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The use of color photography was in its early years when World War II began. The development of Kodachrome transparency film in the mid-1930s brought about greater interest because of its use in the new 35mm "candid" cameras then being developed.
The U.S. Government, long committed to black and white film and equipment for 4"x5" and larger formats, only slowly began to appreciate the usefulness of color emulsions. As the military and civilian war efforts in the United States and overseas expanded, greater use was made of color materials in presenting these activities in a lifelike way. The color photographs in this series are the U.S. Navy's official color photography file chronicling the Navy's burgeoning roles and responsibilities during the war, illustrating all aspects of the navy's activities.
Filed in this series are many views of Navy ships, including battleships, cruisers, and aircraft carriers (both standard identification views and closeup scenes of activities on the deck); aircraft used by the Navy, in the air and on board carriers; activities of Naval personnel on board ship; award ceremonies and surrenders of enemy forces; training activities; coverage of the major invasions of the war, including Anzio, Sicily, Normandy, Iwo Jima, and Saipan; and major U.S. Navy personalities, including Adms. William Halsey, Ernest King, and Aubrey Fitch. There is some coverage of Korean War activities also.
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