Major Robert F. Burns

90th Division, U.S. Army

 

War Letters from Europe

Normandy to Germany

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June 22, 1944
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January 9, 1945
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Letter from Belgium

February 7, 1945

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May 10, 1945
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May 19, 1945
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June 30, 1945
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July 14, 1945
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August 26, 1945
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September 9, 1945
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Letters from France

October 13, 1945
October 15, 1945
October 22, 1945
November 5, 1945
November 17, 1945
November 17, 1945 (2nd)
November 23, 1945
November 30, 1945
December 17, 1945
December 17, 1945 (2nd)
December 18, 1945
December 26, 1945
January 2, 1946

Letters from Belgium

January 14, 1946
January 15, 1946
January 17, 1946
January 17, 1946 (2nd)

Letters from France

January 21, 1946
January 24, 1946

Paris, France

November 17, 1945

Dear Pudge,

These photos were all taken in Paris in Oct. I don't have the location for all of them but I have duplicates of some and I'll give them a number and send you the info later.

#1 - City Hall, Paris. Had a filter for this shot.

#2 - Very much photographed Notre Dame. Filter on this one too. Heavy clouds and rapidly changing light.

#3 - More of same. Wish people would go the same way.

#4 - I backed into somebody's doorway for this one. They thought I was crazy but I wanted to get in that corner of the store canopy. Filter didn't help too much here. The light was getting bad too.

#5 - Very common scene along the Seine River. A good shot but a bad photo. If I'd used my head I could have focused out near where the two gents are ambling along and got both the Church (Notre Dame) and the artist reasonably sharp. Cover the crane and you'll get a rather nice picture. The artist is Francis Ruh. I don't know much more about him than that he has some connection with the Gobelin Tapestry factory here. He speaks only French so we didn't get very far.

#6,7 - I was interested in the bookstalls and trees and risked my neck in the middle of the street to get these. (If you know French drivers you'll understand that was a real risk!) Anyway, they didn't come out the way I wanted.

#8,9,10 - I took these shots of this church (name unknown) before the above. The light was very bad. It was late and kept fluctuating as you can see. Filter on these.

#11,12 - Pont Neuf. Although this means "New Bridge" it is actually the oldest of the Paris bridges. I made some sketches here previously for a possible painting and took the photos for a record.

#13 - I think I made this from the above but perhaps not. Anyway, the right side of the picture is the "Left Bank." I think I had a filter here but it was bad light and nothing seems to have happened.

#14 - I hopped around to get this shot of the mob watching this bird work only to have them dissolve, leaving this lone, disinterested spectator.

#15 - "Child at Play" - Obviously phony because I made the sketch with the flat side of a Conte crayon, not the Conte pencil I am using. But it looks good in the picture, doesn't it? That little clip alongside saved the day. Just a few minutes before I was taking pictures on the embankment above when the wind lifted my sketch pad from its resting place and dropped it 20 feet to the Quai below. Had I not had it fastened with this clip, my masterpieces would even now be floating down the Seine along with the lowly barges.

#16 - Very late in the day. Had a filter on to catch the clouds and a slow speed to try to eke out the light without losing too much sharpness, hence, the phantom rider.

#17 - My favorite shot of all. I want to make an enlargement of this. This is the back of Notre Dame too and is just a little beyond where the artist (in #5) was working.

#18,19 - Two street scenes. I think I had a filter on the first but nothing happened. It was quite late. I didn't have one for the second picture which shows a corner near the Rome metro station.

#20 - "The Languid One." On a balcony looking toward the Etoile. No filter, too bad.

#21 - "The Conqueror." I look as Napoleon would have it he had captured Moscow. Obviously too much puffed rice for breakfast.

Love,

Bob

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