"Big Parade" War Bond Drive photograph collection, 1943  PDF

Overview of the Collection

"Big Parade" War Bond Drive photograph collection
1943 (inclusive)
59 photographs
Collection Number
The "Big Parade" War Bond Drive photograph collection contains photographs of the Caravan itself, the Caravan on parade in towns throughout Utah, and entertainment groups related with the war bond drive.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
Telephone: 801-581-8863
Access Restrictions

Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

The "Big Parade" was an army caravan that toured Utah from April 15-27 to sell war bonds in the national Second War Loan Campaign. The parade traveled through almost every city and county in Utah. Utah's goal was to raise $50,000,000 in bond sales but exceeded that by over $1,000,000.

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The "Big Parade" was an army caravan that toured Utah to sell war bonds in the national Second War Loan Campaign. This collection contains photographs of the Caravan itself, the Caravan on parade in towns throughout Utah, and entertainment groups related with the war bond drive.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Parades, caravan, War Bond Sale, exhibits, entertainmentReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Container(s) Description
Photograph number 1: Close-up view of the B-7 plane that attracted attention in every city that it visited.Photograph number 2: "Jeep with combat foot soldiers equipt with Thompson sub-machine guns, America's greatest weapon for the type of combat in the Pacific jungles."Photograph number 3: "A close-up of 37 mm antiaircraft and anti-tank guns. There were two of these guns with the caravan and attracted a great deal of attention."Photograph number 4: "40 mm anti-aircraft guns, one of Uncle Sam's finest and most deadly weapons for defense. This gun has automatic firing devices and has rendered invaluable service in the war to date."Photograph number 5: "The crowds at second South and Main in Salt Lake City watching the parade go by."Photograph number 6: "Another view of the parade down Main Street, Salt Lake City, Utah."Photograph number 7: "The Logan High School band bringing the caravan into town and providing additional color. The Logan parade was an excellent one and the Logan Committee was very happy with all the arrangements."
Photograph number 1: "Mayor Ab Jenkins of Salt Lake City, Staff Sergeant Emerson Smith of the Marines, and former radio announcer Lt. O'Keefe of Hill Field, and top Sergeant Totten from Hill Field in charge of transportation."Photograph number 2: "This is the Camp Kearns bank going through the Eagle Gate, Salt Lake City. Wm F. Gordon, manager of the caravan on the right directing the boys as they enter the city."Photograph number 3: "The Magna, Utah Drum corps which has won several prizes in the western states for its efficiency and general appearance and added much to the beauty of the parade of that district."Photograph number 4: "The reviewing stand for the tremendous big parade in Salt Lake City Saturday morning, April 24, 1943. The honored guests on this stand from left to right are as follows: Governor Herbert B. Maw; General Joyce, Commander of the 9th Corps area; Mayor Ab Jenkins of Salt Lake City; Col. Davison, Chief of Staff and assistant to Gen. Joyce, Commander of the Clearfield situation; Col. Converse R. Lewis, Commander of Camp Kearns; and Mr. Clarence Bamberger, Chairman of the Victory Fund Committee Salt Lake City area."Photograph number 5: "The scout car on the streets of Salt Lake City in the war bond drive parade. Lt. Stringer of the WAAC's; Alberto Guiterrez, official Troubadour of Mexico; Wm F. Gordon; and Staff Sergeant Carlson of Fort Douglas."
Photograph number 1: "The Caravan passing through the canyons en route to Helper and Price, Utah."Photograph number 2: "The Caravan going over the victory highway into Salt Lake City, Utah."Photograph number 3: "A stop along the road in the Price-Helper country."Photograph number 4: "The Caravan at the outskirts of Helper, Utah arranging details for entering the city. James Littlejohn, Chairman of the Helper Community, discussing procedure with Wm. F. Gordon, manager of the Caravan."Photograph number 5: "Co. Raymond Pratt of Ft. Douglas, Grand Marshall of the parade in Salt Lake City on Victory day, April 24, 1943."Photograph number 6: "The Camp Kearns military band passing through the Eagle Gate, Salt Lake City, the State Capitol in the background. The Kearns military band is the finest military organization in the western United States and has 125 members which was reduced to 55 for the state tour."Photograph number 7: "The Camp Kearns band with their musical director, Hans Heniet, former director of the Utah State Symphony Orchestra, leading the foot soldiers from Camp Kearns."Photograph number 8: "The parade forming on State Street before entering into Salt Lake City, Utah."Photograph number 9: "Presentation ceremonies of the T Flag to the army Ordinance Depot, Tooele, Utah. The Camp Kearns band and Caravan helped in ceremony."Photograph number 10: "The Camp Kearns band playing a number in front of the Kearns building, Salt Lake City."Photograph number 11: "The band people parading through the streets of Payson, Utah."Photograph number 12: "The Payson, Utah color guard of the American Legion leading the parade through the city."Photograph number 13: "The entertainment group with an open air show in front of the Utah theater, Salt Lake City. This show was sold out for Monday April 26 and the show brought an additional $75,000.00 in war bonds."Photograph number 14: "The caravan on the streets of Payson, Utah. The absence of spectators is explained by the fact that they were all gathered in the municipal park a few blocks away."
War Bond Sale
Photograph number 1: "Mayor Booth of Spanish Fork, Utah addressing the people during the Bond Sale. You will note the quota of Spanish Fork of $280,000.00 and the sales reached the grand total of $ 330,000.00 during the day."Photograph number 2: "Youngsters at Delta, Utah purchasing war stamps. Thousands of dollars worth of war stamps were sold by the Caravan."Photograph number 3: "Wm. F. Gordon of the Caravan watching the group of Salt lake City in the morning of the Big parade."Photograph number 4: "Lt. Sturki of Camp Kearns; Charles M. Pincus manager of the Utah Theater; Wm F. Gordon director of the Caravan, talking plans for the midnight show in the Utah Theater in which $75,000.00 in bonds was realized."Photograph number 5: "A gentleman at Tremonton who purchased the lamp for a $1000.00 (Missing) city an auction was held which netted $41,450.00 and the total (missing) in the background you can see a hand-made crocheted bed spread (missing) off for $3500.00 and a $25.00 bond was auctioned off the Mr. ff J (missing) Grower for $5,100.00. Wm F. Gordon can be seen in the background (missing) sale."Photograph number 6: "The armored scout car entering Helper, Utah. Lt. Cool of the WAAC, Lt. Standerwick of the Ordinance Department enjoying the morning sunshine. You will note the jeep in the rear has already taken a feminine prisoner."Photograph number 7: "A group of bond buyers at the tables in Spanish Fork, Utah. This community sold a total of $330,000.00 of bonds."Photograph number 8: "The jeep parade which was the most popular vehicle in the Caravan and in which thousands of people enjoyed rides in return for the purchase of war bonds and stamps."
Weapon-Aircraft Exhibits
Photograph number 1: "A corporal explaining the 50 mm Anti-aircraft guns to an interested youngster."Photograph number 2: "Another picture of Lt. O'Keefe with his youngster friends examining the machine gun."Photograph number 3: "The picture shows what is left of a B-7 British combat plane brought to this country for study at Hill Field. The youngsters in every community enjoyed climbing over, under, and through this plane, and used pliers, chisels, wrenches, and anything available to take home a souvenir. We had no objection to this, in fact, the plane served the purpose of keeping them from taking souvenirs off more important equipment."Photograph number 4: "This is another view of the 37 mm anti-aircraft fun of which 2 were with the Caravan."Photograph number 5: "The stop at Orem, Utah at the Municipal Auditorium the band people are enjoying a few minutes rest between numbers."Photograph number 6: "Lt. O'Keefe explaining mechanism of Browning machine gun to two interested youngsters."Photograph number 7: Soldier showing a gun to the crowd.
Photograph number 1: "A close-up of the entertainment group in front of the Tribune-Telegram building, Salt Lake City, Utah."Photograph number 2: "The Camp Kearns band in front of Bingham High School at the entrance of Bingham Canyon, Utah."Photograph number 3: "Tony Castello, singer from the New York entertainment world, who made a tremendous hit in every community. George Peterson, leader of the band, directly in back of Troy. This group of entertainers, 22 in all, were a terrific hit in every community and provided very high class entertainment at all times."Photograph number 4: "Staff sergeant Emerson Smith of the Marines handling the KDYL Broadcast in front of the Utah Theater, Salt Lake City, Utah."Photograph number 5: "Setting up the platform and getting ready for the performance at Mt. Pleasant, Utah."Photograph number 6: "Special entertainment group offering a solo by one of the saxophone players."Photograph number 7: "View of the Caravan in front of the Utah Theater, Salt Lake City, Utah."Photograph number 8: "Stanley Greenston, Master of Ceremonies for Kearns special unit, making announcements at Fillmore, Utah."Photograph number 9: "Bobby Stevenson, former pianist with Sammy Kaye's orchestra and a brilliant performer. Bobby was immediately recognized everywhere for his talent and his reception was enormous both from the popular music lovers and the musical people in each community who appreciated his renditions of classical numbers."Photograph number 10: "Alberto Quiterrez, singing troubadour of Mexico, entertains the crowds in Delta, Utah."
Photograph number 1: "John Payne the comic entertainer of the show, who with his southern dialect was always popular."Photograph number 2: "Alberto Quiterrez, official troubadour of Mexico, who played all over Mexico and in the leading spots of our big cities. Alberto played in two pictures with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy and was a featured artist with Andre Kostelanetz's orchestra. Alberto stopped the show in every town and they would hardly let him stop entertaining."Photograph number 3: "Tony Castello with the band boys singing the theme song of the band wagon show."Photograph number 4: "Zeirring, Trumpeter who played with two of the leading band names of the country and a fine entertainer."Photograph number 5: "Stanley Greenston, Master of Ceremonies of the Kearns special entertainment group. Stanley toured the country with a Major Bow's unit and is a showman who will go far in civilian life."Photograph number 6: "Jerry Zeirring the trumpeter with the Kearns unit doing his stuff in front of the Utah Theater, Salt Lake City, Utah."Photograph number 7: "Moro Gonzales, nationally known newspaper cartoonist and artist. Moro entertained the crowds with his original sketches, and the one shown in the picture of Uncle Sam was auctioned off in every community to surprising returns."Photograph number 8: "John Payne in one of his most excruciating numbers."

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  • Subject Terms :
  • World War, 1939-1945--Finance--Utah--History--Photographs
  • World War, 1939-1945--War work--Utah--History--Photographs