The Air Officer’s Guide

air force officer's guide

The Air Officer’s Guide
The Military Service Publishing Co.
1957

Another Swedish Death Cleaning Find

My dad was a ROTC during college and grad school, around 1958 to 1964 or so. This was one of those items from my mom that was in a pile of other stuff. Why it is in my personal library is a mystery. Part of this is that my mother can’t abide throwing things out. I have a feeling there is “Mary is a librarian, she would probably want this” assumption. I’m not so sure my sisters have similar random books in their library.

In all fairness, this is kind of interesting. I was obviously too young when my dad was serving, so I don’t have much first hand knowledge of military family life. My mom loved the time when my dad served. They were posted in California for about 4 years. No Midwestern winter awfulness.

Other than the book nerds among us, I have no idea if it has any value beyond that.  As a library book, it is a weeder. It might have a place in a specialty collection. Military folks, I would love to hear from you. If you serve near a base or installation, does your public library collect military items? Please share!

Mary

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12 comments

  1. Off the book goes, into the wild blue yonder…

    You could probably find a taker for this on eBay or such, and I’m sure it’s in the deep stacks at the Academy, but it sure doesn’t need to be in your house.

    I love the ladies’ uniforms. They could actually work and walk in them! And the skirt has POCKETS! Must have been designed by an Airwoman. NGL, I’d wear that skirt.

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  2. That cover illustration, when I saw it scaled down on ALB homepage, made me think that the uniformed Officer was preparing to fly a paper airplane to join the fleet of aircraft above the field.

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  3. These kinds of specialty books are often very hard to get a hold of when one needs them for research, whether for writing fiction or nonfiction or producing illustrations. I second the notion of selling it or finding a special library for it. (When my father, an aerodynamics engineer, passed away, for example, the research library of an aviation company was absolutely thrilled when I sent them a bibliography of all the contents of his personal aviation-history and old engineering books; they combed through it and ended up taking in about two-thirds of his collection. The rest were gratefully received by local aeronautically inclined people on a free giving site.)

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  4. I would see if there’s any sort of military museum near you and send it to them. We have a Heros Hall here in Costa Mesa and I think they’re hurting for displays most of the time. They might not take it because of Covid but they might, who knows. Can’t hurt to try.

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  5. The uniform photos remind me of pictures in old Scouting handbooks (which I love to collect). You may find someone willing to buy this… but I wouldn’t pay $60 for it.

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