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 US Army Signal Corps 7x50 binoculars of Task Force 43/ Operation Deep Freeze member Antarctic Explorer Amory H. Bud Waite (11 Arctic Expeditions, and congressional medal)

My U.S. Army Signal Corps “ Task Force 43 ”  “ Operation Deep Freeze ”, and “ Waite ” marked binoculars are another example of where an object itself is far less interesting than it’s associations to remarkable events. These military binoculars previously were issued to Amory H. Bud Waite, who was radio operator on eleven Antarctic expeditions and many other polar expeditions. While Waite was on Admiral Byrd’s 1933 second Antarctic expedition in July/Aug. 1934, stationed at the Little America Antarctic base, Waite was credited with all 3 attempts to rescue Admiral Byrd from a remote base (hut), including the successful rescue involving a 123 mi trek by Citroen tractor for 70 straight hours by 3 men in -70 ° F average temperatures ( -56.7 ° C) to reach the barely alive Byrd at the Boiling Weather Station hut on the Ross Ice shelf, where the 4 men subsequently spent 10 weeks in the 9 foot by 13 foot hut while Byrd recovered from long term carbon monoxide poisoning. Waite received a congressional medal for it. These binoculars probably date to Waite’s involvement in 1946-47 Antarctic Operation Highjump where he was a US Army Signal Corps observer, or to his 1954-55 time aboard the icebreaker U.S.S. Antka circumnavigating the Antarctic, and these are marked for his eight 1956-65 Operation Deep Freeze expeditions and time with Task Force 43, which was the nine ships of the 1955-65 Deep Freeze Expeditions. These binoculars have no visible manufacturer markings, but appear to be the Bausch and Lomb 7x50 binocular design in m24 case that the US govenment bought in large quantity from many companies in many variations, with the hard life these had and an old repaint having obscuring markings.

1990’s Chinese PLA/ Peoples Liberation Army Type 62-8WYJ 8x30 Military Binoculars Factory #298/ Yunnan Yuanjin Optical Co.

My Type 62 8x30 Peoples Liberation Army/ Chinese military pattern binoculars were made at factory #298, which later became Yunnan Yuanjin Optical Co. These   Type 62 binoculars were PLA issue from the 1960’s-1990s, but were also made for and were supplied to the military forces of other countries such as North Vietnam/Vietnam. These binoculars were claimed to be  1990’s production NOS, and with engraved rather than silk screen markings they may well be 1990’s , but the basic design is still in production. These binoculars have odd pellet filled desiccant compartments.

Bud Waite

Task Force 43 ship USS Wyandot of operation Deep Freeze

US Army Signal Corps binoculars of Operation deep Freeze Amory Bud Waite.

1941 Anchor Optical Corp. 7x50 U.S. Navy Binoculars Mk 1 Mod 2

Ca 1919-1921 Carl Zeiss Jena Silvamar Binoculars Donated to the US Navy in 1942 for WWII use, with Documented pre and post war Owners, and Returned to Owner at War’s end

Around 1942, as the US became more involved in the Battle of the Atlantic, and as German U boats became more active near US shores, the U.S. govt. launched a public campaign for civilians to “lend” Zeiss and Bausch and Lomb binoculars to the US Navy with a promise of returning them later. U.S. wars (as largely foreign territory wars) tend to be a struggle of interests between those in favor and opposed, with influencing public opinion a key factor in the political power to proceed. So the campaign to donate binoculars (with WPA/ Works Project Administration) assistance was as much a means to manipulate and control public opinion as it was a materials acquisition effort. Of course many of the donated binoculars were probably not useful. It appears that those actually suitable to be issued were marked with an acquisition year, an acquisition number, and the name of the owner “loaning them”. Owners were paid $1 loan compensation, which was part of a liability waiver. These circa 1919-1921 Carl Zeiss Jena Silvamar binoculars serial number 964,608 were donated by Samuel Margolies and taken into US Navy use in 1942 and were marked “ BU SHIPS”;  “U.S. NAVY”; “TREATED M.I. N.Y”; (probably Materials Inspection); “No. 2714”; 1942” and “SAMUEL MARGOLIES” at than time. BuShips was the US Navy Bureau of Ships, which was created in June 1940, and managed procurement.

Anchor Optical Corp of NY was one of 6 companies to whom leading US optical company  Bausch and Lomb licensed their designs, and who they assisted to gear up and produce US military binoculars in WWII (per Company Seven). My 1941 Anchor Optical Co US Navy 7x50 Mk1 Model 2 ser # 8030 binoculars are typical of these. BuShips was the US Navy Bureau of Ships, which was created in June 1940.

After the war, these binoculars were returned to Samuel Margolies, and then passed on to his son Roy S. Margolies of Mountainside NJ (himself a WWII navy vet who served as engineer on LST 741 during Landings in Leyte Gulf, Lingayen Gulf, and Mindoro Gulf), and who then died at age 90 in 2013. The New Jersey state drivers license number scratched on these binoculars is presumably that of Roy S. Margolis, as that practice was promoted as a theft deterrent measure around the 1960’s for cameras and binoculars.

1941 US Navy Mk1 Mod 2 Military Binoculars Anchor Optical.
1941 Amerikanska Flottan 7x50 Mk1 Mod 2  Militar Kikare.
1941  7x50 Mk1 Mod 2 Jumelles Militares de la marine Americaine  Anchor optical. 
1941 US Navy 7x50 Mk1 Mod 2 Militarfernglas Anchor Optical..
1941 Amerikaanse marine militaire verrekijker 7x50 Mk1 Mod 2 anchor Optical.
1941 binocolo della marina statunitense 7x50 Mk1 Mod2 Anchor Optical.
WWII Civilian donated Zeiss Silvamar 6x30 US Navy binoculars.
Zeiss Silvamar 6x30 Americanse marine verrekijker.
Zeiss Silvamar 6x30 binocolo della marina statsunitense.
Zeiss Silvamar 6x30 jumelles de la marine americaine.
Zeiss Silvamar 6x30 binoculares de la marina de los Estados Unidos.
Zeiss Silvamar 6x30 kikare i Amerikanska flottan.
US Navy Zeiss Silvamar 6x30 militar fernglas.

1936 Ross No.6 Mk1 4x25 British Military Binoculars

1936 WWII  Ross No 6 Mk 1 4x25 british Military binoculars
1936 Ross 4x25  No 6 Mk 1  Britisches Militarfernglas
1936 Ross Jumelles Militaires Britanniques 4x25 No 6 Mk 1
1936 Ross 4x25 binoculares militares del ejecrcito Britanico No 6 Mk 1.
1936 Ross 4x25 prismaticos militares del ejercito Britanico Nio. 6 Mk 1.
1936 Ross 4x25 Brittsk arme Militar Kikare No 6 Mk 1
1936 Ross binocolo militare dell'esercito Britannico No 6 Mk 1.
1936 Ross 4x25 Britse Militaire verrekijker No 6 Mk 1.
1936 Ross 4x25  No 6 Mk 1 deb Britiske haerens militaere kikkert.
1936 Ross 4x25 No 6 Mk1 lornetka wojskiowa armii Brytyjskiej.
1936 Ross 4x25 No 6 Mk1 vojensky dalekohled Britske armady.
1936 Ross 4x25 No 6 Mk1 den Britiske haers militaerkikkert.
1936 Ross 4x25 No 6 Mk1 a Brit hadsereg katonai tavcsovei.
1936 Ross 4x25 No 6 Mk1 Britannian armeijan armeijan kiikarit.
1936 Ross 4x25 No 6 Mk1 binoculos militares do exercito Britanico.
1936 Ross 4x25 No 6 Mk1 Britu armijas militarais binoklis.
1936 Ross 4x25 No 6 Mk1 Britu armijos kariniai aziuronai.
1936 Ross 4x25 No 6 Mk1 British Military binoculars.
1936 Ross 4x25 No 6 Mk 1 jumelles militares de l'armee Britannique.
1936 Ross 4x25 No 6 Mk 1 binoculares militares del ejercito Britanico.
1936 Ross 4x25 No 6 Mk 1 Brittisk arme militar kikare.
1936 Ross 4x25 No 6 Mk1 binocolo militare dell'esercito Britannico.
1936 Ross 4x25 No 6 Mk 1 Britse militaire verrekijker.

My 1936 Ross No.6 Mk.1 4x25 British military binoculars serial no.1972 are broad arrow military property marked. Supposedly 5,000 were ordered in 1936 for anti-aircraft searchlight units (so no reticule/ ranging grid) with some probability of the smaller size of this militarized Steplux model being for female AA battery personnel. Among deficiencies, they tend to fall over when placed upright on a flat surface. They were quickly declared obsolete in Dec. 1936.

1924 Carl Zeiss 18X50 Delfort Binoculars

1924 Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 binoculars.
1924 Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 jumelles.
1924 Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 fernglas.
1924 Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 binoculares.
1924 Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 prismaticos,
1924 Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 kikkert.
1924 Car  Zeiss Delfort 18x50 verrekijker.
1924 Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 kiikarit.
1924 Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 kikare.
1924 Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 dylbi.
1924 Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 dvogled.
1924 Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 dalekohled.
1924 Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 binoklis.
1924 Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 ziuronai.
1924 Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 lornetka.
1924 Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 binoclu.
1924 Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 durbun.
1924 Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 ong nhom.
1924 Carl Zeiss 18x50 Delfort binoculars.
1924 Carl Zeiss 18x50 Delfort jumelles.
1924 Carl Zeiss 18x50 Delfort fernglas.
1924 Carl Zeiss 18x50 Delfort binocolo.
1924 Carl Zeiss 18x50 Delfort binoculares.
1924 Carl Zeiss 18x50 Delfort prismaticos.
1924 Carl Zeiss 18x50 Delfort kikkert.
1924 Carl Zeiss 18x50 Delfort verrekijker.
1924 Carl Zeiss 18x50 Delfort kiikarit.
1924 Carl Zeiss 18x50 Delfort kikare.
1924 Carl Zeiss 18x50 Delfort dylbi.
1924 Carl Zeiss 18x50 Delfort dvogled.
1924 Carl Zeiss 18x50 Delfort dalehohled.
1924 Carl Zeiss 18x50 Delfort binoklis.
1924 Carl Zeiss 18x50 Delfort ziuronai.
1924 Carl Zeiss 18x50 Delfort lornetka.
1924 Carl Zeiss 18x50 Delfort binoclu.
1924 Carl Zeiss 18x50 Delfort durbun.
1924 Carl Zeiss 18x50 Delfort ong nhom. Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 binoculars.
Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 jumelles.
Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 fernglas.
Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 kikare.
Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 kikkert.
Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 verrekijker.
Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 binociolo.
Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 prismaticos
Carl Zeiss Delfort 18x50 binoculares.

I like my 1924 Zeiss 18x50 Delfort binoculars quite a bit. They have that  classic double telescope appearance;  and at 18x they are an unusually high power; and they work well and look quite elegant. Plus they are quite uncommon. According to my 1928 Zeiss US price list, these cost US $120 in 1928, which is the 2021 equivalent of $1,900.00, and this represented about 5 weeks of an average wage in 1928. Very few people spend 5 weeks wages on a pair of binoculars. I assume these would have been special purpose binoculars, such as for a harbor master to identify the names of ships arriving at his port. 

1916 German Busch Stellux US Army Signal Corps Type D Binoculars

1916 WWI German Busch Stellux U.S. Army Signal Corps Type D Military binoculars.
1916 Busch Stellux jumelles militares de corps des transmissions de l'armee americaine.
1916 Busch Stellux US-armee Heeres-signalkorps militarfernglas.
1916 Busch Stellux cuerpo de senales del ejercito de los Estados Unidos binoculares.
1916 Busch Stellux corpo di segnalazione dellesercity degli Stati Uniti binocolo.
1916 Busch Stellux signaalkorps van het Amerikanse leger militar verrekijker.
Busch U.S. Army Signal Corps Binoculars

KINDLY DONATED TO THE COLLECTION BY

Binocular collector JACK INNIS.

Documentation of WWI US Army signal corps purchase of Busch Stellux 8x binoculars.

My excerpts from the US Army Signal Corps Manual #3 of 1916 show that my pocket size CF German Busch Stellux 8x binoculars (SN) “D”4489 were issued to Signal Corps Field companies as Type D binoculars , and were also sold by the Army Signal Corps to it’s officers for private purchase/ personal gear in 1916/1917. The US declared war on Germany in April 1917, so additional supply shipments of German Busch Stellux & Terux binoculars to the US Army ceased.

Chinese 8x30 62-8WYJ Military Binoculars.
8x30 62-8WYJ Binoculares Militares Chinos.
8x30 62-8WYJ  Chinesisches Militarfernglas. 
8x30 62-8WYJ Jumelles Militaires Chinoises.
8x30 62-8WYJ Kineslska Militara Kikare.
8x30 62-8WYJ Chinees legerverrekijker.
8x30 62-8WYJ prismaticos militares Chinos.
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62-8 WYJ  8x30 military binoculars 
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4x25 military binoculars 
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(ca1897?) Carl Zeiss Jena DRP DF95 8x20 Military Binoculars with graticule serial # 6973

Carl Zeiss Jena introduced my distinctive pattern of “bent or sloped shoulder“ DF95 8x20 military binoculars in 1895, and I think mine were made in 1896, with the oculars updated by a 1898 military wide retrofit. My example has a left ocular ranging grid or reticule. The  D.R.P. marking is Deutsches Reich Patent. The binoculars would normally have had bakelite ocular cups.

Carl Zeiss Jena D.R.P. DF95 8x20 military binoculars.
Carl Zeiss Jena D.R.P. DF95 8x20 militar fernglas .
Carl Zeiss Jena D.R.P. DF95 8x20 jumelles militares.
Carl Zeiss Jena D.R.P. DF95 8x20 Tysk militar kikare.
Carl Zeiss Jena D.R.P. DF95 8x20 militaire verrekijker.
Carl Zeiss Jena D.R.P. DF95 8x20 binocolo militare.
Carl Zeiss Jena D.R.P. DF95 8x20 prismaticos militares alemanes.
Carl Zeiss Jena D.R.P. DF95 8x20 binoculares militares alemanes.
Carl Zeiss Jena D.R.P. DF95 8x20 kikkert.

DF95 and serial “No. 6973” are hard to see

These would have been advanced prism based optics around the beginning of the shift from Galilean to prismatic binoculars.