The PT Boat Forum

Forum Category: PT Boats of WWII

Forum Name: PT Boats - General

Topic: 77 footers: Rudy Arnold photos at Smithsonian

In 2000, I asked the Smithsonian about PT pics in their collections, and received a list of 34 captions for B&W and color photos in the "Rudy Arnold" collection. They are dated "12/41" and "1942", and describe boats in formation in NY Harbor. But no thumbnails, and in 2000, copies were $15 each... kind of pricey to pick up the whole batch sight unseen! And elsewhere, I saw that they are $25 now, ouch.

Are these pics available elsewhere? Maybe some might look like images on Gene Kirkland's site?

Pat M

Posted By: Pat Matthews | Posted on: Dec 16, 2013 - 8:09pm
Total Posts: 75 | Joined: Jan 7, 2012 - 5:41pm

Pat - I've got a couple of hundred 3x5 index cards describing available PT shots (some with thumbnails, some without), but all with catalog numbers. I believe the collection was in the archives of the Naval Photographic Center, but not sure where they reside now.


Posted By: Will Day | Posted on: Dec 16, 2013 - 10:34pm
Total Posts: 1900 | Joined: Oct 8, 2006 - 4:19pm

The collection is described here:

But with no mention of the PT images or how to order. I do have the 30-odd captions and image numbers and old ordering info on paper... just wish I had some thumbnails to look at!

Posted By: Pat Matthews | Posted on: Dec 17, 2013 - 6:17am
Total Posts: 75 | Joined: Jan 7, 2012 - 5:41pm