February 1, 2018

Aerial Photographs of Malvar, Batangas 1941

An aerial photograph of Malvar, Batangas in 1941.  Image source:  United States National Archives.
An aerial photograph of Malvar, Batangas in 1941.  Image source:  United States National Archives.
The photograph above was taken on the 1th of March 1941, almost two years before the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. It was originally captioned “Malvar, Batangas, P.I. (for Philippine Islands) – Railhead,” a railhead in the context of the photo being “a railroad depot at which supplies are unloaded to be distributed or forwarded by truck or other means1.

The picture was taken by an airplane that flew from Nichols Airfield, known in the present day as Villamor Airbase.

Below, meanwhile, is a picture of the same area but taken from another angle. The photograph was obviously taken during the same flight, but the one below was originally captioned “Malvar, Laguna Province (an obvious error as Malvar is part of Batangas and was never part of Laguna), Luzon Island, P.I. (for Philippine Islands.”

Both photographs were downloaded from the United States National Archives and colorized courtesy of Algorithmia.
A second photo of Malvar, Batangas in 1941, taken from a different angle.  Image source:  United States National Archives.
A second photo of Malvar, Batangas in 1941, taken from a different angle.  Image source:  United States National Archives.
Notes and references:
1 “Railhead,” Dictionary.com.

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