Photographs by Flying Tigers

Discussion in 'Classic Manual Cameras' started by yefei_he|1, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. Just read a Chinese newspaper article somewhere about a new book of photographs by some members of the Flying Tigers in China during WWII. And then I found the following link with some of the actual photos. The photographers were H. Allen Larsen and William L. Dibble, among others.
    In the newspaper article it was stated that Larsen used two Kodak cameras, a Bantam that used 828 film, and another Kodak 35mm camera from that era. I wonder if it might be the Kodak 35RF? The film was Kodakchrome. They look really nice!
  2. Excellent post! I've been interested in the American Volunteer Group since I was a teenager. I had no idea some of them were talented photographers too.
  3. A really interesting post, Yefei. This is great documentation of an interesting historical interlude. Thanks for the link.
  4. Sorry folks. I quoted the camera and film types from the Chinese newspaper article, which was described by H. Allen Larsen himself in the introduction of the book. No photos of the cameras there. The film was Kodakchome. Mr. Larsen is still doing well, he is still on the board of the Flying Tigers foundation:
    The article described that he has the collection of slides of all the photos he took and showed them to the Chinese author.
    Another link talks about the late William Dibble's photos:
    Apparently Mulvane Art Museum in Topeka, KS has a collection of prints from Mr. Dibble's photos.
  5. More photos. Click on the links in the first post:
    The four links there are photos from Hangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing and Kunming, respectively.
  6. I want to get that book! It's like $6 in US Dollars.
  7. The Kodak 35 RF didn't come along until late in the war. The camera would have been one of the classic "Kodak 35" series.
  8. That would be a very cool book. Anyone know how to get a copy in the US?
    DS Meador
  9. Wow!
    Thanks for sharing,
    and thanks for posting actual information about the link, instead of just plunking it down with a "try this" ;)
  10. Mr. Beverage....
    "The Kodak 35 RF didn't come along until late in the war. The camera would have been one of the classic "Kodak 35" series."
    It could also have been a pre-war Retina with a premium lens. They were not taken with the el-cheapo line considering the clarity, definition and lack of vignetting at wide F:Stop (necessary for that slow film). Also the photographer was pretty skillful. It was difficult to find just the right exposure for early Kodachrome. It was slow and there was sample to sample exposure differences. I speak from experience.

    A. T. Burke

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