania.

Bibliography on Calcutta and the US involvment with India around the World War II

Author: Martin, David William.
Title: The changing face of Calcutta / David William Martin.
Publisher: New Delhi : Vikas Pub. House : Distributors, UBS Publishers' Distributors, 1997.
Description: xxv, 232 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm.
Location: Van Pelt Library
Call Number: DS486.C2 M215 1997
Author: Moorhouse, Geoffrey, 1931-
Title: Calcutta.
Publisher: New York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich [1972, c1971]
Description: xv, 376 p. illus. 22 cm.
Location: Van Pelt Library
Call Number: DS486.C2 M63 1972
Author: Thankappan Nair, P.
Title: A history of Calcutta's streets / P. Thankappan Nair.
Publisher: Calcutta : Firma KLM, 1987.
Description: xxiv, xxxii, 992 p., xxxi p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.
Location: Van Pelt Library
Call Number: DS486.C2 T463 1986 v.2
Author: Clymer, Kenton J.
Title: Quest for freedom : the United States and India's independence
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 1995
Description: Book xxi, 393 p. ; 24 cm.
Location: Van Pelt Library
Call Number: DS486.C2 T463 1986 v.2

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