October is American Archives Month! To celebrate, Stars and Stripes Archives and Library is sharing some “behind the scenes” images of Stripes’ operations, its staff and its archives throughout the paper’s eight decades of existence.
Seoul, South Korea, August 1956: Workers load bundles of the Korean edition of Pacific Stars and Stripes on a truck for delivery at the paper’s print and distribution point. After nearly six years of printing the Korean edition of Pacific Stars and Stripes, the Korea Printing Plant stopped its presses in August 1956, and a new, fast, multi-color press in Tokyo took over, expanding the 16-page Korea edition to 24 pages.
Since 2004 the small (but mighty!) archives staff has worked to make more of our historic content available online. We have digitized our 1948-1999 European and Pacific editions, as well as several of our WWII editions and made them available online through http://starsandstripes.newspaperarchive.com/
In 2014 we focused our efforts on the preservation and digitization of our vast photo archives and have been slowly but steadily digitizing negatives, slides and prints — mainly concentrating on those with preservation issues.
Apart from images created in the course of news gathering, Stars and Stripes’ archives also contain many images showing the paper’s “inner workings.”