Stephen A. Douglas World War Two Envelopes, 1942-1945
Douglas, Stephen A (World War II soldier) 1912-
Aviation Engineer Battalion
0.3 cu. ft. : 1 box
This type of painted envelope is also called "patriotic." See Lawrence Sherman, United States Patriotic Envelopes of World War II, 2006.
Stephen Douglas was born in Oklahoma, Dec. 20, 1912, and studied for one year at the Chicago Art Institute. A career Postal Service employee who had hoped to become an artist, he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942 and served in the South Pacific with the Army Corps of Engineers. During his service, he used watercolor paints to decorate the envelopes in which he sent letters home to his family. Additional biographical information in Archives Center control file.
Eighty-one illustrated envelopes in which Douglas sent letters home to his family. The illustrations depict scenes of native peoples, flora and fauna of the area, landscapes, leisure time activities of the soldiers, and other topics. All are humorous.
David Zizzo, "Soldier shrunk [sic] World War II into small flap," The Daily Oklahoman, Nov. 13, 2000, pp. 1-A, 7-A
Stephen A. Douglas World War Two Envelopes, 1942-1945, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of the artist