nd. c 1950. Ephemera. A large grouping of original photographs of machine guns and service rifles circa WWII, possibly part of a catalogue of weaponry for sale to Chinese speaking clients, or illustrations for a book. The images are captioned in Chinese, with a file number in the right corner, i.e.. "16074, 16075, 16069...) On the verso of a couple are notations indicating page numbers (between p. 329 and 462 and a percentage figure).
Images include Danish Madsen machine guns; Russian MG 17 and variations; German MG 34 7.92mm; Browning M45, M2, Quad 50 (the M2 still in use today); Browning 37 mm and 50 caliber naval mount anti aircraft gun (which could be British, Australian, Allied); 8.0 mm machine gun (unidentified); WWI 1914 machine gun (possibly German); American, aircraft mounted, 50 caliber Browning machine guns with variations of mounts and barrel lengths; Japanese machine gun. Service rifles include Russian M1907 and 1898 7.92 mm Carbine (possibly Russian), Japanese service rifles in 6.5 mm.
29 images in all mounted with photo corners on 12 leaves of heavy gray paper with a pair of holes at top edge, presumably for mounting in a binder. Chinese writing at top or bottom of each image. The images are approximately 6 x 2", and captions 6 x 1/2". 9 pages measure 6.75 x 9.75" and three are slightly larger at 10.5 x 7.5" with between 1-4 photographs & captions on each page. Pages are dusty at edges, photographs clean. Very good overall. Item #23200