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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Preparing for "Bedcheck Charlie"

Preparing for "Bedcheck Charlie"

In recognition of all veterans, it seems appropriate to share this photo of my neighbor Jim, now age 82. This image was taken in Korea, sometime during 1952-53. A U.S. Army enlisted man, Jim is oiling a .50 caliber Browning M2 machine gun. In this instance, the gun was used for base defense against "Bedcheck Charlie," a catch-all name for North Korean pilots who flew fabric-skinned biplanes on moonless nights, dropping molotov cocktails and the like on allied installations. These intrusions created little damage, but they were effective in interrupting people's sleep. Bedcheck Charlie was the conceptual descendent of the infamous Japanese "Washing Machine Charlie" of World War II. View full size.

Thank you for this picture

My 86 year old father served in Korea in 1951-52. He is now rapidly declining due to Alzheimers. Cheers to all the Korea vets, and their families. These guys never got their due. It was hell on earth.

I have lots of old B/W prints of those days, including Army stuff and my parents' early days that I can scan to this site. Of course, I need to buy a scanner!

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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