Original WWII Imperial Japanese Navy Service Photo Album Featuring Picture of World’s First Aircraft Carrier - 78 Photos

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Original Item: One-Of-A-Kind. This is a lovely personal photo album that belonged to a young Japanese sailor during the Second World War. Many of the photos show members of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy, often training and underway on ships. There are also a good number of company and platoon photographs. These are held in place for the most part by glue, and with a total of seventy-eight photographs may seem like a small amount for an album, this gives you a wonderful glimpse into the past on the experience of Japanese soldiers and sailors.

The pictures show all aspects of life while in the Imperial Japanese Military during the time. There are pictures of men training, life on ship and shore as well as parades and retirement ceremonies.

One of the best features of this album is the picture of the Fengxiang Aircraft Carrier. The aircraft carrier Fengxiang is the first aircraft carrier designed and built according to the aircraft carrier standard in the world aircraft carrier construction competition, and it is considered to be the first aircraft carrier in the modern sense in the world. The aircraft carrier started construction at the Yokosuka Naval Shipyard on December 16, 1919, was launched on November 13, 1921, and was commissioned on December 22, 1922. In the early stage of service, it participated in the war of aggression against China in World War II. During World War II, it was mainly responsible for training tasks and ended up surviving the war.

This is a wonderful album with some amazing and historical images giving us a glimpse into war time Japan! Measures 6 1/2" x 9 1/2" and comes ready to display.

Context is everything when preserving old photo albums. The order in which an album was put together meant something to the creator and may give you clues about the
photographs if they’re not identified. If at all possible, keep old albums in their original order. It’s okay to remove loose photos, but make a note of where they came from.

The older albums such as these usually withstand the ravages of time. The leather or fabric covers may wear, but the pages stay well intact. The black paper albums of the early 20th century are more fragile, while the glue from magnetic albums can damage photographs. And, as with all old photographs, keep albums in a safe, climate controlled environment

The Imperial Japanese Navy was the navy of the Empire of Japan from 1868 to 1945, when it was dissolved following Japan's surrender in World War II. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) was formed between 1952–1954 after the dissolution of the IJN.

The Imperial Japanese Navy was the third largest navy in the world by 1920, behind the Royal Navy and the United States Navy (USN). It was supported by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service for aircraft and air strike operation from the fleet. It was the primary opponent of the Western Allies in the Pacific War.

The origins of the Imperial Japanese Navy go back to early interactions with nations on the Asian continent, beginning in the early medieval period and reaching a peak of activity during the 16th and 17th centuries at a time of cultural exchange with European powers during the Age of Discovery. After two centuries of stagnation during the country's ensuing seclusion policy under the shōgun of the Edo period, Japan's navy was comparatively backward when the country was forced open to trade by American intervention in 1854. This eventually led to the Meiji Restoration. Accompanying the re-ascendance of the Emperor came a period of frantic modernization and industrialization. The navy had several successes, sometimes against much more powerful enemies such as in the Sino-Japanese War and the Russo-Japanese War, before being largely destroyed in World War II.

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