LIBERATION OF PARIS. Archive of 11 Personal Accounts by the American GIs Pictured in the 3-cent stamp
Lot 285
LIBERATION OF PARIS.
Archive of 11 Personal Accounts by the American GIs Pictured in the 3-cent stamp
US$ 2,000 - 3,000
£1,200 - 1,800
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LIBERATION OF PARIS.
Archive of 11 Personal Accounts by the American GIs Pictured in the 3-cent stamp featuring a composite photograph of the 110th and 112th Regiments before the Arc de Triomphe. Carbon Typescripts, 15 pp, with 7 affixed stamps SIGNED by the participants, c.1945; plus 2 photographs which appear to be the ones used for the Stamp.

This moving archive was assembled about only a year or two after the August 1944 Liberation of Paris when the full names and division numbers of soldiers were well-remembered. Yank and The Outfit both ran stories about the newly issued 3-cent stamp in November of 1945. Major Robert Gaynor of the 110th Regt wrote in to correct some details and identify those soldiers that he could. This inspired "Mac" [Carl Patton?] McCrillis, himself a veteran, to collect as many of the personal stories and signed stamps relating to the Liberation of Paris that were available. The personal histories are quite interesting, including both biographical details and eye-witness accounts of the action they saw.
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