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Bill Shemorry and another man by a fence at a racetrack, Calcutta, India
Bill Shemorry and another man by a fence at a racetrack, Calcutta, India
TitleBill Shemorry and another man by a fence at a racetrack, Calcutta, India
Date of Original1945
DescriptionWilliam Shemorry standing next to a fence while another soldier sits on top of it. The two are posing next to a horse racetrack with a large grandstand behind it in Calcutta, India. Taken while Bill Shemorry was in the 164th Signal Photo Company as a combat photographer during World War II.
General SubjectPeople
Military
Sports & recreation
Subject (LCTGM)Men
Fences
Buildings
Racetracks
Subject (LCSH)World War, 1939-1945 - Campaigns - India
World War, 1939-1945
Personal NameShemorry, William E. (Bill), 1914-2004
Organization NameUnited States. Army. Signal Photo Company, 164th
LocationCalcutta (India)
India
Decade1940-1949
Item Number1-54-101-1
Negative Number1-54-101-1
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original11 x 14 cm.
Transcription"1000, End of War, Overseas, Heading on way home, 1945, Calcutta + on transport USS gen Brook" - Handwritten on box containing negatives.
NotesTitle created by staff.
Negative discolored by silver mirroring.
Photographer unknown.
Biography/HistoryWilliam E. "Bill" Shemorry was a native of Williston, N.D. who began work in the newspaper industry as a newsboy selling the Williston Herald and the Williams County Farmers Press. In 1953, he started to publish the Williston Plains Reporter, which he operated for 25 years before selling to the Williston Herald. Shemorry then began to concentrate on his own writing and photography. In addition to writing many books on the history of Williams County, he also collected photographs of early North Dakota photographers. Shemorry was an active member of the Williston Fire Department, was Civil Defense Chief of Williams County for three years in the 1950's, and was a combat photographer in World War II. Shemorry's photograph of the discovery of oil in North Dakota on April 4, 1951 at the Clarence Iverson No. 1 is one of the most famous oil photographs ever taken, and was published in many national publications.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionWilliam E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection Mss 10958
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota, William E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection (1-54-101-1)
Rights ManagementPermission to reproduce this image must be requested from the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Ordering InformationTo order a reproduction, inquire about the collection, or provide information about an image, please email Emily E. Schultz at eschultz@nd.gov
Digital IDws1541011
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