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by: Jennifer Snyder, January 2002


Thomas Garvin was a fighter pilot during the Korean War. During his tour he wrote letters home including a hand-drawn illustration on each of the envelopes. He also edited and Air Force Magazine called Air Scoop.

According to an unidentified article sent by Gail Vines:

"Thomas Garvin graduated from the Army Air Corps cadets as a second lieutenant in 1945. He served as a flight instructor at Perrin Field, TX, and was then transferred to Williams AFB, AZ. His next duty assignment was to Korea, where he served through 1952, flying 100 missions in F-86 and being credited with one confirmed MIG-15 kill and one probable kill.

"After Korean combat, he was assigned to the 50th Fighter Wing, Cannon AFB, New Mexico, and then to duty as operations officer of the 38th Squadron, Alexandria, Louisiana...."

Scope and Content

One (1) scrapbook of fourteen (14) pages consisting of hand-drawn illustrations cut from envelopes and glued to the scrapbook pages.


The scrapbook was donated to the Archives Center by Ms. Gail Vines, Garvin's daughter, in December 2000.

Related Collections

Of interest to researchers might be 755 Stephen A. Douglas World War II Envelopes, 1942-1945. Douglas used watercolors to decorate envelopes he sent home to his family during the war.

The Archives Center also has numerous collections containing scrapbooks and war related materials.

Container List
Box Folder
1 1 Fourteen page scrapbook of illustrated envelopes


Revised:  March 21, 2002