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1945-1949 - "DEAR FOLKS, WELL HERE IT IS THE END OF THE SECOND DAY AND QUITE A BIT OF WATER HAS GONE OVER THE… by Thomas C. Burnett - 1945-1949 - from Read 'Em Again Books & Paper (SKU: 009743)

1945-1949 - "DEAR FOLKS, WELL HERE IT IS THE END OF THE SECOND DAY AND QUITE A BIT OF WATER HAS GONE OVER THE DAM ALREADY." Huge four-year correspondence archive from a cadet enrolled at the U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet Basic School at San Mateo, California as it transitioned into U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and consolidated operations at Kings Point, New York

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1945-1949 - "DEAR FOLKS, WELL HERE IT IS THE END OF THE SECOND DAY AND QUITE A BIT OF WATER HAS GONE OVER THE DAM ALREADY." Huge four-year correspondence archive from a cadet enrolled at the U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet Basic School at San Mateo, California as it transitioned into U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and consolidated operations at Kings Point, New York

by Thomas C. Burnett

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This archive consists of approximately 100 letters plus postcards, telegrams, short notes, and holiday cards sent from Burnett to his parents. Most were sent from either the Cadet Basic School at San Mateo or the Academy at Kings Point. Some were sent from cruise locations. There are approximately 25 to 30 additional pieces of ephemera. The contents, which are arranged chronologically, are in nice shape, however, Burnett's parents affixed everything to three-ring album pages with cellotape that has now toned. The original album had split into several pieces, so we transferred the contents into two document keepers. The mounting tape has separated from many of the pages, letters, and other items; however, everything retains its original position in the protective binders.

Burnett's letters are exceptionally detailed and often very long; one is 13 pages. They address all aspects of cadet-midshipman life at the school including barracks life, academics, drill, seamanship, etc. Some of the letters are written on school stationery from both San Mateo and Kings Point.

Ephemeral pieces include an itinerary for a cruise from New York through the Caribbean and along the Central and South American coasts to Montevideo, Uruguay and return along with a multifold cruise chart measuring 13" x 17". Other ephemera includes a fitness report, report card, liberty forms and requests, a gangway pass, campus map, a sketch of a ship, etc.

There are also several laid-in items: a photograph of Burnett as an Eagle Scout, Burnett's Academy office door plate as a Company Commander, and a packet of about five earlier pieces of correspondence.

The Merchant Marine Cadet Corps was officially created in 1938, with training provided aboard government-subsidized ships under the direction of shore-based Port Inspector-Instructors. In February 1942, the training program was turned over to the Coast Guard, but in July 1942 it was given to the War Shipping Administration. Graduates were commissioned as Ensigns in the Naval Reserve, "subject to call by the Navy during emergencies or times of war."

Merchant Marine Cadet Schools were initially established at Pass Christian, Mississippi, and San Mateo, California until a permanent campus opened in 1847 at Kings Point, New York. Burnett attended the schools during this transitional period.

Although there are no photographs in this archive, it is, without doubt, the best first-hand student account of life at any service academy that we have ever handled.

At the time of listing, there is nothing similar for sale in the trade. Neither have any other similar Merchant Marine Academy items been sold at auction per the Rare Book Hub, nor are in held in institutional collections per OCLC.

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Seller’s Inventory #
009743
Title
1945-1949 - "DEAR FOLKS, WELL HERE IT IS THE END OF THE SECOND DAY AND QUITE A BIT OF WATER HAS GONE OVER THE DAM ALREADY." Huge four-year correspondence archive from a cadet enrolled at the U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet Basic School at San Mateo, California as it transitioned into U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and consolidated operations at Kings Point, New York
Author
Thomas C. Burnett
Format/binding
Ring-bound
Book condition
second hand - Very good
Quantity available
1
Place of Publication
Letters to his parents from various locations
Date Published
1945-1949
Bookseller catalogs
Military; History; Transportation;

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We always have an inventory of unique Americana on hand, that is, we keep a selection of personal narratives such as diaries, work journals, correspondence collections, photograph albums, scrapbooks, and similar items that shed light on some aspect of North American life, history, culture, or society.We also have a nice selection of unusual ephemera and postal history items in stock as well. Member: Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, Ephemera Society, Manuscript Society, American Stamp Dealers Association, American Philatelic Society, U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, Military Postal History Society

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