Waves. U.S. Navy. [Photo album compiled by a member of WAVES, the United States Navy’s corps of women.]. Women. World War II., Ruth Beardsley.
Waves. U.S. Navy. [Photo album compiled by a member of WAVES, the United States Navy’s corps of women.]
Waves. U.S. Navy. [Photo album compiled by a member of WAVES, the United States Navy’s corps of women.]
Waves. U.S. Navy. [Photo album compiled by a member of WAVES, the United States Navy’s corps of women.]
Waves. U.S. Navy. [Photo album compiled by a member of WAVES, the United States Navy’s corps of women.]
Waves. U.S. Navy. [Photo album compiled by a member of WAVES, the United States Navy’s corps of women.]
Waves. U.S. Navy. [Photo album compiled by a member of WAVES, the United States Navy’s corps of women.]

Waves. U.S. Navy. [Photo album compiled by a member of WAVES, the United States Navy’s corps of women.]

[ n.p.:]: [ca. 1944-1953.]. With eighty-seven black-and-white photos (some annotated on versos), one Kodacolor print, Ruth Beardsley’s certificate showing her completion of an Engineering Drawing course at the University of Maryland, three war ration booklets, a Navy training course booklet (for petty officer), color postcards, an invitation for a ship aboard the U.S.S. Kearsarge, and a transcript of Eric Sevareid’s broadcast following the Korean Armistice Agreement. Upper hinge a bit fragile. Binding is attractive despite some chipping and dustsoiling to boards. A few photos loose inside, laid-in. A very good, unique item recording the history of women in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. Ivory paper-covered boards with large color illustration of women in Navy uniforms, titled “WAVES/U.S. NAVY” in blue. 15 x 11 in. Item #17224

The Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) was established as the U.S. Navy’s corps of women members in July of 1942. About a hundred thousand WAVES members served during World War II, and, in 1948, the WAVES became a permanent component of the Navy. Several thousand WAVES members served in the Korean War. The corps existed separately from the Navy at large until 1978, when the women’s units of the armed forces were integrated with previously all-male units.

Ruth Beardsley compiled this album while studying at the University of Maryland College of Engineering and during her time as a part of WAVES. The album contains many photos of Beardsley in uniform, with her friends and classmates (and presumably other WAVES members), her family, and of Washington, DC scenery. The war ration booklets are filled out with the names John E. Peterson, Sr., John E. Peterson, Jr., and Anna C. Peterson (possibly Beardsley’s husband and children).

Price: $700.00