How did that get in here?
As the digital collections manager at the VHS, I occasionally have the pleasure of photographing the fun and quirky happenings around the building. Last Friday, May 7, 2010, our staff put the finishing touches on our newest exhibition, Memories of World War II: Photographs from the Archives of The Associated Press, by installing two WWII vehicles in the galleries. It took nearly two hours to get the 1942 Willys-Overland 1/4-ton truck (the original Army “jeep”) up the front steps and through the front doors of Battle Abbey. The early model 1940 Harley Davidson WLA motorcycle took a much faster route through storage and up an elevator. Our media relations specialist, Jennifer Guild, and I were there to capture it every step of the way.
The lender of the jeep Lee Holland has many military vehicles in his collection. He restored this particular jeep to resemble the one that his father, Capt. John E. Holland drove while stationed in Oran, Algeria, in 1943. As you can see in the photo below, Captain Holland had painted the name of his sweetheart “Elaine” on the windscreen of his jeep. Lee Holland’s restoration also included his mother’s name.