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JCB Treasure Vaults
Part 1: Pages 1-19
See Part 2 in ERBzine 0354
From the Mark and Susanne Brower
Bill Hillman and Danton Burroughs Collections
Danton shared a number of his dad's WWII propaganda booklets with me.
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.
I purchased the manual from a vendor who had been at the estate auction. This area is very conservative and he felt some of the images were anti-axis and "disturbing" (his words). I got it for a little over $10. What drew me were the images and the obvious merging of creative media with a tough message about industrial accidents. There also is the use of women in prominent roles which was unheard of and very rare in these types of publications. In my limited experience, however, John would have been a very logical choice to tone down the subject matter (via the science fiction and fantasy type characters) and make it comfortable to view. Remember, the majority of people who read this were essential war workers with draft deferments and not any experience working in an industrial setting. This manual successfully blends a hardcore safety agenda with the then ongoing patriotic spirit.
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