"By Aeroplane to Pygmyland" Accounts of the 1926 Smithsonian-Dutch Expedition to New Guinea

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Caption 1:
(C1) Information added by the Editor.
Caption 2:
(C2) Text written (probably by Stirling himself) on the back of a photographic print or a negative sleeve (sleeve containing the negative of the photo).
Caption 3:
(C3) Text of the photograph description (or draft caption) on an untitled, typed list of information about selected photos, undoubtedly prepared by Matthew Stirling (presumably as a draft for future publication), and now surviving as a document located in the Smithsonian's National Anthropological Archives.
Caption 4:
(C4) Matthew Stirling’s caption as published in his 1943 book, The Native Peoples of New Guinea (Smithsonian Institution War Background Studies, Number 9, 1943).
Caption 5:
(C5) Caption associated with a photo in cases where a photo was distributed as part of a press release; or caption published with the photo (or other text specifically about the photo) within published newspaper or popular press accounts.
Quote from Stirling Journal:
Quotation from Matthew Stirling’s expedition journal, relating to the image included here to illustrate a particular passage, date, or entry in the journal, purely as an editorial selection. Neither the image nor the selected quotation was chosen by Stirling himself.

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