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JCB Treasure Vaults
Part 1: Pages 1-19
From the Mark and Susanne Brower
Bill Hillman and Danton Burroughs Collections
This 40-page training manual was illustrated
by John Coleman Burroughs
with wonderful images of anti-Axis propoganda.
It was produced by the Douglas Aircraft Company of Santa Monica, CA in 1943.
There are obvious science fiction influences in the renderings and
if you study the faces in the illustrations you will probably see the likenesses of
JCB, wife Jane Ralston, brother Hulbert Burroughs, and maybe even his father
Edgar Rice Burroughs.
In tracking the source of this manual, I spoke with someone whose father was owner and President of the plant which came under the control of the War Department and Douglas, during World War II. He was told that this was the only one of the Douglas series done by John. He recalls that the other manuals are much more technical in nature and not nearly as "graphic" (his words). None of the others were done without real photographs. However, he was just going by memory of myraid materials sold at a recent estate sale. One other ominous thought he shared was that they held materials drives in WW II and he stated that since this was property of the company -- most were likely recycled in 1944-45.