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Indigenous Men Build Hospital

Indigenous Men Build Hospital
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Title: Indigenous Men Build Hospital
Description: Without nails, wire or rope, indigenous men build a large structure for an American hospital unit headed by Major Stanley Hollenbeck of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They use vines and crotches to bind the building together. In the foreground men use fiber to sew palm leaves which will overlap and form a perfectly waterproof roof. Walls are made from split sago palm stems. A soldier is standing in the background on the right. Text in the Milwaukee Journal describing this group of images reads: "War Correspondent's Album. These pictures, made in New Guinea last November, December and January by Robert J. Doyle, Milwaukee Journal war correspondent, have just been received, approved for publication by the photo news board of the bureau of public relations of the war department."

Image ID: 100975
November 10, 1942 
Doyle, Robert
Doyle, Robert. Papers : 1935-1974, 1995
Genre: Photograph
This image was published in the Milwaukee Journal on May 30th, 1943. The image and article appear on page 74 of the clipping book, Anybody Here From Wisconsin?, a reprint of the scrapbook kept by Robert Doyle's mother. Robert Doyle was a civilian war correspondent for the Milwaukee Journal during World War II, covering the experiences of Wisconsin troops in the 32nd "Red Arrow" Division, an infantry division of the United States Army National Guard. The "Red Arrow" Division consisted mainly of soldiers from Wisconsin and Michigan.
Subjects: Trees
Ethnic architecture
Military hospitals
World War, 1939-1945
Outdoor photography
Construction workers
Building materials
Clothing and dress
Building sites
Pacific Islanders
Military camps

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