This great Post WWII/Korean War Scrapbook that was put together by a resident of Allentown, Pennsylvania, with newspaper articles about General Douglas MacArthur. The MacArthur newspaper clippings are from the Allentown Evening Chronicle dated Saturday Sept. 22nd, 1951. Also there are pages that were removed from a Life Magazine dated April 30th, 1951, with stories and articles about his dismissal from The General in charge of the Armed forces during the Korean War. Also there are great photos of General MacArthur being honored in a parade in New York City as millions lined the streets to honor their great War Hero of WWII.
The Allentown Chronicle newspaper clippings are from the day General MacArthur came to Allentown and was honored by thousands of people from Allentown and every small town outside of Allentown. He arrived in Allentown at 1 p.m. on September 21st, 1951, along with his wife and son. He joined a caravan along with Mayor Donald V. Hock at Club Avenue and Union Boulevard, then rode through Allentown on there way to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument for a short memorial ceremony.
From there he visited Zions Reformed Church where the Liberty Bell rested during the Revolutionary days. The General was then off to the Allentown Fairgrounds to place a wreath on the USAAC Monument. At the Fairgrounds the General and his family receive loads of gifts to take home as momentos of his visit. The General also was given an original sculpture created by Michael Iacocca Giacco who served under MacArthur during WWII and the Korean War.
Also the Eagle Scouts Roland Harie, Don Simpson, and Robert Noll, give the General's son Arthur a polaroid camera, school slate and a briefcase. Then after a long day, The General and his family along with Mr. Major the president of the Lehigh Valley Railroad depart from Allentown aboard the Black Diamond on their way back to New York. Everything I've just described comes with great pictures plus other photos of his Allentown visit. In addition to the MacArthur stories is a nice story about J. Birney Crum who was nominated to the Schoolboy Coaches National Hall of Fame.
The other items found in the scrapbook are family items like Vintage Christmas Cards and other Vintage Greeting Cards and photos of their family and newspaper stories from the Evening Chronicle. I'm positive you will get a kick out of everything found in this neat scrapbook from the 1950's.
**Condition: The front and back covers of this Vintage Scrapbook are in very good condition, very clean and bright. The inside pages are in good condition. *Covers: There is very minor wear along the outer edges of the scrapbook. *Inside pages: The inside pages are made of cheap scrapbook paper that has chipping and some tears, but the pages are still nice and clean.
Anyone who collects General Douglas MacArthur memorabilia will surely get great joy from the way the Great General was received in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Anyone who grew up in Allentown in 1951 and had gone to Allentown and the Allentown Fairgrounds to see the General, these newspaper clippings will bring back fond memories of his visit. A wonderful gift to give mom or dad or a grandparent who saw the General.
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