Issues of The Palmyra Circle

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Title

Issues of The Palmyra Circle

Description

From 1948 to 1949, a colony of several dozen families working for the CAA (forerunner to the FAA) lived and worked on Palmyra. While there, they published a weekly periodical with news and highlights on events around the atoll.

The small paper was edited by Otto Hornung, who was known in Hawaii and the South Pacific as an eccentric hermit, and found himself employed by the US government during and after WW2. He worked on Palmyra at this time to facilitate the running of the island and manage transportation of personnel and supplies back and forth between Hawaii.

These issues offer an incredibly unique window into a forgotten time of Palmyra's history. We read how they celebrated holidays, divided up resources, spent their free time, and even put on talent shows. Considering the conditions on Palmyra and the aging technology, its a wonder they even regularly published such a document, but it was clearly a boost to moral for a group of people who already struggled with isolation.

Creator

Otto Hornung

Source

Eugene Norton

Date

1948-1949

Rights

Public Domain

Language

English

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Citation

Otto Hornung, “Issues of The Palmyra Circle,” Palmyra Archive, accessed September 24, 2018, http://www.palmyraarchive.org/items/show/218.

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