This is a flea market find from a year ago. It’s a “souvenir” book of WWII photos from the Secretary of the Navy, published by U.S. Camera (it’s not dated but I’m assuming 1945). The photographs — scenes of daily life, explosions, war routines — are compiled by Edward Steichen.
From the note on page 5: “To the Officers and Men of the Navy: You are leaving the Navy which you made victorious in the greatest war in history. These pictures will go with you as a reminder of a job well done — a job of which you can be proud as long as you live because it gave mankind another opportunity to live together in peace and decency…”
The typography, imagery, icons — all amazing But it’s the striking cover that I find most gorgeous and inspiring.