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William Gaddis Collection

Photo of local theater productionWilliam Gaddis, born in Berkeley, California in 1920, was ten years old when his father, a Captain in the US Navy, was posted to command a ship in the Far East.  The William Gaddis Collection consists of materials saved by Gaddis during the two years he spent living in China and the Philippines, and traveling around the region with his mother and sister while his father was at sea. 

While in Manila, Gaddis attended the American School, and the collection includes the receipt for the $30 tuition paid to attend classes. He also collected a few colorful trade cards from local businesses in Shanghai, Japan, and the Philippines.

An avid film fan, Gaddis saved programs for such films as The Black Camel, 3 Girls Lost, and The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu from theaters in Shanghai, Nanking (then capital of the Republic of China), Manila, and Cavite. From trips to the Philippines and Shanghai he saved restaurant menus, programs, and newspaper clippings highlighting the live performances of friends and acquaintances. The collection also includes promotional maps and postcards acquired during trips to Japan, and radio news sheets distributed in lieu of newspapers on board ocean liners and other ships while travelling between ports.

Nikko and Co., trade card from Kobe, Japan
Promotional map of Japan
Leonard Wood Hotel: Manila's Most Comfortable Apartment Hotel
Receipt from the American School in Manila, February 10, 1931
Lunch menu from December 16, 1930 at the Repulse Bay Hotel
Dinner menu from December 19 at Clement's Apartments, Shanghai
Menu from Yamamuraya in Yokohama, Japan
Dinner menu from June 26 on the U.S. Grant
Advertisement for "Puttin' On the Ritz" film in Cavite, Philippines
Nanking Theater program for "The Black Camel," December 30, 1931
Nanking Theater program preview for "Africa Speaks!," December 30, 1931
Program for "3 Girls Lost," starring John Wayne and Loretta Young
Postcard from Japan
Postcard from Japan
Advertisement for visit by Dr. Fu-Manchu to the Plaza Theater in Cavite, Philippines, May 1931 (front)
Advertisement for visit by Dr. Fu-Manchu to the Plaza Theater in Cavite, Philippines, May 1931 (back)
Sunday Tribune Magazine from Manila, with handwritten notes identifying friends, April 26, 1931
Radio News from All the World, December 7, 1930

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