David Tewes was a soldier in the U.S. Army during World War II from Hutchinson, Minnesota with a penchant for photography. I came across a box of his Kodachrome slides while cleaning out my late father-in-law’s attic; as it turns out, David was a distant cousin to my wife, and her father had come into possession of the slides after David’s death in 1991. (David’s obituary is available here. It makes no mention of his skill or interest in photography.)

Due to the historical significance of many of the slides, I have digitized them and uploaded them to this site. The photos were taken between 1944 and 1955; subjects include David’s deployment to Attu, Alaska during the war, scenes around Hutchinson and the Twin Cities metropolitan area, and tourist snapshots from his trips to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Mexico, New York, Washington, D.C., and more.

All photos on this site are licensed under the Creative Commons – Attribution license, meaning that the photos may be used for any purpose (commercial or non-commercial) and derivative works may be produced, as long as David is credited as the photographer. If I understand U.S. copyright law, the photos will enter public domain on January 1, 2062.

If you have any questions, you may contact me at cfinke@gmail.com.

Christopher Finke